Using Google Groups to Build a Free Family Website

The BYU Conference on Computerized Family History and Genealogy is going on right now… and one of the lectures given was by Joseph Irvine, who spoke on using Google Groups to collaborate with family – and build a family website.


With today’s Internet tools, it is no longer necessary to work alone on your family tree. Joseph Irvine told a session at the BYU Conference on Computerized Family History and Genealogy about how Google Groups can help families collaborate on their research — and it is free.

“Collaboration is the key in genealogy,” Irvine said March 13. “There is no point in each of us being an island — if we all do our own work … and then the person next to us does the same family line and has to go do it all over again, that is a huge waste of time and resources.”

Irvine, a major in management and information at Utah State University, said the free service is better in many ways than buying your own Web site to use for collaboration. If you buy your own site you will need to purchase software or write html code yourself. Google Groups has everything ready to go.

Read the article by Michael De Groote in the March 13, 2009 edition of The Mormon Times.

The Claybourn Genealogical Society Website

Over the last couple weeks, I’ve been corresponding with Joshua Claybourn, the creator of a world-class website for the Claybourn Genealogical Society.

According to information I found at the site, the purpose of CGS is “to provide leadership in assembling and recording data and information on ancestors and descendants of the Claybourn family (with variants of the name), and also to cultivate the ties of friendship among all Claybourn families.” The website certainly supports that idea.

The homepage is simple and straightforward – making it easy to find your way into the many resources found behind it. Besides browsing the site, you can search it using either the Google or MSN search engines.

Claybourn Genealogical Society website

Resources found on the website include information on researching your Claybourn family lines, links to important websites, membership information, news and – best of all – an absolutely wonderful History section. I found it fascinating – and I don’t even have any Claybourn relatives (that I’ve found yet, anyway). Click on the names found on the first page of he History section. You’ll be amazed…

The Claybourn Genealogical Society website is a great example of how a family-oriented website can be fun, attractive and informative. Check it out.