Comparison of Internet Genealogy Sites

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webservice Annual fee Alexa Mos. Avg. Alexa Traffic Rank 3 Mos. Avg. Main Userbase Userbase HQ
rootsweb 3,317,706 4,527 45% US US Provo, UT, USA
ancestry 3,004,470 3,683 63% US US Provo, UT, USA
genealogy 1,024,608 17,018 52% US Provo, UT, USA
myfamily 932,422 8,937 78% US Provo, UT, USA
myheritage 594,164 2,651 11% US Bnei Atarot, Israel
geni 103,284 13,248 32% US West Hollywood, CA, USA
familylink 36,062
ourstory 24,564 142,094 53% US Mountain View, CA, USA
werelate 5,912
thegenerationsnetwork 5,382 1,631,848 n/a Bakersfield, CA, USA
famster 3,539 478,820 44% US Whittier, CA, USA
verwandt 1,402 30,954 82% Germany Hamburg, Germany
amiglia 963 1,108,015 25% US New York, NY, USA
zooof 441 426,143 53% Netherlands Amsterdam, Netherlands
genoom 385 132,994 22% Ecuador Barcelona, Spain
famillion 316 330,938 33% Israel
famiva 102 333,879 42% Australia


Recording

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Names
Name Identifyer of an individual. Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
Identify name components Various name components can indicate a number of a persons attributes, such as spouses family name, an indication of marital status, a religious name, etc. Yes
Identify sort component Normally sorted on the surname. A different sort order may be desired. No
Nickname (aka) A familiar or humorous name given an individual. An "also known as". Not to be confused with alternate name Yes
Alternate name (single) Any documented name variation. Might be an Anglicized name in the case of an immigrant, a former name that has been legally changed for any reason, or a name provided by the community to differentiate between individuals No
Alternate names, (multiple) Option to document all alternate names. It is not unusual to find individuals having used multiple names during their lifetime No
Address field Current address or last known address for individual Yes
Former address Individual's previous address. Should indicate years of tenancy No
E-mail address E-mail address and the date it was recorded Yes
Web address Individual's web page URL with last date visited Yes
Webservices, multiple Facebook, chat etc Yes
Phone numbers Current phone numbers Yes
Reference numbers fields Social security number, a military ID number, employee ID number etc. No
Citation Source A source can be provided for each name No
Surety indicator Confidence indication in information provided by the source No
Note, re name A note field for additional background information on name No
Dates
Optional date formats Option of selecting the date format to be displayed on screen and in reports No
Calendars Gregorian Common calendar used in the Western world Yes
Julian Used from the Roman Empire until 1582 No
Hebrew No
French Republican No
Chinese No
Islamic No
Other No
Date qualifiers The common date qualifiers are before, after, between, circa Yes
Date ranges Option of recording an ongoing action. Usually from/to No
Date, relative to known event The option to record a date as relative to a known event. e.g. The child's birth occurred a few weeks after the big flood of 96. No
Set sort dates (event order) The program supplies sort dates for those events without precise dates or allows user to set event order. No
Note, re date A free form text field for any notes pertaining to the date. No
Locations
Location name as found The location name as found in the evidence. No
Current location name The current name of the location if different from that found in the evidence. Yes
Identify location name components Option allowing the user to identify the political divisions that identify the location. These divisions can vary from country to country and from one time period to another. Yes
Location former name(s) Fields provided to identify all previous names for a location. No
Date range for previous name(s) The time frame during which each location name was used. No
Latitude & longitude The most accurate method for defining a locations position. No
Locality events by type Every location has a history. The events comprising that history can be vital to data analysis. These events can be defined by type in a manner similar to that of individual events. No
by name The name assigned to the local event. No
with description A description of the local event. No
Locality characteristics The characteristics to be recorded include ethnic makeup, local customs, economic status, local bylaws, etc. No
images Images of the locality. No
Citation Source A source can be provided for locality events and attributes No
Surety indicator Confidence indication in information provided by the source No
Note, re location A free form text field for a location note. No
Events
Events unlimited (user defined) User can record any number of events No
event type User defined event type No
event name User defined event name No
event description User defined event description. No
Multiple occurrences of event Permits the recording of all evidence found for any specific event. e.g. multiple documents confirming a birthdate. No
Conflicting events Conflicting evidence for the same event can be recorded No
Indicate assertion preferred event Selecting which one of a series of duplicate events has been determined to be the more accurate. No
argumentation field A free form text field for stating the reasoning for the assertion No
Individual role in event Events must have a participant even if it is only as a witness. This feature allows the individual's participation in an event to be stated more precisely than just as a witness. No
Privatize event option Marking an event as restricted and not to be included in any publication. No
Citation Source A source can be provided for each event No
Surety indicator Confidence indication in information provided by the source No
Note, re event A note field linked directly to the event No
Genetic
Physical desc.(specific phenotypes) Simple physical description of an individual, height, weight, skin, hair and eye color, Yes
Cause of death Self explanatory No
Medical condition(not genetic/phenotype) Any known medical problems No
Phenotypes (supplied list) Listing of known phenotypes, both genetic and environmental e.g. Cleft chin, hair lip, tattoo, etc. No
DNA locus, value, 10-19 marker The number of markers will vary according to the testing company used. No
20-29 marker The number of markers will vary according to the testing company used. No
30 + marker The number of markers will vary according to the testing company used. No
other The number of markers will vary according to the testing company used. No
Mitochondrial data This data records the mother's mitochondrial DNA. Usually one location but two locations can be tested. No
Haplogroup data A coded series of letters identifying the origin of the individual's forefathers. No
Note, medical A general free form note field linked to the medical field. No
Groups
Multiple marriage support Ability to record at least two marriages Yes
Track multiple parent sets Can track adoptive parents as well as blood relationships, surrogate parentage, insemination by donors, etc. No
Unconventional relationships Can define the relationship between two persons as something other than marriage. Yes
Show relationship between individuals Program can display relationship to a user defined person on the data entry screens. No
Set relationship, child to parent Define a child's relationship to each parent. No
Set children birth order Set children's birth order in absence of accurate dates. Yes
Group memberships group description A free form text field for defining the group's purposes. No
roles in group Identify the individual's role within the group. No
Record citation Source A source can be provided for relationship No
Surety indicator Confidence indication in information provided by the source No
Links
Link exhibit(s) image Link image to (names, locations, events, attributes, groups, sources) Yes
audio file Link audio file to an exhibit No
video file Link video file to an exhibit No
object Link object to an exhibit No
Embed exhibit(s) image Embed image in the database. Yes
audio file Embed audio file in the database. No
video file Embed video file in the database. No
object Embed object in the database. No
Link names to events This option pertains to the linkage of alternate names to specific events. No
Link name to sources The provision of the linkage of a source to the name information. No
Link witnesses to events The linkage of any persons that had any role in an event to the event's principal No
Link to planning module The linkage of an individual's research notes to a planning module No

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Charts
Ancestor regular The regular pedigree chart. For printing purposes it is usually limited for up to five generations
cascading The cascading pedigree chart is simply an extension of the regular pedigree chart showing the linkages to the previous chart.
Descendant indented This chart, or report, lists the progenitor with his spouse slightly indented. Each succeeding generation is indented by a defined space
convergence Allows the user to identify the progenitors of several lines of descent that will eventually merge. This chart can be very useful when trying to visualize those situations where several lines merge at several points in time.
Basic options(# generations) The basic options found in the basic charts include the number of generations and the contents to be displayed
Timeline chart/report/display select individuals The ability to select individuals allows the user to compare only persons of interest rather than the entire database
compare individuals The compare feature usually displays only two persons and will also mark the time of important events in each persons life
Timeline events supplied Supplied events allow the user to relate an individual's life with well known historical events
custom Custom timeline events are those events supplied by the user in place of, or in addition to, those provided in the program
Statistic charts pie Statistical charts should have the facility to display the distribution of selected events for specific members of the database. The resultant chart should also provide the numbers involved
bar See above
3D bar See above
line See above
Genograms The genogram is a descendant or ancestral chart that is based on a phenotype or the cause of death
Direct line chart/ blood relations The direct line chart will display the direct ancestors of a selected individual. It may also appear as a chart of blood relatives
Mapping module The mapping module should be capable of using map overlays that can clearly define the topography of a selected area. It should also be editable by the user
Lists
Family Group sheet (advanced opts) A family group sheet should include, or have the option of including, all information recorded for the nuclear family along with the source documentation. Options to include the grandparents and spouses of the children should be available..
Individual report A complete listing of a selected individuals information including source documentation.
Custom lists developer designed List of persons with defined characteristics the developer has preloaded.
user defined create custom lists based on the users choice of criteria. The selection process can vary. It would also include the results of a database query.
Statistical reports The statistical report is a text version of the statistical charts mentioned above.
Index name list(basic name, birth/death) A simple listing of all persons in the database with an indication of the person's lifespan.
Index (picklist) selectable data Similar to a regular index list but with an option to display user selectable event dates.
Database audit (missing data) This audit will report any occurrences where a data entry screen has only partial information. This would include such items as dates, locations, sources, and if the life span data is incomplete.
Other
Event filter A feature that allows the user to select only specific events for temporary display on the individual data entry screens.
Exhibit display An on screen display of all exhibits currently linked to an individual, source, location, or repository.
Flags limited A one character field that permits the identification of those individuals meeting user defined criteria. e.g. no children
unlimited As above but with no limit on the number of flags that might be created.
Custom specialized data fields Used primarily for analytical and planning purposes. It allows the user to add useful contextual information to a person's information. e.g. population figures, average incomes, etc. A flag might serve the same purpose if the flag description field is of a reasonable size.
Display all individual data (explorer) All data pertaining to all individuals in the database is displayed using a series of screens or a scrollable screen.
as above plus linkages As above but with linkages to descendants.
Display individual data (snapshot) Provides the same information as the above mentioned "explorer" option but for only a single individual. This is actually a preview of a complete individual list but does not require the user to select any printing or content options.
Focus groups. all data A subset of individuals selected to meet user defined criteria. This option is identical to the explorer option listed above with the exception that it only applies to those individuals in the focus group.
Accent option An option to use a color to highlight those individuals meeting certain criteria. e.g. first born, childless, etc.
Notes (analytical (research)) In this instance the notes referred to are general research notes for the database. Other more specific research notes may be present in the data entry screens.
Search
Basic search feature (basic name, text) This is a simple text search of the database. In a program such as Family Historian, which uses a GEDCOM file as a database, the program offers a number of options to better define the results.
Search Boolean, basic The user specifies a field to be searched, an operator, I.e. contains, etc and a value. Usually an option to add additional criteria is available. They are added using the AND or/and OR function. AND narrows the criteria. OR broadens the search
Boolean advanced An advanced Boolean search will add more criteria. These may be nested and additional operators are also available.
grouping This technique allows the user to make a series of basic searches and then do a search of the results of the earlier searches.
SQL Structured Query Language. This is a standard query language for databases. For casual database users it can be very difficult to use. Those developers offering this option invariably include a wizard of some type as an aid.
Search online individual This option has appeared in programs very recently. It allows the user to connect to an on line database and search for any information contained there for the person currently in focus in the genealogical software.
group As above but a generalized search for a specified group (focus group) of individuals.
Find duplicates The companion feature to the merge. In the higher end programs the user can specify the criteria to be met to qualify as a duplicate. In the more basic programs this criteria is preset.
Reasonableness check The user sets a threshold age at which certain events may be permitted. Any time the event occurs outside those limits a warning is generated or an internal report produced. This report can be selected from the report list.

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GEDCOM 5.5 Import
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Spreadsheet Import
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Address Book Import
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Additional Tools

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Cut and paste
Bookmarks
History, individuals last visited
Link individuals to notes with hypertext
Preparer data
Open multiple databases
Family links add
delete
Search and replace
Soundex converter
Count unlinked trees
Relationship calculator
Character map
Database (Project) tools reindex
compress database
verify and repair
merge
copy
delete
restore
split
revision control system
Date Date calculators
Date converters
Perpetual calendar
Merge Merge sources
Merge repositories
Merge people
Manage locations
Personal tools