Leland Meitzler posted a press announcement on his blog yesterday about FamilyInHistory, a new collaborative platform that allows members to import, publish, host, and share their family histories online.
Unlike free hosting services like Ancestry, FamilySearch, Genealogy.com, and RootsWeb, FamilyInHistory provides each subscribing member with a full-blown content management system that houses personal history pages for each ancestor or relative.
The CMS includes cool features like Ajax-based timelines and family trees, a photo album, and a family blog. Feeds of the latest blog entries, histories added, and photos added are displayed on the home page. Subscribers can import their existing genealogical data through a GEDCOM file, and can allow allow other researchers and family members to contribute data through a front-end registration module while setting permission levels for each user through a back-end administration module.
Always looking for tools to help manage my own family history web site, I immediately wanted to take advantage of their free 30-day trial to test-drive this CMS, however, since monthly subscriptions start at $8.49, I opted to stay with my home-grown genealogy CMS or look for an open-source platform that can provide me with functionality similar to what FamilyInHistory offers. They do refer interested subscribers to a nice cleanly-developed site run by the Jared Pratt Family Association.
Aside from the subscription requirement, my only real issue with FamilyInHistory is that it does not allow users to create or edit their history files through the web interface or an FTP client; updates need to be made on traditional genealogy software, then re-imported to FamilyInHistory. They are, however, planning to include a web-editing feature.