DrAlex FamiliaOnline
Put your family tree and pictures/video on the web
 
FamiliaOnline: Questions & Answers
What is FamiliaOnline?
How much does the subscription cost?
How much disk space can I use?
What computers, operating systems and browsers can I use?
How do I start?
What displays can view a FamiliaOnline visitor?
How do I protect the privacy of living relatives?
Who is considered alive?
My cousin wants to be removed from my site. How do I do it?



What is FamiliaOnline?
FamiliaOnline is an online family tree and photo/video album. You provide the data: enter interactively names, relationships, dates, events, notes (or upload your GEDCOM*), upload files (family pictures, video clips, etc.), add picture desriptions and use our rectangle tool to link between the individuals and the pictures. We use your data to generate a dynamic family website.

* GEDCOM (GEnealogical Data COMmunications) is a standard file format for exchanging information between genealogy programs.

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How much does the subscription cost?
You are invited to test FamiliaOnline free of charge for 30 days. If by the end of that period you decide to stay with us, you are kindly requested to subscribe for a year. The annual subscription price currently stands at US$19.95. Alternatively, you can make a monthly subscription, at US$1.95 a month.

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How much disk space can I use?
You can use unlimited disk space for your files and data.

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What computers, operating systems and browsers can I use?
FamiliaOnline is a fully Web-based application. That means it does not care what computer or operating system (Windows, Mac, Linux, Android, iPhone/iPad, etc) you are using.

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How do I start?
You subscribe to FamiliaOnline using our sign-up form. You select your username and password and provide your email address. We email you back a message with instructions, and you can immediately start administering your site.

Your site has two entrances, the "admin entrance" for you and the "guest entrance" for all visitors. The admin entrance is password-protected. You use it to enter your family data, upload your pictures, edit descriptions and set up your site. At any moment you can view your site via the guest entrance and see how your changes are reflected.

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What displays can a FamiliaOnline visitor view?
Below is a short explanation of all possible FamiliaOnline guest displays. To understand better what we have in mind, please visit our alexlena sample site.
  1. Title Page: This is the page a visitor to your site sees first. It contains your site's title, a description, your name and email address and links to further pages.
  2. Index of Names: The list of all individuals you have entered (either directly or via a GEDCOM).
  3. Personal Page: A page containing data about a single individual. You control what data items are shown for living and for deceased individuals.
  4. Information Sources: An S link to the right of an item on a personal page leads to a page with the source of that information.
  5. Outline Descendant Tree: For a selected individual, it shows his or her children, grandchildren and so on. Each descendant is shown in a separate line. The indent size is proporional to the person's generation relatively to the selected ancestor.
  6. CollapsiTree: Similar to Outline, but you can collapse and open each branch, like folders in many Windows tools (e.g., in Microsoft® Windows Explorer).
  7. Roots & Offspring: For a selected individual, it shows both the ancestors and the descendants. Parents and grandparents are shown to the left of the individual; children and grandchildren are to the right. Each person is shown in a separate box.
  8. File Pages: Each page displays a file, its description and the list of individuals featuring in it. For still images, the rectangle tool helps you to identify who is who in the picture: move the cursor over a person's name, and a rectangle lights up showing that person in the picture. If the file is a video clip, you can also move the cursor over a person's name, and the video jumps to a frame showing that person.
  9. File Lists/Thumbnail Galleries: You can display either the global file list or the list of file with the given individual. You can sort each list by date, place, etc. Each list can be displayed either as a text table or a thumbnail gallery.
  10. Text Pages: Place to put the history of your research, family stories, relevant links and so on.
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How do I protect the privacy of living relatives?
You can select which personal data items (such as birth and marriage date/place. education, occupation etc.) are hidden for living individuals. Alternatively, you can hide living individuals altogether.

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Who is considered alive?
This is not a trivial question.

As you have seen in the previous question, you can protect the privacy of living individuals. However, it is not always easy for FamiliaOnline to decide whether a person is alive or deceased. If there is a death date or place, then it is clear. If a person was born, say, in 1965 and there is no information about his/her death, then the decision is quite easy: we assume him/her alive. On the other hand, if a person was born in 1865, we can safely assume that he/she is deceased, even if his/her death date is unknown. But what shall we decide about a person 100 years old, with no death record? Here we have a problem.

Our solution is the "Maximum Privacy Age", at which FamiliaOnline stops hiding an individual's data, even if we don't have his/her death record. The default value of the Maximum Privacy Age is 90, but as a FamiliaOnline adninistrator, you can change it.

There is still a problem with individuals with neither birth date nor death record. In this case FamiliaOnline does not protect their privacy (as if they have passed away). But what if you certainly know that a person is alive, you just don't know his/her birth date? In that case you must have at least a vague knowledge about that person's age and you can set that person's birth date, at least approximately. To show that the date is imprecise, you can use "About", "Before" or "After" prefixes.

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My cousin wants to be removed from my site. How do I do it?
Add that cousin (and optionally, all their spouses and offspring) to the list of hidden individuals. She will immediately disappear from your site.

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