Free genealogy programs what's good, what's not

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  • 1. Free Genealogy Programs:Whats Good & Whats NotDick EastmanJan. 14, 2013

2. Todays Discussions Todays slides are available at: http://www.eogn.com/handouts/free 3. Todays Discussions Products for Discussion Today: PAWriter for Macintosh GRAMPS for Macintosh Windows: AncestralQuest Legacy Family Tree RootsMagic GRAMPS Personal Ancestral File These are believed to be the most popular freegenealogy products today. 4. Todays Discussions First, a discussion of GEDCOM GEnealogyData COMmunications 5. MacintoshA discussion of free genealogy programsfor the Mac should be very brief: onlytwo are available. 6. PAWriterfor MacintoshA very simple genealogy programthat performs the basicsNo multimedia scrapbookDoes not build web pagesFew bells and whistlesEasy to install 7. PAWriterfor Macintosh 8. GRAMPSfor Macintosh (and Windows)Open Source SoftwareModerately sophisticated applicationA summary of the active personsparents, siblings, spouses and children.An interactive map view highlighting placesassociated with one person, a group of peopleor all people in your records.Good recording of source citations 9. GRAMPS for Macintosh (and Windows)Downside: a bit complex to install 10. GRAMPSfor Macintosh (and Windows) 11. GRAMPSfor Macintosh (and Windows) 12. GRAMPSfor Macintosh (and Windows) 13. GRAMPSfor Macintosh (and Windows) 14. WindowsMore programs to choose from 15. Ancestral Quest 16. AncestralQuest Free trial version that stores a limited number ofrecords Full version costs $29.95 Written by Incline Software (Gaylon Findlay, thedeveloper of Personal Ancestral File (PAF) forWindows) This is an excellent replacement for the agingPersonal Ancestral File Like Personal Ancestral File except that it hasadded a better database, multimediascrapbooks, genealogy books, fan charts, andmuch more. 17. AncestralQuest 18. AncestralQuest Super easy to use! Excellent use of LDS-specific fields Works with new.familysearch.org 19. Legacy Family Tree 20. Legacy Family Tree Two versions: FREE (that is very powerful) Full version for $29.95 Several bundles are also available Easy to use Excellent support! Excellent source citations, modeled on ElizabethShown Mills citation styles Works with new.familysearch.org Excellent maps Excellent wall charts 21. Legacy Family Tree 22. Legacy Family Tree 23. Legacy Family Tree 24. Legacy Family Tree 25. Legacy Family Tree 26. RootsMagic 27. RootsMagic Two versions: FREE RootsMagic Essentials $29.95 for RootsMagic by RootsMagic, Inc. (Bruce Buzbee), formerdeveloper of Family Origins Excellent support! RootsMagic To-Go lets you run RootsMagic(program AND data) directly off your flash drive Works with new.familysearch.org Very easy to use 28. RootsMagic 29. RootsMagic 30. RootsMagic 31. RootsMagic 32. RootsMagic 33. GRAMPSfor Windows 34. Personal Ancestral FileAn old program that has not beenupdated in years. Very old-fashioned. However, it remainspopular with thousands of users. 35. SummationHigh-quality genealogy software isavailable for both Windows andMacintosh at no cost.You can go home and download any ofthese programs this evening and startusing them immediately! 36. Todays Discussions Products Discussed Today: PAWriter for Macintosh GRAMPS for Macintosh Windows: AncestralQuest Legacy Family Tree RootsMagic GRAMPS Personal Ancestral File These are believed to be the most popular freegenealogy products today. 37. Where to obtain theseprograms?All of these may be downloaded online: AncestralQuest www.AncQuest.com Legacy Family Tree www.LegacyFamilyTree.com RootsMagicwww.RootsMagic.com GRAMPS www.gramps-project.org/ Personal Ancestral File www.FamilySearch.org PAWriter for Macintosh www.lanopalera.net/ 38. To learn more about new products orupdated versions of existingproducts, go to: www.eogn.com 39. Todays Discussions Todays slides are available at: http://www.eogn.com/handouts/free