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What's a good lineage tracker website?

Asked by shpadoinkle_sue (7188points) March 15th, 2010

My mother wants to track down some old family members on her mother’s side. We went to a website called and we couldn’t find anyone in my immediate family. Is there one that has a free trail period and that has been successful for you?

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coogan's avatar

My work uses, but I don’t know about a free trial period.

PandoraBoxx's avatar

I’ve been using for about 10 years. They usually have a 14 day free trial, but I generally find them worth the subscription fee because they have source documents online. has message boards arranged by surnames and locations. is a LDS site, and has some information as well. is also good way to go, and you can often find information by googling things like “Absolom Taylor” family Virginia.

Keep in mind that when you find someone else’s tree, you should treat it as if it were a framework unless their work is footnoted or appears to be from source documents (contains full dates MMDDYYYY and locations). You should start by working backwards, and documenting exact names, dates and places for everyone that you can. Start with yourself, then do your parent, then your grandparents. Once you get past 1930, you can pick up the census records on and work backwards from there. Once you have a skeleton of a tree in place, you can fill in details. Most records still require location and field work.

filmfann's avatar is a good site, and has the 14 day free period. is terrific, but I don’t know if they have a grace period.
How much information do you have about your family tree? Many sites are hesitant about giving information out about living relatives.

shpadoinkle_sue's avatar

The relative passed on in 1933. All the deaths seemed recent, like in the last 30 years.

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