Many people want to find out more about their family tree, heritage and genealogy. In fact family tree searching has become quite an obsession for some people so that they can learn more about their ancestors and keep this knowledge within the family. For future generations it can be fascinating to know something about their direct ancestors.
Usually a family tree will have roots written down with each new lineage being added over the years. This unfortunately was a long, boring process that took ages and that lots of people stopped doing. With the internet, however, people are starting to redo their family trees with the various digital mediums to help them.
Part of the process of tracking down your family tree is to find out who are all the people who belong to the various branches of the tree. The more people you are able to trace down that are part of your family, the better - think of the number of branches you will have. The internet will help you with this as those relative who you don't know, or that you have lost contact with will be able to find you.
There are a couple of things you will need to start your online family tree. First of all, you will need to find a website to host it on. The tools and features of these sites will differ, but you can find many good free ones and ones for a low fee.
Obviously to save time, you will need to get everything you need research wise from one site. These sites offer you the family tree and may also offer you blogs, photo uploads, and chats where you can keep in touch with family to plan a reunion.
To start with, you should fill in the immediate family you have and start branching out from there, going further and further back into history. The ancestry you have will take some time to expand and for you to find out more details. You will also have the ability on the website for other family members to contact you and set up their branch of the family tree on your site.
With family that is located all over the world, which is most people, you can also use the family tree websites to keep in contact with everyone and plan a reunion or family gathering that everyone can attend.
The family tree is a precious gift to give and to have as a keepsake but it will usually be difficult to do and expensive, whereas an online version with photos and various letters, contacts and other miscellaneous communication will last much longer and will be a living memento of your family.
Ashley King is editor of the Family Section at i-KnowHow | Information for Life at http://www.i-knowhowonline.com where you'll also find ideas and tips for hobbies, home and garden, personal finance, technology basics and much more.