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  • Using OnlineGenealogy Programs By Dick Eastman Jan. 14, 2013
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  • Genealogy Software in the Cloud View slide
  • Today’s slides are available at:http://www.eogn.com/handouts/online View slide
  • Today’s Trend• I am fortunate in that I am able to attend several genealogy conferences most years. After listening to presentations and talking with presenters and attendees, I often walk away with one phrase echoing in my mind: “the Cloud.”
  • Traditional programs to record your genealogy research• Family Tree Maker• Legacy Family Tree• RootsMagic• Reunion• The Master Genealogist• MacFamilyTree• ...others
  • Traditional programs to record your genealogy research• These programs all install on your computers hard drive
  • Traditional programs to record your genealogy research• Advantages – Easy to install and maintain – Totally under your control
  • Traditional programs to record your genealogy research• Disadvantages – You need to install and maintain the program(s) – High risk from hackers trying to access your PC to steal your information – High risk from viruses and other "malware" – YOU must perform backups – YOU must install software upgrades – YOU must troubleshoot problems – Difficult to use in group collaboration
  • Traditional programs to record your genealogy research• Disadvantages – If used in group collaboration, everyone must use the same program on the same operating system. – Windows vs. Macintosh – Windows 7 vs. Windows XP – May not be portable – No easy method to compare your research with that of othersThis is so 1980s!
  • We are in the midst of a computer revolution, both in genealogy and inalmost all other uses of personal computers. For the past 25 years or so,home computers have exploded in use. During that time, almost all programswe have used were obtained on disk or possibly by download, then installedand executed directly on each computer, usually without connection to anyother computer system. This has worked well although each home computeroperated as an “island,” isolated from other computers in the neighborhoodand around the world.
  • The Better(?) Way• Place your data online in a genealogy program running on a Web server• The data might be public or private… your choice• Security may be BETTER than keeping data on your own computer at home where it is exposed to hackers around the world
  • The Better(?) Way• Online Everywhere• Easy access all the time, from anywhere• Someone else installs and maintains the program• Someone else performs backups• Someone else troubleshoots the problems• Easy to use in group collaboration• Easy to use with mixed operating systems (Windows, Macintosh, iPhone, Android, etc.)• Easy to compare your research with that of others
  • The Better(?) Way• Think of Wikipedia – Content pages 3,541,058 – Average edits per page 19.12 – Registered users 13,834,623 – Administrators 1,770 – Reviewers 5,365
  • Online Genealogy Products• Similar to traditional genealogy programs: – Family Tree Explorer (formerly PedigreeSoft)• Install on a Web Server: – PhpGedView – WebTrees – The Next Generation
  • Online Genealogy Products• Collaborative products: – OneGreatFamily.com – New.FamilySearch.org – WeRelate.org – WikiTree
  • What Do These Web Sites Look Like?• They vary widely, just like traditional genealogy programs!• Let’s look at a few:
  • The Next Generation (TNG)• One person (or organization) runs the web site as a private online service• One person (or organization) installs the software• One person (or organization) provides the maintenance• One person or (optionally) multiple people provide the data• Works great for group collaboration!
  • The Next Generation (TNG)• Key Features:• GEDCOM Import/Export: No need to retype everything.• Search: Easy lookup by name, or advanced search on dates, places and more.• Dynamic Charts: Pedigree, descendants, relationship, timeline, family group, etc.• Clean, Easy to Read: One person per page, sensible layout, clear navigation.• Surname Lists: Quickly display your main lines alphabetically and by popularity.• Customizeable: Choose from pre-built templates, or create your own.
  • The Next Generation (TNG)• Security: Create users with various rights, protect living/private data.• Media: Upload and link photos, histories, videos, you name it.• Administration: Manage everything from a central admin menu.• Backup/Restore: Safeguard your data, recover from disaster.• Multiple Trees: Host more than one GEDCOM at a time.• Strong Support: Make use of a forum, a wiki and two mailing lists, or ask the author.• Much More: Google Maps, LDS data supported, Cemeteries, Dates & Anniversaries, "Whats New", etc. etc.!
  • The Next Generation (TNG)$32.99Learn more at:http://www.tngsitebuilding.com/
  • The Next Generation (TNG)• $32.99
  • The Next Generation (TNG)
  • PhpGedView• One person (or organization) runs the web site as a private online service• One person (or organization) installs the software• One person (or organization) provides the maintenance• One person or (optionally) multiple people provide the data• Works great for group collaboration!
  • PhpGedView• Price: FREE!• NOTE: Not as sophisticated as the other programs• More information is available at:http://www.phpgedview.net/
  • PhpGedView
  • Family Tree Explorer• Available from FindMyPast.co.uk• No software to install or maintain• No hosting fees• FREE!
  • Family Tree ExplorerWith Family Tree Explorer you can:Create 2 separate family treesAdd photos, images and scans of your records, photos and certificatesStore 5,000 individuals per family treeSee full ancestry, descendant and full family views
  • Family Tree ExplorerInstantly receive enhancements as they happen – never pay for upgradesEnjoy full Windows, Mac OSX and Linux compatibilitySave your family tree on our secure servers.Receive 200 mb media storage for scanned documents, certificates, photos, film and audio clips to be added to your family treeAccess your latest research from any computer with an internet connection
  • Family Tree Explorer
  • Shared DatabasesThese sites try to make one database containing records of all the people who ever lived and left recordsEveryone can access all records• WeRelate.org• New.FamilySearch.org• OneGreatFamily.com
  • WeRelate.org
  • WeRelate.org
  • WeRelate.org
  • WeRelate.org
  • WeRelate.org
  • Access your genealogy from anywhereWith Windows, Macintosh, iPhone,iPad tablet, Android, ANYTHING!
  • Share yourinformation or not As you wish
  • Is Your Family in the Cloud?
  • Today’s slides are available at:http://www.eogn.com/handouts/online