My third goal for genealogy is one that also might apply to many folks reading here. Accessibility!
Not too long ago, genealogy had a tendency to culminate in either a family Bible or a bound book. Not bad alternatives, mind you, but kind of tough for lots of folks to see and access. I quickly realized that it would be the same with any paper and pencil system I set up. I needed to make sure that our tree and our family history work was going to be open and accessible to the entire family no matter where they were now or where they might be in the future.
So naturally the Internet was the answer, but how to find a location that was truly interactive and accessible for family history and not just documents, etc. I wanted to have it someplace that was fun and more than just a ‘genealogy-geeks hang out — if you know what I mean. While I personally love a lot of genealogy sites, when I speak about them to most family members they tune out really fast! Can you spell b-o-r-i-n-g to most folks when I talk about the marvels of Census records, city directories, BMD lists, indexes, and 100+ year old newspapers?
So after much searching I landed on MyHeritage.com. I know I have spoken about this site here before, so I won’t belabor how I feel about it, but I will say that it fit the bill for what I was seeking.
It gave me the following:
- Top flight security so I was convinced that there would be no instances of data leakage.
- Providing a tree that took photos, documents, and attachments.
- A tree that included a free-form note section for adding stories, comments, notes, etc.
- A platform that offered easy access for those who were not highly technical in their computer use.
- A platform that offered an easy method to communicate with all the members of the site.
- A site where any member could participate.
- A platform that offered a wide range of report generation that was simple to produce, easy to understand, and flexible.
- Offered me, as the administrator, unlimited space in case the tree really started to grow.
All these features were met in the MyHeritage.com platform, so I picked it.
Sure, I have to pay for the site, but the ROI is well worth it to me!
So my third goal was met and actually exceeded when I see how many family regularly use the site, communicate on it, and enjoy its’ features! Our membership is now worldwide, exceeds 200, and is used on a daily basis by some member or the family or other. I am very happy!
Onward To Our Past,