Using the new service Hellotree.com, you can quickly and easily create a family tree. Now I know what some of you might be thinking – booooooring. Well as it happens I agree. But I have to tell you – my mom, grandmother and aunt absolutely love this service. They’ve created a family tree that goes back 7 generations and includes relatives in 8 different countries. And the very best part is that Hellotree is so easy to use, they don’t constantly bother me to “help”. Keep reading for an overview with screenshots etc. Note: this review/overview was not paid for, sponsored or endorsed by Hellotree. I just thought that if my family gets such a kick out of it, yours might too.
Overview: HelloTree is a free family tree site which is editable by each family member. You can also share/archive photos and send messages to each other. The (very simple to use) interactive flash design allows you to quickly add and invite family members to join the tree. As new members join they can invite more family and your tree grows in new directions across geographies and generations. You can also choose the privacy level you want and receive alerts whenever new members join or new photo albums are created. The default privacy level is “visible only to invited family members”.
Once you’ve created an account (painless) and you sign in, you’ll be presented with a ‘getting started’ wizard.
Adding additional relatives is as easy as clicking an arrow.
After 3 minutes I was able to add my immediate family. Note: none of the names in the screenshot are real, other than mine. Our “actual” Hellotree is huge.
From your Profile screen you can create photo albums, add a picture of yourself or leave a message for your family.
Editing your profile is simple and straight forward.
As is creating photo albums, uploading pictures and setting the privacy level.
Though the screenshot below was created just for this review/overview, my actual hellotree family tree has dozens of photo albums contributed by 6 or 7 of my relatives.