A newsletter reader asked a question today: “I am wondering if there is an online genealogy program [where the data] can be seen, added to and shared only by family members so that we can all see each other’s descendants.”
I assume my correspondent wants a service that is visible ONLY to invited family members, not to everyone in the world. Indeed, there are many such programs. Actually, they are web sites where such data can be entered and shared, but only visible to people who have been given access to the site.
While I did answer her in email, I thought I would copy my answer to a public article in this newsletter in case anyone else has the same question. Here are a few of the web sites and service I can think of at the moment:
MyHeritage.com at http://www.myheritage.com (MyHeritage offers both private and public family trees. Private trees are visible only to invited family members.)
The Next Generation of Genealogy Sitebuilding (usually abbreviated as TNG) at http://www.tngsitebuilding.com (It will require a bit of work to install the TNG software on a web server. However, one company will and maintain the software ofr $4.95 a month.)
Ancestry.com at http://Ancestry.com (First read the Privacy for Your Family Tree article at http://www.ancestry.com/cs/legal/PrivacyForYourFamilyTree)
MyFamilyOnline at http://www.myfamilyonline.com/ Only invited people can view your information on MyFamilyOnline
WebTrees at https://www.webtrees.net
Tribal Pages at http://www.tribalpages.com
There probably are a few more but those are the ones I can think of at the moment.