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Dynastree – your cute online family tree

Dynastree

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.

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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.

Nigel is the managing editor of the Red Ferret, as well as a freelance columnist for the Sunday Times newspaper in London. Loves tech and fancies himself as a bit of a futurist, but then don’t we all?

Nigel – who has written posts on The Red Ferret Journal.


  • So, for someone in the U.S. which of these is the better choice?

    • Good question. I live Geni (clean interface, nice features) but the take up on Dynastree has been phenomenal. One way to find out is to set up accounts on both, set up a fairly simple family tree on one and then transfer over the data to the other and see if you prefer the interface. They all have export functions (although if you do complex trees you'll need to upgrade Geni to the Pro version to export the whole thing). Does that help?

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