RE: [S-R] Genealogy Software Question
I would say that with all the time you're going to invest in genealogy
research it is worthwhile downloading trial versions of a number of
packages. Re-education on software packages is a very small portion of the
time you're going to be spending on genealogy. Pick what suits you and what
you want to be able to do. I don't think you can do that without personally
evaluating several packages. I used FTM at one time and tossed it out in
favor of The Master Genealogist and have absolutely no regrets.
[covers both Windows and MAC s/w].
On your second question of connecting with other researchers. As far as I
know, the largest community of family tree files is at WorldConnect.
You can upload your file there [gedcom]. I think you will be more likely to
have someone find you at WorldConnect than at the web site you plan to
build. I will make a friendly warning about on-line genealogies. There are
some very good ones and there are people out there that do very sloppy work.
I found one file that has my great-grandparents in it and I've contacted the
individual assuring him that he made a mistake and have shown him all the
documentation to prove it. He admitted he had guessed at the relationship
and acknowledged his error but hasn't [or won't] change his file.
From: SLOVAK-ROOTS@yahoogroups.com [mailto:SLOVAK-ROOTS@yahoogroups.com] On
Behalf Of John Venham
Sent: Saturday, August 12, 2006 9:07 AM
Subject: Re: [S-R] Genealogy Software Question
Thanks, everyone, for the advice.
Im likely going with Reunion.
I am getting ready to go into an extensive on-line
genealogy project. It has been about 7-8 years. Of
course things have changed. It will mostly be an
up-dating project, and Im squeezed for time, being in
grad school and all. So I hope to avoid an entire
re-education period of what's what (I know, a real
So here Im seeking advice.
8 years ago, familytreemaker was a (mostly) free
website. Somewhere I had access to a community that
did reciprocal CD-Rom lookups. And the SSDI database
I also may want to put my information in full out
there, to connect with other related researchers. Is
there a popular/accessible site to do this? Would a
membership be necessary? I have seen ancestry.com, it
looks as if it is a membership site, and that is
acquired familytreemaker.com at some point. Is it
possible to export data into such websites without
purchasing specific software? Or are there places
where 'donation' of information grants temporary
Any answers (and of course) additional information
would be appreciated!
--- Ziegler <zieglerwa@sprintmai <mailto:zieglerwa%40sprintmail.com> l.com>
> I'm also a Mac user. I understand that Reunion is anups.com/group/SLOVAK-ROOTS
> genealogy package for the Mac. Check it out at:
> http://www.leisterp <http://www.leisterpro.com/> ro.com/
> I don't know about exporting your current data. I'm
> still using an old
> version of Family Tree Maker that runs under MAC
> Classic. It meets my
> On Apr 20, 2006, at 11:28 AM, John Venham wrote:
> > Hello All,
> > Soon I'll be forced to upgrade my genealogy
> > Currently I'm using a 1997 version of 'Gene' which
> > requires MAC Classic (9.0).
> > I'd appreciate any and all recommendations; just
> > caveat, I'm a Mac-user. I'll need to export my
> > to whatever new program I choose. And is it true
> > packages include access to on-line networks, like
> > ancestry.com or family tree maker? What else is
> > there?
> > Thanks!
> > John V
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