BUILD A DIG­I­TAL FAM­ILY TREE

Who Do You Think You Are? Magazine - - FIRST STEPS -

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.

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