It is great to discover any new method for organizing one’s family information, images and stories. One such new software site is titled Tpstry, which allows a family researcher to simply put together online general information about family members, and include stories, images, timelines and events in a family’s history.
What is created is solely for anyone the creator has invited to view the site. It is not available on the World Wide Web allowing anyone to read because it is not listed on any general search engine like Google.
To develop such a private site is very easy. You start with creating a family account, with the family researcher being the first person. Then go to the ‘People’ tab and make an entry for an individual - which could be your father, a grandmother, whoever. The whole structure is in the form of a question and its answer. For example, if you placed your grandmother’s name; Mary Everett Jones in the People tab, the logical question suggested by Tpstry would be ‘when was she born?’ Once answered with January 28, 1906 a new website for the family has been created automatically by Tpstry. From there it can be added to, with her parents, her spouse and hometowns.
To make the insertion of names, dates and places, the Tpstry system allows you to import the GEDCOM files on the family. This way, entries on those vital dates become part of the website. For stories and other general information, there is a Note tab where this can be entered. Downloading any photos becomes very simple to enhance the family site.
There are two types of Tpstry programs. The basic plan is free of charge. Here several families can be created and you can invite anyone to view and be a part of that family. Any number of individual names, dates and locations can be placed on the site. There are also an unlimited number of images that can be added. The site will eventually offer a premium plan, for a fee, with many more added features.
The whole site becomes a collection of family memories, not just dates and names. A cousin can add about the time he spent the whole summer visiting your shared grandparents on their farm in Iowa. It doesn’t have to be a long story, just jotting down that remembrance can be enough.
You will create very easily an appealing digital memory album and share what you have learned and gathered with other family members anywhere, yet keep it private from those not invited.