just announced a service called WebTree
, billing it as "the most revolutionary family tree publishing site on the Internet."
It’s a free site where you can post and share your family tree, and create heirloom-quality charts to print at home. In the future, you’ll be able to order printed charts, according to FamilyLink founder Paul Allen.
The site hasn’t launched yet, but you can become a charter member now by registering and entering family information. Charter members also will be able to preview new features.
WebTree's pre-launch home page promises an "amazing number of revolutionary features designed to help you with your genealogy."
It also says the service “will never sell your data or burn it to CD,” a vow likely aimed to those who've accused Allen's former employer, Ancestry.com
, of reselling user-submitted data.
WebTree states that "you own your data," too, which is a bit of an oversimplification: Nobody owns facts such as names and dates. Additionally, just about anywhere you post your data, you still can use the information however you like—the sticking point is what rights the site claims for using the data you submit.
If it's OK with you, WebTree will make some use of your data. “With permission of the submitters," Allen says, "We will index the files and make them searchable on WorldVitalRecords
(as well as on Webtree.com itself)."
World Vital Records is FamilyLink’s fee-based genealogy database service. "As more and more visitors do free searches in this tree collection, we'll be able to let them know about other premium records and databases as well," says Allen.