More and more genealogy software is becoming available in the cloud. The latest announcement is from the Irish genealogy site, findmypast.ie. Instead of entering your genealogy information into a traditional program installed on your computer's hard drive, you may enter the same information into a program that runs on findmypast.ie's web servers.
Cloud-based genealogy programs offer several advantages over traditional genealogy programs, as well as a few disadvantages. The primary advantages are ease of access from anywhere, ease of sharing with family members, increased security, and increased data protection as everything is backed up frequently by professionals managing the data center. Of course, another advantage is the price. In this case, the program is FREE.
Disadvantages include generally slower performance, although this decreases as Internet connection speeds continue to increase.
The following announcement was written by findmypast.ie:
Launch of Family Tree Builder on findmypast.Ie
Today, findmypast.ie becomes the first Irish family history website to offer its users family tree builder software, greatly enhancing its offering to Irish family history enthusiasts.
- First Irish family history website to offer web-based family tree software
- Allows user to fully benefit from access to almost 10 million records
One of the most important elements in researching your family history is the ability to form a visual representation of your years of hard work and research. Findmypast.ie’s free online application allows users to easily create a tree from scratch and add some of 10 million records now available on findmypast.ie to their existing research.
When compared to using traditional software findmypast.ie’s web-based program presents many advantages such as allowing users to access the latest version of their family tree from any computer and share their family tree with invited members of their family or fellow researchers. Some of the main features of the software include:
This is merely the first step in findmypast.ie’s development of a fully integrated family tree program on which users will be able to store photos and historical references, helping to preserve the story of their ancestors. Future features will also include greatly enhanced social functionality, such as the ability to search other users’ trees and inviting other users to collaborate on a tree.
- Add, edit, update and delete relations
- Add partners, parents and children
- View your immediate family, ancestors, descendants or whole family tree
Cliona Weldon, General Manager of findmypast.ie, comments: “Our family tree building software is equally adept at helping the novice family historian and experienced genealogist alike to store all the names on their family tree in one place. We’ve made the web based program as easy to use as possible and most importantly its free.”
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