Advantages Easy to Make Connections, Low Fees, Free Software
Disadvantages Appalling Customer Services
Genes Reunited is a sister website of Friends Reunited, a website that helps old school friends trace one another. It's one of the most useful genealogy websites I've come across to date.Shortly after the birth of my son a little over a year ago, I stumbled across this site via Friends Reunited. My then Father-In-Law had already talked about researching his family tree and with the arrival of my new baby I decided it would be a good idea to trace my roots. With most of my family not on speaking terms I thought the task might prove at least very difficult if not impossible but Genes Reunited made it relatively easy.
I had to pay a subscription fee of 7.50 (currently 9.95) if I wanted to contact other members however I was able to view the site contents and use their family tree maker software for free. On discovering the name of a possible relative I decided to pay the subscription after a few weeks and so my journey began.Possibly the easiest way to make this review both useful and informative is to mention the various functions the site provides accompanied by a short description of how they work.
First up we have "My Homepage" which is exactly what you would expect from the title. A basic overview of functions you might find helpful along with a shortcut to your tree which is bit pointless as there is a shortcut to it on the taskbar that remains constantly on the left hand side of the screen.Next you have "Messages" which you can use to send and receive private messages to/from other members. The message centre is logically set out with new messages always appearing at the top of your inbox however if you let your messages pile up it can take a very long time to clear out as you have to delete each message via an individual tick box system.
Then we have your "Account Details" which includes your personal information. An important note if you're considering subscribing to the site is that if you want to keep details of living relatives confidential when allowing other members to view your tree, this is where you have the option of concealing your living relatives by ticking a box. The information contained on this page isn't accessible to other members.The option "Family Tree" will take you to your family tree. I found the family tree software so good that despite my growing tree I see no reason to pay out for "proper software" and continue to use this free version. I didn't need any help setting up my tree or adding to it as the layout is so simple and easy to use. You appear at the start of your tree automatically and have the options beside your name to add spouse, child, sibling or parents. You simply click on the type of relation you wish to add and enter their details into the boxes. Certain information is required (name, year of birth, place of birth) but if you don't know you can simply type in "unknown" or tick the circa box for year of birth. Every new relative you add will then have the same options for adding relatives as you started with and there is no limit to the amount of partners, siblings or children you can add to each relative.
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