These days everyone from grandparents to grandchildren are plugged into the internet. Take advantage of technology to stay connected with your loved ones by setting up your own personal Family Website.
A Family Website is a great way to share photos, stories, family history and more while keeping everyone up-to-date on important news and upcoming events. Below are a few tips to help you get started with your family website.
~ Your Family Website ~
To start, you will need to register a domain name that is unique to your family. Many companies such as Google, Dreamhost, Go Daddy and WordPress offer Domain Name Registration. They also offer easy guides and templates to choose from.
Once you’ve selected a template, site design and color scheme, just start adding pages. Easy as that. Below are a few page ideas but feel free to add more.
~ Family Website Page Ideas ~
- The ‘About’ Page
Highlight the family history and include a bit about the family’s journey to its present day.
- The ‘Family Tree’ Page
Upload an image of your family tree for everyone to reference.
- The ‘Family Photos’ Page
Don’t limit yourself to just current family photos. Blow the dust off old family photos and post a few of those as well. Later, invite more senior family members to fill in information about ancestors. Before you know it, you’ll have a detailed record of your family history!
- The ‘Honors’ Page
Feature the senior most family members by including brief biographies, photos as well as any memories or stories they may want to share. For questions to ask to learn more about their life stories, check out my post ‘Legacy Interview Questions’.
- The ‘Family Calendar’
Include birthdays, anniversaries, holidays, events and family reunion dates for others to refer to in planning their own activities.
- The ‘News’ Page
Is cousin John graduating from college? Has Aunt Sally run a marathon? Select someone as the Public Relations Contact for your family website and have family members send their most important announcements. Post news on the Family Website according to a monthly schedule so everyone can stay up-to-date.
- The ‘Contact’ Page
Give family members the option to add their email address, home address and phone number so everyone can stay in touch!
~ Family Website Services ~
Need a little help setting up? Register with a Family Website service to do the work for you. Several websites feature private platforms for families to post news, list relatives, and send messages. Good ones to try are: ‘EasySite’, ‘Organizeus’ or ‘Myfamily’.
Do you have a page idea for a family website? Post it in the comment section below for others to see!
Give your parent or grandparent the gift of a lifetime by capturing their life story for your family to know!
Here at Family Tree Video we produce Legacy Videos, modern-day memoirs that weave a filmed interview with a parent or grandparent together with family photos and other memorabilia. The result is a beautiful “moving portrait” capturing your loved one as they recount their life story, family history and memories – a gift your family will treasure for generations to come.
To learn more about capturing your parent or grandparent’s life story in a Legacy Video, visit us at FamilyTreeVideo.com.
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