Notes from the past…

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A fun little gadget

I was just visiting Steve Danko’s genealogy blog and he had a neat little map that shows where his blog’s visitors are located from around the world. It might be interesting to see where my visitors are from, in relation to my specific genealogy and surnames. For example, my Stanley ancestors came to Texas from Alabama, so I wonder if any of my blog’s visitors are in Alabama? So, I went to the ClustrMaps site, and signed up for a free map. As long as I have less than 2500 visitors per day, the service is free. That’s certainly not a problem for me!
I’ll try this a few days. I may add one to my genealogy site, too.

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A free program

You may have heard that genealogy site MyHeritage is merging with Pearl Street Software. Now Pearl Street software is the creator of the GenCircles website and of the genealogy program Family Tree Legends. There have been some customer service problems there of late, and this merger is expected to remedy things.
The most immediate benefit is that Family Tree Legends in now free to download, in its entirety! “Family Tree Legends version 5.0 is a powerful and sophisticated genealogy program designed to make it easy for you to collect, display, and organize information about your family history.”
This is a very nice program that I tried a few years ago and liked, although I now use Family Tree Maker. If memory serves, there were some problems downloading the trial version of Family Tree Legends, so I ended up with Family Tree Maker, which I was able to buy at a local Best Buy store. In fact, I have been recently looking for that program from a few years ago, but I couldn’t remember its name! In the past few days, I have read on several blogs about the merger, so last night I went to their site and downloaded the program (with no worries this time!)
For now, I plan to leave my Bluebonnet Country Genealogy database in Family Tree Maker, but I transferred the Stephens-McCullough database to Family Tree Legends. I don’t have any documents or photographs added to Stephens-McCullough yet, so there is nothing lost in moving to a new program.
Oh, yeah, the records collection at Family Tree Legends is also now free!