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Since this question was originally asked, Ancestry has not changed the policy quoted in Gene Golovchinsky's answer. Your tree remains intact, including the links to the content you've attached to your tree -- as long as the content is still on Ancestry. However, if Ancestry removes content, you won't have access to a copy of that material anymore. Some ...


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Although the site www.gedhtree.com is no longer there, the site http://users.chariot.net.au/~ramacs/GedHTree/readme.htm still exists that contains a lot of information about the program GedHTree. The pages at the site were last updated in the year 2000, which is 20 years ago. The program was written for Windows 95/98 and the Fixes/Revisions page at the site ...


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Since the main purpose is to "allow the family to feel more connected", I would suggest first forming a family history group on Facebook. I started one a few years ago which has about 130 members aged 10 to 90. Only a dozen or so are "genealogy-minded", but most of the others enjoy reading the stories and posting their own family photos. I keep the actual ...


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Several collaborative family tree websites do exist, such as: WikiTree WeRelate OneGreatFamily Geni Family Pursuit FamilySearch Family Tree The problem with collaborative trees in my view is that there are simply too few people contributing to them to ensure that all the data is validated. Genealogy in itself is more of an art than a science; we have to ...


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Generally, the iceberg analogy, as applied to genealogy, refers to the fact that most records are not digitized and not online. However the "deep web" (as defined on the graphic in the question: information not accessible by surface web crawlers) for genealogy, includes records behind paywalls or requiring registration even to view dynamic webpages, created ...


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Q: Why is using an online service like Ancestry.com better than me simply travelling to libraries, state departments, individual sites and doing Google searches? What is the value in using a paid service instead? A: Because I can't travel to repositories in my pajamas. I think it's important to remember that a using a paid subscription site is not unlike ...


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This to me sounds like an ideal use for a blog type of site in addition to your lineage based site. You can install something like Wordpress in your hosting space and create posts (stories) in it about the individuals and then just edit your lineage based sites menu with an additional entry to the stories sub-site. A little more editing could provide a link ...


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One of the hidden benefits of blogging about your work that may not be immediately obvious (assuming that you write a blog about your own research) is that it gives you a record of your progress and your journey as a genealogist. It's a curious thing about humans, but when we learn things, we often focus so much on what we are doing at the moment, that we ...


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For me my personal genealogy blog is an easy way to Track open "issues" I work with To track the progress I do Fast way to share with other people the status of progress with e.g. the DNA testing and the Stockhaus family http://minancestry.blogspot.se/2013/12/stockhaus-dna.html And it is always available from my phone or home at the PC


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I have never seen anyone make a review of "story" recording software for collaboration, so you are forging new frontier here. But there are a good number of websites that are designed for story recording with a genealogical slant that are designed to be easy to use by the average person. Try going to GenSoftReviews and search for "stories". When I just ...


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Your instructor has turned things quite around. When a person signs up to an online genealogy website, or any website or social site for that matter, there is an agreement that must be approved, that states what the company may do. (Ignore for now that most people don't read this and just check the box.) If the person checks the box, then they have given ...


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Have you taken a look at Flickr.com? You can start groups, but also, you could just set up an account, and organize into albums... and download the entire album. You can also change your privacy and share your pictures with just friends.


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The big data providers license the data sets from the relevant rights-holder e.g. TNA for censuses, ONS for Civil registration indices. They take care to cite the source of what they're displaying (probably a condition of their licence), and typically do their own indexing and imaging. (One notable exception is some of the Civil Registration data provided by ...


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I would have thought a Blog would be ideal for this. Something like Wordpress with each photo on its own post and only allow comments from family members (Wordpress login required). Store all the images in a Gallery and a custom members only page for download of the images and comments. You could also still have a public access page as required.


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Wikitree http://www.wikitree.com allows you to mark people in the tree with differing amounts of privacy. So your great great grandfather who lived and died over 100 years ago might be fully public, but people who are alive or immediate family to people who are alive can be made varying degrees of private, so others see only very limited information. I ...


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Tribal Pages allows this. Tribal Pages allows visitors to the site to browse published trees as guests - without an account. As the publisher of the tree you can control the level of information that is available to any viewer. That is, viewers to whom you give a password and those just browsing as guests. You can of course hide your tree completely from ...


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I've found two other sites that allow online family trees plus collaboration: Tribalpages.com (at most 48/yr - http://www.tribalpages.com/pricing.html) Familypursuit.com (59.95/yr) Familypursuit has features specifically to keep track of research notes and track changes. It also allows up to 10 GB of photos and documents. Tribalpages maxes at 5000 photos. ...


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Ancestry.com will fit the bill. This is basically how I use it. I have a paid account, and I've "shared" my tree with a half-dozen or so family members who all have freebie accounts. They can't see the Ancestry paid-only documents that I've attached to people, but they can see the source citations for those documents, as well as all of the vital information,...


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{substantially edited} I have had a similar need: to share trees with images and biographies -- subscription-free. In principle, the research, data entry and design of your tree is a separate thing from its sharing for viewing purposes. The online sites are good at the former but not the latter because they rarely have a separate, subscription-free interface ...


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I started a history blog on Blogger that tied into the interests of an active mailing list that I belong to, the International Black Sheep Society of Genealogists. I wrote items that interested me, mostly Black Sheep-related, like 19th Century murders and about "train-wreckers", vandals who would purposefully cause train wrecks. Even though I had followers, ...


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I know this is an old question, but I'd like to add that your local library may provide free access to sites like Ancestry.com and FindMyPast. I know my local library in Far North Queensland does, I've just come from there. My sessions on their computers were limited in time and number, but I used that time to save every document I found to a USB stick, ...


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Stephen P. Morse has a One-Step page to look up UK Census records by reference on Ancestry.co.uk: http://stevemorse.org/census/uk.html


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The problem is not the copyright it is the Terms of Service. The newspaper itself is out of copyright so if you had taken your own image of an original it would be legal to distribute without any concern. However the contract you enter into when you sign up for Ancestry allow you to use THEIR images of the original ONLY IN THE WAYS THEY APROVE! This is the ...


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The software Ancestral Quest by Incline Software has a private collaboration feature and the publishers provide space on their servers for people who want to use that feature. (I have not used AQ in several years and have not used that feature.) If this is something that might meet your needs, the page explaining the service is here: http://www.ancquest....


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There a 3 ways to accomplish what you want, either: Develop your own program to build a family tree which has the features that you require. This is a big task and can cost many thousands of dollars. If you have a programming background, this may be an option for you, but it is complex for even the advanced programmer. One issue with this option is that you ...


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These "stories" are, in fact sources. Oral family history is a genealogical source, just the same as a government record. The only difference is the quality and reliability of the data... So, if your grandpa told you about what your great-grandpa got up to in Vegas, then that is a source. You can record the author of the source, the date it was created (...


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I have a similar situation, and found it best to try multiple venues. Since the main purpose is to share photos with the family and get comments, I would suggest first forming a family history group on Facebook. Much of the family is probably already there. I have started four such groups in recent years: one secret group spans four generations, two closed ...


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If you feel you are competent enough to set up a web hosting account (there are many many free options to offer php + mysql) and install software onto it you should look at Webtrees which is free to use. It may look quite complicated to start with but is extremely powerful and as the person administering your own site you have complete control over who ...


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I had also previously asked a variant of this question in this forum and it got moved/migrated to Software Recommendations. That post in Software Recommendations also has some information related to your post, and the recommendations I received there were "Wordpress + TNG".


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I endorse @Colin's answer because for what you describe TNG (The Next Generation of Genealogy Site Building) is well worth your time to take a look at. It is developed by Darrin Lythgoe who does a excellent job of updating and maintaining the program. Cost is minimal and easily installs on your server where you control your data. There are also several ...


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