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  • Gwen Hopkins
    I have a trial version of RootsMagic and I can go to VIEW and change the way my information is seen on the screen.  Gwen ________________________________
    Message 1 of 35 , Jul 29 7:39 AM
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      I have a trial version of RootsMagic and I can go to VIEW and change the way my
      information is seen on the screen. 


      Gwen




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      From: Kel <itsaboutclay@...>
      To: genealogyresearchclub@yahoogroups.com
      Sent: Wed, July 28, 2010 2:53:55 PM
      Subject: Re: [Genealogy Research Club] confused/Genealogy Programs

       
      Thanks Gwen for addressing my question. I got the tree from Ancestry.com
      downloaded on a flash drive and went to RootsMagic4 and tried to import it and
      it did go but it only put all the names on a list, it didn't add them to the
      tree itself. If there isn't anyone that has RootsMagic4 that can tell me how to
      get it to add to the tree in RootsMagic, then I will get one of the other
      programs you mentioned. Or is it that it doesn't actually transfer the Gedcom
      file into a tree in any program? Thanks so much for trying to help me...Marsha

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      From: Gwen Hopkins
      To: genealogyresearchclub@yahoogroups.com
      Sent: Wednesday, July 28, 2010 2:36 PM
      Subject: Re: [Genealogy Research Club] confused/Genealogy Programs

      Someone may have already responded to your question. however if not, to save
      your ancestry tree to your computer or thumb drive you would need to go to
      manage my tree within ancestry and then find where you can export it. You will
      need to save it as a GED file.

      Now in order for you to use that information you will have to have another
      program that can read a GED format. You would then need to Import the
      information from your saved file into your genalogy program.
      There are free programs you can download or you can buy one.
      Family Tree Make intergates with Ancestry.com and makes it really easy, but
      there are other good programs that don't cost as much. The LDS Church has a
      good free program that you can down load.

      What you use depends on your needs and what you want your files to include.
      Just do a little research and you will find something that will work for you.

      Gwen Hopkins

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    • JimG
      To write a Genealogy book, I highly recommend that you buy one of the genealogy software packages that has a book-making feature. I have used Family Tree Maker
      Message 35 of 35 , Oct 26, 2010
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        To write a Genealogy book, I highly recommend that you buy one of the genealogy software packages that has a book-making feature. I have used Family Tree Maker (now using 2011) and its book-making feature is excellent. (I do not work for FTM or Ancestry.com.)

        One thing to consider is that, basically, there is only one reason to print a genealogy book. That is to share your research with people who do not have a computer - - - and in that case, you don't need to give them all the information you have in your genealogy computer database. Here is an outline I have used to construct a paper book for a specific relative (called the "Primary" person below):
        * Cover page (title, coat of arms, origin of family name, author, etc.)
        * Table of Contents
        * For the Primary Person
        * An ancestry chart for Grandfather A
        * An ancestry chart for Grandmother A
        * An ancestry chart for Grandfather B
        * An ancestry chart for Grandmother B
        * For each other person (typically 8-12) included in the book:
        * An hourglass chart which shows that person's parents, children, and siblings (typcially only 1 page)
        * An individual reports showing facts, notes, and sources. (typcially only 1 page)
        * A page with small images of documents, photes, & pictures
        * An Index of people references in the book.

        These contents result in a book about 50-60 pages.

        One of the great advantages of this approach of using FTM is that when I add/correct facts in my genealogy database, the book is updated automatically. (This automatic updating even happens on text pages I created as a historical story about the person.)

        Finally, once the book is completed in electronic form, I sometimes upload it to a web site that professionally produces books. I have them made with a spiral binding, a heavier paper cover, in color, and the size is 8 1/2 by 11. The cost per book is about $20. It would be less than $10 if only black and white.

        I hope this helps.

        Jim Grant
        Solon, Ohio
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