- FamilyInHistory lets you create a tree by uploading a GEDCOM and adding photos and stories. You can grant others access to contribute images and stories, too. Though you can edit the stories, photos and events on your familys timeline, you cant edit genealogical data once it’s on the siteinstead, youd need to upload a new GEDCOM.
After a 30-day free trial, FamilyInHistory costs from $8.49 to $18.49 per month.
Before signing on, check out similar free sites, such as SharedTree, Geni (where you can collaborate with relatives on a tree, but cant yet upload a GEDCOMa spokesperson told me to expect GEDCOM uploads by the end of the year) or Ancestry.com Member Trees (you can build a free tree even if you dont have an Ancestry.com subscription, but nonsubscribers cant access results of the automated Ancestry.com database searches).
- FamilyRelatives, a site with UK census, vital registration, parish and other records, has added free social networking. FamilyRelatives is more profile-based than most genealogy social networking sites: Rather than build a tree, you create a profile, enter family data (no GEDCOM uploads yet) and attach records (FamilyLink, which debuted earlier this year, works similarly). You can search and view other members profiles and leave comments, and the site automatically matches your relatives names with the same names in other profiles.
To search FamilyRelatives record databases, youll need a subscription ($75 for a year) or a pay-per-view account (50 units cost $10; 150 units cost $23.50).
We’ll help you choose which social networking site best suits your needs in the January 2008 Family Tree Magazine, on newsstands and FamilyTreeMagazine.com Dec. 18.
Addition: Yet another new site we’ve learned of, TreeX.com, is meant to function as Web-based genealogy software and a social networking site rolled up in one. A 30-day free trial lets you create a tree, import a GEDCOM, add 20 photos to an album, invite relatives to join in and surname-search all the site’s trees. After the trial, you can opt for a $95.88 12-month or $59.94 six-month subscription.
If you take a pass on paying, you’ll be moved to the free basic plan. Niether the trial period nor the basic plan lets you export a GEDCOM from your tree. (It’s not clear on the site what other features the basic plan includes.)