I hardly know where to start with this one. Oh, yes - wait. I do know. WikiTree!
There are plenty of sites around which suggest you build your tree online (and they are either free or paid-for). Over the years, I have dutifully been putting my tree up on various sites with no effect other than
Then I got an email, asking me about my identity (and quoting several names and places so I would know it wasn't a scammer). It was a cousin I'd never met! I had been searching for him and his side of the family for over 30 years. He rang his sister, and said "We've found her! We've found her!" and it turned out that they had been searching for me for ages, too. And we found each other because of WikiTree.
Oh, yes. Why not a huge GEDCOM. OK, it probably is a good idea if you have an enormous tree of 35,000 people, but when you only have a few hundred (so far) I think it is better to type them in, person by person, even if it takes days rather than minutes. (Of course, it does help if you can type really quickly.) That's the way, in my opinion, that you really get to KNOW your ancestors. When you have typed 'Ebenezer Haywood' a few times, you will never forget him! Or 'Otho Popham', or 'Loveday Anna French', 'Rabage Beere', or 'Beaton Downe' (Yes, really!). (These are all actual names from my own tree.) You may not remember every single date (although frequent retyping definitely helps), but you begin to remember the names, and which family they belong to. And family is what it's all about, isn't it?
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