I have been using many different programs over the pate 20 years
The lower capability ones do not allow you to store enough sources, alternative spellings of names, alternative dates and places for an event
In my opinion the top three are Legacy Family tree, Roots Magic, or Family tree maker
The master genealogist is the most powerfull but comes up short on ease of use
there are hundreds of pages of information om the programs on my web site http://www.rader.org/ (I don't sell them, I just tach seniors how to use them)
I suggest Legacy because you can download it, and use it for free for ever http://www.legacyfamilytreestore.com
Legacy does offer a deluxe version and training tools for money, they are worth the money, but you don't need them unless you are quite advanced
Thanks, Jim. I just briefly looked at the legacy website, and I found Roots Magic shortly after starting this thread. RM has a free download (I think its 30 days), so I downloaded it and am taking a look. It seems to be easy to use. Currently I am using FTM 2001, and get frustrated with going back and forth within an immediate family. RM has a drop down in the upper left corner that lets you move to another immediate family member easily.
If anyone else has an opinion on any of these, I would love to hear it.
I've bought rootsmagic, but I still tend to use the old Sierra Generations, which is no longer manufactured. I love it-- there's a feature called family card which makes it so easy to see relationships, & to list zillions of kids if necessary. Wish somebody would revive it!
Pat in Cincy
I downloaded the trial versions of Family Tree Maker and Roots Magic that jimrader mentioned. I liked both, but really liked working with FTM more. I have found comments made about the FTM program that people who have purchased the actual software are experiencing problems. Some of the things mentioned probably wouldn't affect me, since I'm using a very old version of FTM, and I only have a couple thousand names in the database with few photos.
I received FTM2008 today - short answer - don't rush into it
FTM2006 is much better
It appears to be the online trees program in disk form ?
The copy of FTM2008 I received
1. will not register because Ancestry has more tha one account for my surname (which ancestry required for their surname discussion boards, and every account I had with a previous company the acquired transferred over)
2 I let it download the upgrades available before importing data and it upuld not import data from FTM, Legacy or GEDCOM
3. I uninstalled it and reinstalled it did not let it upgrade then it would import the old FTM2006 file
I did get the FTM 2008 and am very pleased. Jim, not sure why yours is doing what it is doing. Mine found all the accounts that I have ever used with Ancestry and then it asked me which one I wanted to use. So far, it is going well. No problems importing, merging, or anything else. It is doing a great job of finding data on the website that is also in my trees. Impressive.