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From: "Peggy Baldwin at Family Passages" <>
Subject: Re: [GENBOX] Genbox and the future
Date: Thu, 24 Jun 2010 16:05:03 -0700
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I'll start with a disclaimer. I have left GenBox for RootsMagic. RootsMagic
4.0 has much easier sourcing than GenBox and the templates are much closer
to real Evidence Explained standards. It has shared events (witnessing).

What has always troubled me the most about GenBox is the almost complete
lack of marketing, and no response from Bill Flight about the necessity for
this. I finally got over the poor documentation, but it was a big stumbling
block when I began.

I have also used extensively Legacy, TMG, GenBox, and not RootsMagic. There
is no perfect software. To each his (her) own.


Peggy Baldwin, MLS
Family Passages LLC
Pacific Northwest & Oregon Trail

-----Original Message-----
From: [mailto:] On
Behalf Of Denise L. Moss-Fritch
Sent: Wednesday, June 23, 2010 5:29 PM
Subject: Re: [GENBOX] Genbox and the future


Allow me to second Cherri's comments.

I have been using Genbox as my primary genealogy software since purchasing a
license in November 2002. (I am the fifth forum member, after Bill, at the
Genbox site.) At the time, and for a couple of years after, I was the review
editor for the APG Quarterly, so I say many new products, including Genbox.
While I am anxiously awaiting version 4, I do not plan to switch from Genbox
as my primary software.

In fact, I have gone a step further. My spouse and I have a family trust.
Per our attorney's suggestion, I am converting all my paper documentation to
electronic files. Those files, along with my database of information (and a
copy of Genbox) are being burned to DVDs and periodically update in our safe
deposit box. The trust includes instructions as to what organizations (all
in New Brunswick, Canada, the origin of my primary line) the current
information will be sent eventually. So you see, Genbox (at whatever
version) and my database will "live" long after I depart.


Denise L. Moss-Fritch

-----Original Message-----
From: [mailto:] On
Behalf Of Cheri Casper
Sent: Wednesday, June 23, 2010 2:00 PM
Subject: Re: [GENBOX] Genbox and the future

Reinhard - I was one of the first to buy GB after its initial release
several years ago. I'd tried FTM, TMG, Kith & Kin, Cumberland Family Tree,
Legacy, and others and later tried Roots Magic. I've not been sorry in the
least. What is more, the users are helpful, Bill listens to what we want
and need, and the list has always been pleasant -- which is more than I can
say for other lists that I've been on.

There have been updates and bug fixes in the past and no doubt that will
continue once v.4 is released but for the time being Bill is focusing his
attention on development. Even if v.4 never hit the streets, I wouldn't for
one minute switch to anything else.

In the past I've "liked" some programs, but I LOVE this one. And if it is
any consolation, not even the beta testers are in the loop as to when v.4 is

That being said, I don't think you would be disappointed if you made the
switch now. You will be well on your way to having your places cleaned up
and your sources in the best shape ever when v.4 is available. That way you
can focus on all of the new & wonderful features that are waiting for us and
won't have to attend to the tedium of doing stuff you can already have out
of the way.

Just my 2 cents worth.


-----Original Message-----
From: [mailto:] On
Behalf Of Reinhard John
Sent: Wednesday, June 23, 2010 11:50 AM
Subject: Re: [GENBOX] Genbox and the future

Hi everybody,

I have been a passive member of the mailing list since I discovered
Genbox some months ago. The program has really interesting functions,
esp. the handling of source and places.
But I am still hesitating to buy GB: No updates and few information
about GB 4 (that has improved with Bill's tweets.

I hope that the new version will come this year...

Best regards,

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