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Kim R
12 September 2006, 05:16 PM
I'm thinking about creating a Family website where my relatives can post messages and photos for all of us to see. I've been researching them and wondered if anyone has already set one up or knows of other places for me to look. I'm hoping to find one with a chat room so my relatives and I can chat.

I already know about MSN, Google & Yahoo Groups and myfamily.com, familylobby.com and easysite.com. Does anyone have other sites I can check out?

Kim

Grampa Mike
12 September 2006, 09:48 PM
I'm thinking about creating a Family website where my relatives can post messages and photos for all of us to see. I've been researching them and wondered if anyone has already set one up or knows of other places for me to look. I'm hoping to find one with a chat room so my relatives and I can chat.

I already know about MSN, Google & Yahoo Groups and myfamily.com, familylobby.com and easysite.com. Does anyone have other sites I can check out?

Kim
You might check out my site. It is hosted on my Mac and built with RapidWeaver.

It probably doesn't have everything you want but it might give you an idea of what you can do.

marnen
13 September 2006, 02:54 AM
Also check out http://www.werelate.org and http://www.rodovid.org . Both are genealogy-oriented wikis. Rodovid has done some interesting things by way of integrating a wiki with genealogy software: the application can take GEDCOM files and present them visually in really cool ways. The folks at WeRelate tell me that they're planning to add GEDCOM import in the next few months. I don't know if these will be useful for you, but they're certainly worth looking at.

Spyneyes
13 September 2006, 04:33 AM
Also you may want to take a look at the following sites generated by using "The Next Generation of Geneaology Sitebuilding" software ($29.00) in conjunction with Reunion.

It's my intention to create a similar site as these within the next few months. It's pretty amazing what one can do given the right tools and some time.

Best of luck!


Rick
Yakima, WA.


http://lythgoes.net/genealogy/

http://roger.lisaandroger.com/index.php


There are lots more samples of web sites from the TNG sitew itself found at the following link:

http://lythgoes.net/genealogy/software.php

theKiwi
13 September 2006, 07:14 AM
Also check out http://www.werelate.org and http://www.rodovid.org . Both are genealogy-oriented wikis. Rodovid has done some interesting things by way of integrating a wiki with genealogy software: the application can take GEDCOM files and present them visually in really cool ways. The folks at WeRelate tell me that they're planning to add GEDCOM import in the next few months. I don't know if these will be useful for you, but they're certainly worth looking at.

And in the meantime WeRelate.org are busy scraping existing genealogy sites, presumably getting ready for "something". They are a very heavy user of bandwidth on my site, but so far nothing from my site shows up in their index that I can find.

Roger

marnen
13 September 2006, 09:47 AM
Interesting. Given that one of their emphases appears to be bringing together people researching similar names, my guess would be that they're building an index. If I find out anything more, I'll post it.

Edit: Here it is.
"10 August -- We have been working on a new genealogy crawler for the last 3 months. It's now starting a new crawl of the web looking for genealogy pages. We should have a lot more pages searchable in about 3-4 months. While we're waiting we're going to add a bunch of new features to the wiki, so check back often!"

KBisbee
04 November 2006, 08:13 PM
Kim,

Early this summer I started using www.ourstory.com to post life stories and found it is fairly easy for my family members to use. I recently was just hired by them, so now I am a little biased!:-) But I left a ten-year job to join them and was a very active user before I began working there.

I am interested in the storytelling aspects of geneaology especially, and am always trying to get my family to share all these great stories we have!

What I like most about ourstory is that I can control privacy settings there to choose who and how I share my family stories, photos, narration and videos. Privacy is something I've taken a lot of flak for (which I deserved for uploading all my Reunion webcards and not password-protecting them at first!). Now on ourstory, they are private if I want them to be.

I usually just IM with all my family members. I'm not sure about chat on ourstory, but the commenting feature is really cool. Everyone can post their pictures and stories on a visual timeline and make comments on each other's stories.

I'm using ourstory.com to interview family members because it has a library of questions that I can have automatically send everyone in the family at the same time. Or I can make up my own questions.

So, I'm planning to create a hardcover book for my family for the holidays and a dvd with all of our stories and pics. You can do all this at ourstory too.

Good luck, and let me know what other features elsewhere that you have found useful. If you try ourstory (fyi, the registration is free!), let me know if there are other genealogy-related features you'd like me to ask for! As far as I know, I'm the only genealogist there, so I am excited to help families preserve memories that fit well with genealogical research!

Here are my public pages if you want to take a look:

http://www.ourstory.com/story.html?v=44886

-Kathy

Mikkelina
18 November 2006, 05:38 PM
Hi Grampa Mike,
I checked out your website and this is exactly what I am trying to do. I have a .mac account and iweb, which means I can build my own website. how did you upload the reunion genealogical tree?
thanks for your reply!
Michele

dseifert
18 November 2006, 08:14 PM
I'm thinking about creating a Family website where my relatives can post messages and photos for all of us to see. I've been researching them and wondered if anyone has already set one up or knows of other places for me to look. I'm hoping to find one with a chat room so my relatives and I can chat.

I already know about MSN, Google & Yahoo Groups and myfamily.com, familylobby.com and easysite.com. Does anyone have other sites I can check out?

Kim

Give this a look http://tribalpages.com

Grampa Mike
19 November 2006, 09:46 AM
Hi Grampa Mike,
I checked out your website and this is exactly what I am trying to do. I have a .mac account and iweb, which means I can build my own website. how did you upload the reunion genealogical tree?
thanks for your reply!
Michele
Hi Michele,

We have already communicated by email but for others who might be interested I use RapidWeaver and host the web site on my Mac. I'm not sure how to use .mac and iWeb to accomplish the same thing.

Scott Signal
25 April 2008, 05:07 PM
I'm playing around with a Google group right now, trying to tweak it to see if it's gonna work for my purposes. Is anybody else actually using a Google, Yahoo, MSN group?

The main thing missing is a chat feature....anybody have any advice?

Thanks,
Scott

Kim R
13 February 2009, 05:50 PM
I want to thank everyone with their suggestions. I don't always get back to read them all as I have a toddler who takes up a lot of my time. I've decided to try to get all my family first talking to each other on Geni.com. It's great cause you can literally see the tree and where you fit into it, and the only people who can see it are those you invite.