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My Heritage or Ancestry?

A while ago on the Legacy Users Group on Facebook, someone raised the question; Ancestry or MyHeritage?  If you could only afford one, which should you choose?

These are the statistics:

From MyHeritage

From Ancestry

  • All collections 32,887
  • Census & Voter Lists 614
  • Birth, Marriage & Death 4,332
  • Military 1,271
  • Immigration & Travel 515
  • Newspapers & Publications 1,490
  • Pictures 40
  • Stories, Memories & Histories 23,510
  • Maps, Atlases & Gazetteers 189
  • Schools, Directories & Church Histories 4,674
  • Convict, Criminal, Land & Wills 1,373
  • Reference, Dictionaries & Almanacs 1,337
  • Family Trees 9

Ancestry has far more collections than My Heritage, so I would choose Ancestry.

I have done posts comparing the census & voter lists collections (refer to the Censuses & Voter Lists category) at both Ancestry and My Heritage, as well as FindMyPast and free sites around the internet (including FamilySearch).

Most of the other categories have too many collections to be able to make a comparison (particularly the Stories, Memories & Histories category), although I have done one for the births, deaths and marriages collections for Oceania.

Oceania Births, Deaths and Marriages

In the comparisons I have done so far, I have found very few collections on My Heritage that aren’t available on either FindMyPast, Ancestry or FamilySearch, or on other free sites.

I decided to see if perhaps My Heritage had more trees than Ancestry

These are the collections on Ancestry

Total 3,651,684,963

These are the collections on MyHeritage

28 collections – 3,888,074,236 records

Since the FamilySearch Family Tree is available for free on FamilySearch, I decided to see what the total would be without this collection

27 collections – 2,991,707,957 records.

I decided to see which of these collections were available elsewhere:

Everton Pedigree and Family Group Sheets is available on WorldVitalRecords

Families Argentinas has its own website

The Lincolnshire Pedigrees are on

John Lee of Farmington, Hartford County, Connecticut, and His Descendants is also on

Seldens of Virginia and Allied Families is on Ancestry

Staffordshire Pedigrees Based On the Visitation of That County, 1663-1664 is on

Marsh Genealogy : Giving Several Thousand Descendants of John Marsh of Hartford, Connecticut, 1636 – 1895 is also on

In my opinion, there aren’t enough unique records on My Heritage to take out a subscription, particularly now that RootsMagic, Legacy Family Tree and Ancestral Quest have the option to get My Heritage hints.  If you do find a hint for a record from My Heritage that you can’t find elsewhere, I would check whether your local library has a subscription to My Heritage, rather than subscribing yourself.

Another problem I have with My Heritage is the fact that you can only subscribe yearly.  Both FindMyPast and Ancestry offer pay-per-view and monthly options, as well as free weekends and special offers, so if you can’t afford a yearly subscription, you can still do a little bit of research at a time, as you can afford to.  My Heritage doesn’t provide that option.

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