Genes Reunited is part of the Friends Reunited network, owned by the ITV network.
Genesreunited.com provides a good basic range of core databases making them available to the UK market (Census, Birth, Marriage and Death records and more.) You can in fact sign up to Genesreunited or their other site www.1901censusonline.com and access all of their Census records but not inlcuding the 1881 Census - A core year that is available else where but would be nice to have included in the site. The inclusion of the Birth, Marriage and Death records makes it very handy for those persons who are just starting out and a must on the site is their Community section that can really help with questions you might have.
Genesreunited does not have a number of subscriptions like Ancestry and offer a 6 month subscription to their Family Tree and Community pages for £9.95, free access to use their tree functionality, and you have to buy credits to search their core genealogy records - 50 credits for £5 valid for 7 days. Each record viewed uses a different number of credits but this equates to roughly the same deal as the Ancestry Pay Per Veiw product.
This covers off many of the different kinds of access people need but didn't really have the weight of other well known sites.
Genesreunited's Online Family Tree is a free service that allows you to create, grow and share your family tree quickly and easily on the Internet. A main talking point here is the volume of people that have trees in the UK and also the fact that they email you a lot with HOT Matches - not all good, but some have been helpful.
Genes Reunited does not have world records in any number and are UK focused.
As mentioned earlier Genes Reunited have another site called 1901censusonline bought through an earlier deal as they were growing. A good site that should be merged to make Genes Reunited a more encompasing site. But, nevertheless, a helpful site to get you started. This site does require a seperate voucher scheme although Genes Reunited will probably soon allows their credits to search the 1901 Census.
Ease of Use:
Because of the simplicity of the site it is very easy to use. Just enter a name and see what information comes back. Join the community and see what help they can give.
Genes Reunited has a FAQs page and email support
Sporting a similar design to its sister site Friends Reunited, Genes Reunited is equally easy to use. You start by entering details about yourself and your parents, including the year, place and country of birth, and then expand the tree by adding additional family members. You can edit entries, upload an existing GEDCOM file, and look for relatives added by other members – the site boasts over 121 million names across seven million trees. Census data and birth, marriage and death indexes are also searchable, but to view any records you’ll need a paid membership. Six months costs £9.95 (silver) or £29.95 (gold). Alternatively, you can buy 50 credits (searches) for £5, which are valid for seven days.
Your tree can be viewed in several ways – you can choose to view it in full, just immediate family, or only ancestors or descendants. You can also print out any of the selected views.
Score - Genes Reunited scores a 6/10
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