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  • Stevo
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    Originally posted by sitiv1
    I held off getting it because I didn't want to break the budget, but it's just a little more than a couple of gallons of gas in San Jose...
    steve
    Phew! That's expensive!

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  • sitiv1
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    paf companion is pretty cheap

    I held off getting it because I didn't want to break the budget, but it's just a little more than a couple of gallons of gas in San Jose...
    steve

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  • Stevo
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    Originally posted by sitiv1
    I'm liking paf better and better myself.
    The one report that I haven't figured out how to do yet is a "timeline" where they space out historical events through a list of people's lifetimes. It's just eye candy, and it's probably in there somewhere (but it makes my family think I did a lot of work, so...). I unlocked the paf companion today. Technical support was fast, polite, and helpful with my dumb mistakes...
    steve
    I was just adding some more info to my paf last night. It really is an easy, fast, convenient program.

    I may buy that companion program you mentioned and give it a whirl.

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  • sitiv1
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    paf is in the lead

    I'm liking paf better and better myself.
    The one report that I haven't figured out how to do yet is a "timeline" where they space out historical events through a list of people's lifetimes. It's just eye candy, and it's probably in there somewhere (but it makes my family think I did a lot of work, so...). I unlocked the paf companion today. Technical support was fast, polite, and helpful with my dumb mistakes...
    steve

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  • Stevo
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    I'm liking PAF more and more the more I use it.

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  • sitiv1
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    Comparison

    I have paf, family tree, and TMC (wholly genes) on my computer right now.
    I am new as can be to all this, so I can just give my first impressions.
    I looked at this forum, and bought the most popular, family tree.
    A little exploring showed that paf was free, so I downloaded it.
    I also found I could get a 30 day trial version of tmc for free.

    First impressions, tmc's interface confuses me. This may be the sign of a powerful program, but the multiple windows make very simple things hard to do without reading instructions (heaven forbid). I produced some beautiful charts and reports with it very easily (after reading how to do it) from the GEDCOM I imported. I bet this software would be fine if you were used to it. There is a clear section for adding genetic information to your family file.

    PAF is fast to open and easy to use. The chart and report producing functions seem to be limited compared to family tree or tmc, but are very good for the price. There is a companion program, which costs money (I have only looked at the free evaluation version). This program looks clean, powerful and easy to use for report writing. I plan to buy the full version of the add-on program.

    Family Tree is the popularity winner on this site, and is a powerful program. On my computer it seems to be a little slower than paf and a little faster than tmc. It comes with easy report writing functions, and I produced some very pretty stuff very quickly (I have to prove to my family that I'm actually accomplishing something with all this time on the computer).

    My conclusion is that I will continue to use paf and ft, but may uninstall tmc when its 30 days are up. All programs (paf with the added support software) will do amazing things. I plan to plug away at tmc while its still alive, and try to see if I can get to a point where I can easily do what I want to do.

    Right now paf and ft are a tie as far as I'm concerned. I want both Either would do.

    steve

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  • Stevo
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    Originally posted by Wena
    I have spent very many hours scanning and studying Church Records and censuses and still have many ancestral lines to research. It is important to document the family relationships thoroughly. Of course this work is done for my self and my family, but because there exists some free family tree software I want to share my findings with other people.

    The PAF 5.2 is very convincing: Besides for the usual names, birth, christening, burial, nick names, married name, cause of death, physical description it allow adding for instance informational sources, write personal information, add photos and Internet links on each individual, and to seal persons and families to each other.

    Have not tried any other system, therefore I cannot compare them.
    After reading your post, I downloaded PAF 5.2 for free from the Mormon site and have started using it. Thus far, I like it.

    The price was right, that's for sure!

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    free family tree viewer online

    I found a free online family tree viewer at http://aspspider.net/MyFamilyTree/

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    I have spent very many hours scanning and studying Church Records and censuses and still have many ancestral lines to research. It is important to document the family relationships thoroughly. Of course this work is done for my self and my family, but because there exists some free family tree software I want to share my findings with other people.

    The PAF 5.2 is very convincing: Besides for the usual names, birth, christening, burial, nick names, married name, cause of death, physical description it allow adding for instance informational sources, write personal information, add photos and Internet links on each individual, and to seal persons and families to each other.

    Have not tried any other system, therefore I cannot compare them.

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    I use the free version of PAF - Personal Ancestral File

    I find it satisfactory. What are the differences between PAF and other systems?

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    I have used FTM for the last 10+ years. I orginal had Family Orgin it was good for starters but FTM is great.

    Ken

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  • eahunt
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    FTW latest version 2006

    I have used 3 others and by far (FTW when it was Brd) FTW 2006 is the best version. The internet search capabilities are incredible if you have a subscription to Ancestry and the census images. I have found generation after generation from this software.

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    The Master Genealogist

    After reading the above advice, The Master Genealogist sounds like it might be a winner. I was wondering if anyone can comment on its companion program for making web pages. Does it support privacy restricted to registered users? I would like to make some data public and some data restricted to family members. Also, I would like to include a comment section so anyone with helpful information can add their comments and respond to each other. If it doesn't support interactive participation, can I include links to a separate blog site? But it would be great if I can integrate blog with family history information, pictures, DNA profiles, etc. with security levels.

    If I should be looking at a different software package, let me know that as well.

    Thank you,

    --Steve

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  • jezgirl
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    Ftm

    I've used Family TreeMaker for the past couple of years, until just recently, I purchase their 2006 update which totally corrupted all the previous files. Their customer service is a mess, not helpful, and so now I guess I've got to start from scratch. I have some printouts to start from but , oh, what a mess. Useless.

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    What I use

    I use One Great Family .com and Family Tree Maker

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