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Fast Research for Family Trees

Published 08/01/2012 and rated Ratingstars4 4 out of 5 stars
by Carmen Rane Hudson
What can you use the app for?

Genealogy Bank is a massive database of archives and records which help users search for ancestors and reconstruct their family trees. This web app offers a lot of resources for genealogy enthusiasts, including the ability to search one of the web’s largest online newspaper archives, a database of over 1 billion family history records dating back to the 1600s, a listing of historical books from 1801 to the 1900s, and the ability to access the social security death index. This gives users a one-stop location for researching and reconstructing family trees and allows them to avoid wasted time going through endless rounds of physical records, keeps the process fast and prevents users from having to visit multiple sites to get at all of the information that they need.

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What is the history and popularity of the app?

Genealogy Bank is run by News Bank, a company that has been in business for over 35 years. Genealogy Bank was founded in 2006 and has gathered up thousands of enthusiastic users and followers.

What are the differences to other apps?

Genealogy Bank’s biggest competitor is probably, though there are others. The app isn’t necessarily original, but it is focused far more on making the information available than on family trees, which offers a big difference from the other apps. In short, it is more of an ancestry information clearing house than a family tree generator. In addition, the focus on newspapers allows users to gather up stories about their ancestors that they might not be able to find elsewhere.

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How does the web app look and feel to use?

Genealogy Bank is very easy to use. Users enter a name into the search form and click “search.” They may then view all kinds of records by type, for example: newspaper articles, birth announcements, marriage records, and obituaries. Users may then add additional information to narrow the records down and may see the records as they were originally published.

How does the registration process work?

Users sign up for the service by providing a first name, a last name, an e-mail address and a phone number. Users have to provide a credit card in order to sign up, and have to cancel the service if they don’t want it after the free trial: a trap that made it very difficult to offer a 5 star rating.

What does it cost to use the application?

Month-to-month users pay $19.95 per months. Users who pay for an annual membership get a deep discount of $5.83 per month. There is a 30 day free trial, but only for users who are willing to provide their credit card and submit to automatic billing.

Who would you recommend the application to?

People who have made genealogy research a huge part of their life will enjoy the flexibility and deep information provided by Genealogy Bank. It’s not a good resource for anyone who simply wants to do a casual records search, since it is expensive and comes with the hassle of having to get an automatic billing service off of a credit card. However, dedicated genealogists are likely to find Genealogy Bank to be an invaluable resource for all of their work, and will likely find the membership to be a massive timesaver that is well worth the price.

  • Users can search the largest online newspaper archive for family information.
  • Offers over 1 billion family history records from 1690 till today.
  • Allows users to search history books from 1801 to 1900.
  • Allows users to access the social security death index.

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GenealogyBank contact details

Telephone: 1-800-762-8182
Postal address:
5801 Pelican Bay Boulevard, Suite 600
Naples, Florida 34108

GenealogyBank pricing

Cheapest plan (per month) : $583.00
Most expensive plan (per month) : $1,995.00




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