No, this wildly popular social-networking site isn’t just for teens with way too much time on their handsnot anymore. Genealogy groups and different pages like Ancestry turn your Facebook page into a powerful tool for exchanging family tree information. It’s an ideal place to network with like-minded genealogists (and become a fan of Family Tree Magazine).
3. Family Pursuit $
Create a free collaborative online family tree, or upgrade ($59.95 a year) to upload photos and documents, and manage privacy features. Research coordination tools let you create and assign tasks, log research progress and share your findings. Unique to Family Pursuit is a global database of sources contributed by all users.
4. Flickr $
Here’s another site not specifically for genealogy that clever family historians are usingin this case, to post photos of ancestors, gravestones and more. See, for example, the Kansas Civil War veterans graves. The Smithsonian and Library of Congress have collections on Flickr, too. Public content is free to browse; share images with a free account or pay $24.95 a year for unlimited storage and extra features.
5. Geni $
A standout among family tree sharing sites with 45 million profiles, Geni was singled out by Time magazine as one of the 50 best Web sites in 2008 and honored on PC Magazine’s list of Best Free Software. Who are we to argue? Geni is free, although a new $5 monthly Pro plan enhances relationship pathways, enables GEDCOM export of your tree and all connected trees, and offers priority tech support.
6. MyHeritage $
8. TribalPages $
“Part encyclopedia, part social network,” this free wiki is sponsored by the Foundation for On-Line Genealogy in partnership with the Allen County (Ind.) Public Library. In addition to pages for more than 2 million people and families, WeRelate searches nearly 1 million sources, including microfilms and Web sites.