New Family.me Site Combines Social Networking and Genealogy

By Diane Haddad

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: