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.Show more screenshots »
Genealogy Bank’s biggest competitor is probably Ancestory.com, 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.