Over the last decade, the Internet has become a great tool when researching information, any information at that! Research has become so much easier these days. Gone are the days when students have to frequent libraries to research their assignments. The information one can find over the net is in fact overwhelming.
Aside from research, the Internet is very useful for us as well in terms of keeping in touch with people. Whether for business or personal ends, communicating with other people has become very easy with the use of the net. We've heard countless stories of people finding the love of their lives over the Internet. No surprise, we can also use the World Wide Web for genealogy.
If you want to set up a website for genealogy first thing you need to do is to register a domain name. You may first want to think about which domain name to purchase. You can opt to use your first and last name if you have quite a unique name. On the other hand, if you have a common first name and last name, either it has already been registered, or if not and you opt to register it, you may require the services or help of SEO experts to make sure people can find your website easily when they type your name in search engines.
When you're done registering your domain name, (of course I hope you were able to find a good registration and hosting package), start right away with building your website. After selecting a design that suits your liking, start keying information into your website. Adding details of your family history, personal background, location and names of other relatives will make it easier for your long lost relatives to hunt you down. And since your main objective is to get in touch with long lost relatives, it would also be wise to register your site in genealogy forums and websites.
Most registries offer value-added features like personal email addresses. You may want to make use of them as well and make sure you add the said piece of information in your website. This, of course, will make it easier for people to correspond with you later on.
Adding a family tree is something you may also want to consider. It is certainly interesting and fun. There are several genealogy websites that offer family tree software either for free or for a minimal fee. Make sure that the information like names, date of birth, marriages and deaths are accurate prior to putting them in. It may be hard to edit the information later on if you find them to be inaccurate. Aside from the information, it will be quite interesting to add photographs as well.
I hope you have fun and I wish you the best of luck.