ArtsAutosBooksBusinessEducationEntertainmentFamilyFashionFoodGamesGenderHealthHolidaysHomeHubPagesPersonal FinancePetsPoliticsReligionSportsTechnologyTravel

How to create a family tree!!!

Updated on December 21, 2016

I started a family tree site with tribal pages Tribal Pages a few months ago and now I have over 100 entries and over 100 photos. It is a good way to keep track of all family members especially when some have moved away from the area. It is both fun and functional. It is very easy to get started and all you need is some time, a curiosity and a digital camera.

- Mar. 2007

Some unique features of Tribal Pages...

  1. 3 generations view on the same screen.
  2. Relationship tool between any 2 people.
  3. Events calendar to remind birthdays.
  4. Photo albums grouped by category.
  5. Export data to standard GED format.
  6. Password protected so only family members may access.
  7. Web application - easy to use - accessible from internet.


A screen shot of the 3 generations view on Tribal Pages.

Additional Information

  • Genealogy information template:

    1. Full Name.

    2. Date of Birth.

    3. Year of Death (as applicable).

    4. Recent photo of person (year photo was taken).

    5. Your relationships - parents, spouse, children.

    6. Short Biography - including place of birth, schools attended, profession, accomplishments, companies worked at, hobbies, places lived and traveled, web links(URL) of any relevant data, blogs.

    7. Contact - Current address, phone, email.

    8. Major events - photos of weddings, anniversary, graduations.

    9. Major documents - Newspaper clippings, family history.

    10. Stories of interest on persons, events and famous people.

    11. Major accomplishments, awards, books written, songs, poetry, paintings and art creation.

    12. Obituary (as applicable)


Success stories...

Some stories that confirm my belief this is a worthwhile effort.

  • At a recent family gathering for the Holidays, a relative told me how my family tree site save the day for their son's homework assignment. He was asked to produce a family tree poster with photos and connections. This was the perfect solution.
  • This Holiday season was the first time that some of the family members moved away to a distant city. Not all of us could get together for Thanksgiving and Christmas. By posting group photos and videos of the events, we can still share this holiday with each other.
  • The "Events" feature of Tribal Pages allows for quick viewing of birthdays in any given month. This will alert the users to see whose birthday is near and remind them to send a greeting.
  • I found the Family Tree site is a good way to share family photos. Instead of sending Christmas photos that gets lost after the holidays, posting the photos on the website will preserve them going forward and let others share in the joy.
  • I was able to get a family history document translated from Chinese to English recently. It contained some very interesting facts and myths about our ancestry. The author was my uncle who passed away a few years ago. I found this document recently in some of my old papers. It traced our family back to 5 generations.

Reader Feedback

    0 of 8192 characters used
    Post Comment

    • jackclee lm profile imageAUTHOR

      Jack Lee 

      23 months ago from Yorktown NY

      Paul, you are welcome. The introductory membership is free. If you want to upload more than 50 images, you will need to buy a membership. $35 per year. Good luck.

    • Paul Kuehn profile image

      Paul Richard Kuehn 

      23 months ago from Udorn City, Thailand

      Thank you very much Jack for sharing this information about Tribal Pages. I have been paying money to for the past few months to build a family tree, and here at Tribal Pages I can do it for free.

    • delia-delia profile image


      8 years ago

      very interesting lens...5*.... I'm also interested in family tree/genealogy, I just finished several lenses in regards, and hope to finish a few more on particular family members history

    • profile image


      10 years ago

      nicely written lens... check out my lenses for more ideas on family trees and other things as well.

    • profile image


      10 years ago

      Great Lens Jack! I truly believe that building a family tree is an excellent tool to have in your family history search!

    • tplus profile image


      10 years ago

      Congratulations! You are #4 at Who Has the Most Lenses?! I've picked this lens to be featured alongside your name. Come check out your competition!

    • profile image


      11 years ago

      Here's an alternative site to build your family tree!

    • Nathanville profile image

      Arthur Russ 

      11 years ago from England

      Hi I have a number of contacts with Tribal Page members, who prove to be a useful source of information. I have a luxury of having my own free 200 Mb web space with my ISP so my genealogy site on Nathanville has a lot of useful information.

    • pkmcruk profile image


      11 years ago from Cheshire UK

      Thanks for sharing the information. Genealogy and Family History is one of my great passions along with Website Building!

    • jackclee lm profile imageAUTHOR

      Jack Lee 

      11 years ago from Yorktown NY

      Your welcome. I found TribalPages to be an easy to use tool. It is also web based and all the information is located on their server. You can save a local version.

      If your computer dies, all the data is not lost. A big plus.

    • profile image


      11 years ago

      Jack. Thank you very much for sharing this valuable information. I was planning to start looking for useful genealogy resources soon, but you have saved me the bother - these are some excellent tools and research starting points. A great help!


    This website uses cookies

    As a user in the EEA, your approval is needed on a few things. To provide a better website experience, uses cookies (and other similar technologies) and may collect, process, and share personal data. Please choose which areas of our service you consent to our doing so.

    For more information on managing or withdrawing consents and how we handle data, visit our Privacy Policy at:

    Show Details
    HubPages Device IDThis is used to identify particular browsers or devices when the access the service, and is used for security reasons.
    LoginThis is necessary to sign in to the HubPages Service.
    Google RecaptchaThis is used to prevent bots and spam. (Privacy Policy)
    AkismetThis is used to detect comment spam. (Privacy Policy)
    HubPages Google AnalyticsThis is used to provide data on traffic to our website, all personally identifyable data is anonymized. (Privacy Policy)
    HubPages Traffic PixelThis is used to collect data on traffic to articles and other pages on our site. Unless you are signed in to a HubPages account, all personally identifiable information is anonymized.
    Amazon Web ServicesThis is a cloud services platform that we used to host our service. (Privacy Policy)
    CloudflareThis is a cloud CDN service that we use to efficiently deliver files required for our service to operate such as javascript, cascading style sheets, images, and videos. (Privacy Policy)
    Google Hosted LibrariesJavascript software libraries such as jQuery are loaded at endpoints on the or domains, for performance and efficiency reasons. (Privacy Policy)
    Google Custom SearchThis is feature allows you to search the site. (Privacy Policy)
    Google MapsSome articles have Google Maps embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    Google ChartsThis is used to display charts and graphs on articles and the author center. (Privacy Policy)
    Google AdSense Host APIThis service allows you to sign up for or associate a Google AdSense account with HubPages, so that you can earn money from ads on your articles. No data is shared unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    Google YouTubeSome articles have YouTube videos embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    VimeoSome articles have Vimeo videos embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    PaypalThis is used for a registered author who enrolls in the HubPages Earnings program and requests to be paid via PayPal. No data is shared with Paypal unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    Facebook LoginYou can use this to streamline signing up for, or signing in to your Hubpages account. No data is shared with Facebook unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    MavenThis supports the Maven widget and search functionality. (Privacy Policy)
    Google AdSenseThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Google DoubleClickGoogle provides ad serving technology and runs an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Index ExchangeThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    SovrnThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Facebook AdsThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Amazon Unified Ad MarketplaceThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    AppNexusThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    OpenxThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Rubicon ProjectThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    TripleLiftThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Say MediaWe partner with Say Media to deliver ad campaigns on our sites. (Privacy Policy)
    Remarketing PixelsWe may use remarketing pixels from advertising networks such as Google AdWords, Bing Ads, and Facebook in order to advertise the HubPages Service to people that have visited our sites.
    Conversion Tracking PixelsWe may use conversion tracking pixels from advertising networks such as Google AdWords, Bing Ads, and Facebook in order to identify when an advertisement has successfully resulted in the desired action, such as signing up for the HubPages Service or publishing an article on the HubPages Service.
    Author Google AnalyticsThis is used to provide traffic data and reports to the authors of articles on the HubPages Service. (Privacy Policy)
    ComscoreComScore is a media measurement and analytics company providing marketing data and analytics to enterprises, media and advertising agencies, and publishers. Non-consent will result in ComScore only processing obfuscated personal data. (Privacy Policy)
    Amazon Tracking PixelSome articles display amazon products as part of the Amazon Affiliate program, this pixel provides traffic statistics for those products (Privacy Policy)