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Re: Presenting Family Tree on Internet?

Joseph, I forgot to pen my apology. When I posted the message about not despairing, I had been reading your message and mistakenly posted my response in this thread.

You talked about how to present one's family tree on the Internet. I don't have enough knowledge of the matter to provide you with a meaningful answer. I am developing strategies as time goes on.

One of the things I did, to ease the burden on myself, was to put up my main tree at, and set up different trees for my ancillary lines.

When I have proven information about an ancillary member of my family, I transfer that information to the main tree. Life has become so much simpler since I started using this method of documenting my research.

A guideline I use, personally, is to not make public any information on living individuals [even if they request it]. I will provide them with whatever information I have in my tree on my personal computer and let them do with it whatever they wish.

At Ancestry, I make my trees private and invite others to view it if they wish. The benefit in putting the trees on Ancestry is that the Ancestry system automatically searches for records on the individuals you enter in your tree.

Once the information is verified, I also transfer that data to my website. My website does not contain information in a 'tree' format, but does provide only information that has been verified.

This may seem like it is somewhat redundant and a duplication of effort to some, but it has made my research more manageable for me. I may yet learn a more productive way of doing this, but for now this is it.

What methods were you considering using to put your family tree online?


18 Dec 2002 :: 14 Nov 2008
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