Step 22 – Share & Publish Your Family Tree

Welcome back to this installment of the 22 Steps in Researching Your Family Tree!

“I decided to publish my family tree, but I think I accidentally included some branches that were better left pruned.”

This blog article is about…

Step 22 – Share & Publish Your Family Tree

Ah, the last step! Remember the process does repeats itself and is never-ending.

After investing hours, days, weeks, or even months and years in researching your family tree, the last step is to share and publish your family tree. Sharing your tree is another way to lead to finding other ancestors and distant cousins. It is also an excellent way to preserve your research for future generations.

So, how do you share your family tree? There are several ways to do so. You can share with family and friends, on paid ancestry websites such as, FamilySearch or MyHeritage, or on free websites such as WikiTree or WeRelate. You can also add your GEDCOM family tree file and connect with other genealogists researching the same name search.

Sharing on social media websites such as Facebook and Twitter is also an excellent way to network and share your genealogy ideas. Internet genealogy message boards are also a great tool to leave specific questions and get answers to family tree queries. There are knowledgeable genealogists online who are more than willing to help others, all you have to do is ask. Sharing is the key to a well-documented family saga.

Self-publishing your own genealogy web page or e-book is another way to share your family tree. Starting a genealogy website that generates traffic that is accessible worldwide is an excellent way to share your tree so that your family has access to the information that you already have. Family and friends can leave feedback on the website and either email or call you. You can also create a visual family tree document to be passed down from generation to generation. A family heirloom left to your great-great-grandchildren of their genealogy. A well-documented e-book or paperback they can be proud of displaying on their coffee tables.

Joining and participating in a family or surname association is another way to network and create a genealogy network with your surname. Other fellow genealogists on these websites may be researching the same surname as you. This alone could lead you to more contacts on your family tree.

Genealogy never ends, the process repeats itself, and the cycle continues from generation to generation until the end of time. By this stage, you should have now gained enough genealogy knowledge and tools to confidently research your family roots. Using this help guide will undoubtedly assist you in becoming a better family historian.

In conclusion, the last step in researching your family tree is all about sharing and publishing your family tree. Remember, sharing your tree is an excellent way to lead to finding other ancestors and distant cousins. There are many ways to share your family tree, so choose the ones that suit your needs and preferences. Lastly, please share your genealogy knowledge with others. Happy genealogy research!

One great resource for genealogy research is the website This website offers free access to billions of historical records, including census data, military records, and more. It also offers a free family tree building tool, allowing you to easily input and organize your family history data.

Another website to consider is While it does require a paid subscription, it offers access to a vast array of historical records, as well as DNA testing services to help you connect with distant relatives.

For those interested in DNA testing, there are several options available. AncestryDNA, 23andMe, and MyHeritage DNA are all popular choices. Each offers unique features, so it’s worth researching each one to determine which is the best fit for you.

In addition to these websites, there are also several software programs available that can aid in genealogy research. One such program is RootsMagic, which allows you to easily create and organize your family tree data. Another is Gramps, an open-source program with a large community of users.

For those interested in learning more about genealogy research, there are several resources available. The International Society of Genetic Genealogy offers courses and resources on DNA testing, while the National Genealogical Society offers online courses and webinars on a variety of genealogy topics.

Finally, for those interested in sharing and preserving their family history, there are several websites and programs to consider. One such website is FamilySearch Memories, which allows you to easily upload and share family photos, stories, and documents. Another option is the software program Legacy Family Tree, which allows you to create a comprehensive family history book or website.

Overall, there are many resources available for those interested in researching and sharing their family history. By utilizing these tools and resources, you can discover new information about your ancestors, connect with distant relatives, and create a lasting legacy for future generations to enjoy.

I hope that the reader has enjoyed the “Discovering Your Past” blog series thus far. It has been a pleasure sharing tips and tricks for uncovering your family history and navigating the sometimes daunting world of genealogy research. We have now reached Step 22, and I have an extra Bonus Step #23 to share with those who are interested in taking their family research to the next level.

This bonus step involves DNA testing, which may not be for everyone. While traditional genealogy research relies on paper records, DNA testing offers a different kind of insight into our family histories. By analyzing our genetic makeup, we can uncover new connections and discover relatives we may not have known existed.

If you would like to learn more about DNA Testing stay tuned for the next blog, Bonus Step #23.


In closing this blog post, I hope that the blog series has been beneficial to you about learning more about genealogy and how to trace your family history. If you have any questions, comments, or feedback on the series or would like to suggest any improvements, please don’t hesitate to send me a message or email. I value your input and appreciate your support in helping me to create more helpful and informative content for aspiring genealogists. Thank you for following along on this journey, and I wish you the best of luck in your own genealogical research.

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Published by Darrell Gibbs

A father of three children and five grandchildren who retired in 2015 and began a career as a non-fiction writer in genealogy resource ebooks for new family historians. Aspiring towards the future as a Historical Fiction Author of his premier book "Wessex Reign".

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