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Growing and Sharing Your Family Tree shows how rewarding and informative building a family history can be. Genealogy instructor Jeff Sengstack teaches how to find lost ancestors, connect with living relatives, and collaborate with others to grow a family tree. He explains how to use the Family Tree Maker application along with Ancestry.com and other internet sites to track down census data, immigration records, and other important documents, and then organize family tree data. Jeff also presents tips on how to scan old photos, create video slideshows, and build family web sites. Exercise files accompany this course.
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One of the great things about the Internet is that it's now so easy to share your family stories online. There are several ways to do it. I'm going to show you three in this video and all of them are fairly easy to do. We're starting inside Family Tree Maker, because there are two ways to do it here inside Family Tree Maker. One is to upload your entire Family Tree Maker file or part of your Family Tree Maker file to Ancestry.com. The way you do that is to go to the People workspace and click on Share and then Upload To Ancestry. Here it looks lot like making a GEDCOM file or exporting some other kind of file, but this time you have the option of including media files, which is great, because you can put your pictures online, and you can allow other people to copy them and put them on their computer and attach them to their family trees.
This is really a very important feature in this thing. You sure, of course, unclick Include private notes and unclick Include private facts and then check Privatize living people. That's the general way to go. You can include the entire file or you can select individuals to include in this tree that you want to upload, and then click OK. What happens is that Family Tree Maker makes this file. It goes to Ancestry.com and says, Well, okay! Let's upload this thing. You've got to agree to a couple of things, because you are putting stuff online. But once you do this, it'll upload your tree to the Ancestry.com site and people can then see the tree to certain degrees.
You could make it public or can make it private. Here's this little checkbox that lets you choose one or the other. Then they can see your pictures too, and it's just a great way to collaborate. Back to Family Tree Maker, the other way to get files online is to make a GEDCOM file inside Family Tree Maker and then upload that to one of several websites. So the way you make a GEDCOM file, I'm sure you've done it before, but just go File > Export. Instead of a Family Tree Maker file, you choose GEDCOM, and then do the same routine you did when you uploaded to Ancestry.com. You privatize. You don't include private facts.
Then you include the entire file or selected individuals, the same routine as we did before. So you need to make that GEDCOM file. Once you make that GEDCOM file, then you go off to one of those websites. Let me show you some of those websites. Let's start with RootsWeb. This is the granddaddy. This is the WorldConnect project, and there are more than half-a-billion names already loaded up here. You can just go over here and click Submit Your Family Tree To WorldConnect, and you just start here, click that, and it's very simple process, a five-step process and you upload your GEDCOM file to WorldConnect. You can also upload a GEDCOM file to Ancestry.com, very much the same way you uploaded your Family Tree Maker file, except here you can't allow media to be uploaded.
FamilySearch.org, the site owned by the Mormon Church, has a way to upload files. They are creating a very large family tree file under the Share button. If you click Share, it's the same process. You'll have to sign up, fill out a few boxes to say who you are, and then you can upload your file. Then finally, there is this unique site called OneGreatFamily, where if you upload your file, they attempt to connect somebody or somebodies in your file to other trees. They try to make this one massive family tree. I've tried this before and actually connected with several other trees is a good way to do it.
Another way to get your trees online and share them is to share them with your family directly. You can create your own website. It sounds kind of daunting at first, but there are three sites that make that fairly easy. One is called Geni.com, and you can just upload your GEDCOM file to this one and you can share it just with your family. So you can go back and forth and collaborate that way. Another site that works similarly is MyHeritage.com, and if you think I'm throwing a lot of websites at you, we're adding these websites to the PDF file that you can download with this course. I heard it's the same kind of a process.
Just upload your GEDCOM file that way. It says, Got a GEDCOM? You do! You have Family Tree Maker. And finally, MyFamily.com, which is part of the Generations Network group of companies. This too is a fairly simple way to share your family tree online along with pictures as well. So those are three different ways to share your family tree online. One is to use your Family Tree Maker file and upload all or part of it to Ancestry.com. The other is to create a GEDCOM file and upload that to one of three different sites where you can share your GEDCOM file as a tree that people can see.
The final way is to create your own family tree website that you can share with your family.
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