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Designed and launched in 1999 with the primary goal of keeping genealogists informed of the latest research techniques and resources available, Genealogy Today is a specialized portal providing unique databases, search tools and original articles, along with links to the newest sites and online resources. We also offer subscription based databases and newsletters, and over 500 products in our marketplace.

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If you would like to know more about the progression of changes at Genealogy Today, please read our history. And check our announcements page for the latest developments.

Votes of Confidence

Discover your family history - April 24, 2013 We were humbled to see Genealogy Today highlighted by Kim Komando as a "cool site" in April of 2013. She wrote, "When you want to find out about your heritage, check out Genealogy Today. You can search a large database with more than 6,000 transcripts from funeral notices, school records, insurance claims, prison records and church member lists."

50 Most Popular Genealogy Websites for 2010 For the third year in a row, Genealogy Today made the list of 50 Most Popular Genealogy Websites for 2010, this year ranking at #10! These rankings are are based on the popularity of websites as measured by four major ranking companies.

Top 10 Free Genealogy Websites to Find Ancestors - June 15, 2009 In June of 2009, Ryan Dube mentioned Genealogy Today as one of the "Top 10 Free Genealogy Websites to Find Ancestors." Listed at #5, Ryan wrote, "Of all privately created websites, this one is probably one of those that you could bookmark and use for all of your research needs."

101 Best Web Sites 2009 Our Live Roots project was selected as one of the "10 Best Cutting-edge Web Sites" in Family Tree Magazine's 10th edition of this annual site review (June 17, 2009). With this 10th roundup of meritorious sites, they've sought to break the mold a bit and encompass more of the "Web 2.0" sites that are paving the way for changes in online genealogy over the next 10 years. Live Roots was described as, "an innovative approach to genealogy metasearch."

50 Most Popular Genealogy Websites for 2009 For the second year in a row, Genealogy Today made the list of 50 Most Popular Genealogy Websites for 2009, this year ranking at #12 (April 6, 2009). As the study's author, Kory Meyerink, Vice-President at ProGenealogists, explained that the study was designed in a manner similar to the popular "places rated" lists that appear regularly in the media. By ranking the websites on different criteria, and then averaging those rankings, a consensus list of the most popular sites emerges.

50 Most Popular Genealogy Websites for 2008 In March 2008, Kory L. Meyerink (Vice-President of Marketing, ProGenealogists) announced the results of a research project to identify the 50 Most Popular Genealogy Websites for 2008, and Genealogy Today was ranked #11 on the list. ProGenealogists, a privately held Utah corporation, is one of the nation's premier genealogical research firms, with offices in Salt Lake City, and Sandy, Utah. A detailed article, exploring the methodology and numbers behind this study, is planned for an upcoming issue of Digital Genealogist.

May/June 2006 issue of American Spirit Our Military Roots database project was highlighted in the May/June 2006 issue of American Spirit, the magazine of the Daughters of the American Revolution (DAR), in a section titled, "Online Advances in Genealogy." DAR is a lineage society that is a non-profit, charitable organization dedicated to patriotism, historic preservation, and education. The DAR was founded in 1890 by four women whose common bond was the fact that each had fathers or grandfathers who were patriots of the American Revolution.

Get Inspired to Retire: Over 150 Ideas to Help Find Your Retirement We received a letter on March 13, 2006, from Kaplan Publishing informing us that Genealogy Today was THE family history web site featured under the topic "Dig for Your Roots" (page 40) in a new book entitled, Get Inspired to Retire: Over 150 Ideas to Help Find Your Retirement. Authors David Saylor and Greg Heffington wrote, "Tracing a family genealogy is a legacy for your children, grandchildren, and great-granchildren. No matter how insignificant something sounds to you today, it may be invaluable to future generations." Great advice! The ideas in this colorful guide will help you plan for and make the most out of your retirement.

101 Best Undiscovered Sites On June 6th, 2005, we were notified that our Family Tree Connection project was selected by the editors of Family Tree Magazine as one of the 101 Best Undiscovered Web Sites, a listing that will appear in their August 2005 issue. David Fryxell, the writer who prepared the feature for the magazine, wrote that the sites honored this year "have the potential to become fresh fixtures on your Favorites menu." [category: Document Discoveries]

Preserving Family History Genealogy Award "Please accept this award in acknowledgement of a 'job well done'," wrote Connie Spindel, creator of Connie's Family History Pages, on March 13, 2005, as she presented Genealogy Today with the Preserving Family History Genealogy Award. She added, "There has obviously been a lot of time and effort into this web site's creation and it shows. Genealogy TODAY is a special site and one worthy of notice."

Genealogy Sleuth Excellence Award On March 12, 2005, we received the Genealogy Sleuth Excellence Award from Ancestral Branches. Melanie Karvoski, the site's owner, told us, "We have been to your web site and found it to be informative and an excellent contribution to the internet genealogy community as a whole."

Family Tree Magazine 101 Best Web Sites For an amazing fourth year in a row, Genealogy Today was named to the annual 101 Best Web Sites list published by Family Tree Magazine on June 3, 2004. David Fryxell, the writer who prepared overviews of the winning sites, said the following about Genealogy Today: "This all-purpose site offers tips and resources geared for all levels of expertise - even junior genealogists." [category: History & Reference]

2003 Genealogy Site of the Year "On behalf of Genealogical Journeys In Time your Website, Genealogy Today, has been selected to win our Genealogy Site of the Year award for 2003," wrote Curt and Bonnie Miller on November 14, 2003. "We award the Genealogy Site of the Year to excellent sites on the Net who offer assistance to our fellow researchers by way of online materials, posting surnames and queries, advice, tips or free lookups. Congratulations on a great Website!"

Internet Scout Project - Scout Report On July 11, 2003, the well-respected Scout Report wrote the following about Genealogy Today, "For the beginning researcher, or the more advanced genealogist, Genealogy will be a welcome addition to the numerous sites dealing with researching family history, both online and in archives." Read the complete profile.

Family Tree Magazine 101 Best Web Sites For the third year in a row, Genealogy Today was named one of the annual 101 Best Web Sites and elected into the Family Tree Magazine Hall of Fame on June 13, 2003. Allison Stacy, FTM's Editor, told us "Thanks for providing such a useful resource for the readers of Family Tree Magazine--and, again, congratulations. This year, our fourth annual 101 list, we're recognizing these consistently click-worthy sites with a Hall of Fame designation, denoting those that have made the list at least three times." [category: Portals]

July 2002 Home Page Pick of the Month Genealogy Today was highlighted as the July 2002 Home Page Pick of the Month by Genealogical Journeys In Time, which select genealogy related Websites that show their dedication and hard work in assisting other researchers with their roots. Curt and Bonnie Miller told us, "Congratulations on a genealogy site that is CHOCK full of good information."

101 Best Family History Web Sites For the second year in a row, Genealogy Today was named one of the annual 101 Best Family History Web Sites on June 18, 2002, and will be mentioned in the August 2002 issue of Family Tree Magazine. Family Tree Magazine is America's largest-circulation genealogy magazine, helping readers discover, preserve and celebrate their family history. [category: Starting Points]

One Great Genealogy Site Award from " has been selected to receive the 'One Great Genealogy Site' award for the services you are providing to the genealogy community," wrote Jim Ericson, VP Marketing and Community Relations for on June 3rd, 2002. chose our site to be a 'Friend of the Family' on May 16, 2002. "We consider it a privilege to refer our visitors to your site which we believe is an especially relevant resource for those looking for great resources for connecting their families," commented Craig Richards, Publisher.

Genealogy Excellence Professional Site Award On December 26, 2001, Richard Fox from They Live Again wrote, "I'm pleased to present your site with the Genealogy Excellence Professional Site Award for the professionalism demonstrated towards Internet genealogy. Thanks for your contribution to Genealogy and I wish the best to your site."

International Blacksheep Society of Genealogists Award Chosen as an IBSSG Select Site on August 15, 2001. The International Black Sheep Society of Genealogists (IBSSG) is an Association of Genealogists who have found "blacksheep ancestors" in their direct family lines, or under the "One Degree Rule" of the Society. Thank you for recognizing Genealogy Today.

101 Best Family History Web Sites Genealogy Today was named one of the 101 Best New Family History Web Sites on June 20, 2001, and was mentioned in the August 2001 issue of Family Tree Magazine. Family Tree Magazine is from the publishers of Betterway Books, known for such bestselling genealogy titles as "Unpuzzling Your Past" by Emily Croom and "Organizing Your Family History Search" by Sharon DeBartolo Carmack. [category: For Beginners]

Best of the Internet for Genealogists In her message announcing the award of "Best of the Internet for Genealogists" to Genealogy Today on March 19, 2001, DearMYRTLE said, "you'll find a brilliantly useful collection of columns, articles, links and newsletters -- quite impressive for a 2 year old ... I thought a quick visit to this site would suffice, but there is a lot of meat on the bones at ... Congrats!"

We were accepted as a Surfers Choice Internet Award recipient on February 11, 2001. "Congratulations on your sites selection to Surfers Choice Internet Awards. Being selected as a winning site is a symbol of the quality of your site in terms of content, design and originality," announced Wally Gross, Site Revew Team.

Genealogy Today was featured in the January 2001 issue of Net4TV Voice, a newsletter geared for webTV owners. "You did a great job putting those pages together, they showed knowledge and thought for others family history," commented Roxanne Parks Garrett, Staff Writer.

StateGenSites selected Genealogy Today for their Site of the Month Award for October 2000. "It's one of the very best Genealogical magazines available online or off. The fact that it is online and FREE puts it head and shoulders above most of its competion," explained Bill Hocutt (a.k.a. Uncle Hiram)

Family Tree Magazine chose Serendipity: Genealogical Discoveries as Site of the Day for Sept. 21, 2000, for being a wonderful online resource.

Jayde Gold Diamond Award Winner Jayde, one of the most selective award sites on the Web, selected as the first genealogy site deserving of its' Gold Diamond Award on March 21, 2000. "We review sites on the basis of design, style and content. What's New in Genealogy received a high rating from our reviewers in all three areas. Congratulations on an outstanding site."

March 19 cover was highlighted as a four-star web site in the March 19, 2000 issue of Access Magazine, a syndicated Sunday newspaper magazine. Read the review

Editor's Pick In the March/April 2000 issue of Family Chronicle Magazine, was selected as the Editor's Pick among this issue's Genealogy Web Sites Worth Surfing section. Jeff Chapman, the editor of the magazine's feature, wrote "Since the site was created in February 1999, it has come into its own by incorporating a variety of interactive features." and "'s News Center aims to keep visitors on top of events in the genealogy industry."

Genealogy Heritage Award On February 26, was awarded the "Genealogy Heritage Award" from Joan Hurst Lundy-Boyd. Joan told us, "I am pleased to give your wonderful site my award. Thank you for your contribution to genealogy, its really a great site for genealogists!!"

PURCHASE THIS BOOK is mentioned in the Millenium Edition of the popular book, Genealogy Online by Elizabeth Powell Crowe (McGraw Hill). We're listed under the "Four Score and Seven Sites to Visit" section on page 128.

The Quest For Ancestors On December 6, 1999 we received The Quest For Ancestors "Award for Excellence." Christine Lennon, the site's owner commented, "What a great idea for a site! I'm pleased to present the Quest award to this valuable site." Chosen as a "Recommended Site" on November 5, 1999 by the Suite101 genealogy editor, Christine Sievers. " is a great site! I know the effort, time and dedication it takes to make your updated newsletter site the 'Best'," - Christine.

PURCHASE THIS BOOK Recommended in "300 Incredible Things to Do on the Internet" (we were listed under Thing #208 Ancestors), "What's NEW in Genealogy...Today!" is one of the sites that will keep you busy for a while if you need to know about your past.

Our site was highlighted in the June 1999 issue of the's Home & Family section, where it was explained "whether it has to do with coat of arms, reunions, passenger lists, census records, cemetery listings, family web sites, military info, or whatever, you will find how to get the information you want through Genealogy Today's huge database."

Picked as a GnomeFavorite in the April 17th issue of the LockerGnome (pronounced lah-ker-nohm) weekly newsletter for our exciting coverage of genealogy news. "Truth is stranger than fiction, and so is my family," candidly commented Chris Pirillo, the newsletter's creator.

Also, from the Web Search "Hot Search Sites of the Day" for March 31st: "This site monitors search engines, directories, newsgroups, mailing lists, and adds new genealogy links several times a day."

USA TODAY AWARD This site was selected a USA Today Hot Site on March 30, 1999, and then the site was mentioned in the April 7th Edition of USA Today: "The number of genealogy sites on the Web is growing fast. promises to keep track of them for you."

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