Monday, May 25, 2015

Two bits of advice

1) If you want to have your family tree online I highly suggest you keep your working file on your computer and then upload a gedcom to the website where you want your tree to be instead of doing all of your research online.  Why?  A resident genealogy program has a gazillion more options, tools, searching capabilities, error checking, reports, charts etc. than any online program will ever have.

2) Periodically take down the old gedcom and upload a new one as you update your file.  What you don’t want is several different versions of the same tree on the same website or even on different websites.  If I do a search on’s public member trees for Mortimer Snerd and I get 20 hits but 18 of them are from trees submitted by the same person it is a little frustrating. 


Copyright © 2015 Michele Simmons Lewis


  1. Excellent advice Michele. I continue to share the same information about not having an online tree be the only tree someone has. Many times the advice has fallen on deaf ears.

  2. I absolutely agree with this advice