Toolkit for Creating a Family History Web Site

By Allison Dolan Premium

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Easy Editors

WYSIWYG software programs let you create and edit your Web pages without knowing HTML. lists descriptions of and links to WYSIWYG programs for both Macs and PCs at <>. Or visit the following Web sites:

Hot Dog PageWiz 1.04<>: PC, $69.0 Free 30-day trial.

Macromedia Dreamweaver MX 2004 <>: PC or Mac, $399. Free 30-day trial.

Microsoft FrontPage 2003 <>: PC, $169. Offers free 30-day trial, plus shipping and handling.

NetObjects Fusion 7.0 <> PC, $149.95 Free trial download.

Netscape Communicator <> PC or Mac, free download or $4.95 CD-ROM.

Vcom WebEasy 4.0 <>: PC, $39-95.


Creating Web Pages for Dummies by Bud E. Smith, Arthur Bebak and Kevin Werbach (IDG Books)

Genealogy Online for Dummies by Matt L and April Leigh Helm (IDG Books)

Publishing Your Family History on the Internet by Richard S. Wilson (Compuology)

Web Publishing for Genealogy by Peter Christian (Genealogical Publishing Co.)

Web Space for Free

With the number of hosting services offering Web space for free, there’s no reason you should pay to post your site. <> links to dozens of free Web servers; plus it tells you what type of sites they host, how much space they offer and their requirements for posting. You’ll also find a free home for your family tree at:

Genealogy hosting sites Online Family Tree <> <>

Roots Web Free Pages <>

General hosting sites

Angelfire <>

Yahoo! GeoCities <>

Internet Service Providers

These national ISPs offer free Web space to subscribers. Check the yellow pages under Internet Access Providers for local ISPs.

America Online <>

AT&T World Net <>

Earthlink <>

MCI WorldCom <>

Microsoft Network <>

Sprint <>

Books on HTML

The Complete Idiot’s Guide to Creating a Web Page, 5th edition, by Paul McFedries (Que)

Creating Web Pages with HTML Simplified by Ruth Maran (IDG Books)

HTML 4 for Dummies, 4th edition, by Ed Tittel and Natanya Pitts (IDC Books)

HTML: A Beginner’s Guide, 2nd edition, by Wendy Willard (McGrawHill Osborne Media)

Learning Web Design: A Beginner’s Guide to HTML, Graphics and Beyond, 2nd edition, by Jennifer Niederst (O’Reilly)

Web Sites About HTML

Bare Bones Cuide to HTML <>

Basic HTML Reference <>

Beginning HTML Links < msubleamhtml.htm?once=true&>

HTML Tag References <webdesign.>

Introduction to HTML and URLs <>

Fine Family Sites

Looking for ideas for your genealogy pages? Log on to these model sites — our picks of the top family Web sites — for inspiration:

An American Adventure


Butler Family of Cromwell, Connecticut


Diane’s Den


• Doyle Genealogical Database Master Index


Genealogy In England


McColloch Family Heritage & Genealogical Research Site


Minerd-Miner-Minor Family Web Site


The Wainwrights of Penistone Parish Yorkshire, England


From the January 2004 Family Tree Magazine.