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 Features

Here is a list of some of the features built into this system:

     Viewing Information
  • Information is online as soon as entered - no uploading or creating webpages.
  • Customizable, flexible pedigree and descendant charts color-coded by birthplace
  • Family timeline chart including births, marriages, children, deaths, censuses, deeds, wills, color-coded by place
  • Integration with Google Maps for plotting locations, descendant, and pedigree charts
  • Finding the relationship between any two people; seeing the relationships of ancestors
  • On-the-fly country, regional, and state maps showing the place distribution of surnames 
  • On-the-fly country, regional, and state maps showing the place distribution by researcher
  • Automatic change of place names when boundaries change
  • Flexible and customizable search options; saving search options for later
  • Statistics graphs showing the average lifespan, average age at marriage, and numbers of people by birthplace, for all of a researcher's branch of data
  • Statistics showing the total numbers of ancestors and descendants of any selected person.
  • Integrated lists of thousands of politicians, rulers, military officers, school presidents, religious leaders, and other historical figures, including all US Presidents, First Ladies, and thousands more.

    Management
  • Maintaining complete control over the data you enter
  • Notes fields including WYSIWYG text editing; private notes that only you see
  • An option to include living people for your own use, but hide them from public access
  • Auto-filling place names to save typing
  • Integrated date calculator
  • Attaching photos and other images, Attaching documents, Embedding videos
  • An unlimited number of sources
  • An easy way to link to source documents at FamilySearch.org
  • A separate entry for recording document texts, and linking each to multiple people
  • A full change log, recording who, what, and when anything is updated
  • Date feasibility cross-checks, with on-the-fly and email reporting of issues
  • An automated check for duplicate people across all branches
  • Entering census details for a person, or linking to a census image at FamilySearch.org
  • Color-coded occupations
  • Lookup lists for occupations, membership organizations, causes of death
  • Integrated to-do list for keeping track of all the work you want to do
  • Statistics counting how many times and when your records are viewed online
  • Flexible custom reports
  • Automatic daily backups -- no need to worry about your own backups
  • Real-time graphs showing the number of people browsing the data in your branch.

    Customizing display
  • Home dashboard display to show the information you want to see, and in the layout you want to see it in.
  • A choice of displaying surnames in upper or mixed case.
  • Customizable color and font settings for how your data is viewed by yourself and other people
  • Choosing which columns you want to see in search results and other pages, and in what order

    Collaboration
  • Automated suggestions for updating other people's entries
  • An automated check for potential new relatives in other researchers' data
  • Discussion posts by anyone
  • An Email-a-Friend option for sharing data with others
  • Message board for users to discuss the site and offer help to each other
  • Automatic feed out to many state and county websites, linking their sites to your data
  • Ability to mark brick walls in your branch

    Research helps
  • Integrated links for searching other popular genealogy sites
  • Links for surname resources
  • Links for county resources, covering all of the U.S. where a county has people linked to it.
  • Integrated Y-DNA test results

Other than by joining and contributing information, you can also help:
  • If you are skilled at writing documentation -- looking for ways in which this documentation can be improved to be more helpful and intuitive
  • If you are skilled at interface or graphic design -- looking for ways in which the webpages and interfaces can be improved to be more helpful and intuitive

Other features to be added as needed -- just ask!

Updated: 8-29-2016