Tuesday, April 19, 2011

Creating a Family Tree Album

Creating a Family Tree Album is easier than you think with some awesome programs out there to use. I personally have stuck with Family Tree Maker because it works in combination with Ancestry.com. I subscribe to Ancestry.com as I have had such great success with the website. I was recently looking through my Family Tree Maker program which I am proud to say that as of today I have 2,044 family names entered. I have entered all branches as one huge tree that I can dissect any way I want. That being said I like to print off certain families when I want to share with different members of my huge family. That way what they see or read is in direct relation to them. You can print in a down-line or up-line manner. You can pick two people and literally see exactly how they are related to each other. My find today consists of a section of Ancestry.com. I found it through my Family Tree Maker program under the Publish section. It was called "Books". I clicked on it and it brought me to MyCanvas within Ancestry.com. You can check it out at http://ancestry.mycanvas.com 
MyCanvas home page photo book image
You can have Family History Books printed in bulk for your family at really reasonable prices or simply print them out yourself. If you select to order the book it is professionally done as you can see from the photo above. The process uploads your family tree from your Family Tree Maker program to Ancestry.com. You can invite family to visit your online family tree, with your permission of course and you also have options to hide the living to protect their information. I took a couple screen shots of my family tree from my Family Tree Maker program first and then how it looks from Ancestry.com. You can see the little green leaves next to some of the names. Just like they show you in the commercials. The little green leaves wiggle to notify you that Ancestry.com has possible information that matches this name. 
Screen Shot of Family Tree Maker

Screen Shot of Ancestry.com with uploaded Family Tree

Screen Shot taken from My Canvas to order Family History Books

This last screen shot is taken of a page I printed from the MyCanvas section of Ancestry.com to share with you so you can get an idea of what it looks like. I think the options and layout to be quite professional and user friendly. A definite necessity for a newbie!
Enjoy and as always comments are welcome and encouraged!

Monday, April 11, 2011

Starting your Family Tree

The first thing you will need to do is visit one of the websites I listed below.  Start entering names for your tree. Start with yourself, siblings, your parents and grand parents. Get the information entered into a secure website or a computer program. The easiest way to get information written down is either through a computer program or a website such as Ancestry.ca or My Heritage.com. Once you start your tree online you can get your family involved. Invite them to look at your tree online and they can help add to it for you. You can also start taking advantage of these websites to find your family. There are millions of family trees listed with these website that are searchable. It is very user friendly and I am sure you will enjoy the process. I have found many many websites that have helped me find not only people, but geographical information as well.
So first of all here is a list of places you can visit to get started.
http://www.myheritage.com/ Offers an excellent downloadable *free* program to get you started.
Once you get started you won`t want to stop. It is an ongoing process that you can keep coming back to and constantly find new information.