Although I have not been able to find a formal press release about a partnership between FamilySearch Labs and GeneTree, it appears that they are working together. In a previous blog post, I used the Pedigree Viewer from FamilySearch Labs as an example. When I registered for GeneTree today and started building my family tree, I discovered that it used a slightly modified version of the Pedigree Viewer.
GeneTree – Family Tree Builder
FamilySearch Labs – Pedigree Viewer
Is this the first commercial release of a FamilySearch Labs project?
Connect with friends, connect with family, connect with those that match your DNA? The social networking site launched in beta today by the Sorenson family of companies called GeneTree promises to better help people answer the questions “Who am I?” and “Where do I come from?”.
A number of Sorenson companies (Sorenson Molecular Genealogy Foundation, Sorenson Media, Sorenson Genomics) have joined forces with a vision described in their motto and overall goal:
Motto: You Belong Here
Goal: To be able to take any two people in the world, sit them down and tell them exactly how they’re related.
The press release uses phrases such as “deep ancestral histories” and “human genetic heritage” as it describes how this social networking site is different from other family history networking sites:
GeneTree will tie into the SMGF database that currently contains information on more than 6 million ancestors through linked genetic and pedigree data from approximately 90 percent of the world’s countries.
Registering for the beta site is open to all and is completed in a few minutes. The site allows you to manage your profile, upload media, create a family tree, connect with friends, and keep a DNA profile.
The following image shows the Flash-based Family Tree Builder:
It will be exciting to see how this site evolves and is accepted by the genealogy community.
I was reading Dick Eastman’s newsletter today and came across a post about MacFamilyTree 5 beta so I decided to follow the link to the company site to see what the UI looked liked. To my surprise, the main tree diagram looks a lot like Microsoft’s Family.Show sample application that I have blogged so much about.
Compare the tree diagrams for yourself:
MacFamilyTree 5 beta
The latest updates to genealogy software appear to have at least a graphic designer (if not a user experience designer) on the team.