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When doing family research, you will find dozens of websites and resources available for purchase. But which ones do you trust? Which ones do you use? For today’s A to Z Challenge, I wanted to share about the questionable “GenealogyBank” subscription site.
GenealogyBank: Claim to Exclusiveness
GenealogyBank is a leading online genealogical resource from NewsBank, inc. Featuring a wealth of exclusive material-including modern obituaries and historical newspapers, books, pamphlets, military records, government documents and more-GenealogyBank helps you discover fascinating information about your family history.
GenealogyBank’s 13,000+ historical newspapers include letters, speeches, opinion pieces, advertisements, hometown news, photographs, illustrations and more. [Website]
GenealogyBank: An Honest Review
In short – Do not waste money. Do not waste time. Skip past GenealogyBank. Do not collect £200. Go straight away.
NEGATIVE: Unrelated Search Results
When you do a search on GenealogyBank there is no rhyme or reason for what results you will get from from their server. And if you are like me – you’ll be lucky to find 10% of the results you are given turn out to be positive for the correct ancestor.
And the results you find are nothing new.
NEGATIVE: Nothing New
When I first tried GenealogyBank, I was specifically looking for one ancestor but I found nothing on their site that I couldn’t find elsewhere (ancestry.com for instance).
I found 2 census records that I had already found on ancestry.com.
No newspaper articles.
In fact, on the FREE NYS Historic Newspapers website (that I will cover for “N“) I found more then I did on GenealogyBank.
In the name of honesty – I did find several family obituaries from The Oregonian Newspaper. But those same obituaries I later was able to confirm and find for FREE from the library’s NewsBank account.
NEGATIVE: Cancellation Troubles
If you research GenealogyBank you’ll find most complaints are about the cancellation process.
Currently – they allow you to cancel on the website so you will not having to call their toll free number. That is a plus because in the past I have had to speak to some very pushy customer service representatives when trying to cancel my memberships.
However, what’s lousy is that if you want to cancel a free trial – you have to cancel on the exact last date possible if you want to get the full use of your free trial. Otherwise, your free trial will be cancelled effective immediately. (Pretty petty of them).
So what resources do you recommend?