How to Make a Free Family Website


  • You are a family historian who’d like to share your research with the world
  • You have a spread-out family and would like to reconnect with lost kin
  • You’d like to build a place online to share family stories, photos and more
  • You’re interested in making a website but are intimidated by technology

Whether you’re recording your family’s history, trying to track down lost kin or looking for a central place to share family photos, a personal website is the answer you’ve been waiting for. Thankfully, a number of free website platforms are available online, and this course will teach you how to use them in just four weeks! By the end of the class you’ll be web-savvy and ready to jolt your genealogy into the 21st century.


$99.99 ($89.99 for VIP)

Course Length:

4 Weeks


Lisa Alzo

Start Date:

View upcoming course schedule for dates


  • Step-by-step guides for building a website on free platforms such as,, Google Sites, Weebly, Posterous, Blogger and WordPress
  • How to speak the language of the web
  • Best practices for a good website
  • Theme ideas for a family website
  • Protecting your privacy online


  • A free account for the aforementioned website platforms—you’ll learn how to sign up for these in the course.
  • Students should have a basic understanding of how to use their computer and the web. If you’re new to the web, consider taking our Computer Boot Camp class first.


Lesson 1: Web Building Basics
A. Why build a family website?
B. A thumbnail look at copyright law
C. Dealing with overwhelm
D. Geek Speak: The language of the Web
E. The essentials of a good website
F. Samples of family tree sites
G. How to guard your family’s sensitive information
H. Optimizing Your Site for Mobile Devices
I. Resources

Lesson 2: Web Site Platforms
A. Introduction
B. Pre-formatted sites
C. Google Sites
I. Setup
II. Site Appearance: Themes and Layout
III. Privacy Settings
IV. Additional Help
V. Example
D. Weebly
I. Setup
II. Themes
III. Privacy Settings
IV. Additional Help
V. Example
E. Posterous
I. Setup
II. Manage Spaces
III. Privacy Settings
IV. Additional Help
V. Example

Lesson 3: Build a Site on Blogger or WordPress
A. Introduction
B. Blogger
I. How to set up a Blogger account
II. Choosing a Blogger template
III. Adding gadgets
IV. Setting up post elements
V. Your first post
VI. Examples of sites built with Blogger
I. How to set up a WordPress account
II. Choosing a WordPress theme
III. Adding widgets
IV. WordPress settings
V. Exploring the dashboard
VI. Writing posts
VII. Adding images to your posts
VIII. Examples of sites built with WordPress
D. Resources

Lesson 4: Let’s Launch!
A. Pick your platform
B. Elements of your website
C. Planning content
I. research
II. stories
III. photos
IV. genealogy
V. historic events
D. How to cite online references
E. Sharing your site with others
F. Resources
G. Summary

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