Posting trees on the web for techno dummies
Do you want to publish your tree on the web but, like me you are unversed in the arts of html?
Google have the answer for dummies like you and me, and it is a free service.
The address is Google Sites
You need to open a Google account, that is free too, think of a name for the site an then start,
The option on Google sites to store pages hierarchically, as in a tree, is an advantage when the tree like mine is mainly descendants of one person. However there is an option to create further sites and link them to the main tree so you can organize a main trunk. Then have the branches on separate sites but linked to the correct place and a return link. If, as in my tree cousins married it is easy to link pages together.
When I first started the tree it became difficult to find individuals that had the same name, I could see that there seemed to be two ways to view the site.
1.Each page has the ascending links at the top and the descending or children's links at the bottom
2.The site map link in the navigation pane allows you to expand all and view the whole tree, or expand one family at a time
I wanted a way of searching the site so for weeks I trawled through the Google products list looking for a mini search engine that I could upload and use in the site. Then one day I found the very thing it was in the top right corner of the site all along. I would have felt an idiot but my wife was out at the time.
You have the option to invite others to either own or collaborate with the tree building. At the moment I have two other co-owners who like me are descendants. The tree then grows quickly and the advantage is we are pooling data. As you co-opt new owners it ensures the tree will continue to grow as us oldies become just entries on the tree.
Have a look at my tree and see what you think about taking up Google's offer
My site is Richard Angus
The main error that I and the new owners made when we first started entering pages was to get then in the wrong place IE not attached to their parents, the solution was to be on the parents page when entering the children and remember to click the option to attach the page to the parent. However pages can be moved but as the tree grows it takes time to find the correct place especially if the same names are used in different families. To make it easier I put generation numbers in each page heading, a date if birth if known or birth place if known on ad many as I could.
Even if you don't take up the Google site option, Google Earth is worth a look, see your house from a satellites viewpoint or zoom around a 3-D Grand canyon or Everest, I was surprised to see the boat I am building in my garden.