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Family Trees Made Easy - with FamilyEcho

Easily create a digital version of your family tree, using the free online Family Echo platform

What you'll learn

  • Why you should work on a family tree.

  • Setting up your Family Echo account.

  • Sharing your work with others for collaboration.

  • Adding immediate and more distant relatives to your family tree.

  • Managing divorce and remarriage.

  • Adding biographical details.

  • Working with pictures (uploading, rotating, cropping).

  • Expanding and focusing your family tree.

  • Printing for sharing.

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(yup, it's free)


  • It is helpful (although not necessary) to have some experience with Google Apps.
  • Experience with Google Drawings is especially helpful (although not necessary), as this application is used when dealing with pictures.


Family Trees Made Easy is a beginner course for people who want to create a digital version of their family tree. All that is needed is a computer (Mac, PC, or Chromebook), access to the internet and a personal email address. The free online software introduced in this course makes creating your family tree extremely easy. It will help you organize your information, make revisions, add additional details as you think of them or discover them for the first time. The software also allows you to easily collaborate with others. In the end, this work will also leave you with a better understanding of who you are and where you come from. It will also better equip you to share your family history and stories with others.

Who this course is for:
  • This course is for anyone who wants to create a record of who they are and where they’ve come from - by creating a family tree.
  • You might want to create a family tree partly to understand yourself better, but also so you are better prepared to share about yourself and your families stories with others.
  • This course is especially suited to students and seniors who are taking part in a GrandPals project, as it helps prepare them for more powerful intergenerational sharing.
  • Other relatives might also be interested in this course, as they can help collaborate on the building of your family tree as well.

Course Content

  • 1


    • What is This Course All About?

  • 2

    Getting Started

    • 1. Introduction

    • 2. Setting Up Your Account

    • 3. Sharing for Collaboration

  • 3

    Adding Basic Information

    • 4. Adding Immediate Relatives

    • 5. Adding More Distant Relatives

  • 4

    Adding Additional Details

    • 6. Managing Divorce and Remarriage

    • 7. Adding Biographical Details

    • 8. Uploading Pictures

    • 9. Rotating Pictures

    • 10. Cropping Pictures

  • 5

    Navigating and Printing for Sharing

    • 11. Expanding and Focusing

    • 12: Printing for Sharing

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Marc Mailhot


Marc Mailhot is part of the team of educators behind The GrandPals Project - an initiative that has received the prestigious Governor General Award for Excellence in Teaching (Canada). He is passionate about building understanding and friendship between generations. He also seeks to foster historical learning between generations, so that people can better appreciate and understand the world they are living in now.