Well, it's out of beta now and available to use. So what is WebTree? The site says:
"WebTree.com is a community for publishing your family history.
* Publish and share your family tree files
* Create great looking charts and reports
* Embed your tree on any website or blog "
I can't resist trying out new things and telling my readers about them (have you noticed?). I went to http://www.webtree.com/ and signed up. The first screen looks like this:
The screen notes that they have had over 700 family trees uploaded in the first 48 days, which is fairly impressive.
There's an ice big "Upload Your Tree" button at the top of the screen. Will it upload my large family tree (over 20,700 individuals)? I tried...
And succeeded, in about one minute time. It took several minutes for my database to be processed (less than 20 minutes) so I went exploring. I clicked on the Browse tab and the screen showed me the latest uploaded databases.
I clicked on the Search tab, and filled in the surname with "Seaver," being the curious sort to see how many are already in the database. The search box looks like this:
Well, there were 84 entries for Seaver in the uploaded databases. Here are the first screen of matches.
Rather than go into someone else's database and explore, I'll wait and write another post about what my uploaded database looks like in WebTree.
By far the most interesting thing that Whitney's post said was:
"An index of the GEDCOMs stored on WebTree.com will be available as part of free search results on WorldVitalRecords.com."
That's great, I think!