best online family tree site?

Discussion in 'Web Design and Development' started by sir42, Jun 2, 2006.

  1. sir42 macrumors 6502

    Sep 16, 2003
    NY, NY
    I'd like to start an online family tree website that any member of my family can edit using the web. Are there any good ones out there?

    I tried using but I found it to be too simplistic. It doesn't allow for basic things like birth dates, death dates, and maiden names. I'd also ideally like to be able to export the completed family tree to a GEDCOM file.

    Any insight would be great. Thanks!
  2. Cooknn macrumors 68020


    Aug 23, 2003
    Fort Myers, FL
    I looked everywhere for a good solution to no avail. So, I created my own using MediaWiki. Very simple to set up as long as your web host has PHP and MySQL. It allows for any member of the family to edit and upload pictures, bio's etc. Not very user friendly regarding the way I formatted it though (with the numbering and hyperlinks (+) to descendants, etc). It was the best I could do with limited resources.

    If you find anything that looks good, please post back here as I am always open for something that will make it easier to update for everyone involved.
  3. benmc macrumors newbie

    Jan 6, 2004
  4. sir42 thread starter macrumors 6502

    Sep 16, 2003
    NY, NY
    There is a site that looks promsing called However, it won't be launched until later this month. I have hopes for it though since it was created by genealogy experts.

    The real goal is to create a tree with a nice GUI that is fun and easy to read and edit. I have one at at the moment but its web formatting looks ancient.
  5. AmbitiousLemon Moderator emeritus


    Nov 28, 2001
    down in Fraggle Rock
    This is by far the best solution. It uses gedcom 5.5 files (standard file format for genealogy)

    You can edit online and off line. You can clip portions. You can link with other phphgedview installs. It has extensive user management and easy admin interface. It has many different ways of presenting the family tree. It has good privacy features. And it has multimedia support.

    Get a web host running php5 and mysql and install this. Upload your gedcom and you will be up and running in minutes.
  6. Moria macrumors regular

    May 7, 2005
    Glasgow, Scotland
    My dad uses something ( called TNG. I'm not sure on the proper name but its really good. You'll be able to find a link to it onthe site I think. The Next Generation? He paid for it though.
  7. pirate87 macrumors newbie

    Jun 20, 2006

    Hi! The best site that I have found was

    It allows you to build your family tree online for free and then once you get up to 60 people and 15 families, it gives you free access to their research database for one month. They also allow you to "earn" access to their database through extracting documents.
    I have been trying to find something a little more user friendly than this, but so far, this is the best I've found! :rolleyes:
    Hope this helps! :)

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