FindMyPast.co.uk has released a beta version of a new service. It allows anyone to create a personal “Who Do You Think You Are?” story, modeled after the very successful television series.
In essence, you can become the star in your own Who Do You Think You Are? episode, telling your family’s story using your own words and pictures. You can include interesting tidbits such as family gossip and special memories. The web site will then automatically add historical events to swap for key points in your family’s history. You can preview and edit your progress as you go. You can email relatives to ask for help on family facts, and continue to build your story at any time.
Once you are happy with the results, you can share your story with others via email, Facebook and Twitter so that your friends and loved ones can enjoy it too. The result will be an online slideshow featuring the text and pictures you provided, supplemented with information about historical events as provided by FindMyPast.
Describing the features in words is a bit difficult. Probably the best way to learn what the FindMyPast service is all about is to view the two examples shown at http://www.whodoyouthinkyouarestory.com/#examples.
The service is in beta so you might encounter some bugs or missing features. However, in my short experience with the service, I didn’t encounter any problems.
The historical information added by FindMyPast seems to feature mostly U.K. events. That isn’t surprising as the service is being offered on FindMyPast’s U.K. web site at FindMyPast.co.uk. If this new beta test becomes successful, I might guess it will later be offered in versions for the U.S. as well as for other countries.
You can learn more or even create a Who Do You Think You Are? story at no charge at http://www.whodoyouthinkyouarestory.com.