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  • Epiphyte
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    I'm using Brother's Keeper now. It is very reasonably priced ($40 US) shareware that you can try for free before you pay and register to have access to all of the features. It handles many different languages and alphabets and has been around for quite a few years. A friend in Norway recommended it and I've been pleased so far. We've been sending BK data files back and forth to one another online, without converting our data to GEDcoms, which is quite handy. Absolutely nothing is lost! I wish I'd started my tree on my desktop instead of online with one of the big companies that offers DNA tests and charges a membership fee. Although I can create a GEDcom from that big online tree, the GEDcom won't contain everything that is linked.

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  • JDP1144
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    The trouble with Ancestry is that they have so many wrong family trees. Verify before using you find.

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  • edwardPleds
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    I use a combination of Ancestry and MyHeritage to find my ancestors. Then I export data using GEDCOM into Heritio and use it to print or share my family tree. Output from Heritio looks very good and have enought quality to print.

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  • Wheal
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    Family Tree Software

    I have had trouble with online trees being changed by other users. For instance, my great-grandmother's brother was changed from a person living in Texas to one in Colorado. I knew that it was wrong because I was 13 or 14 when he died and my g-grand lived with us, so I knew for a fact that guy in Colorado wasn't him. Also had the wrong parents.

    I use a program called Legacy. Bought it online and have used it for over 10 years, buying upgrades every few years. I like the ease of choices in searches and printing.

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  • hollifer
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    I bought MacFamilyTree. I tried the demo for RootsMagic which I found archaic. I loathe Windows programs. The Gramps demo was very archaic too.

    I'm a Mac person, so find MacFamilyTree a lot easier to navigate and pleasing to the eye. It serves my purpose, for the time being. I'm not a pro-genealogist. I just want to make some trees easily. The only downsides I see so far are that I can feel my machine's fan working overtime, and they don't have the DNA matching that a couple of other popular programs have. But, I'm already subscribed to Ancestry. I suppose that once I'm able to upload a GEDcom, I'll get that feature in Ancestry.

    If anyone has feedback on MacFamilyTree, please let me know.

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  • hollifer
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    Originally posted by dunno View Post
    https://gramps-project.org/

    offline, open source, cross platform
    I'm considering this one. It's free and for mac. I mainly want something I can create a Gedcom, at least for now.

    Are there any blaring limitations or annoyances?

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  • MoberlyDrake
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    I use RootsMagic. You can download it free and test it out. See if you like it.

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  • John McCoy
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    In addition to picking a good personal genealogy program for your home computer, you should consider joining (or at least attending the meetings of) your local genealogical society. Through the years, genealogists have worked together to develop research methods and standards that are really helpful. They have found that sharing our research problems helps everyone be better researchers and get better results. Right now, you can be sure that most of the genealogists you encounter at meetings are also interested in genetic genealogy, and they will be happy to share their experiences. Don't pass up this valuable resource!

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  • dunno
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    https://gramps-project.org/

    offline, open source, cross platform

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  • JDP1144
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    Don't use Wikitree!

    Originally posted by jova99 View Post
    https://www.wikitree.com

    also Family search enables one to build a tree and do searches to obtain information...https://familysearch.org
    They put wives name as their husband's., not their maiden name. That is a stupid thing to do. It makes it very hard to follow a woman's family tree.

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  • hollifer
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    I have a mac, so am looking for something compatible. I don't need it to be high design, as mac software often is, but one that is easy to use and stores much info.

    I found this review. Family Tree Maker, Heredis, and RootsMagic appear to be the top 3.
    http://www.toptenreviews.com/softwar...logy-software/

    I also want to keep on my own computer, with the ability to create a gedcom.

    I'll look into all these suggestions. Thanks!

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  • jova99
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    WikiTree is free

    https://www.wikitree.com

    also Family search enables one to build a tree and do searches to obtain information...https://familysearch.org

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  • John McCoy
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    I prefer to keep my master genealogy database on my home computer. I use Brother's Keeper (shareware), which is easy and does everything I need. RootsMagic is a popular choice as well, there are many others. Of course I keep my genealogy database backed up! Can't afford to lose it! All the major packages allow you to "export" a GEDCOM file, and most include options so you can tailor the GEDCOM to meet your needs, including omitting living persons, or masking their data.

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  • KATM
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    When you say "the best place," do you mean a website, or are you looking for software (which will usually be able to create a GEDCOM, or .ged file, which you can upload to websites)?

    I don't know much about websites for creating family trees, other than that you can create one if you subscribe to Ancestry. But, if you are looking for software, GenealogyTools has reviews and articles on genealogy programs for both Mac and Windows.

    Personally, I use Reunion, by Leister Productions. It is for Mac only, no version for Windows.

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  • Serket
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    I like My Family Tree created by Chronoplex:

    https://chronoplexsoftware.com/myfamilytree/

    However, I am still building my tree and haven't tried converting it to a Gedcom, so I don't how compatible it is with Family Tree DNA.

    I also have a gift membership to Ancestry (for the 2nd year in a row). However, I've combined my ancestors with my wife's ancestors so I wouldn't want to convert it to a Gedcom.

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