03 April 2006

Amiglia - Social Photo storage for Genealogists

Amiglia is a new service offered via the web which is currently in Beta. I suggest you take a look--beta users get lifetime memberships.

What is it?
A way of storing photos and presenting them in a variety of different ways. The most interesting way, however, is in a family tree. You define the relationship between the photos (mom, dad, child, spouse, etc.) and it presents a flash-based family tree of the photos. Perfect for genealogy!

It also allows you to geo-locate your photos and will produce maps through Google Maps that show push buttons for where your photos were taken overlaid on Google Maps (when you click on the pushpin button, you see the related photos).

It allows video uploads (limit 5mb), imports from flickr or PhotoShop Album, tagging and searching of photos, animated slideshows (great for trips), and uploading by several easy methods, including email.

They recently added admin rights separate from upload rights, and continue to add features regularly. They even have a blog for comments and discussion on development of the site. They have a demo that's relatively easy to follow.

How Much Will it Cost?

Amiglia Basic will be free, but will be limited to seven family members who can contribute, and ceiling of 100 mb or photo storage space. $50/year expands that to unlimited family contributors and 5 gb of storage space, while $100/year removes limits altogether. There even a pro version that allows photographers (genealogists?) to set up sites for their clients, who will have a full function site free for a year, then opt to pay the appropriate fee annually thereafter.

I've set the skeleton of a site for my family at mann.amiglia.com.


At Tuesday, 04 April, 2006, Anonymous Dallan Quass said...

This is very cool! Having a way to integrate pictures with an interesting family tree representation will help many I think to get energized about their family history.

At Tuesday, 04 April, 2006, Anonymous Paul Berry said...

Hi Alan!

Thanks for the post about Amiglia, we really loved reading the review. A lot of users came our way through your site today and some beautiful alums and trees have been created.

Any comments you guys have -- we'd love to hear them. The development team is working like mad to prepare for launch

Best regards,


At Wednesday, 05 April, 2006, Anonymous Milena Berry said...

Hi Alan,

Thanks for posting about Amiglia. We have enjoyed some steady traffic as a result with some very elaborate and beautiful family trees and albums being created.


Milena Berry

At Monday, 10 April, 2006, Anonymous Anonymous said...

So, are you able to make comments about the photos? Can you post multiple photos for people?

At Monday, 01 May, 2006, Blogger Alan said...

Yes, you can post multiple photos. You can't really "make comments" but you can enter caption, description, tags, and geo-coding.

At Monday, 01 May, 2006, Blogger Alan said...

Dallan, Milena, Paul

Glad you noticed Amiglia. I thought it was a lot of fun, as well. I presented it at a local family history fair this weekend. One young man in the audience was sitting next to his mother, with a hood pulled up over his face. When I demonstrated the Mann family Amiglia site, he sat up and raised his hand. He said "That's really cool. My mom's showed me pedigrees and group sheets, but it never reached me. When you showed this, I finally got it. You've really got something there! Why hasn't anyone shown it this way before? This is actually interesting..."

At Monday, 01 May, 2006, Anonymous Milena Berry said...

Thanks for the good words Alan, this is awesome! We're so glad we can help people get into genealogy with better interactive tools like the Amiglia Flash tree. And the even better news is that a major upgrade is coming to the current tree in terms of navigation and layout. So stay tuned!
Milena Berry

At Friday, 12 May, 2006, Anonymous Milena Berry said...

We just released a new version of the interactive family tree on Amiglia, take a look, we'd love any comments.


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