FamilyLink helps users discover their family trees and find ancestors they may never have known existed. The website provides users with access to more than 3.6 billion records, 1 billion newspaper articles and more than 25 million year book photographs. Additional resources provided by FamilyLink include local histories, digital books, vital record compilations, an index to 24 million Ellis Island records and 100 million death records and obituaries. Users can easily compile and manage their family tree and share what they learn with others through FamilyLink. Users can get started by searching with a name or keyword or by browsing by collection or location. Location options include country and U.S. state lists. FamilyLink also includes a historical U.S. map search feature.Show more screenshots »
FamilyLink was founded in June of 2006. The Provo, Utah based company’s main attraction was the We’re Related application which was launched the following year. The FamilyLink team consists of approximately 60 individuals including CEO Paul Allen, Chief Social Officer Jason McGowan, President Steve Nickle and CMO Cydni Tetro.
FamilyLink offers many of the same features as other, similar applications. Users can build their family trees and share them with others. FamilyLink provides users with easily accessible location links that cover countries as well as U.S. states. The historic U.S. map search feature is a nice touch as well. The site may be more appealing to some users because it has a slightly cleaner, less clutter appearance compared to other popular family tree applications.
The FamilyLink website welcomes users with a colorful header that features aging books and simple yet effective maps in blue and white. Overall, the website uses more open space and a tidy layout to give the user access to information without overloading them. For some, this may be an appealing characteristic. The top of the page presents users with a search bar that allows them to look for specific first and last names by location.
Visitors can join FamilyLink by clicking the purple and white “Sign Up Now” button found along the left hand side of the homepage. The user is asked to select their desired membership type by clicking the corresponding radio button at the top of the form. Just below, the user is asked to provide a first and last name, email address and credit card information. The bottom of the form requires a successful Captcha code entry to prove that the user is a real person.
FamilyLink offers users one premium account option, however multiple payment options are included. Members receive access to millions of documents, photographs, newspapers and more. They can also enjoy FamilyLink’s tree building tools and other features without advertisements. If the user chooses to pay for their subscription on a monthly basis, they are charged approximately $13. If the user pays for one full year, the total cost is around $72 (which works out to approximately $6 per month). A two year payment option is also available and costs about $120, which works out to around $5 per month. FamilyLink accepts Visa, MasterCard, Amex and Discover payments.
FamilyLink is an economical option for users who want to learn more about their history and family tree. The website is very easy to use, so it might be slightly less intimidating to novice computer users compared to other popular sites like Ancestry.