You have probably seen the commercials for Ancestry.com on TV (visit http://www.cable-tv.com/cable-packages/, for more information on TV packages). “Ancestry.com” bills itself as “the world’s largest online family history resource”, it would only make sense that the family history software available at their website would be among the best. They also call their family history software, “Family Tree Maker” as “the number one selling family history software”. This software is available in PC or Mac configurations and runs about 7 for a downloadable version, or 10 if you prefer it on a CD. It is also available in Apps for your iPhone, iPad, or Android, if you feel you need that level of portability.
This may be the best family history software available, but if you want to utilize all of its many features, you would probably need to buy their manual, which sells for another 25. In retail outlets, the same software sells for around 40. Other excellent software programs for 2013, as rated for features by TopTen Reviews, include Legacy, RootsMagic, Ancestral Quest, Family Historian, The Master Genealogist, Doro Tree, Genbox Family History, WinFamily, and Famtree. Before you make any purchasing decision, you should compare the software features and reviews by users. Some software may have many desirable features, but can also be a nightmare to learn to use.
If you are new to genealogical research, and may not really want to do much other than a basic family tree, there is excellent free genealogy software available online. At a site called “Gizmo’s Freeware”, for example, 8 different 2012 freeware programs were compared. In reviewing the list, it is apparent that many of the software names are similar to the names of software available in stores. This is because these free programs are used to get you using that software in the hopes that when you decide you want more features, you will upgrade to a version that they sell.
Family Tree Builder 6.0 bills itself as the “best free genealogy software in the world”, with over 37 million downloads so far. One particularly nice feature for some users is the fact that there are versions of this freeware available in 37 languages.
If you have researched your family tree for any length of time, you have probably run into a roadblock that you cannot seem to get past. Here are some tips to help you get further back in your ancestry.
Take another look at your sources. Sometimes information that may not have seemed important early in your investigation will seem more significant now. Retracing your steps can give you an opportunity to spot missed clues or even find dates or names that you wrote down incorrectly.
Never assume. Unless you have an ancestor that has a very unique name, it Read the rest of this entry »
Often times we can get lost in the minor details and never see the big picture. This is just as true during spring cleaning as it is in looking at your past. Part of the human experience is learning where you come from, but with so much information out there it is important to find the bigger picture rather than sweating the minor details. So sorting through the important things and getting past the minor details is as important as ever.
As you look through your family tree you will often want to find the roots, the places Read the rest of this entry »
Family reunions are always a fun event that attendees look forward to all year long. Extended family members fly and drive in from all over the country to attend the one day unforgettable family day of fun.
Sharing the history of the family, old memories and recollections are the best part of a family reunion. This year we decided to come up with a list of fun ways we can share the family history at Read the rest of this entry »
Kids of this generation are sucked into technology. It is almost impossible to try and get them tuned into something important. One thing you can try to get them into would be their family roots. This is important to know for many reasons.
One way you can get them into this is with a game. There are many ways to go about creating fun games your kids will enjoy. If you make learning fun, they will be more likely to take part in it. They will want to know this stuff sooner or later in life.Didnâ€™t Read the rest of this entry »
Start With Who You Know
Genealogy is a fun and exciting adventure that makes curious detectives of lovers of family history. Knowing the genealogy of families can reveal significant unexpected facts and details. To begin tracing your roots, start with who you know. Be thorough. It’s not enough to know your parents, grandparents and siblings names and origins of birth. It’s important to collect facts on their lives as well such as their friends, employers and hobbies. By Read the rest of this entry »
Have you ever been curious about where you came from? You know a little bit about your grandparents, but what about their parents and grandparents? Where did they come from? Sometimes in life we get to thinking about our family roots and family tree. Genealogy has come a long way with the help of the internet.
Being able to trace your family roots can take time. You will not be able to accomplish this overnight or even in a few monthsâ€™ time. Read the rest of this entry »