Having your own website
sounded like such a good idea! It seems like everyone has one,
and you have information you want to share. But now you're feeling a
little overwhelmed by the new language and
terminology; and you have questions
Where do I start ?
What is this HTML stuff ?
Do I have to learn HTML?
How do I add a photo to my page ?
How do I link my second page to my home page ?
How do I get my pages on line ?
Is there an easy way ?
Well, some ways are easier than others; but creating web pages is not
These tutorials are meant to answer some of the questions
that all of us had when we were beginners at web authoring. They were
users, but will work for most sites on most servers. The following
Very Basic HTML
- Even if you use a WYSIWYG editor to create your web pages, I urge you
to learn the basics of HTML. There is no substitute for knowing how and
web pages work -- or do not.
Website - Genealogy websites
have some unique features and problems. You'll find some suggestions
Getting started with FTP
- There is more than one way to upload your pages to the server.
The links at the right cover additional topics. How to
add "fun" things such as counters and guestbooks, using forms
(MailMerge) for visitor feedback, help for WebTV users, and tutorials
written by other
Freepages-Help mailing list is a wonderful resource for answers to
about building your Freepages website. You must be subscribed to post
list, but you will find answers to many of your questions in the List
Archives. The "Search" and "Browse" buttons will take you directly to
the archives for
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For many of us, our genealogy research can be much more than just a
casual hobby and its significance in our lives is often the reason we
want to share it by creating a website. But it is
sometimes difficult to
our passion for searching dusty attics and squinting at ancient deeds
or letters to those who do not share our enthusiasm.
A fellow researcher posted her eloquent explanation
on the RootsWeb
Message Boards, and she has graciously given permission for
me to reprint it here:
- Genealogy is history and there are lessons to be
- Genealogy is entertainment -- a mystery to be
unraveled or a puzzle to be solved.
- Genealogy is a way of connecting with family in the
here and now.
- Genealogy is a way of understanding the contributions
of those who came before us and our obligations to those who come after
- Genealogy is a way of honoring the individual life of
an ordinary person.