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Uprooting Your Online Family Tree

Jun 28, 2008
Many of us would like to know more about our family history. Learning about your genealogy and heritage can be a fascinating experience. Family tree searching is a hobby for many; one which provides family bonding as well as education. The knowledge they gain can be passed down to future generations and will excite younger family members.

Traditionally, these roots were mapped out on paper, pen in hand - a tedious task that made more people loathe the process than embrace it. But now, with the onset of digital evolution, men and women alike are mapping their family trees using software and online websites devoted to genealogy buffs.

Discovering who should go onto your family tree is only part of the process. You'll find that you're able to track down many more distant relatives if your ancestry is hosted on the Internet where a global audience can find you.

If you want to start an online family tree, you will need a few things to get you started. One, obviously, is a website to host your tree. The amenities offered by these websites vary but there are many available at reasonable costs which offer plenty of features and tools to make it easy for you to get started.

The best family tree websites will be those that combine the features you need, minimizing the amount of outside research that you need to do. For instance, some will have blogs you can use, areas to post pictures, and chat rooms you can congregate in for an instant online family tree reunion.

When you begin to fill out your family tree, begin with your immediate family and work outwards from there, going farther and farther back chronologically as you do so. This may take some time to work out, as will the necessary research. The website will give you the ability to collaborate with family members, who can fill out their own branch of the family tree via the site.

If, like most families, you have members scattered worldwide, these family tree websites offer a great way to keep in touch with everyone and plan out the details of family reunions which meet the schedules of everyone involved.

Before you invest in an offline family tree keepsake, consider the various options you have for technology-driven treasures that will hasten the process and deliver much better results for you and your loved ones around the world.
About the Author
Ashley King is editor of the Family Section at i-KnowHow | Information for Life, where you'll also find ideas and tips for hobbies, home and garden, personal finance, technology basics and much more.
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