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What is FamilyBook?

FamilyBook is a platform to share your family's history. It is an archive and repository of any type of information relating to your family. It is private but can be shared with anyone the family nominates. It is therefore ideal for sharing recent as well as historic photographs, documents, videos and sound recordings not to mention the stories that link them all. These images and other information need not just relate to family members but also their associates, the places associated with them or their artifacts.

FamilyBook readers can be Visitors, Members, Editors or Administrators. Each role has its capabilities and responsibilities.

When someone logs on to the FamilyBook website they can see just one family’s FamilyBook and have the role that has been allocated to them.

Each FamilyBook is structured just like any other reference book. It has its Contents list; Introduction; Chapters covering differing aspects of the story; Appendices of supporting material; and, an Index. Each page will have its Footnotes describing the page’s sources and their accuracy.

There are four Appendices: a Directory with a page for each person; a Gazetteer of key places; a Gallery of pictures; and, a Library of copies of documents, files and web links. All are interlinked and are fully searchable.

Unlike a conventional reference book FamilyBook is animated and interactive. Relationship-to-me diagrams, timelines, family trees, migration maps and many other ways of viewing the information are available. Hovering over a link gives a summary of the information provided if the link were followed. A person featured in a picture is a link to that person. Hovering over that person shows who the person is, some background on the person, and, if clicked opens the detailed page for the person. Links enable browsing from one point of interest to the next and it's easy to return to any previously viewed pages.