ThanksgivingFamilyTimeFilter: Let's talk about family tree-building! I'm looking for genealogy solutions that prioritize narrative as much (if not more) as data. Help me sift through the options?
A year ago, to stave off the existential misery of a family cruise, I got my grandmother and great-aunt loaded and chatty and we started mapping out our family tree. I discovered some remarkable stories and patterns and relationships.
At the time I was using simple mind-mapping software, which quickly became a problem. Mind-mapping (because of its adherence to top-down single-node-of-origin hierarchy) doesn't seem to be amenable to genealogy. That said, it *was* good at depicting relationships spatially, and building little narratives. Having looked through some genealogy-specific options, I'm concerned that they seem to prioritize hard data over storytelling. Going deep data-wise is not currently my objective; i'd rather have a rich map of the relationships among my grandparents and great-grandparents generation.
Thanks to AskMe threads, I've found a bunch of genealogy software options -- beyond the obvious (and problematic?) Ancestry.com, there's GeneWeb
, NextGeneration Web
, Brother's Keeper
. Can you advise on which of these options -- or any others not listed here -- might best accommodate our goals of historical narrative rather than data-gathering?
I'm open to more rough-and-tumble solutions like just using XML/HTML on a wiki, but I (and certainly any collaborators in my family) would need some easy instructions.
Any good guides for how to make family-tree building fun and collaborative would also be welcome.