Notes from the past…


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Still undecided

For the past 2-3 months, I have been looking at and trying out several genealogy database programs, looking for the perfect program for me.

So far:

  • Ancestry Family Tree- Remember this one? My first genealogy program! Ok for the basics, but nothing special. Ah, the memories… :)
  • Family Tree Maker 16- I have been using FTM for about 3 years, but I have never liked the way it handles sources & citations. The images that it displays are also not very clear. Takes forever to save and close when a lot of images are added.
  • Family.Show- Awesome to look at! In its early stages, not very useful right now. No reports, charts, exports. Great potential for the future!
  • Family Tree Legends- Free. Ok, but limited. Still not quite right.
  • Family Tree Builder- Also free, from My Heritage. Some really cool graphics, I think they call that Web 2.0. Will only export entire file, not selected surnames. In other words, you can’t just export the Kennedy Family or the Turner Family.
  • The Master Genealogist- 2 versions, very fancy. Lots of bells & whistles. When I grow up, I wanna be…The Master Genealogist! A bit more than I need.
  • RootsMagic- I’m trying this one out now. Very nice, clear, neat interface. Great charts & oodles of reports. The images that I added to it are pretty good.

Still thinking…