The Genealogist Research Guide

Initially, when you log into your account, you will see the Search page as your default, but there are also other areas to explore such as the Forum, where you can talk to other subscribers and help each other with research problems or advice on how to use the site.


The TreeView tab takes you to a free program that enables you to build your family tree on your computer.

TreeView has it's own help guide, please click on the link below to view this:


In the Social area, you will find links to social networking sites, historical articles featured in email newsletters, and subscriber stories where you can read people's research stories and submit your own. The best articles submitted will win S&N vouchers and feature in our email newsletters. Our historical articles show how famous ancestors such as Florence Nightingale and the Brontë sisters can be traced online. To access the featured articles section, click on the link below:

Image Archive

Our dedicated Image Archive includes hundreds of unique 3D photos and thousands of standard images dating from 1850 to 1940!

The 'Image Archive' is a free to use service that allows researchers the opportunity to relive the past through the eyes of your ancestors at:

'Diamond' subscribers to TheGenealogist will have further access to the Image Archive to download the images in a high resolution format for the greatest possible clarity.


Interact with other members regarding your research and receive hints and tips from very knowledgeable members.


The News tab allows you to view our recent New Releases.


Through generations, specific parts of DNA are passed down with little change from parent to child. At its most basic, DNA tests compare the markers between different people who have already been tested to find those who are related to you.From these matching people, you can make contact or use the information they have provided about their family research. The information can then be used to make breakthroughs in your own research, connect with lost relations or confirm suspected genealogical connections.For paternal line testing, it is also likely that the Surname will have been passed down along with the DNA markers. This has allowed 'Surname Projects' to be started based on DNA matches confirming your common surname ancestry.A DNA test can also show you the ancestral make-up of your DNA and, from that, which countries feature these markers. This will not match you to individual people but can help find new avenues of research by showing areas of origin which you were not aware of or to confirm ones you suspected.


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My Account

The My Account section is where you can amend your details including your registered email address and password, check details of your current and past subscriptions (under Subscription Information), submit new card details, buy more subscriptions, view the credit information table to find out how credits are used and contact us if you have any questions which are not answered in the help pages.