I finally took the time to research some of the programs out there which could convert the genealogy data in my computer into a web format that was both simple and clean, but detailed at the same time. I’ve been using different versions of the Family Tree Maker software for about seven years now and I enjoy the interface and flexibility it provides. But one thing that always bothered me was its inability to generate web pages. If I recall, some of the earlier versions may have had that option, but since their affiliation with Ancestry.com — it seemed the only way I could put my tree online was to sync it with an Ancestry account. Unfortunately, every time I tried to upload my information, it would timeout after about 20 minutes and 85% of total progress with a transmission error message.
So I decided to look into some GEDCOM to HTML conversion programs. (GEDCOM is a universal data file format that allows most genealogy programs to import and export data; HTML is the basic format for web pages.) After reviewing about a dozen programs on a site called Gathering Leaves, I chose GED-GEN as the one that best fit my needs.
Last night and this morning/afternoon, I did a little bit of tree pruning and tinkered with the various preferences and options using GED-GEN. Through a little bit of editing and a lot of trial and error, I uploaded four separate family trees to the site today: one representing each of my and my wife’s parents.
I am still working on the integration with the new general web site, which is resulting in a lot of growing pains there, but it will eventually come along. I expect to do a good bit more pruning to promote some new tree growth as I discover some additional program options, so the trees may not maintain their current size and shape. So keep an eye out for changes, and send me any suggestions or feedback as the reorganization continues.