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  • 1. Free Genealogy Programs:What’s Good & What’s NotDick EastmanJan. 14, 2013
  • 2. Today’s Discussions• Today’s slides are available at:• http://www.eogn.com/handouts/free
  • 3. Today’s Discussions• Products for Discussion Today: – PAWriter for Macintosh – GRAMPS for Macintosh – Windows: • AncestralQuest • Legacy Family Tree • RootsMagic • GRAMPS • Personal Ancestral File• These are believed to be the most popular free genealogy products today.
  • 4. Today’s Discussions• First, a discussion of GEDCOM• GEnealogyData COMmunications
  • 5. MacintoshA discussion of free genealogy programsfor the Mac should be very brief: onlytwo are available.
  • 6. PAWriter for MacintoshA very simple genealogy programthat performs the basicsNo multimedia scrapbookDoes not build web pagesFew “bells and whistles”Easy to install
  • 7. PAWriterfor Macintosh
  • 8. GRAMPS for Macintosh (and Windows)•Open Source Software•Moderately sophisticated application•A summary of the active person’sparents, siblings, spouses and children.•An interactive map view highlighting placesassociated with one person, a group of peopleor all people in your records.•Good recording of source citations
  • 9. GRAMPS for Macintosh (and Windows)•Downside: a bit complex to install
  • 10. GRAMPSfor Macintosh (and Windows)
  • 11. GRAMPSfor Macintosh (and Windows)
  • 12. GRAMPSfor Macintosh (and Windows)
  • 13. GRAMPSfor Macintosh (and Windows)
  • 14. WindowsMore programs to choose from
  • 15. Ancestral Quest
  • 16. AncestralQuest• Free trial version that stores a limited number of records• Full version costs $29.95• Written by Incline Software (Gaylon Findlay, the developer of Personal Ancestral File (PAF) for Windows)• This is an excellent replacement for the aging Personal Ancestral File• Like Personal Ancestral File except that it has added a better database, multimedia scrapbooks, genealogy books, fan charts, and much more.
  • 17. AncestralQuest
  • 18. AncestralQuest• Super easy to use!• Excellent use of LDS-specific fields• Works with new.familysearch.org
  • 19. Legacy Family Tree
  • 20. Legacy Family Tree• Two versions: – FREE (that is very powerful) – Full version for $29.95 – Several “bundles” are also available• Easy to use• Excellent support!• Excellent source citations, modeled on Elizabeth Shown Mills’ citation styles• Works with new.familysearch.org• Excellent maps• Excellent wall charts
  • 21. Legacy Family Tree
  • 22. Legacy Family Tree
  • 23. Legacy Family Tree
  • 24. Legacy Family Tree
  • 25. Legacy Family Tree
  • 26. RootsMagic
  • 27. RootsMagic• Two versions: – FREE RootsMagic Essentials – $29.95 for RootsMagic• by RootsMagic, Inc. (Bruce Buzbee), former developer of Family Origins• Excellent support!• RootsMagic To-Go lets you run RootsMagic (program AND data) directly off your flash drive• Works with new.familysearch.org• Very easy to use
  • 28. RootsMagic
  • 29. RootsMagic
  • 30. RootsMagic
  • 31. RootsMagic
  • 32. RootsMagic
  • 33. GRAMPSfor Windows
  • 34. Personal Ancestral FileAn old program that has not beenupdated in years. Very old-fashioned. However, it remainspopular with thousands of users.
  • 35. SummationHigh-quality genealogy software isavailable for both Windows andMacintosh at no cost.You can go home and download any ofthese programs this evening and startusing them immediately!
  • 36. Today’s Discussions• Products Discussed Today: – PAWriter for Macintosh – GRAMPS for Macintosh – Windows: • AncestralQuest • Legacy Family Tree • RootsMagic • GRAMPS • Personal Ancestral File• These are believed to be the most popular free genealogy products today.
  • 37. Where to obtain these programs?All of these may be downloaded online:• AncestralQuest – www.AncQuest.com• Legacy Family Tree – www.LegacyFamilyTree.com• RootsMagic–www.RootsMagic.com• GRAMPS – www.gramps-project.org/• Personal Ancestral File – www.FamilySearch.org• PAWriter for Macintosh – www.lanopalera.net/
  • 38. To learn more about new products orupdated versions of existingproducts, go to: www.eogn.com
  • 39. Today’s Discussions• Today’s slides are available at:• http://www.eogn.com/handouts/free