Ol' Myrt here has been compiling lists for newbie genealogists this past month. This is by no means a comprehensive list of the genealogy software out there, but these suggestions may be of assistance without being overwhelming.
GENEALOGY MANAGEMENT SOFTWARE has been designed to:
- Record the names, dates, places and source citations for events that occur in each ancestor’s life.
- Create & display family relationships in family and pedigree format.
- Print a variety of reports including name lists, locality lists, charts (fan, ancestor, descendant, etc.)
- Share data with others using a generic GEDCOM file format.
- Some programs include mapping, IGI search & other capabilities.
Windows-compatible genealogy management software of note includes:
- Ancestral Quest www.ancquest.com
- Legacy Family Treewww.LegacyFamilyTree.com
- PAF Personal Ancestral Filewww.familysearch.org/eng/paf
- RootsMagic www.RootsMagic.com
- The Master Genealogist www.whollygenes.com
Mac computers can run these programs in Parallels or look into Mac OS compatible software by going to www.macgenealogy.org
- AniMap shows the development of each US colony and state over time, making it easier to place your ancestor in context with government jurisdictions. www.goldbug.com
- Family Atlas www.familyatlas.com
- Map My Family Tree www.progenysoftware.com/brands/genealogy_map.php
ARTIFICIAL INTELLIGENCE SOFTWARE
- GenSmarts thinks through the missing info in your genealogy database (like marriage info) and compares it with online databases and a variety of library catalogs to come up with a list of concrete suggestions for where to look next. In Ol' Myrt's database of 16,000 ancestors, GenSmarts provides over 50,000 research suggestions. The ones I've worked through are 80% right-on and very useful. www.GenSmarts.com
IGI CHECKING SOFTWARE
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