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# Tuesday, 20 November 2007
Family Tree- and Photo-Sharing Web Sites
Posted by Diane

Q We received this question via our MySpace page: I’ve heard about Web sites that will host pictures to give my family its own sharing place of current pictures of our kids (considering we're all over the United States). Do any of these also have a genealogical chart you can fill in?

A It sounds like you could use a family-oriented social networking Web site. Many of these sites let you upload photos, build a family tree online (you may even be able to upload a GEDOCM to cut down on data entry), create profile pages for family members and even add important dates to calendars.

Usually, you can opt to keep your family’s pages private by giving everyone a password, and you can also grant certain people editing privileges.

You’re in luck! The January 2008 Family Tree Magazine (now on newsstands and at has an overview of genealogy social networking sites. Here are some family-photo sharing sites that also let you create a genealogy chart:

Amiglia offers basic tree-building (when our reviewer checked, you couldn’t enter places or events besides birth and death), photo- and video-sharing. There’s a free trial period; after that, the site costs $49.95 per year.

Geni is a graphically cool site where you can upload photos and add a calendar and a family tree (with dates and places of birth and death, but not baptisms and burials). Our reviewer found navigation easy, and the site is free. Member Trees is also free, but after you add a tree, you’ll see “shaky leaves” that indicate’s subscription-only databases may have records on your ancestors. Member Trees lets you add photos and video clips with searchable descriptions, and create a book using Ancestry Press.

MyHeritage offers an easy way to type information into a tree, or a more-elaborate, downloadable Family Tree Builder. You also can upload photos. The free Basic plan limits storage space; you also can choose a paid plan for $2.95 to $9.95 per month.

If your family’s on Facebook, relatives can upload a program called Family Tree to their profiles and use it to create a pedigree chart. See the Genealogy Insider blog for more information.

With the capabilities of Web 2.0, these sites are updated frequently and new social networking sites are popping up all the time. If the whole family will be using the site, let other people weigh in on which you choose.

Readers: Which family social networking sites would you recommend? Any tips for families that use a site? Click Comment to post here, or add your two cents to our Web Watch Forum.

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Tuesday, 20 November 2007 16:59:36 (GMT Standard Time, UTC+00:00)  #  Comments [7]
Tuesday, 20 November 2007 19:49:30 (GMT Standard Time, UTC+00:00)
Thanks for including us in your list of sites today. Our team is busy adding additional features and enhancements that we will roll out over the next few months--features that have been requested by our users so stay tuned!
Tuesday, 20 November 2007 21:46:18 (GMT Standard Time, UTC+00:00)
Forgot to mention that we already have the date of death, date and place of burial. Baptism and other fields are all coming soon.
Tuesday, 20 November 2007 22:33:32 (GMT Standard Time, UTC+00:00)
This is great to know of all these resources. I recently found out about Geni but didn't realize there were all these other social networking sites out there! Thanks for covering them.
Wednesday, 21 November 2007 09:20:30 (GMT Standard Time, UTC+00:00)
Don't forget about us ;) Kindo is the next generation's family tree, and we're available in 9 languages. No photo-sharing yet, but we're working on it.. Hope you get the chance to try it out!

Wednesday, 21 November 2007 10:50:49 (GMT Standard Time, UTC+00:00)
And don't forget about us too :) (Hello Geni and Kindo friends ;). Genoom is available in 11 languages and is photo-sharing ready. GEDCOM import&export is also available.
Thursday, 29 November 2007 16:34:55 (GMT Standard Time, UTC+00:00)
What about You can upload pictures and gedcoms(family trees),already has a calendar for events, and message board,plus other features.
Thursday, 29 November 2007 19:56:43 (GMT Standard Time, UTC+00:00)
Our family uses There is a charge for this. We can up load pictures and genealogy trees. We can also post messages and family records. Members must have a password to enter the site. Membership is by invitation only.
Margaret McCleskey
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