Where to plant your family tree online.
The Web's wide reach has its downside — especially if you don't want
the whole world to see pictures of you doing the Electric Slide at
cousin Mabel's wedding. Several hosting sites offer password-protected
online gathering places for your family. That means you can still share
your family stories and photos, but with a more limited audience.
Some hosts give your family a pre-designed site with built-in
features such as a calendar, photo album, address book and chat room.
When you register, your family gets a login and password, which you
share with everyone you want to participate. While all the services
have the same basic features, each has different extras and, in some
cases, caters to different levels of Web savvy. Your best bet is to
visit a few and decide which suits your family's needs. Here are four
to get you started:
: Membership is $12 per year. Create a page with a family calendar, message board, documents and photos.
This cute, fun site — a women's network — also has links to shopping,
classifieds and horoscopes. iVillage members receive free Web hosting.