When regular trees won't do.
Gigatrees is a free web service that you can use to create your own online family tree. Your Gigatree will include separate profile pages for each person, place, and source found in your database. Each profile page is organized by tabs and will include as much information as we can find in your database that is associated with that profile, including all claims, source references, external links, notes, etc. We will also create and include on an appropriate tab, family tree charts, location maps, distribution heatmaps, generation lists, and timelines. For friends of the site, each profile page may also optionally include photos and a tab where your visitors can leave you comments or feedback. To become a friend, please make a donation to this site operating costs.
Your Gigatree will include a number of other separate pages and reports including a master timeline, a statistics page, a page showing the lastest updates to your database, an overall population distribution heatmap, a must-have Census Table Report and Bonkers, our popular data consistency and sanity report. For friends of the site, a page showing all your photos and another for the latest visitor comments is also included.
Gigatrees are public. They are accessible by family, friends, search engines and the general public. Because of this, privacy settings are enforced by default. Placeholders are created for living persons and and any data marked as private will be removed. The User Guide explains in more detail the ins-and-outs of privacy and how the settings can be overridden where desired. Links to some recent Gigatrees are provided below. These trees demonstrate many of the features available.
Currently we offer only a limited number of online Gigatrees to the public. Gigatrees that are not being used by their owners will be purged after 30 days. To ensure that your tree does not get deleted, visit or update it regularly. Friends of the site, those users who contribute to this website's operation costs, are also protected from purging. If you've recently built an online Gigatree and have decided not to use it, please remove it from your profile so that others may take your slot. Online Gigatrees are also limited in size, so very large databases will need to use the offline Gigatree feature.
To build your Gigatree, you must first sign in using one of the social media authentication methods provided, or by creating a local account at Gigatrees.com. To sign in, open the menu by clicking the window blinds symbol found in the website header on the left. Once signed in, a
button will also appear in the website header making building your tree a snap. The wizard will ask you to upload your GEDCOM file after which it will build your Gigatree using the default and most common settings, unless you are rebuilding your tree, in which case it will use your last saved settings. The build process takes just a few minutes and when done you will be redirected to your Gigatree. For quick access, your Gigatree will also appear in your Gigatrees.com menu when you are logged in.
If you would like more control over how your tree is built, there are some settings that you can modify to suit your needs. You will find all of the settings, separated into categories, listed below.