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    Family Tree Maker

    I've been using Family Tree Maker since the 1990s. It had the most to offer at the time and I've never bothered to seek out anything new.

    I just recently upgraded to 2012, my third version of the program, for two reasons:

    1. It syncs with Ancestry. Anything I do on Ancestry will be saved to Family Tree Maker and anything I do on Family Tree Maker will be saved to Ancestry. This eliminates the need to take notes and try to keep both up to date. Family can view my research by going to Ancestry... no need to purchase software and obtain a copy of my files (which might be out of date a week later as I add new discoveries).

    2. I have Polish and German names in my tree that utilize special characters (umlauts, etc) that aren't used in English. My previous version of Family Tree Maker did not allow these characters to be entered.

    On the downside 2012 does have a slight learning curve. The program does what I want but it often takes a little searching to figure it out. I can see where many genealogists that aren't computer savvy could have problems. It should be much more user friendly.

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  • Roscoe2000
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    Over the last few years I have expanded the software product that I use to three products.

    1. Ancestry.com for easy of research and on-line access.
    2. Family Tree, for automatice back-up of file to hard drive and file clean up
    3. The Master Genologist for editing and large format tree printing

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  • Svein
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    Sorry about the double posting

    It seemed my reply didn't go through the first time.

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  • Svein
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    Brother's Keeper

    I use Brother's Keeper since about 1996, and I have had no trouble with it.

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  • Svein
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    Brother's Keeper

    I also use Brother's Keeper, and I have done so since about 1996, when it was only DOS Version. I have never had any trouble with it.

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  • Rhyser
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    iFamily

    I own three packages for Mac (Reunion, Mac Family Tree and iFamily) and have tried demo versions of a few others (Heredis in particular). It's not on the list, but iFamily has been my main database for the past two years. None are 'perfect', but iFamily does more of what I find important and does it best. My first runner-up was Heredis. In another version or two, I think it could be the winner.

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  • goldschlager
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    Have been using GENI.com since 2007

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  • sammy321
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    Poll Thread

    I polled ancestry.com however I use ancestry.ca. Same thing just different country.

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  • bjtexas
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    Originally posted by Henk Nijwening View Post
    I'm using Linux and a query in this forum got no results. I know there are several Linux progarms and the question is: Any one with positive results?
    Gramps http://www.gramps-project.org/wiki/i...title=Download

    BJ

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  • bjtexas
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    Other Family Tree Software Options

    I use none of the software listed. I currently use 'Gramps 3.4.5-1' .

    BJ

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  • N Joyce Wilson
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    In honesty, I marked two softwares.

    My trees, my worksheets are all on Brothers Keeper.
    I find when I export a gedcom that it is easiest to put it on Family Tree maker, because that's what most people use, so that is what I buy it for. Other than that, I never use it.
    Frankly, I started with family tree but think its a dog for my use.
    I like the format 12 Aug 2009 because it never causes a question where 12/08/2009 can and often does.
    They upgrade every two or three years or so and I must upgrade also. No thanks.
    Their source management is pathetic.
    With BK everything is multi simple and straight forward, but John works constantly to answer users request. There is excellent backup for problems.
    But mostly its just simple, direct, user friendly but you have all that you need and in a really good format.
    If I want to use a format for names, which I do, I can create my own and nobody gripes or refuses to accept it.
    I use, this style John Clay(1831VA) Smith. Now I know when this guy started life in anything that I use . He is quickly identified in any list. If I want to go further- John Clay(1831VA)kit#72831 Smith and now I have his starting date and his yDNA record per ancestor trail.
    I love BK. John is great and the price is wonderful and any help needed is right there.
    Joyce

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  • B52
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    FTM

    Family Tree Maker was best before they became ridiculously expensive along with their gratuitous upgrades and their association with the obscenely expensive Ancestry.com (that also bought up the quaint and charming Roots Webs sites that were so nice to visit).

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  • ldelpino
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    Reunion (for Macs)

    This is the best software for family trees. It is intuitive, you can customize it and it handles large databases with great stability. I've tried older versions of Family Tree Maker and Legacy and Reunion is best by far!

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  • eljay
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    Fasmily Tree Poll

    Originally posted by admin View Post
    Family Tree DNA is starting this thread to have you vote for the Family Tree Software of your choice. If you use one that is not listed in this poll, please let me know and I'll be happy to add.
    Geni.com

    Easier to use than most others

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    Kith & Kin

    I have used "Kith & Kin" by Span Soft for many years and it has served me well. The sister programme "TreeDraw" alows the production of printable trees, easily modified by the user. The latest upgrade to K&K has introduced "Layers" which can be adapted to show Paternal and Maternal lines. It also allows user defined fields, which can be used for genetic information.
    A great suite of programmes.

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