New Family.me Site Combines Social Networking and Genealogy

New Family.me Site Combines Social Networking and Genealogy

One website celebrating its debut at the RootsTech/FGS conference is Family.me. This private social network for families combines the real-time sharing capabilities of social networking with genealogy tools. And if you're among the first 10,000 users to sign up, you'll receive a free account for life, says...

One website celebrating its debut at the RootsTech/FGS conference is Family.me. This private social network for families combines the real-time sharing capabilities of social networking with genealogy tools.

And if you’re among the first 10,000 users to sign up, you’ll receive a free account for life, says spokesperson Jackie Enterline. She adds that the site might consider ways to “monetize” in the future, such as premium subscriptions.

Family.me features include:

  • A family tree builder where you can add names, relationships and other details
  • Invite family members by email or through a social network importer
  • Memory sharing through stories and uploaded media
  • Record search: Family.me is working with FamilySearch to make the digitized records on FamilySearch.org available to Family.me users, and Family.me tools will be available to FamilySearch members.
  • A “mobile-first” design for using the site’s tools on the go

Family.me is a “game-like,” mobile-friendly way for family members to share memories, says chief executive officer Harrison Tang. “Rather than one family member doing all of the genealogy work, parents, children, cousins, siblings, aunts and grandparents alike can piece together their information, such as looking up historical records, adding recent photos or documenting precious memories on the timeline.”

Here’s what the family tree area looks like:

And a record uploaded to the tree:


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  1. They should have involved a genealogist in creating the promotional page. Women should be shown with maiden name, not married surname, and the census extract is full of errors and omissions. There’s not a lot of use for something that just piggybacks on FamilySearch but with gratuitous mistakes.

  2. I signed up but it never sent any email confirmation. Very little info was on the website as far as features. No tutorials or anything about any features. Nothing on the website at all to let me know if I was part of the first 10,000 and nothing is mentioned that if you get your relatives on there are they free as well under my account.

    I will continue to play with it because I like the idea behind the site but I hope they make some improvements to it.

  3. The site indicates that you can hold some of your information as confidential but doesn’t provide information on how to do this. Until I get that information I am not planning to add any living persons to my tree.