I had not previously used Legacy Family Tree and my impressions from the beginning were very positive. The screens are clean, uncluttered, easy to understand, and easy to navigate. There is a free product and a premium version for $29.95. As with most of these products, the premium version is worth the small additional investment.
Last week I attended the Federation of Genealogical Societies’ annual conference in Knoxville Tennessee. The Federation of Genealogical Societies is an organization made up of genealogical societies (wow, redundant).
Family Tree Maker is a record manager from Ancestry.com. Ancestry has been steadily enhancing this product for many years. It has always been a strong product, but has grown to be one of the best record managers in the marketplace. The cost of the software is $39.95, making it a little more expensive than most. Ancestry is about to ship a new version of the software.
If you are a long time PAF user (Personal Ancestral File, the free record manager available from FamilySearch) and want to continue using PAF, but also take advantage of the features of new FamilySearch, consider FamilyInsight.
Over the next few weeks I will provide a review of Record Managers. I will begin with RootsMagic. RootsMagic has two products. They have a free product called RootsMagic Essential and a more full featured product that sells for $29.95. In my experience the $29.95 is well worth the cost.
The past few years have seen many entrants providing software for family history. The new FamilySearch pedigree software has added significantly to this mix for members of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.
FamilySearch, a nonprofit sponsored by the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, has family history centers dotting the globe. There are more than 4,500 family history centers in more than eighty countries around the world.
Last week I focused on resources that are not available online. Unfortunately, this still represents the majority of family history records. This week I will focus on the main sites where you can find online records.
Julie Miller, a genealogist with whom I have worked over the past few years writes a column for The Broomfield Enterprise. She recently wrote and article which started me thinking. Her article focused on the fact that while the Internet is a great resource, not everything can be found online.
Over the years I have been doing family history I have occasionally heard someone claim they have their line traced back to Adam. I have from a researcher hired by my grandma, a record which shows my Mecham line traced back to Adam. Unfortunately, these claims are fantasy.
In March, FindMyPast.com announced that many of the Chelsea Pensioner records have been digitized and indexed. This is a big deal because they are the records on anyone who received a pension from the British Army from 1760 to 1913. At the end of last week they announced that they had added 100,000 records to the collection.