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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.

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      Jack Lee 11 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.

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      Paul Richard Kuehn 11 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.

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      Delia 7 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

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      dignan62 9 years ago

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

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      familyhistorysearcher 9 years ago

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

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      genealogist 10 years ago

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

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      Arthur Russ 10 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.

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      pkmcr 10 years ago from Cheshire UK

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

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      Jack Lee 10 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.

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      artemgy 10 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!