at a Glance - dummies

By April Leigh Helm, Matthew L. Helm is a well-established online community for genealogists. It’s been around for a long time and has gone through various renditions. Several years ago, it became part of the family and has remained closely associated with Ancestry.

Whereas relies heavily on subscriptions to keep its collection growing, relies heavily on the generosity of its users to give their time, energy, and personal resources to make free genealogical data available for all to use.

Users can contribute to by submitting transcriptions of books and records, sharing their family trees in the WorldConnect Project (a database of family trees that now has more than 700 million names in it), participating in the RootsWeb Surname List, or RSL (a registry of surnames being researched worldwide and how to contact those researching the names), and posting messages and responses to the message boards and mailing lists hosted by also offers web hosting, where you can build your own genealogy website.

The directory on the home page gives you a quick and comprehensive look at what has to offer. Click any of the links to discover how you can contribute to the various projects.