Logan Kleinwaks has just created a free genealogy website that he hopes will become a useful new tool for genealogists and genealogical organizations. Indeed, the site does have unique features.
Quoting from Logan's description:
The Family Tree Registry is a free resource facilitating the exchange of genealogical information while maintaining the privacy of its users and their family trees. The Registry does not contain family trees. Instead, it functions as a central repository of descriptive information about family trees (including where to find them) and surnames appearing on them (but not about individuals). In other words, you won't put your aunt Betty's name online, but other genealogists will still be able to know whether your family tree interests them, and, if so, they will be able to contact you through the Registry, without seeing your email address (if you choose to keep it private).
The Family Tree Registry also functions as a search engine, enabling users to find family trees by specifying properties the trees or surnames on the trees must possess. Properties such as ethnicity/sub-ethnicity, religion/sub-religion, place, date last modified, whether surnames or family trees contain nobility, whether they contain rabbis, whether they have associated DNA (genetic) information, and more are searchable. Surnames and places can also be specified and searched according to their native spelling in non-Latin characters (Chinese, Hebrew, Polish, etc.). As the number of registered family trees increases (we started yesterday from zero), being able to specify so many properties will be increasingly useful.
When logged in, searches you perform can be saved so that you can easily retry them in the future, without having to respecify the search parameters.
The Family Tree Registry is not limited in scope to family trees that are available online. You can also register family trees that are privately maintained offline, that are published in books, or that can be found in repositories. For example, the Genealogical Society of X can use the Registry to tell the world that it has a family tree covering certain surnames, ethnicities, places, dates, etc., and that it can be found at the Society's headquarters, without having to post the contents of the tree online. Or, if in your genealogical research you have encountered a rare out-of-print book that contains a family tree, you can use the Registry to make other genealogists aware of that tree's existence and location.
The Family Tree Registry will increase in usefulness with the number of registered family trees, so I encourage you to register your trees and spread the word about this new tool. You can also help by sending ideas of ways to improve the site, such as additional ethnicity/sub-ethnicity or religion/sub-religion categories, additional properties you would like to be able to search by, or functionality you would like to see. Since the site has just opened, please especially tell me about any problems or difficulties you encounter.
You can access the Family Tree Registry at no charge at http://www.FamilyTreeRegistry.org