What are the best resources for doing genealogy research?

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    #1My Heritage

    My Heritage
    My Heritage is a website where you can build your family tree, search records from many parts of the world and even get a DNA test to uncover your ethnic origins. 
    Websites

    Free- Varies by plan

    Jorge Luis Paredes
    Written on March 18, 2017
    "This is actually pretty straightforward with what it provides. For me, that's perfect to assist in research. You needn't jump through ropes or anything too major when it comes to this and I'm pretty happy about that."
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    #2Heredis

    Heredis
    Heredis is a genealogy software that lets you search locations, add new ancestors, customize your inputs and more. You will be able to build your family tree.
    Software

    Windows, Mac

    $29.99

    Amber Reid
    Written on April 19, 2017
    "I wanted to find resources for doing genealogy research in the software department. There were many out there but I found Heredis to be one of the easiest to use. It let me add all the info that I know and help find more info about the info I didn't know, it was perfect."
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    #3Advanced Genealogy Research Techniques

    Advanced Genealogy Research Techniques
    Advanced Genealogy Research Techniques by George G. Morgan is a book that teaches you how to discover unknown ancestors. Follow the step by step, and uncover elusive details. Read about specialized tools, software programs, and proven best practices.
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    Willie Chapman
    Written on January 16, 2017
    "Advanced Genealogy Research Techniques is one of the highest rated books on Amazon for genealogy. This book is probably best suited for serious researchers but is still accessible for most others. It's got almost a perfect 5 star rating on Amazon and the reviews are typically outstanding."
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    #4The Family Tree Guide to DNA Testing and Genetic Genealogy

    The Family Tree Guide to DNA Testing and Genetic Genealogy
    The Family Tree Guide to DNA Testing and Genetic Genealogy by Blaine Bettinger is a one-stop resource for how to use DNA testing for genealogy. You'll find guidance on what DNA tests are available, methodologies, ethnicity estimates, and more.
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    Steven Guerrero
    Written on May 3, 2017
    "So far this has been a great reference book for starting my family history project. It's not really something I would sit down and read cover to cover but it's full of useful information when you are just getting started or you run into an unexpected roadblock. I bought mine on Kindle and I feel like it's absolutely worth the price."
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    #5Family Historian 6

    Family Historian 6
    Family Historian 6 is a genealogy and family tree software that lets you create charts with ancestors, descendants and more. You can add pictures and videos, and tag people in photos.
    Software

    Windows

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    Ankita Patel
    Written on May 27, 2017
    "Family Historian 6 was a perfect solution for creating the family tree I wanted to present to my grandparents. They were really interested in the information, but being able to link it visually with photos and charts was even better."
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    #6Organize Your Genealogy

    Organize Your Genealogy
    Organize Your Genealogy: Strategies and Solutions for Every Researcher by Drew Smith will show you how to use proven methods, tools and software to organize your research plan, workspace, and family-history finds.
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    Olivia Vasquez
    Written on April 24, 2017
    "Some of this is just basic information that really anyone could figure out, but there are some valuable tips in this book to help me get better organized in my workspace. I often get all cluttered with stuff everywhere, both in my mind and in my room, so the tips in this book have helped get me better organized and better planned in my research."
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    #7Ancestry

    Ancestry
    Organize, preserve and share your family tree online. Add photos and stories and discover new things about the members of your family tree with Ancestry's records.
    Websites

    Free- Varies by plan

    Jose Green
    Written on April 18, 2017
    "Ancestry.com offers one of the most convenient and comprehensive ways to conduct a deep dive into researching one's genealogy. It is possible to search back many generations than conventional research allows, and users can link their profiles to other family members."
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    #8Family Tree Builder

    Family Tree Builder
    Family Tree Builder is a software that helps you research your family history, build your family tree and add photos, historical records and more.
    Software

    Windows, Mac

    Free

    Saanvi Das
    Written on March 4, 2017
    "I was looking for something simple to use to fill in the blanks for my family history. I looked up Family Tree Builder. I really like how with little information that I have I can build a family tree and research to know more about my family that I love."
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    #9Genealogy Bank

    Genealogy Bank
    Genealogy Bank is a website where you can search for birth, marriage, and engagement records, obituary archives, hometown news and more. You may discover your family's past as you read accounts about your ancestor's experiences. 
    Websites

    $5.83- $19.95/month

    Mary Stevens
    Written on September 12, 2017
    "Now that we have lots of information stored about peoples' births, deaths, marriages, etc, it would be nice to be able to track personal histories and family trees. Genealogy Bank contains lots of records from the states, counties, and cities to be able to compile this information all in one place. My dad keeps detailed records, so I was able to verify the site's legitimacy. "
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    #10Genetic Genealogy in Practice

    Genetic Genealogy in Practice

    Genetic Genealogy in Practice is a nonfiction book about genealogy written by Blaine T. Bettinger. This nonfiction book about genealogy published in 2016 by National Genealogical Society.

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    Teresa Simpson
    Written on May 7, 2018
    "This is such a helpful book to learn about the genetic issues in genealogy. If this is your interest - and for so many people nowadays, it is - you should check it out!"
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    #11How to Use Evernote for Genealogy

    How to Use Evernote for Genealogy

    How to Use Evernote for Genealogy is a nonfiction book about genealogy written by Kerry Scott. This nonfiction book about genealogy was published on November 16, 2015 by Family Tree Books.

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    #12The Family Tree German Genealogy Guide

    The Family Tree German Genealogy Guide

    The Family Tree German Genealogy Guide is a nonfiction book about genealogy written by James Beider. This nonfiction book about genealogy was published on February 14, 2014 by Family Tree Books.

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    #13Unofficial Guide to Ancestry.com

    Unofficial Guide to Ancestry.com

    Unofficial Guide to Ancestry.com is a nonfiction book about genealogy written by Nancy Hendrickson. This nonfiction book about genealogy was published on November 18, 2014 by Family Tree Books.

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    Terry Schultz
    Written on May 4, 2018
    "If you are interested in signing up for ancestry.com. I suggest you read this book it provides clear how to's, complete interaction with the site. This is even more helpful then Ancestry.com own "Help" section!."
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    #14Ancestry's Red Book: American State, County & Town Sources

    Ancestry's Red Book: American State, County & Town Sources

    Ancestry's Red Book: American State, County & Town Sources is a nonfiction book about genealogy written by Alice Eichhlolz. This nonfiction book about genealogy was published on June 1, 2004 by Ancestry.com.

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    Kimberly Schultz
    Written on May 14, 2018
    "Incredibly informative and very great read. Must read for any sort of genealogist or someone studying the subject. "
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    #15The Source: A Guidebook Of American Genealogy

    The Source: A Guidebook Of American Genealogy

    The Source: A Guidebook Of American Genealogy is a nonfiction book about genealogy written by Lorretto Dennis Szucs and Sandra Hargreaves Luebking. This nonfiction book about genealogy was published on June 1, 2006 by Ancestry.com.

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    Willie Henderson
    Written on May 4, 2018
    "Yeah pretty informative book, I learned a lot from it and recommend it to other people."

Summary

Best What are the best resources for doing genealogy research
RankSolutionsTypeVotesPrice
1My HeritageWebsites 16 Free
2HeredisSoftware 13 Paid
3Advanced Genealogy Research Techniques Books 11 Paid
4The Family Tree Guide to DNA Testing and Genetic Genealogy Books 9 Paid
5Family Historian 6Software 8 Paid
6Organize Your Genealogy Books 6 Paid
7AncestryWebsites 5 Free
8Family Tree BuilderSoftware 1 Free
9Genealogy Bank Websites 1 Paid
10Genetic Genealogy in PracticeBooks 0 Paid
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