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About Geneanet
Geneanet was launched in 1996 by genealogy enthusiasts to help family history researchers sharing their data. They wanted their users to pay only if they want and that’s why they created the Premium service. Most of the website pages and features are available for free but you can take advantage of Ad-Free browsing, more effective search engine and access to additional records by subscribing to the Premium. The site can be viewed in Dutch, English, French, German, Italian, Spanish and Portuguese. The homepage is

Members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints can receive a free membership by going following the link on the Partner Access page. You must be logged into FamilySearch to verify your Church Membership. Geneanet is the first French genealogy website and the company has 25 employees.

Is Geneanet a Free or Pay Site?
Geneanet offers every kind of genealogy record published by researchers, genealogy societies, commercial companies, etc. Data submitters decide if they want to give a free or paid access to their information. But most of it is available for free to every Geneanet member and you will never be charged without your authorization. Most services on the site are free, but a subscription is required for access to premium content.

What Can I Expect to Find There?
They have a forum to post questions and engage in discussions related to Geneanet specifically and genealogy in general. Geneanet is especially useful for those who have ancestors in Europe, and more specifically in France. Geneanet is particularly important to researchers in Latin America, as many professional Hispanic genealogists have added their trees to this database.

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  • Geneanet members are sharing more than 400 million individuals in their Online Family Trees. They suggest that you contact other members to find and share ancestors.
  • Hundreds of thousands of free digitized archival records and hundreds of mostly free digitized registers are available.
  • Geneanet members are also sharing their indexes for free and some genealogy society indexes are available with paid access.
  • You will find hundreds of thousands of digitized books (paid access), postcards and family photos (free), a wiki, a blog, a genealogy community, etc.