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Geneanet is a family-friendly website with genealogical archives to help you build your family tree. It has several tools for collaborative research, including forums. You can seek collaborative assistance, import previous GEDCOM information and upload your own photos and stories.
Whilst Geneanet doesn’t have quite as many records as other websites, it does a decent job at providing an overall genealogy package. You can perform a search through the archive or your own family tree, including a variety of information. These searches aren’t quite as in depth as we’d like, but they tend to do a decent enough job assuming the information you want isn’t too obscure or rare.
The community features are some of the most interesting elements to this site. You can join in the forums, chatting about any particular era or approach you like, or participate in projects which have been posted. If you’re in need of assistance, you can also request some help from other members. Since you can comment on files, or send and share photos, collaborative work is relatively easy.
Once you’ve started to build your family tree, the website has some idea of the possible connections between you and other members, and can recommend archival records which might be of use. You can also see links between your tree and other family trees, potentially allowing you to build the amount of information you have quite quickly.
Uploading your own resources helps to keep the site active, as well as keeping the data recent. You can import and export your GEDCOM, GeneWeb or ZIP files to make sure your data is never lost, combining it with any genealogy software you have.
A mobile app is now available, allowing you to access your account when you’re on the go. This is particularly useful if you visit a family member or location which you want to record. For example, you may visit a relative who has some family albums you’d like to take photos of. You can then instantly upload these photos to your account, logging who was in each photo, and what their relationships were.
A fun extra is the “postcards” section of the website, which provides a range of greetings cards with images. These are themed, often taking scenes and photos from older cards. For example, you could send a 1930s Christmas card, or a Valentines postcard with an image from the 1800s.
The Now and Then tool is really interesting. You can take snaps of current locations and then superimpose them onto photos of the same areas from decades before, blending recent views with older ones. This allows you to see which parts have changed and which have remained the same, in the blink of an eye.
Geneanet doesn’t set our hearts racing, but it is a solid foundation on which to start family genealogy research. Its family tree builder is simple but effective, and a few of the mobile apps available are quite innovative. A premium contract for the year is also very affordable.
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