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From: "LeRoy Wheeler" <>
Subject: Re: [ACGS] Genealogy software suggestions?
Date: Sat, 30 Aug 2008 16:35:40 -0400
I have RootsMagic, and had its predecessor too. Felt I shouldn't change
pgms because of the learning curve.
Here are some of my observations, re: your questions::
Contact me offline for some more info....
LeRoy Wheeler, TN
----- Original Message -----
From: "Brian Humphreys" <>
To: "AllenCo Genealogy AllenOH" <>
Sent: Saturday, August 30, 2008 11:09 AM
Subject: [ACGS] Genealogy software suggestions?
This is Brian Humphreys. Yep, I've been hidding, but now that my charts have
resurfaced after some major household cleaning, I'm ready to rock and roll!
My Problem: I've lost my genealogy data to a computer whose screen broke
with no back up copy. I'm looking for new software because I was using
Family Tree Maker and have heard MANY complaints about their 2008 update. I
attempted to use Family Tree Legends, but got to a point in my tree where I
needed to merge people and it just didn't work. I contacted the company by
e-mail, which has no phone assistance, and never got a reply.
I need a program that:
1. can handle 2 siblings who are direct ancestors of myself, IE a merge
option (happens twice in my tree, and I am my own 7th cousin!)
>>I've looked in the Help, and found several merges it can perform
2. has long entry fields for names and locations. Some of my German names
didn't fit in my first software, Family 3.
>> I created a fake name of 26 characters ( first name) and 26 for the
>> surname. They entered OK, but in displaying, the given name displayed
>> all 26, and the surname was truncated at 'j'.
3. accepts digitized photos
>>Not sure what you mean here, but I have both .jpg and .pdf photos in my
>>'stuff', and all are displayed OK.
4. has a wide variety of reports and chart options
>>has a lot, but I don't use that many, so can't give you a good take on
>>that. (see below)
5. has helpful features for creating a book
>> supposed to; I haven't gone that far yet, but may.
6. creates a source once that can be attached over and over
>> I don;t see why it wouldn't..I use the same source for a lot of entries,
>> but 'attaching' vs. re-entering --- ??? I'd think that the term would
>> be 'linking', vice attaching -- I do have to create the new link each
7. has tech support and looks like it will be around for a while
>> at one time they had a fairly reactive email service, now I believe it's
>> mostly referrals to their user groups, or the FAQ section, which at least
>> in my case several times, did not contain the answers, so my email was
>> answered, but seems that email was harder to find on their site than it
>> had been....
>> (see below)...In creating some reports, I've had trouble ( maybe it's me)
>> with linking various facts so that they will read correctly,-
>> grammatically and format-wise - and without repetition, so that's why
>> I've not approached a 'book' so far. My impression is that there would
>> be too much re-editting of the fields which come out roughly, e.g.
>> seemed that some 'ends-of-facts' needed to have spaces ( vice a return)
>> at their end, in order to 'look' right in the finished report.
>> in any event, I'm sticking with it, vice re-learning another...
>> hope this inout helped somewhat.
At this point, I'm not too worried about the cost. I'm willing to spend some
money for a good program.
Thanks in advance for any advice.
Allen County Genealogy Page
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