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 List members who are actively engaged in other genealogical projects are:

  • Gareth Hicks runs the Genuki Wales; informed knowledge on Welsh genealogy.
  • Dai Bevan admin for the Dyfed Mailing List  which has experts on many subjects.
  • John Ball ~ see his photographs of Wales. John is admin of the Powys List.
  • Jeff Coleman List Admin; loads of knowledge about the Swansea valley.
  • Jill Muir Asst. List Admin, and created and maintains this website.


Creating a Family History website.

Family history is a great hobby, but its drawback is that it generates loads of paper. Some collected as photocopies, some you purchase like birth marriage or death certificates, wills and newpaper cuttings. Then there are the many photographs that you are given or borrow to copy those belonging to relatives. Where can you keep backup copies of all ths material? Having a website for your data is a great way to show your relatives and attract other researchers.

Deciding what to include.

  • Why are you providing a web presence and who is website meant to serve?
  • Is the genealogy website for your relatives and friends or for other researchers? Is it to advise others how to set about Family history? Will it have stories and photographs?
  • What constraints do you have, like the limits on time, money, or other resources.

You need a plan of action.

  • Draw up a plan of what you would like. Make this simple to start with, but realise that most likely your website will grow.
  • Write a list of needs. Write down all the things you would like to have on your website.. Take a sheet of paper and write more and more ideas, just as they come into your mind.

Things You'll Need.

  • Website building software.
  • Currently I am using Microsoft's answer to Dreamweaver. This program is called Expression Web 4 Professional. These days you can download this program EW4 freely from Microsoft.

    You will also find on Cheryl Wise's pages downloads of free templates to use with this program.  You will also find excellent templates on Pat Geary's websites. Pat has one on Rootsweb and Freepages here.

    • Family trees
    • There are many good Family tree products available. I use Family Tree Maker.  There are many other like programs available.
    • Family pictures
    • Collect your images together and scan them for use on the net.
    • Website hosting
    • Heart Internet in the UK is apparently good for both hosting and for domain names, as are I am currently using to host my websites. They are based in Utah, USA, and they offer a great deal. You will find a Demo cPanel here.
    • Domain name There are heaps of places such as Namecheap;1&1 etc.,

    Hosting your website.

    Some free hosts are fine if you can manage to put up with the adverts that pay for the freedom!! If your website is a genealogy one,then you are in luck as you may host this at  Rootsweb Freepages and get Free Unlimited Web Space and upload your Gedcoms to Rootsweb-Ancestry's World connect. They already house tens of thousands of websites for the genealogy community. With a free subscription to Rootsweb Freepages comes a subscription to Free-Help which is a mailing list devoted to helping you with any queries regarding your website.

    I have my Gedcom files on Rootsweb-Ancestry's World connect, which are linked from my family history website.

    I had been a member of several of their genealogical mailing lists and so they were not new to me, but the knowledge that they offered free web space was really great. I still use much space there, but by now I was hooked on web design and also needed some independence for my new and fascinating hobby. For this I chose my own ISP's web space for some time and then decided to try out the recommended which I have found to be reliable and who mostly have good support.

    Using the web building software.

    You will need an understanding of writing valid html and CSS.  The web design program Expression Web is the successor to Frontpage and is a very good tool for helping you to learn both html and CSS. These will help you build quality standards compliant websites.  See html Cheatsheet and How CSS Works.

    My ISP is Plusnet which is a very good dependable company and  is based, as is their Support line, in Sheffield UK. They are knowledgeable and very helpful, giving 24/7 support.

    My online friend Martha Bagwell has a really good website which will help you with basic information on keeping your computer in good smooth working order.

    Last but certainly not least is Pat Geary. Pat answered a query that I had on Freepage Help Rootsweb Mailing List, and she has helped me to learn so much about web design. She is a special person and is still helping me and many others to build or amend code in their websites. Pat has several websites and has a great site for web creation help. Take a look at Genealogy Web Creations. Pat is also List Admin for  Expression Web Mailing List a mailing list for users of Expression Web.

    Pat persuaded me to take Cricket Walker's Free lessons which have been absolutely great. Here I learnt html from Sue Emerson and css and many other things for web creation.

    Since then I have taken part in an online course with Cheryl Wise, and there I continued to learn from three tutors, Pat Geary, Tina Clarke and Cheryl Wise.

    Here are some useful sites too where you will find Tutorials:

    I do hope that you will have a go at building a website. It can be good fun and a very rewarding venture. I am happy to read of any queries that you may have and to help where I am able. Get in touch on the Contact Form on this site.