If you have been researching your family for a long time, it is easy to stick to a routine, stay with the tried and true. Newer genealogy sites challenge us to try new ways of collaborating and connecting and saving our work. Here are a few sites that may challenge you to think about how you share your family history research. Let’s look.
There are many articles now about planning, collaborating and sharing your genealogical research. Family Tree UK Magazine has a great article, ‘20 Top Family History Projects & Tasks for 2020’. Here are three sites from this article that are new to me. I find them intriguing but be sure to do your own research, looking at privacy and costs if you decide to use them. Again, these are just my opinions; I’m not recommending them and have no “skin in the game” regarding their success. They all provide a new way of thinking about our research and connection with others.
Borland Genetics This site claims to be able to recreate deceased ancestors’ DNA profile using collaborative tools. Users can use crowd-sourced genomes. This is an intriguing concept. It is a newer process, so I don’t know that there has been extensive research on the accuracy yet, but they are doing beta testing. It is an interesting idea…and who knows…even ten years ago, using DNA for family history was not on most people’s radar…so this might be the next “thing”.
ClanView Clan View allows you to upload your family tree and share with your family members. Each tree has its own personalized (secret) web address so only those you share the address with can view it. This is another way for you to store your research online but also share and collaborate with family. The pricing runs from free to various levels, depending on your needs.
MiiGen.com You can create a digital scrapbook using photos and audio clips. Its inventor created the site to remember his father who had passed. To me, this seems like a great way for someone who doesn’t like to spend time writing down those stories. Instead, you can share a photo and a short recording about what the picture, event or person. This UK company appears to have thought through the option of memorializing memories (if you wish) after you are gone as well as using these tools to assist elders in capturing and remembering key events in their lives.
I chose these site because they are new trends on preserving and sharing and collaborating your family tree and family research with others. Have fun checking out these sites. Perhaps they’ll spark some new ideas for you to explore. Enjoy!
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With a lifelong passion for genealogy and history, the author enjoys the opportunity to share genealogy tidbits, inspiring others to research and write their family story.