Personal Genealogy Web Sites Toolkit

By Allison Dolan Premium


Books on HTML

? Complete Idiot’s Guide to Creating an HTML Web Page by Paul McFedries (Que)

? Creating Web Pages with HTML Simplified by Ruth Maran (IDC Books)

? HTML for Dummies by Ed Tittel and Steven N. James (IDC Books)

? HTML: The Complete Reference by Thomas A. Powell (Osborne McGraw Hill)

? Learn HTML in a Weekend by Steven E. Callihan (Prima Publishing)

Web sites about HTML

? Bare Bones Guide to HTML<>

? Basic HTML Reference <>

? Beginning HTML Links <>

? HTML Tag Library <>

? Introduction to HTML and URLs

On the bookshelf

? Publishing Your Family History on the Internet by Richard S. Wilson (Compuology)

? Web Publishing for Genealogy by Peter Christian (Genealogical Publishing Co.)

? Genealogy Online for Dummies by Matt L. and April Leigh Helm (IDC Books)

? Creating Web Pages for Dummies by Bud E. Smith, Arthur Bebak and Kevin Werbach (IDC Books)


Family Web Site Services

The wide reach of the Web 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 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 sites give your family a pre-designed site with built-in features such as a calendar, photo album, address book and chat. 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:

?<>: Sister site to . Gives you space to post your family tree and family history stories. (See the August 2000 issue of Family Tree Magazine for a review of

Family Shoebox<>: Offers all the basic features plus lets you upload your own HTML pages to the site. Family Shoebox gives you the most control over the design of your site; you can even put a family logo on each page.

Family Point<>: This cute, fun site is operated by iVillage women’s network, with links to shopping, classifieds and horoscopes. You can post recipes, stories and favorite Web sites in the Family Favorites area, but Family Point also inserts its own list of links.

Family Buzz<>: Everyone who participates gets a free e-mail account, but you can’t access a pre-existing account from your Family Buzz site. Extensive shopping area.

Web Space for Free

With the number of hosting services offering Web space for free, there’s no reason you should pay to post your site.<> has links to dozens of free Web servers; it also tells you what type of sites they host, how much space they offer and the requirements for posting your pages. You’ll also find a free home for your family tree at these locations:

Genealogy hosting sites

?RootsWeb FreePages<>

?CenWeb <>

? <>

? Online Family Tree <> General hosting sites

?Homestead <>

? <>

?Yahoo! GeoCities <>

?Angelfire <>

Internet service providers

These national ISPs offer free Web space to subscribers. Check the Yellow Pages under “Internet Access Providers” for local ISPs.


Earthlink <>

AT&T World Net


MCI WorldCom


Sprint <>

Microsoft Network <>

 From the October 2000 issue of Family Tree Magazine