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Share information with your relatives around the world and add to or edit it together. But YOU control who has access and what they can see or do.


This is a VERY important aspect of putting your family history on the web. With webtrees your data is as secure as you want it to be. Control is configurable at:

  • The site level - Control who can view or register on the site, from anyone to no-one!
  • The family tree level - Each tree you have can be configured differently.
  • The user level - You can adjust what each registered user can see, whether they can edit data or not, and whether they are able to change configurations themselves.
  • The individual record level - You have the option of showing only data of deceased persons, specific individuals, and much more…even hiding people who have died recently.
  • The “fact” level - This allows you to hide more sensitive facts (such as Social Security Numbers) from everyone except administrators or any level of access you choose.
  • Combinations of the above

Display pages

Individual, with configurable tabs to display relatives, events, maps, stories, media, notes, sources, and more.

Family, showing immediate relatives, family events, media, notes, sources, and more.

On each page you can display media items attached to individuals or specific events in an individuals history. “Media” refers to photos, documents, videos, sound-bites, web links, etc.


Sort and filter lists of Individuals, Families, Sources, Notes, Repositories, and Media items.

Display a list of place names and accompanying maps associated to events that have been added to individuals and families.

Show “branches” of families with common surnames.


Configurable on-screen charts in a selection of layouts: Ancestry, circle, compact, descendancy, family book, hourglass, interactive, lifespan, pedigree (chart or map), relationships, statistics, and timeline.


Text format reports and charts to view on-screen or via a PDF download: Ahnentafel, birth date & place, births, deaths & marriages, cemeteries, descendancy, expanded relatives, family group, individual, marriage date & place, pedigree (portrait or landscape), and relatives.


View events for today, this month in any year, or any year.

General, Advanced, and Search & Replace (for authorized users).


Extensive Help screens available throughout all pages and for most features, as well as extensive documentation and a community forum.


Add and view multimedia files of many types and formats: photographs, documents, certificates, and video.


View maps of the locations where your ancestors lived and worked, using the OpenStreetMap™ feature.


The standard webtrees package includes six themes (templates) from which to choose. One of those (“colors”) has no less than 14 (!) different “color palettes”, giving you a total of 19 different styles for your site. You can choose a different one for each family tree and even allow your users to choose their own.

International Display

By default webtrees is displayed in “International English”, but you can choose to enable over 60 other languages. These include US, British, and Australian English; Italian; Polish; Spanish; Finnish; French, and German. Others, including Catalan, Danish, Dutch, Estonian, Hebrew, Hungarian, Norwegian, Russian, Slovak, Slovenian, Swedish, and Turkish are well developed, and more will be available later.

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