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"You live as long as you are remembered." - Russian proverb.

"Your ancestors count on you to remember them." - Anonymous.

"It is a desirable thing to be well-descended, but the glory belongs to our ancestors." - Plutarch.

"If you cannot get rid of the family skeleton, you may as well make it dance." - George Bernard Shaw.

"Why waste your money looking up your family tree? Just go into politics and your opponents will do it for you." - Mark Twain.

"There is no king who has not had a slave among his ancestors, and no slave who has not had a king among his." - Helen Keller.

GENEALOGY, also known as family history, is the study of families and the tracing of their lineages and history. Genealogists use oral interviews, historical records, genetic analysis, and other records to obtain information about a family and to demonstrate kinship and pedigrees of its members. The results are often displayed in charts or written as narratives.

The pursuit of family history and origins tends to be shaped by several motivations, including the desire to carve out a place for one's family in the larger historical picture, a sense of responsibility to preserve the past for future generations, and a sense of self-satisfaction in accurate storytelling.

A FAMILY TREE, or pedigree chart, is a chart representing family relationships in a conventional tree structure. The more detailed family trees used in medicine and social work are known as genograms.

GENETIC GENEALOGY is the use of DNA testing in combination with traditional genealogical methods to infer relationships between individuals and find ancestors. Genetic genealogy involves the use of genealogical DNA testing to determine the level and type of the genetic relationship between individuals. This application of genetics became popular with family historians in the 21st century, as tests became affordable.

  • ANCESTRY.COM - since 1983. "World's largest online family history resource." As of November 2018, the company provides access to approximately 10 billion historical records, has 3 million paying subscribers and has sold 14 million DNA kits to customers.
  • Archives - since 2009. "Discover your family history." Quickly and simply search more than 11.5 billion photos, newspapers, and vital records to get information about your ancestors.
  • FAMILY TREE - since 1997. "Start your family tree for free." Connect with your family story on Ancestry and discover the what, where, and who of how it all leads to you.
  • FAMILY TREE DNA - since 2000. "History unearthed daily." Family Tree DNA is the world leader in DNA testing for ancestry and genealogy. Follow the path of your ancestors and discover your unique DNA story with FamilyTreeDNA's industry-leading tests. Discover your family history with our wide range of tests including autosomal, Y-DNA and mtDNA products. Find your relatives within 5 generations.
  • Family Tree Maker - since 1989. "The #1 Selling Family Tree Program." Easily build your family tree. Preserve your family legacy. Update your tree anywhere. For Mac and Windows.
  • Find a Grave - since 1995. "World’s largest gravesite collection." Over 170 million memorials created by the community since 1995. Website that allows the public to search & add to an online database of cemetery records. It is owned by, the world's largest for-profit genealogy company.
  • Fold3 - since 1999. "Discover your family's military past." Historical military records. Fold3 provides convenient access to military records, including the stories, photos, and personal documents of the men and women who served.
  • GENEALOGY.COM - since 1999. " is a source for family history buffs to find genealogical research originally posted in GenForum and our most popular genealogy articles."
  • GENEBASE - since 1998. "Build your Interactive Family Tree. It's Free!" It's free! Your online family tree is completely free. DNA testing is optional. Build your family tree by adding everything you know, invite your family to help out and add what they know. Your family tree will have a built-in genetic calculator which will calculate how to trace the ancestry of different lines in your family. Use your tree to share, store and organize your ancestry research.
  • GENI - since 2006. "Family Tree & Family History." Create your family tree and invite relatives to share. Geni’s Pro subscription service allows users to find matching trees and merge those into the single world family tree, which currently contains over 100 million living users and their ancestors. Share photos, videos and more at
  • GRAMPS - since 2001. "Research, organize and share your family tree with Gramps." Gramps is a free software project and community. We strive to produce a genealogy program that is both intuitive for hobbyists and feature-complete for professional genealogists. It is a community project, created, developed and governed by genealogists.
  • MYHERITAGE.COM - since 2003. Commercial family-oriented social network service and genealogy website. It allows paying members to create their own family websites, share pictures and videos, organize family events, create family trees, and search for ancestors. Users of the platform can create family trees, upload and browse through photos, and search through over 9 billion historical records, among other features. As of 2018, the service supports 42 languages and has around 92 million users worldwide. In January 2017 it was reported that MyHeritage has 35 million family trees on its website.
  • - since 1996. "A Complete Genealogy and Family History Resource Center." Search Over a Billion Records. One of the most advanced genealogical research sites in the world. Since 1996 we have successfully set new standards in the presentation of genealogical data on the World Wide Web. We were the first website to have an online family tree, the first to give away a genealogy program to use off line, the first to allow our patrons to download their family tree in gedcom format, the first to present the data in a family pedigree format, and the first to provide an automated Every Family Search over every name in your family tree.
  • Rootsweb - since 1993. "Finding our roots together." The Internet's oldest and largest FREE genealogical community. An award winning genealogical resource with searchable databases. Free genealogy community that uses online forums, mailing lists, and other resources to help people research their family history.
  • The Genographic Project - since 2005. "The Human Story. Join The Project To Learn About Your Story." Participants in the Genographic Project in over 140 Countries. Discover the complete story of your ancestors’ journey from 200,000 years ago to today with National Geographic’s Ancestry DNA kit, Geno 2.0. Since its launch in 2005, National Geographic’s Genographic Project has used advanced DNA analysis and worked with indigenous communities to help answer fundamental questions about where humans originated and how we came to populate the Earth. Now, cutting-edge technology is enabling us to shine a powerful new light on our collective past. By participating in the latest phase of this real-time scientific project, you can learn more about yourself than you ever thought possible. As of 2018, almost one-million participants in over 140 countries have joined the project.
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