Saturday, June 22, 2013


I've been playing around with Treelines recently.  Treelines is a new site that allows you to tell a story.  It takes genealogy from being all about dry ancestral charts and helps to tell the stories behind the names.  It won the Developers' Challenge at this year's RootsTech conference, and I can see why.

Treelines gives a way to integrate photos, documents and text, showing a timeline that spans the lives of players in the story.  It's very user-friendly, and you can quickly build a visually pleasing book of family stories.
Screenshot from one of my Treelines stories
As can be be seen in the screenshot, people who appear in the story are displayed underneath the current page, showing when various parts of the story occurred as well as those participating in the current page.

I've built current stories in Treelines so far.  The first talks about the family of Yechiel Suttleman, my great-great grandfather, he of three wives and twelve children.  The other talks about the Joshowitz family, their coming to America, and what happened then.  Take a look--and explore Treelines yourself!

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