What are the best Ancestry alternatives?

    Ancestry is described as 'Discover your family history and start your family tree. Try free and access over 7 billion genealogy records including Census, SSDI & Military records' and is a Genealogy App in the Home & Family category. There are more than 25 alternatives to Ancestry for a variety of platforms, including Windows, Online / Web-based, Mac, Android and iPhone. The best alternative is Gramps, which is both free and Open Source. Other great apps like Ancestry are WikiTree.com (Free), FamilySearch.org (Free Personal), MyHeritage (Freemium) and webtrees (Free, Open Source).

    This page was last updated Nov 17, 2021

    1. Family Atlas is the fun and easy way to map your family history! Trace your ancestors migration around the world and pinpoint the sites of important family events.
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    2. Brother's Keeper is a Windows genealogy program that will help you input and organize your family history information and let you print a large variety of charts and reports.
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    3. LifeLines is a genealogy program to help with your family history research. Its primary strengths are its powerful scripting language and the ability easily import and export information in the GEDCOM format.
      • FreemiumProprietary
      • Online
      • Self-Hosted
      • Wordpress
      Genealogy website builder. Create your own genealogy website or publish any genealogical content online.

      Discontinued

      The program is no longer updated. Last version, 2.1.1, released in February 2016, can be still downloaded from the official website.

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      • FreemiumProprietary
      • Windows
      • Android
      • iPhone
      • iPad
      OneFam is a Family History networking application which enables family members to create, share and preserve their family history. Applications are available on mobile, web and desktop. In addition, OneFam offers DNA testing and genealogy research.
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      • FreeProprietary
      • Online
      Family tree explorer with support for GEDCOM files, privacy settings, and more.
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    4. Simple Family Tree enables you to create and/or view a family tree. It displays ancestors and descendants of any selected individual (it reads and writes files in Gedcom format). You can enter notes, events, marriage details, and an alternate name for each individual.
      • Mac
      Reunion is a genealogy software program for the Macintosh
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      • FreeProprietary
      • Windows
      • Online
      • Android
      • iPhone
      Diary Earth looks to change the way we share by going deeper through sharing our life stories. Every location on earth has history and on Diary Earth you can connect that history to the location.
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      • FreeOpen Source
      • Windows
      • Linux
      Geneotree is an open source web-based genealogy application developed in the PHP scripting language and the MySQL database. It installs on Linux and Windows and works natively with GEDCOM files. It makes a variety of reports as PDF files.
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