Dynastree is a free online family tree maker. OK, so maybe we’re suckers for a hoppy poppy name and some cute little graphics representing relatives. Stranger still, this is apparently a European born clone site of Geni.com (which we love and have reported on before) which makes the whole thing kind of incestuous. OK so we’re reaching for the metaphor, but you get what we mean.
Where it blows Geni away is in the range of countries supported (11) and languages (8). It’s a truly international effort, and that shows in the numbers. Over 6 million family trees have been created since launch in 2007 (at the rate of 100,000 a week). That’s pretty amazing.
Geni’s interface is probably a little more mature and sensible (dull?), but if you’re in the market for a global family tree service then this is probably as good a place to start as any.
dynastree’s simple and optically pleasant appearance helped making the issue of family trees an online family experience. That way, a network evolves as a family collaboration project. The dynastree family tree quickly gets a life of its own. The more relatives participate, the larger and better the picture of the whole family gets. That way, completely unknown parts of the family can be brought to light.