Do you want to create your own family tree website but don’t know how to write code? I’ve got just the tool for you! It’s called The Next Generation of Genealogy Sitebuilding or TNG.
I’ve seen this product at other conferences, but more recently I attended Laura Prescotts’ RootsTech lecture, “Publish Your Genealogy Online.” Laura demonstrated TNG’s features and how she used them to create a family history webpage.
- Ability to import or export GEDCOM
- Easy to read
- Pre-build templates or design your own
- Privacy protection
- Collaborate with others
- Central menu to manage pages
- Host more than one tree
- Technical support
I was so impressed by what I saw, I decided to give it a try.
I picked up a copy of the just released version 9 from creator Darrin Lythgoe.
I found TNG easy to install, easy to navigate, and offered help along the way. There are eleven pre-designed templates to choose from. I picked Template 2, set it up, and imported my GEDCOM, but then changed my mind because I wanted more words on the main page, so I switched to Template 9. All of my GEDCOM followed into the new template. Then, I wanted to change the names of the tabs from “His Side” and “Her Side,” to “Descendants” and “His Story.” I haven’t included the text of his story yet, but plan to do it. I also imported a photo from my computer.
As I worked with the program, I hit a road block because of my own tech ignorance. I phoned Darrin and he kindly walked me through my problem.
My opinion: I like it. I really like it. Here I am, Miss Non-Tech of the Universe, and I created the webpage and I know how to make additions, changes, etc. If I could do it, you can too!
Note: This product helps you design your website but you will still need a place (or host) to put your website and a domain name. I use Bluehost for my blog and for my website. TNG’s website offers some other hosting options for you as well.
Here’s my webpage so far: Farrell Family History: Descendants of Thomas Francis Farrell. I plan to add a distant cousin as an administrator, so she can upload her own photos, stories, etc., to the site. We’ll be working on this over the next couple of months, so I’ll let you know when I have more to show you.
Disclosure: Darrin Lythgoe gave me a complimentary copy of this product to use and review, but I received no compensation for it. The opinions expressed herein are my own.