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== Do I need software?  ==
<div style="background-color:#82cafa; color:white; font-size:24pt; padding:10px; border-radius:5px;">Choosing computer software</div>
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Many genealogists start out with a paper based system. After becoming more involved, you may move to a computer based genealogy program. The advantages of recording your genealogy on a computer are many. Here a just a few:
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*The ease of searching for a particular person to add information is far easier than leafing through a large number of pedigree charts or family group sheets.
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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.&nbsp; Many genealogy web sites offer free web tools for creating and maintaining your family history research.  
*Can easily install photographs of ancestors on the pedigree and family group charts so as to give faces to the names on the forms.
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*Making changes to spellings or dates, etc. are considerably easier with a computer. Sheets stay neat and clean without smudges.
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*Paper copies can be printed for those who want to have paper copies of genealogy material.
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*Your genealogical findings can easily be sent to another person with a computer.
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*Work on research with others who have the same interest in a common pedigree can easily be coordinated via computers.
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*You will find many genealogical data bases with billions of names that are easily available via computer and many are free such as FamilySearch.org.
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*Putting your put your genealogy on these data bases which allows others to see what you have opens up the possibility of coming across others working on the same lines. You can either share what you have or acquire information you may have been searching for a long time.
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*There are many associations and family history groups that you can join up with and not have to live near by to get involved.
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There are many types of programs available for both the Apple operating systems and the Windows operating systems. There are also programs for tablet computers and smartphones. Below is information on software for PCs and Macs.  
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[https://familysearch.org/ FamilySearch.org]'s Family Tree is a great place to start.&nbsp; [https://familysearch.org/register/ Creating an account] is easy and it's free.&nbsp; There may already be records for many of your ancestors in the FamilySearch Family Tree. Simply "connect"&nbsp;yourself to the records of your deceased ancestors, and all the generations prior to that connection will automatically be connected to you.&nbsp; Begin contributing your own records and sources to what others have already added.&nbsp; For more information about the FamilySearch Family Tree, watch a quick&nbsp; [https://familysearch.org/treetraining Family Tree Training] video. You do not have to start with a blank tree. Adding the first four generations to Family Tree have been made easy if you follow the guided steps in the online [https://familysearch.org/first-run/#/myfamily My Family Booklet].  
  
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Use the Family Tree as your software until you want more features and find that the Tree does not adequately address your research needs. Then decide what you need your genealogy software to do, and evaluate the products available for your system (PC, Mac, tablet, smart phone).&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>  
  
== Free Genealogy Software for Microsoft Windows  ==
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Cloud-based family tree tools are also available through Ancestry.com, findmypast, My Heritage, wikitree,&nbsp; WeRelate and others. As of April 2014, these products cannot share information with the FamilySearch Family Tree, but may meet your need for a means of gathering, organizing, documenting and sharing your family history.<br>
  
*[http://www.ancquest.com/AQBasics.htm Ancestral Quest Basics]
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== Choosing software  ==
*[http://www.gramps-project.org/wiki/index.php?title=Download GRAMPS]
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*[http://www.legacyfamilytree.com/DownloadLegacy.asp Legacy Family Tree Standard Edition]
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*[http://www.familysearch.org/eng/paf/pafonline.asp PAF 5.2]
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*[http://www.rootsmagic.com/Essentials/ RootsMagic Essentials]
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== Commercial Genealogy Software for Microsoft Windows  ==
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Decide what features are most important to you, and then evaluate your options.&nbsp; There are several reputable organizations that provide reviews of computer software, including genealogy software. Note that often those who review software may not be users or may have favorites.
  
*[http://www.ancquest.com Ancestral Quest]
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[http://genealogy.about.com/od/best_of/tp/readers-choice-2013.htm Reader's Choice Awards]  
*[http://www.branchesgenealogy.com/ Branches]
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*[http://www.bkwin.org/ Brother's Keeper]
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*[http://www.cft-win.com/ Cumberland Family Tree]
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*[http://www.family-historian.co.uk/ Family Historian]
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*[http://www.familytreemaker.com/ Family Tree Maker]
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*[http://www.gaiafamilytree.com/ Gaia Family Tree]
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*[http://www.genbox.com/ Genbox Family History]
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*[http://kithkinpro.spansoft.org/ Kith and Kin Pro]
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*[http://www.legacyfamilytree.com/ Legacy FamilyTree]
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*[http://www.myblood-line.com/ MyBlood]
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*[http://www.rootsmagic.com/ RootsMagic]
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*[http://www.whollygenes.com/Merchant2/merchant.mvc?screen=TMG The Master Genealogist]
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== Genealogy Programs for Microsoft Windows Certified for New FamilySearch  ==
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[http://www.gensoftreviews.com/ GenSoftReviews]
  
FamilySearch [http://www.familysearch.org/eng/affiliates/index.html Certified Products and Services]  
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[http://genealogy-software-review.toptenreviews.com/ Top Ten Reviews - Genealogy Software for PC]  
  
*[http://www.ancquest.com/index.htm Ancestral Quest] - Access, Helper, Ordinance Reservation, Ordinance Request, Multi-Language, PAF Add-in, Print, Sync, Update
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[http://genealogy-software-review.toptenreviews.com/mac-genealogy-software/ Top Ten Reviews - Genealogy Software for Mac]  
*[http://www.ancquest.com/AQBasics.htm Ancestral Quest Basics] - Access, Ordinance Reservation, Ordinance Request, Multi-Language, PAF Add-in, Print, Sync, Update
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*[http://www.ohanasoftware.com/FamilyInsight FamilyInsight] - Access, Helper, Ordinance Reservation, Ordinance Request, Multi-Language, PAF Add-in, Sync, Update
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*[http://www.gaiafamilytree.com/ Gaia Family&nbsp;Tree] - Access, Print, Sync, Update
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*[http://www.ohanasoftware.com/GetMyAncestors Get My Ancestors] - Access, Multi-Language
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*[http://www.legacyfamilytree.com/fs.asp Legacy FamilyTree 7.5] - Access, Helper, Ordinance Status, Ordinance Reservation, Ordinance Request, PAF Import, Print, Sync, Update
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*[http://www.themagikey.com/ MagiKey Family Tree] - Access, Helper, Ordinance Status, Ordinance Reservation
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*[http://www.ohanasoftware.com/OrdinanceTracker Ordinance Tracker] - Access, Ordinance Status, Ordinance Request
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*[http://www.rootsmagic.com/FamilySearch/ RootsMagic 6] - Access, Helper, Ordinance Reservation, Ordinance Request, Print, Sync, Update
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*[http://www.rootsmagic.com/FamilySearch/ RootsMagic 6 Essentials] - Access, Helper, Ordinance Reservation, Ordinance Request, Print, Sync, Update
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[[Category:Beginners]] [[Category:Genealogy_Software]]
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[http://www.familytreemagazine.com/researchtoolkit/softwareguide Family Tree Magazine Genealogy Software Guide]  
  
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Many FamilySearch Tree-certified partners offer a free, "scaled-down" version of their product.&nbsp; Use the free version to decide if the product meets your needs.&nbsp; If you wish, you can then pay to upgrade and have access to all the product's features.
  
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= Genealogy Programs for Macintosh =
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*[http://www.leisterpro.com Reunion]
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[[Category:Beginners]] [[Category:Genealogy_Software]]
*[http://www.ancestry.com/cs/apps/P-4949 Family Tree Maker]
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*[http://www.ohanasoftware.com Family Insight]
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*[http://www.syniumsoftware.com/macfamilytree/ MacFamilyTree]
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= Programs for Macintosh Certified for New FamilySearch =
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These programs are listed here.
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[https://familysearch.org/products familysearch.org/products]
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Latest revision as of 19:09, 14 September 2014

[edit] 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 the records of your deceased ancestors, and all the generations prior to that connection will automatically be connected to you.  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. You do not have to start with a blank tree. Adding the first four generations to Family Tree have been made easy if you follow the guided steps in the online My Family Booklet.

Use the Family Tree as your software until you want more features and find that the Tree does not adequately address your research needs. Then decide what you need your genealogy software to do, and evaluate the products available for your system (PC, Mac, tablet, smart phone).  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.

Cloud-based family tree tools are also available through Ancestry.com, findmypast, My Heritage, wikitree,  WeRelate and others. As of April 2014, these products cannot share information with the FamilySearch Family Tree, but may meet your need for a means of gathering, organizing, documenting and sharing your family history.

[edit] Choosing software

Decide what features are most important to you, and then evaluate your options.  There are several reputable organizations that provide reviews of computer software, including genealogy software. Note that often those who review software may not be users or may have favorites.

Reader's Choice Awards

GenSoftReviews

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.  If you wish, you can then pay to upgrade and have access to all the product's features.



 

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