Written on: 26/05/2011
I have really enjoyed growing my family tree on Genes Reunited, so much so that I would now class it as a full-scale hobby. I have had subcriptions to other genealogy sites, but overall I would say the interface at Genes Reunited is much easier for beginners to navigate, and also the help people give if you get stuck can be priceless. Getting in touch with people who share your ancestors can be a real bonus, although it is a little disappointing if they don't answer you.
The way the records are organised makes it harder to make mistakes in your tree - some other sites allow you to add in details from sources or other people's trees with a couple of clicks, but with Genes Reunited you have to do it manually which (hopefully!)makes you check the information.
The downsides I have found are that there is no way of storing information that you are not using at that time, even though you might want it later - the 'favourite' records is cumbersome and hard to work with, and there is no system for taking someone out of your tree but not deleting them in case you want them later. Deleting or moving branches is tricky and if you want to share your tree with other users it has to be the whole tree or nothing. You can only have one tree per account.
Also some people on the chat boards can be a bit rude to newcomers who are learning the ropes, which is unnecessary. Some people don't seem to like changes - as seen recently when the Living Relatives feature was introduced. This has proved very popular, following the Long Lost Familiy TV programme. It is a shame that some people can be negative, because overall Genes Reunited is helpful and friendly.
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