Creating a family tree in Turkey is rarely common when compared to Europe and America. One of the main reasons for not being able to create a family tree downward in Turkey is that you cannot find much opportunity to go back through official records. However, in the world, population records can go very backwards, so more people concerned can be found among the families. Therefore, reflections and influences of this curiosity causes emergence of new Internet fields.
The website group, an initiative of Hamburg based company OSN GmbH provides family tree service in 14 countries and 10 languages. Last chain of these sites is AkrabaOnline.com in Turkish. The site has been active since June 30 and already has a large number of members some of whom are premium (paid members).
Family trees are created by using flash supported tools in almost all of these web sites and you can add detailed information onto them later. Compared to its competitors you can add more information detailed using this website and it is possible to add certificates. I believe that many people will be interested in creating personal archives by adding land titles, medals, and birth-death certificates belonging to their families and sharing it with other members of their family. It is very easy to create a person in the site, but such hard to delete it. I think I have to mention about it in this article, so be very careful with adding a person to your family tree.
One of the interesting uses of the site is that the software is the same for the entire world and may cause odd situations. Church wedding in the foreign versions is placed by imam wedding in Turkish version considering old school weddings. The site has gay marriage as another option and there is a flexible structure without limits to adapt to different countries and situations.
Bu özellik yurtdışındaki aile bireylerini bulmak için kullanılabilir. Avrupa’ya dağılmış gurbetçi Türklerin sayısı düşünüldüğünde Avrupa’da üye yoğunluğu bulunan servisin Amerika merkezli rakiplerinden daha faydalı olabileceği kanaatindeyim.
It is also possible to add members living abroad and using a different version to a family tree you create from the database which has 90 million members from all over the world. This feature can be used to locate family members abroad. When the number of Turkish guest workers spread to Europe, I believe that this service with more European members will be useful compared to its America-centric competitors.
AkrabaOnline.com gives 10 one-month premium memberships to Webrazzi readers as a gift to try their service. After you become a member of the site, your membership will be premium as you type “webrazzi2009” as gift cheque code. First come, first served, so hurry to be a member.