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Online Genealogy Service

Published 12/19/2008 and rated Ratingstars3 3 out of 5 stars
by AppAppeal Editor
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What can you use the app for?

Zooof is a great tool which can be used to research and compile your family tree. The traditional method of visiting towns and churches to build up your family tree is very time consuming, and drawing it can get very confusing! Zooof makes this whole process much easier, you simply sign up the service when you can start adding new relations, this will then automatically build your family tree. The aim of the site is to make it much easier to find people again. There is a theory that everyone is connected to one another through around 6 people. This should technically mean that using the internet you can quickly and easily compile your family tree. There are a number of different methods of building and expanding your family tree, you can trace your roots, invite family members, or simply chatting with other people.

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What is the history and popularity of the app?

Zooof has been around since 2004; however it remained in private beta for some time. It has been completely open to the public since 2007. Co-founder Jean-Paul Busker came up with the idea for in 2004 as a project to investigate the concept of `Six Degrees of Separation' for families in the world. Partnering with co-founder Stefan Leenen, a computer science expert, was launched in 2004 in 35 languages. acquired in February 2010. redirects to

What are the differences to other apps?

Although there are plenty of other sites that will help you to compile and build your family tree Zooof does so in a unique and exciting way. Rather than baffling you with science or making it so complicated that you end up giving up, they make it great fun. Researching your family on Zooof is really good fun, which means you are unlikely to lose interest. Zooof is more than just an online genealogy tool; it is more of an online community. Think of a family tree site crossed with a social networking site. It is this interaction which will make your time on the site more interesting, and fruits from your labor will be more evident.

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How does the web app look and feel to use?

Zooof has managed to do something very difficult and keep something that can get very complicated very simple. They have simplified the whole process of finding family members and adding them to your family tree. You can also invite your other family members to help you out, this means that the tree will grow much quicker than if you were doing it by yourself. The user interface really is a joy to use.

How does the registration process work?

You can search for people that you might be connected to without actually having to register, however if you want to contact these people or start building your own family tree then you will need to register. Registration is very easy; you simply need to enter your email address and a few other pieces of personal information. You will also need to confirm your account by clicking on a link in an email to get full access to the system. If you do not confirm your account within one month of registering then all of your information will be removed from the servers.

What does it cost to use the application?

Zooof is completely free to use and you are not asked for your credit card details or any other payment information when registering. The site is funded by adverts, although these do not appear on every page. The adverts are also much less intrusive than many other PPC adverts that you might be aware of which makes the site nice to use.

Who would you recommend the application to?

Zooof is a fantastic site for anyone looking to build their family tree quickly and easily, it’s a very reliable site having been around for a number of years. Anyone who is interested in researching and building their family tree should already be using Zooof!

  • Great search engine feature to track down people that you might already know who are already registered
  • Ability to invite other family members to help you build your family tree
  • Online community makes constructing your family tree great fun
  • Reminders showing of upcoming birthdays
  • Ability to upload photos of you and your family

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