Family Pursuit Adds Private Family Trees

Sunday, 18 Jan 2009 | by Mark Tucker

Last week Family Pursuit released the ability to create private family trees.  I don’t have much information about it at this time other than a press release.  I hope to check this out soon and will blog about it when I can.



Family Pursuit Announces the Release of Private Family Trees

Provo, Utah, Jan. 14 – Family Pursuit, a leader in online collaborative genealogy research tools, today announced the release of Private Family Trees.  Designed specifically for collaboration, this unique wiki-based website is now available for private use for the genealogist who is looking for a better way to work with others. Family Pursuit’s private family trees allow researchers to share not only conclusions, but their ongoing research, sources, extractions and theories with those invited to join the trees.  They are the perfect solution for sharing research with the entire family, interacting with other family genealogists, or working within a family organization or one-name study. 

Some of the collaborative tools available for private family trees include:

    Inviting an unlimited number of family members to join a private tree
    Organizing and sharing ongoing genealogy research
    Creating and assigning tasks
    Sharing research logs and extractions
    Adding living individuals
    Keeping all information about living and deceased individuals private
    Involving and mentoring family members
    Participating in family discussions
    Receiving notifications of changes made by tree users
    Rolling back and forth any change made by any user
    Advanced merging and unmerging

Along with these new private trees, Family Pursuit continues to offer its Community Tree which has been created for genealogists to share research with the genealogy community to reduce duplicate efforts, accelerate research, and network and connect with distant relatives.

“We have found that many genealogists feel more comfortable working privately with those they already know.  A Private Family Tree offers this security,” said Mike Martineau, founder of Family Pursuit.  “When genealogists feel confident in their research conclusions, they will be able to easily copy their conclusions to the Community Tree for others to view and add to. A Private Family Tree also allows the inexperienced genealogist to be privately mentored by more knowledgeable relatives.  We are excited to offer a bridge between those who are overwhelmed by the amount of research and those who want to help but don’t know how.  We look forward to continuing our progress in developing these important tools, and being a part of bringing more people into the work.”

About Family Pursuit

Started in 2004, Family Pursuit, a Provo, Utah company, provides web-based applications to accelerate family history work by providing a framework for genealogy researchers to work together in their efforts and to easily share their ideas, theories, research and conclusions. Family Pursuit enables genealogy enthusiasts to involve family members who have never engaged in family history work, bringing families together in sharing the rewarding experience of researching, exploring, and creating a personal understanding of their heritage. Visit for more information.

1 Comment »

  1. Mark, I realize that you’ve been a tester for FamilyPursuit in the past and was curious about your thoughts, so will look forward to your blogging on the subject.

    When I first learned about the website last year, I had high hopes, as it listed some very impressive features and intentions. It seemed as though development since that time had been coming more slowly than I’d hoped (as the corporate blog had been fairly quiet as to new features put in place as of late), but perhaps I’m just impatient.

    Regardless, I was pleased to see the recent announcement. The family tree entry process other than via GEDCOM is a bit painful, and the site is still devoid of a number of features that one would eventually like to see, but improvements in all areas of the website are expected. The product is still young and in beta after all.

    I certainly hope it succeeds, as its aims are lofty and well-intentioned. The company appears to answer queries through its feedback boards quite quickly, which is also a good sign. Perhaps the best way to currently interface with the product is to use your software package of choice and make changes there, while periodically uploading a GEDCOM to the site to put in place any updates for the benefit of others researching your family lines.

    We’ll have to see what the future brings. With respect to that issue, perhaps you have some insights that you’ll be able to share.

    Comment by Mark — 18 Jan 2009 @ 10:01 pm

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