What’s the difference between the Family site and Family Tree Builder?

What is a family site?

MyHeritage lets you create your family’s own meeting place on the Internet – your personal family site, where you can start your family tree project (or publish it from the genealogical software), share it with your family members and invite them to help you growing your tree and research your family history together, upload family photos, documents and videos, keep track of important family events and more.

Creating a family site takes only a few minutes and doesn't require any technical experience. Basic family sites are free, and we also have Premium and PremiumPlus subscriptions if you want to take your site to the more advanced level.

To access your online family site, please open your Internet browser and go to www.myheritage.com. If you are not redirected to your family site automatically, log in to MyHeritage, using the email address and password you provided when you registered.

Then you will be taken to your family site, and will see your family tree under ‘Family Tree’ tab. 


If you are managing more than one site or joined as a member to the sites created by other site managers, you can switch between them by clicking on the drop-down list in the left upper corner of the screen.

There are a few types of family tree that you can have your online family site:

1.     Online Family Tree (web) – started directly on your online family site on the Internet.

2.     GEDCOM tree (GED) – imported to the site using .GEDCOM format file of a family tree project that was created in any genealogical software.

3.     Family Tree Builder tree (FTB) – family tree project, created in our Family Tree Builder software and synced with your online family site.

What is the Family Tree Builder?

The Family Tree Builder – is our desktop genealogy software, which you can download for free here.  It has original, easy-to-use pages that let you grow your family tree visually.

To open the Family Tree Builder program on your computer, please use the following icon:

In the Family Tree Builder, you can add photos and documents to the tree and use our face recognition technology to easily tag faces in your photos, create various charts and reports, view interactive maps, get Smart Matches and more.

Here’s how you should see your tree in the Family Tree Builder:

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You can sync your family tree with your family site on MyHeritage.com and share it with family and friends!

If you originally created your family tree in the Family Tree Builder software on your computer and then synced it with the site, then the family tree on your family site is basically a copy of what you have in your software. The family site is there to share your family tree with other family members and let them edit it online since they do not have access to your software on your computer. The family site is, therefore, a sharing platform for your family.

Read the following article to learn more about how to sync your project with the family site: How do I sync the family tree I created in Family Tree Builder with my online family site?

If you work from home, you should enter data through the Family Tree Builder software and sync. If you are travelling and you do not have your main computer with the software with you, you can still make changes to the family tree. You will be able to do this through the family site which you can enter on www.myheritage.com from any computer that has access to the Internet. You can also use our MyHeritage Mobile app to edit your tree on the go!

After you made changes and you came back home you can open the software and “tell” the software to copy all changes you made in the family site or mobile app, to your main computer at home by syncing. Then both versions – the one on your online family site and the one in the Family Tree are the same and are up to date.