2189Re: Santa needs your help because my growing database is outgrowing my genealogical software
- Dec 4, 2003Hi Xenia,
I am using TMG (the Master Genealogist), ver. 4 and I am very happy with
it. I did not upgrade to the next version because the book was not out and
they were still fixing things. They have a very good and busy mailing list
where you get answers right away, usually more than you wanted. I have a
little over 10 000 people in my database, can't tell you how big it is. If
you look in the file, they store it by letter of the alphabeth. I am sure
there are people on this list who know more about it.
At 12:33 AM 12/4/03, you wrote:
>I have presented my problem to Elizabeth already but I want to see if any of
>you come up with different software solutions for my growing database.
>I have over 20,000 people in my Family Tree Maker Version 8 main database,
>almost all with source information, many with background notes and a few
>with pictures (though generally I have found it better to keep pictures in
>separate files). The FTW (Family Tree Maker for Windows) file is 38,640 kb
>and has stopped working. What happens in the program is that any time new
>data is added it also writes it to the backup file. If I try to add any new
>data the program freezes as it tries to process it and I receive the message
>"File not responding".
>If I go through and delete names, notes or pictures, the program will allow
>me to add new data until I come up to the capacity again, then freezes. I
>have two 60 gig hard drives and have used less than half of my main one
>since I keep all backup and less used files on my second hard drive.
>Elizabeth informs me that I have to split my file even to upgrade to FTW
>version 11. I cannot see how I can do this as all the individuals are
>related in some fashion. If I work on files for clients that do not have a
>French, French-Canadian, Acadian, Quebec (i.e. non-French who settled in
>Quebec and intermarried with French) or Metis roots, I keep these in
>separate databases. For anyone who has roots in the above areas I keep them
>in the same database as that of my children as I can usually eventually
>connect my clients' lines to work I have already done and thus do not have
>to re-enter or re-do work.
>What I have been doing lately is working alphabetically to connect any
>"orphans" (people in the database without parents) to the ancestral lines
>back to France. I also have been ensuring that I have entered birth,
>baptism, death and burial dates and places as well as any notes of
>significance and of course, citing my sources (which I do with abbreviated
>codes that refer back to a master list in Word containing the full
>I want to ask Santa for some new software. I had originally wanted to ask
>for FTW version 11 but now I am concerned this will not meet my needs as I
>am only at the letter C in looking for orphans and I have a long ways to go.
>Many people have multiple marriages and large families and my children
>descend from several lines within a family. Thus I cannot see how I can
>split the database and in fact feel that I will be more than doubling or
>tripling the size.
>Thus I have come to the conclusion that I need to use software with a
>greater capacity. However, Santa is not rich. So what do you recommend?
>Xenia Stanford (president@...)
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