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From: "Ellen Reesh" <>
Subject: Re: [ARIZARD] Research software
Date: Wed, 14 Jan 2009 23:58:15 -0800
What version of Family TreeMaker did you purchase? If it is 2009 and you
have never used a program before, you will do just fine. I have been a FTM
user since version 3 and now use FTM 2005 and then stopped upgrading 'cause
2005 does everything I want it to do. And FTM 2009 is a total revamp of the
FTM progam and it is like learning a whole new program for us "old" users, I
didn't want to be bothered with having to learn an new way of doing things
after all these years. Another easy program to use is Legacy, you can down
load it for free and try it out, then download the full version if you like
it. But, since you already have the FTM program use it. There is a tutorial
that is part of the progam so be sure to go through it and it will teach you
every thing you need to know to get started.
One word of caution, if you are doing multiple main lines (i.e.: father,
mother, husband's father, mother) keep them seperated. the files can get
just way to big, and sometimes you just want to send someone the info on you
mom's side and you wind up having to go through a lot of steps to seperate
them, big hassel.
As an example, I have my husband's line as Richard's Ancestors Only as one
file and then Ellen's Ancestors Only as another file, it has made my life
much simpler since I seperated what was once one HUGE file.
Also there is a very active FTM list on Rootsweb that you should sub to so
that if you have a problem you can get answers from other users.
On Wed, Jan 14, 2009 at 12:52 PM, Susie Pack <> wrote:
> List friends-
> I need some advice, please. I had, some time ago, bought "Generations"
> software. This past weekend, I purchased Family Tree Maker. Has anyone
> used both programs? Which is the most user friendly? I have found
> "Generations" hard to understand. All my research is in a "paper file", and
> I'd like to get it onto the computer. But, I'm not real comfortable using
> the computer, and I need something more simple to use. Can anyone offer any
> advice for me?
> Many thanks,
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