Thursday, September 11, 2014

Time to Choose Your Software Program


















We've reviewed Ancestral Quest, Family Tree Maker, Legacy Family Tree and Roots Magic. Each program has a free scalled down version and it is recommended that you download each one and give them a try till you find the one you are most comfortable with!

Here are the links to those reviews once again for easy access:

Ancestral Quest (First) (Second)

Family Tree Maker (First) (Second)

Legacy Family Tree (First) (Second)

Roots Magic (First) (Second)

Feel free to let us know or to share your thoughts and reasons for a specific software over another. This is the best way to help one another out as we work together to grow our family trees and create a wonder family history for generations to come.

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claire@timelessgen.com

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Wednesday, August 27, 2014

Roots Magic: Learning About Other Features
















There is a timeline that grows as you add information, you can add your own facts by highlighting a person and clicking on "Add a fact".




One can also set colors on specific people by going to "Tools" and clicking on "Color Code People"





      



Clicking on "Web Search" allows one to choose where on the web to search for the hightlighted person:



A great choice of sites is available to conduct research for your ancestor! 

Adding sources is easy using their templates to enter in your information in just the right location:





As with the other software programs reviewed, Roots Magic has all the necessary components to help you maintain your family datafiles.


Now the choice is yours: we have reviewed Ancestral Quest, Family Tree Maker, Legacy Family Tree and now Roots Magic.

Take your time, try out all their free versions and enjoy!

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claire@timelessgen.com

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Thursday, July 31, 2014

Roots Magic













Our last genealogical software product that we will review for two blog articles is Roots Magic. According to their website, they have been been creating computer software with a purpose-to unite families. 


Once installed, you have the option to "Create a new file":




Adding my father to the file was simple with the following results:


To add his spouse, one just has to click "Add" and then click "Spouse". One can easily add the marriage date with the end results as follows:



As one slowly adds the information to this family, one's pedigree begins to grow.
As each place is entered, it is checked for accuracy with a feature called CountyCheck. This feature can be turned off it wanted, but it will tell you if that place existed on the date you entered for the event for US, Canada, UK or Australia.



Next week we will delve into the other features of RootsMagic.

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claire@timelessgen.com

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Friday, June 27, 2014

Legacy Family Tree: Behind the Beginning Screens


In our last blog we learned how to beginning to enter in one's family vital information. The data entry is not complicated if you have all the information. Once you have done that the next thing to do could be to look for additional information on your ancestor.

With your ancestor in the main view, click on the "Research Guidance" which is the last icon under their main information, here is what the icon looks like:


Once you click that you are presented with some choices across the top as tabs:
1) Define Timeline
2) Preliminary 
3) Suggest Sources
4) To Do Lists

Each has something to offer, however, if it is research one is wanting to do, #3 is the best option as it shows you possible records to search to learn additional information about your ancestor. 


Even the seasoned researcher can pick up some hints from this research guidance.

The reports section has every kind of chart and report one would expect from this type of sofware.


They include pedigree charts, family group sheets, statistics reports, a publishing center, ancestor book, descendant book, a descendant narrative book, multiple lines of descendant book, blank charts and wall charts. There wall charts is impressive as they provide the following choices:



It looks like this software along with the others has all the necessary features to help you build your family tree, research your tree with some additional hints and create a beautiful wall chart to share with other family members.

It does have the necessary LDS features that are most important to them.

Remember. they have many tutuorials at various levels right on their website here.


As a side note, Legacy Family Tree provides a service to all those wanting to learn more about researching through their Legacy Family Webinars which are held regularly. If one can't make it, one can easily, for a small fee, download it and learn! What a great service they provide. To learn more about their webinars, please click here.

Our next blog will be reviewing Roots Magic.

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claire@timelessgen.com

 (c) 2005-2014, Timeless Genealogies, All Rights Reserved






Friday, June 20, 2014

Legacy Family Tree













For the next 2 weeks we will explore Legacy Family Tree software, the 3rd in a series of 4 genealogical software reviews by Budding Genealogists.

Originally Legacy Family Tree (Legacy) was released in June, 1997 through Millennia Corporation. The original authors were Ken McGinnis and Dave Berdan.

The program is now in its 8th edition which was released on 26 November 2013.

As with the previous software packages, Legacy comes in additional languages. A person's family file can be opened in Microsoft Access which could be helpful if Legacy wasn't available on the computer an individual is on.

After one installs their program, you are prompted to begin your family file by giving it a name. Once you have done that the first screen showing allows you to begin enterin in your family's vital information along with media and sources as with the other software programs. 




For the purposes of this demonstration, I'll start with my grandfather on my father's side. A simple 'Click to add Person' is most visible and data entry is not a problem either:




To the right of the locations is the ability to see it on a map as well as adding the Geo location. Additionally events can be added through this screen along with photos, notes and additional information.

Note that there also is a place to enter DNA information from the various companies at the bottom right.

Once the family data has been entered, there are a number of additional items of interest right on the family screen. I've marked up just one side as it is the same for all in this position.



With this family entered, lets see what their pedigree form looks like:




Legacy's pedigree form is similar Ancestral Quest and PAF so far with Family Tree Maker being Vertical like on their website.

In the next blog we'll look at their Research Guidance, To-Do Lists and Timeline so that you can make a good choice when choosing the genealogical software for you.

Under the "Help" button, one can click on "Beginners Video" to help you make the best use of this software product.

Additionally, there are online lessons available from their website, just click here.

Their website is http://www.legacyfamilytree.com

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claire@timelessgen.com

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Wednesday, June 4, 2014

Delving Deeper into Family Tree Maker


Taking a closer look at the above screen will help one to better navigate within the program. Notice that the workspace this screen is on is the People Work Space. Here one can add all one's family members.

The Family View section looks like this after beginning to enter the children of this couple.



This family had 16 children so it will take some time to enter them all in. For each person added, one needs to provide proof which is where the collected documents come to play. To the right of the above screen is the information on the highlighted individual, clicking the book brings up the following screen:




Clicking "Add New Media" allows one to add documents, pictures, newspaper clippings, etc. that is located on your own computer.

Notice that you can also scan a record to add to your media collection.

Another section worth mentioning that will be of great help as one wants to share their family history with other family members. The section is under the work space Publish, here one can choose from a large selection of reports and charts as well as customized charts.




Web Search allows one to search Ancesty.com, Rootsweb.com, and Genealogy.com for additional records and information.




Family Tree Maker has many other features that are covered in the following resources, one should keep an open mind and check out each software to find the one you are most comfortable in using.


There are videos and tutorials available for FTM in a variety of places:
  • http://www.familytreemaker.com/Learn/Tutorials
  • http://blogs.ancestry.com/ancestry/2011/01/10/family-tree-maker-tutorials/
  • http://ftmuser.blogspot.com/p/training-resources.html
Next week's blog will take a look at Legacy Family Tree.

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claire@timelessgen.com

 (c) 2005-2014, Timeless Genealogies, All Rights Reserved


Friday, May 23, 2014

Family Tree Maker











This week we are sharing information on the 2nd of 4 genealogical software programs.

Family Tree Maker (FTM) is available for both a PC and a Mac which eliminates any emulators needed to run windows based software on a Mac.

FTM is advertisted as the #1 selling family history software and allows an individual researcher to keep track of family information, add sources and citations from documents as well as pictures. Once the information is added, one can also print up reports and charts to present the entered information in a variety of different formats.

As with the previous software, you begin with yourself, your parents, siblings, grandparents, etc. Most of this information is what you already know. Do take time to question those in your family who are older, hopefully they will be able to help you as you start to collect valuable family history information.

When you finish installing the program, you will be asked to register it with Ancestry.com and they offer a 14 day free trial with that registration if you currently not an Ancestry.com member. The first screen to enter data is a little different from Ancestral Quest and looks like this:





Notice that it has the usual fields to fill in but this has an additional one as you are just beginning and allows you to name the tree in this first screen. If you had a tree on Ancestry, you can download it straight from within the program. Entering in the fields is not complicated and when you begin to enter the places a drop down allows you to enter the place with the full proper name. Once entered you hit continue and you are taken to an "Auto Search Question" like this:



If I click on the "OK" Ancestry will go out to its site and search for the individual I just entered, however, since you are new to this I would recommend not to allow that and enter what you know to be accurate and true before linking into someone else's data that could be right or wrong. By clicking the "NO", it immediately brought me to a beginning Pedigree. I started with my father who passed away in 1984.



Adding individuals is as simple as clicking on "add Father", "add Mother" or "add Child" like this:


There are 2 types of Pedigree views, traditional to the side and vertical:

 



As you build your family tree, there will be more to view in each of these pedigree views. We'll show some of the charts in the next blog. 

There are videos and tutorials available for FTM in a variety of places:
  • http://www.familytreemaker.com/Learn/Tutorials
  • http://blogs.ancestry.com/ancestry/2011/01/10/family-tree-maker-tutorials/
  • http://ftmuser.blogspot.com/p/training-resources.html
Next week's blog will delve just a bit deeper into Family Tree Maker.

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claire@timelessgen.com

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