BUILD A DIGITAL FAMILY TREE
You can buy various family tree programs for your computer, such as Family Tree Maker ( mackiev.com/ftm), Family Historian ( family-historian.co.uk), Legacy ( legacyfamilytree.com) and RootsMagic ( rootsmagic.co.uk). However, you can build and host your tree online instead. For example, TribalPages ( tribalpages.com) freely allows you to add details of individuals into a chart with fields for specific events, such as a birthdate and birthplace, and an associated notes section. Remember to keep the details of those still alive private on your online tree, to protect their identity.
Many of the large genealogy record sites, such as FamilySearch, Findmypast and MyHeritage, have tree- building capabilities, which you can utilise without paying for a subscription (although free access to MyHeritage restricts your tree to a maximum of 250 individuals). TreeView ( treeview.co.uk) is another option which can be used as a standalone program, or connect with records on TheGenealogist.
Perhaps the most powerful online tree-builder can be found on Ancestry, which not only allows you to add relevant names, facts and stories, but also permits a few additional bells and whistles. Records from Ancestry can be added to your online tree (if you have a subscription), and your tree can be synchronised to an app on your mobile phone or tablet, and to your Mac or PC (via Family Tree Maker). Even better, if you take a DNA test through Ancestry, you can look for cousin matches using DNA matches and their associated family trees on the site.