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Wednesday, March 27, 2013

Can you record your genealogy entirely online?

Here is a link to a brief presentation by about what is "Coming Soon." I noted the comment in the short video that you can discover, build, preserve and share your genealogy (family history) entirely online. This message is clear that a local genealogy program is no longer in the agenda.  That's fine if you trust what is online. Are we now to tell those around us that they no longer need their own genealogy program running on their own computer?

This comment is especially interesting in its timing. Considering the fact that Family Tree does not yet have a printing function or a way to download the contents of the tree without using a third-party software program. What effect will this comment have on the viability of the desktop genealogy programs? How does Family Tree compete in this regard with other online database and family tree programs such as and and many other websites?

Am I to abandon my long-term commitment to local genealogy programs in favor of promoting online solutions?

Notwithstanding this comment, I will continue to promote the need to store your genealogy locally and have control of your own data unless I see that there is no other alternative.


  1. Bravo for not drinking the Kool-Aid.

  2. Perhaps I am missing the point these on line trees are good for births marriages deaths and the basic facts and linking names together,However I will always need my local programme for all the other facts and questions.10 years of street valuations are of no interest to anyone else and help prove and link my families to gether I do not want lots of what I put in my programme to get shared.