New Family History Website Offers Collaboration Feature

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Genealogists, family historians, and family associations can now use a collaborative platform to preserve genealogy and family history.

With the recent launch of family history Web site, genealogy is now a collaborative effort, involving entire families and all generations.

The search for ancestors used to be a solitary pursuit, but the collaboration capabilities of allow every family member to contribute to the effort.

"Imagine if 10, 100, or even 1000 people were all working together and contributing information on the same family tree," says David Grow, founder and CEO of FamilyInHistory. "We're making it more than just genealogy and names and dates, it's about your family in history; who they were, what they did, what they looked like," says Grow.

"By working together to put stories and pictures to the names and dates that have already been found, ancestors come alive as more than names on paper. They become real people with faces and personalities. The most efficient way to accomplish and view the work is through a collaborative Web site," says Grow.

Family associations use FamilyInHistory as a simple way to include more members in tracing ancestors and to get them involved in the association. The blog allows them to share information with everyone quickly and efficiently.

"A resource like this is invaluable to a family association," says Robert Grow, President of the Jared Pratt Family Association. "Thousands of Jared Pratt descendants are able to share and contribute genealogy information in a very convenient way."

"We can make much more progress on tracing all of the branches of our family tree when so many people are actively involved." says Robert Grow. "It's exciting to learn about our ancestors as individuals who lived incredible lives, and now more of us can work together to build that library of information to share."

Giving an identity to ancestors and recognizing how they were part of important historical eras, like the Civil War, pioneer efforts, or immigrating to make a new life in the United States, draws the younger generations to genealogy. They are becoming interested in the people who came before them.

Leo Ebbert, a 28-year old CPA and financial advisor has been working on his family's genealogy with his mother. "For years it was just my mom working on our family history," says Ebbert. "Recently both of us have been working on it, and we are accomplishing a little more."

"I love the idea of putting our family history information on a collaborative Web site so more of my siblings can see it and get interested," he says. "It would be great to have more of us involved, and I think that knowing our ancestors as real people will make it more interesting to them."

FamilyInHistory subscribers have a personalized genealogy Web site to store and share genealogy information, photos, stories, current information and more. Each ancestor has a page with personal information like important dates and photos, as well as a personal timeline.

Genealogy research was modernized several years ago with the use of family history software that converts to genealogy data communication (GEDCOM) format, a generic format compatible with most family history software. Anyone with a computer and an internet connection can easily upload GEDCOM files to their custom FamilyInHistory Web site.

About is a privately-owned company that provides personalized genealogy Web sites and collaborative capabilities. For more information, please contact David Grow at info(at)


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