I'm pleased to introduce my readers to my guest author today - Jenna Smith. Jenna has written an article comparing various Genealogy Software. Enjoy!
Best Family History Software
More and more people are interested
in studying their family history. From people perusing Brookdale senior
to professional genealogists, the human race wants to know its roots.
This isn't new thing, but in the past people have found digging into
the past to be daunting logistical challenge. Fortunately, there are
a number of tools out there now that will help you to conduct your research
efficiently and have a bit of fun doing it. The following are three
of the top pieces of software you can use to flawlessly trace your family
Family Tree Maker
The proprietary, award-winning
genealogy software from Ancestry.com has been kicking since 1989 and
as of 2010 is available for both PCs and Macs. The program allows users
to organize and track information related to family history searches.
In 2006 it won the CODiE award for “Best Consumer Productivity Solution.”
Since then, FTM has been upgraded a number of times. While the software
shares many similar features as other genealogy and family tree services,
Family Tree Maker has received high marks for its ease of navigation
and user-friendliness. New bonus features allow for customized narratives,
3D options, and quick information retrieval.
Developed exclusively for Macs
by Leister Productions, Inc., Reunion consistently receives rave reviews.
Like Family Tree Maker, Reunion allows users to create family history
reports, including charts that illustrate family trees and tools for
publishing their results
online. Also like
Family Tree Maker, Reunion is beloved for its ease of use. Released
in a number of different versions over the years, the latest Reunion
9 provides even more options for customizing your family history research
experience. Newer features include enhanced file importing capabilities,
an expansion of output formats, a with-the-times approach to same-sex
couple documentation, and the ability to flag people and events with
RootsMagic runs primarily on
Windows operating systems, although some users have been able to utilize
the software application Wine in order to run it on Linux. The latest
version of this software has a revamped interface that is FamilySearch
certified and the new layout allows integration with Family Tree Maker
and other software like Family Origins. RootsMagic also allows for DNA
research and can be used to create 6 different types of CSS websites,
including pedigree charts, and multiple forms of narrative reports.
While its multimedia functions don't operate as seamlessly as the previous
two programs listed here, RootsMagic has a stellar support staff and
supports a number of 3rd party software.
Whether you use a PC, Mac,
or Linux there are software options here for you to conduct extensive
family history research. The programs discussed above also offer state-of-the-art
methods for sharing and storing your reports. There's never been a better
time to discover your roots!
About Jenna: Jenna is a journalism student at Saint Louis University. Upon
graduation, she hopes to travel the world while producing compelling
content for the masses. When she isn't writing, you can find Jenna with
her nose in a book, or her headphones in to block out the rest of the