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Software to Help You with Your Genealogy Research
Data Recording Software: A way to record, organize and publish data. Data recording software uses the GEDCOM standard to structure how the data is held in the program. It is not cross-platform. There is sofware for Window and Macintosh.
Add On and Specialty Programs: Other software offers additional utilities that can be used with your data recording software. Most of these can be used with any data recoding software. There are also some specialty programs that stand alone.
I cover some of the more well known programs below. For a comprehensive, searchable listing of dozens of programs, both Windows & Macintosh, with links to further information, use the Genealogy Today Page: Genealogy Software Guide. See also this interesting compilation of pages regarding Genealogy Software.
Legacy Family Tree (Millenia Software) This is the software I use.
Family Tree Maker, (Ancestry.com) is one of the most readily available and used programs and has been around for a long time.
RootsMagic I've never used this particular program, but I have heard good things about it. I also talked to the developer at a conference, and concluded that he is committed to making one of the best products on the market.
The Master Genealogist is the favorite of many people. It has features not found in other software, but also a higher learning curve.
If you are using a Mac, you will want to bookmark or subscribe to MacGeneaology.org, a frequently updated blog that offers advice about the myriad of programs that work with a mac and can help you with your family history. See also Dick Eastman's Sept. 6, 2008 blog covering Genealogy Sofware for the Mac.
MacFamily Tree: I've never used it, but it is for sale at the Apple Store, so I think must be a well developed program. There is also a Mobile Family Tree add-on that will allow this software to display on iPods and iPhones.
Personal Ancestry Writer II: This is a free genealogy program for the Mac, developed by a person who clearly knows Macs AND genealogy. His page is in frames, so if you click the "Home" button on the top of the page you will see his full site. To find the PAWriterII page there, on the left had column, under Genealogy, at the very bottom of the list for that caterogy, click on PAWriter II and that will open a frame that gives you information about the softward and instructions for downloading.
Reunion: When I used a Mac, I used this and loved it. Great support and frequent updates. Despite the embergence of other good programs, Reunion remains the most popular for Mac users.
Genealogy Software Reveiw 2009: This site reviews several Windows programs. A chart tells you at a glance which features are offered in the different choices and evaluates such factors as ease of use, documentation and quality of reports and output. I strongly recommmend starting with this site to get an overview of the several factors that will influence your choice.
Genealogy Software News: this site covers both Mac and PC softare, as well as PDA applications. However the last updating seems to have been done in March 2008, so it may rapidly become out of date.
GenSoft Reviews: a compilation of reviews and comments by users of many genealogy programs. You can add your comments and reviews too. A very helpful site.
Family Tree SuperTools (Whollly Genes Software)
Family Atlas (Mapping software)
GenSmarts (helps you search for missing data)
Ged Com Utililities
For a longer list, with links, see Genealogy Utilities
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This page last updated April 14, 2013