"WebTree.com adds a much needed family tree component to our ‘innovative tools to connect families' strategy. By adding a user-uploaded family tree community, millions of additional names can now be searched online and more people can get connected to their families," said Paul Allen, CEO, FamilyLink.com, Inc. CEO. "We're really excited this community has taken off with thousands of users in the past few weeks."
WebTree.com utilizes powerful Web 2.0 technologies to provide an exciting, free, and useful family history experience. The service will offer the ability to share family tree files with people throughout the world, create charts and reports, and provide the option to embed trees on any Web site or blog, and more.
Historically, high-quality charts often required expensive software. Using WebTree.com, individuals can use the Internet's first live family tree charting engine to build and print heirloom-quality, full color charts, or export them to a file. WebTree.com will offer hundreds of, backgrounds, frames, box borders and more to help users customize their charts.
"Fifteen years ago, when I began gathering information on my wife's family tree, I was impressed by how many photographs I could not identify, and how many people who knew the family history where no longer with us. I formed the impression that now is the time, maybe the last time, to assemble the family tree before so much of it would be lost forever," said Drew Spencer, WebTree.com user. "Now, when I print reports of the family for relatives, and share the photos I have collected, I know that it was worth the effort."
Individuals who upload trees can share their content with the world, potentially helping others find ancestors. However, WebTree.com respects the work of individuals who contribute to the WebTree.com community. Members can remove their content from the site at any time.
WebTree.com does not share information on living family members. Information in family trees regarding living persons will appear on the individual's personal family tree, but will not be visible to individuals on the Internet unless they have been given permission.