Tuesday, March 22, 2011

Those WikiTree Widgets are officially out of beta

In previous blog posts, Ol' Myrt here experimented with WikiTree.com and some embeddable widgets. See:
With today's email comes news that Chris Whitten the genuis behind WikiTree has made the embeddable family tree widgets available for all bloggers and website owners:
22 March 2011 - WikiTree.com
WikiTree is proud to announce the release of its new “widgets” that enable you to freely display a family tree or pedigree chart inside any web page or blog post.

You can start the tree with yourself or any ancestor, as long as you set the Privacy Levels to allow it. There are more than a dozen formatting options with different dimensions and content levels. Most include thumbnail photos of ancestors. Some have background images tailored to families from Chicago, New York, Boston, Nova Scotia, England, France and Italy.

Names in widgets are linked to the full profiles and extended pedigree and descendant charts on WikiTree.  Posting an incomplete tree on a blog may entice family members or distant cousins to help fill in the blanks. When they do, the widget is automatically updated with the most current information.

Finally! My ‘collaboration’ brick wall is knocked down thanks to Wikitree and its Family Tree Widgets! For years, I’ve struggled with the ability to share my research in tree form with my family via my blog. Up until now, the best I could do was to insert an image without any dynamic links. Now … I can easily embed the data from my tree and have it display visually. No more image capturing, cropping and uploading. No extra work! I’m happy and so are my blog readers!” Thomas MacEntee, GeneaBloggers

About WikiTree: WikiTree's mission is to create a rich worldwide family tree resource by striking the perfect balance between collaboration and privacy. It gives families a free and easy way to privately share information and organize their facts, memories, and photos. At the same time, it enables distant relatives and strangers to grow a worldwide family tree and create a valuable resource for future historians. WikiTree was started in 2008 by Chris Whitten, the creator of WikiAnswers - one of the top 50 websites in the US. Content on WikiTree is owned and edited by its contributors. Join the free community at http://www.WikiTree.com.

Now you can
  • update your genealogy info on one genealogy site (WikiTree.com), and have it automatically update through the WikiTree Widgbet to your blog or website. 
  • improve access to your compiled genealogy by linking it to your blog.
  • invite participation through the use of these nifty online family trees.
Happy family tree climbing!
Myrt     :)
Your friend in genealogy.


  1. You have been such an inspiration to this fledgling blogger and will always be grateful for the encouragement you gave me when I first entered the Geneabloggers scene. Creative, kind and just a plain old (but not THAT old) you are certainly deserving of the One Lovely Blog Award. Stop by my blog page and pick up your award. The pink will go very nicely with your newly redecorated blogffffffff


  2. Wow - it must be "Cindy" day to nominate One Lovely Blog awards! Thanks for the post about the WikiTree Widgets - it sounds like a great tool. I enjoy your blogs and the webinars that I have attended!

    Best regards,
    Cindy Harris

  3. This is so lovely. I love the idea of putting this wiki tree widgets on a blog. I've tried it and I can really say that my blog looks more compelling and organized.