In a previous blog post, Public vs. private, and the debate goes on, I mentioned that I like FamilySearch’s Family Tree better than Ancestry.com’s Public and Private Member Trees and I thought I would give you a more comprehensive list why.
- FamilySearch (FS) is a totally free website and even though you can access Ancestry.com’s public member trees without a subscription I feel that FS is a better overall environment especially for those researchers just starting out.
- Ancestry.com is a collection of many individual trees. A certain person could be in hundreds of trees making it difficult to look at each one for information. FamilySearch is a collective tree that everyone contributes to. Yes, there is some duplication but not on the scale of Ancestry.com. Duplicates are addressed whenever you add anyone to the tree.
- Since FS is a collaborative tree, you have a lot less of the big time errors that you see on Ancestry.com, things like people having children after they are long dead and people getting married when they are three. The tree is constantly being cleaned up. If you see something wrong, you don’t have to email 23 people to try and get it corrected (most of whom will not email you back). You simply correct it and then back up your corrections with sources and explanations.
- FS has a place to post discussions so that you can document your thoughts and theories for others to see and comment on.
Family Tree is still relatively new so the programmers are still tweaking. You can now add photos and sources and links to documents. I expect more enhancements and refinements will be implemented making it better and better. A friend of mine that works at the local Family History Center was showing me some cool tricks today that I didn’t know about. The more I work with it, the more I like it.
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