Learn How to Build Your Family Tree Online in 15 Minutes!

You could be working on your family history chart in minutes – really!  Don’t waste another unproductive moment!  If you’ve been putting off building your family tree because you didn’t want to spend a lot of money purchasing expensive, hard-to-use software, then there’s good news for you!  Stop waiting!Fifteen minutes from now you could be looking at a completed family tree of your immediate family.  What are you waiting for? Let’s get started now!It seems that almost overnight the Internet has dramatically changed the way people live and work – and how they design and share family tree diagrams. It doesn’t matter if you are a genealogy novice or an experienced veteran – no matter your level of experience – you should consider creating and sharing your family tree online.A truckload of free websites are out there on the Internet with the primary purpose of helping people build their family history charts – and it seems like new ones keep popping up on the Internet every month or two.  Basically each and every one of these sites all perform the same primary functions, with only slightly minor differences between them.Here is a list of the features you can expect to find on a free family tree website:
easy to get started
no software to install (but an Internet connection is required!)
free to use
user-friendly interface (for the non-geek person!)
share your family tree with others easily
online collaboration (work with others online)
control access to your site
Here is a list of websites I have used (this is not an exhaustive list – there are more sites out there on the Internet!):
Geni.com
MyHeritage.com
Dynastree.com
OneFamily.com
These sites are great, free, easy applications designed to help you and your family create a good-looking family history diagram in a very short time. I prefer Geni.com because I’m a Facebook user and Geni.com will integrate with Facebook very easily. The other sites do not have the Facebook feature.[Note: You really should join Facebook as a tool for helping you with genealogy research. Watch for an article about using Facebook from me.]Are you prepared to begin? First, you must have an email account prior to registering on any of these free genealogy sites. If you don’t have an email account, then you should get one for free from Gmail.com or Yahoo.com or Live.com.Next, visit any of the websites listed, register and create a free account. Some sites will let you start immediately creating your family tree diagram. Other sites will require you to confirm your account through your email address before you can begin. If that’s the case for you, simply go to your email account and look for the confirmation email. Follow the steps in the confirmation email.Finally you can start to create your family tree diagram! Most of these sites will start with you as the center focal point of the family tree. As you input the names of others in your tree it will quickly grow until it is quite impressive. The faster and the more information you enter, the bigger and faster your tree grows.It won’t be long until you have a diagram to be proud of and share with your family and friends.  And this is where the real power of the Internet kicks in and multiplies your efforts!  After you have a basic foundation of a family tree, you should invite family and friends to help you build the tree further.  They can join online and add more names to the tree, which cuts down on your work and research time!Adding names to your tree is so simple, that even a child could do it. There are arrows pointing in each direction around each name on your tree. Click on an arrow and enter the information for that person. The “up” arrow is for parents. The “left and right” arrows are for spouses or “partners”. The “down” arrow is for children. Most of the sites also allow you to include a picture of each person in your tree as well as indicating if they are living or deceased, married or divorced.The Internet has surely changed the way genealogists and family history enthusiasts gather information. Now it can help you build a family tree online – for free! If that doesn’t motivate you to get started – I don’t know what will! Start right now and you could have a complete family tree in just a few minutes!