Comparison of Internet Genealogy Sites

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Popularity

webservice Annual
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Uniques (1000)
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Alexa
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Main
Userbase
Userbase HQ
rootsweb 2,948.1 515 1,147.0 4527 45% US USA, UT, Provo, The Generations Network
ancestry 12.95$-34.95$ p.m. 2,340.3 708 1,378.8 3587 63% US USA, UT, Provo, The Generations Network
genealogy 1,066.0 2056 430.6 17018 52% US USA, UT, Provo, The Generations Network
myfamily 29.95$-109.95$ 589.4 3980 704.0 8937 78% US USA, UT, Provo, The Generations Network
myheritage free-9.95$ 498.2 4711 1,667.3 2651 11% US Israel, Bnei Atarot,
geni free 750,000 70.2 26650 528.5 13287 32% US USA, CA, West Hollywood
familylink 22.5 70664 73.4 188478 30% US USA, UT, Provo
ourstory 15.2 97332 85.0 142094 53% US USA, CA, Mountain View
werelate 7.9 166248 26.0 574109 60% US USA, NC, Cary
thegenerationsnetwork 20.7 75679 20.2 694610 66% US Canada
famster .4 2932181 31.7 478820 44% US USA, CA, Whittier
verwandt free .8 1342179 304.0 30954 82% Germany Germany, Hamburg
amiglia .4 2150951 4.4 1108015 25% US USA, NY, New York
zooof free .4 3637222 36.0 426143 53% Netherlands Netherlands, Amsterdam
genoom free .4 2542324 131.8 132994 22% Ecuador Spain, Barcelona
famillion .8 1572718 41.1 330938 33% Israel
famiva .4 2952218 41.5 333879 42% Australia
LinkedIn free 16,000,000 2,840.9 545 12,174,0 183 50% US USA, CA, Palo Alto
Facebook free 73,500,000 30,219.5 18 132,730.0 7 25% US USA, CA, Palo Alto

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 Yes
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 Yes
event type User defined event type No
event name User defined event name Yes
event description User defined event description. Yes
Multiple occurrences of event Permits the recording of all evidence found for any specific event. e.g. multiple documents confirming a birthdate. Yes
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
Phenotypes (supplied list) Listing of known phenotypes, both genetic and environmental e.g. Cleft chin, hair lip, tattoo, etc. No
Cause of death Self explanatory No
Medical condition(not genetic/phenotype) Any known medical problems 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 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

Report

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Charts
Basic options(# generations) Limit the number of generations to be displayed Yes
Ancestor 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 Yes
Descendant indented This chart, or report, lists the progenitor with his spouse slightly indented. Each succeeding generation is indented by a defined space No
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. No
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 No
compare individuals The compare feature usually displays only two persons and will also mark the time of important events in each persons life No
Timeline events supplied Supplied events allow the user to relate an individual's life with well known historical events No
custom Custom timeline events are those events supplied by the user in place of, or in addition to, those provided in the program No
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 No
bar See above No
3D bar See above No
line See above No
Genograms The genogram is a descendant or ancestral chart that is based on a phenotype or the cause of death No
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 No
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 No
Individual report A complete listing of a selected individuals information including source documentation Yes
Custom lists developer designed List of persons with defined characteristics the developer has preloaded No
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 No
Statistical reports The statistical report is a text version of the statistical charts mentioned above No
Index name list(basic name, birth/death) A simple listing of all persons in the database with an indication of the person's lifespan No
Index (picklist) selectable data Similar to a regular index list but with an option to display user selectable event dates. No
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 No
Other
Event filter A feature that allows the user to select only specific events for temporary display on the individual data entry screens. No
Exhibit display An on screen display of all exhibits currently linked to an individual, source, location, or repository No
Flags limited A one character field that permits the identification of those individuals meeting user defined criteria. e.g. no children No
unlimited As above but with no limit on the number of flags that might be created No
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 No
Display all individual data All data pertaining to all individuals in the database is displayed using a series of screens or a scrollable screen No
Focus groups. all data A subset of individuals selected to meet user defined criteria No
Accent option An option to color-highlight those individuals meeting certain criteria. e.g. first born, childless, etc. No
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 No
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 No
Boolean advanced An advanced Boolean search will add more criteria. These may be nested and additional operators are also available. No
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. No
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. No
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 No
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. No
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 No

Additional Tools

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Bookmarks Bookmarks are set by the user. Once set the user simply clicks on the name in a list of bookmarks to return to that individual's data entry screen No
History, individuals last visited The history list functions in a similar manner to a bookmark but requires no user input. It simply adds each person visited to the list No
Family links This option and the accompanying one are always present in any decent program. They simply allow the user to add, edit, or delete family links No
Search and replace Mistakes do occur and must be corrected. This option makes it easier No
Soundex converter Convert the name of any individual to a Soundex number No
Count unlinked This option should not only display the number of unlinked individuals but should also provide a listing. No
Relationship calculator This feature will determine the relationship between any two individuals. The focal person should be user selectable No
Database (Project) tools merge A database merge can be realized in several ways. In the most simple case it is simply an appending of one database to another No
copy Used if the original should become damaged No
delete There are times when you simply want to delete an unwanted database No
restore See copy. This is the function required to restore a backup copy to replace a damaged or missing database No
split This option allows the user to extract a specific group of individuals from the main database. They will then be used to form a new database No
revision control system The revision control system permits the user to restore the database to an earlier state. This is most useful if, for some reason, errors have been made in a data entry session. Rather than try to remember where errors might have occurred one simply reverts No
Date Date calculators The date calculator requires either a date and a time interval to determine the second date. Given two dates it supplies the interval period No
Date converters Date converters may convert from one calendar type to another or convert Regnal years to the appropriate calendar No
Perpetual calendar A perpetual calendar allows to note the exact day of the week upon which an event occurred. This could be a very useful bit of information. Note: Calendar must match the calendar in effect at that particular time No
Merge Merge sources The feature allows the user to merge duplicate sources. It should permit the user to view both copies prior to the merge No
Merge people When merging people the user should have the option to retain and identify which items of evidence have been merged as well as the source and date of discovery. These merges should never be automatic No
Manage locations This feature allows the user to adjust the structure of the nomenclature for the location No

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Import GEDCOM 5.5 No
GEDCOM 6.0 No
Spreadsheet No
Address Book Yes
Export GEDCOM 5.5 Yes
GEDCOM 6.0 Yes
Spreadsheet No
Address list No
Print PDF No


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