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== Do I need software?  ==
 
== Do I need software?  ==
  
If you are just getting started with family history research, or are only involved on a limited basis, you may not need software.  Many genealogy web sites offer free web tools for creating and maintaining your family history research.  [https://familysearch.org/ ]
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If you are just getting started with family history research, or are only involved on a limited basis, you may not need software.  Many genealogy web sites offer free web tools for creating and maintaining your family history research.
  
[https://familysearch.org/ FamilySearch.org]'s Family Tree is a great place to start.  Creating an account is easy and it's free.  There may already be records for many of your ancestors in the FamilySearch Family Tree. Simply "connect" yourself to any existing research, and begin contributing your own records and sources to what others have already added.  For more information about the FamilySearch Family Tree, watch a quick  [https://familysearch.org/treetraining Family Tree Training] video.
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[https://familysearch.org/ FamilySearch.org]'s Family Tree is a great place to start.  Creating an account is easy and it's free.  There may already be records for many of your ancestors in the FamilySearch Family Tree. Simply "connect" yourself to any existing research, and begin contributing your own records and sources to what others have already added.  For more information about the FamilySearch Family Tree, watch a quick  [https://familysearch.org/treetraining Family Tree Training] video.  
  
 
Use the Family Tree as your software until you find that the Tree does not adequately address all your needs. Then decide what you need your genealogy software to do, and evaluate the products available for your computer.&nbsp; The FamilySearch Family Tree works with a variety of [https://familysearch.org/products/ Family Tree Partner Products], allowing you to share information between your personal software and the Family Tree.<br>
 
Use the Family Tree as your software until you find that the Tree does not adequately address all your needs. Then decide what you need your genealogy software to do, and evaluate the products available for your computer.&nbsp; The FamilySearch Family Tree works with a variety of [https://familysearch.org/products/ Family Tree Partner Products], allowing you to share information between your personal software and the Family Tree.<br>

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Do I need software?

If you are just getting started with family history research, or are only involved on a limited basis, you may not need software.  Many genealogy web sites offer free web tools for creating and maintaining your family history research.

FamilySearch.org's Family Tree is a great place to start.  Creating an account is easy and it's free.  There may already be records for many of your ancestors in the FamilySearch Family Tree. Simply "connect" yourself to any existing research, and begin contributing your own records and sources to what others have already added.  For more information about the FamilySearch Family Tree, watch a quick  Family Tree Training video.

Use the Family Tree as your software until you find that the Tree does not adequately address all your needs. Then decide what you need your genealogy software to do, and evaluate the products available for your computer.  The FamilySearch Family Tree works with a variety of Family Tree Partner Products, allowing you to share information between your personal software and the Family Tree.

Choosing computer software

Decide what features are most important to you, and then evaluate your options.  There are several reputable organizations that provide unbiased reviews of computer software, including genealogy software. 

Top Ten Reviews - Genealogy Software for PC

Top Ten Reviews - Genealogy Software for Mac

Family Tree Magazine Genealogy Software Guide

Many FamilySearch Tree-certified partners offer a free, "scaled-down" version of their product.  Use the free version to decide if the product meets your needs.  You can then pay to upgrade to the full product.