Beginning Genealogy Research
I can tell you from 22
plus years experience gong back before Rootsweb and Ancestry were online
or when the World Wide Web began, how to start, what software to use, Free or Paid
Membership sites to join/Use.
I help on an average of 100 researchers each
year of Rootsweb mailing lists & this site.
There are many questions to ask yourself, so you are not wasting precious
research time looking to find all the right sites. It can be very overwhelming,
and presuming you know how to navigate the web, use a computer, how to organize
files & images, etc.
Some of those I have assisted have limited computer skills who find Research frustrating,
time consuming, and overwhelming. I have over 30 years experience with computers, software,
hardware, the Internet/WWW and more.
I currently use FTM (Family Tree Maker), and believe me from using Family Origins 1992, RootsMagic since 2002, PAF 5, and
older versions of FTM over the years...FTM 2010 was an awesome change, FTM 2012
even better and now I use FTM 2014...
...For those wishing to use the
Freebie s PAF-5 (Personal Ancestral File), I have PAF5EnglishSetup.exe (9.62MB)
I can let you use or you can search the Internet for the same program or go to
CNET Download.com >
Personal Ancestral File
read about PAF - has been discontinued by FamilySearch
downloads and support for
PAF end JULY 15, 2013 and Personal Ancestral File (PAF)
I am partial to
FTM2012 & 2014, because
this software synchronizes with your Personal Public or Private Tree with
membership, and locates Document Records & Record Indexes as suggested relevant
to the Data of your Ancestor's you have input in the progam.
Begin with the basic's as you can always
export as a GEDCOM format of your lineage and Import into another Genealogy programs
of today as Family Tree Maker, Legacy Family Tree, RotsMagic, Family Tree
Heritage, Ancestrak Quest, The Master Genealogist (TMG), Family Historian,
Brother's Keeper, Heredis, WinFamily >
Genealogy Software Review
I can also share with you a site that has been paramount in my research over
Rootsweb or any other Genealogy web site, even Ancestry . com. Because not
even the best Genealogy Website can unlock the hardest of doors...it takes being
in the Genealogy Trenches of Research (as I call it) to find records not
Listen to all the advice by others, and come to your own conclusions. But
again, there are some very basic questions to ask yourself first...you do not
want to become discouraged and give up.
To view Tutorials of
how FTM works, can save you time, and even money visit
Family Tree Maker by Ancestry . com
or begin with the FTM
Ancestor's never gave up...they forged ahead...wishing you the best in your
endeavors, it is a very rewarding road, trail, ride into the past and into the
future, as you may meet new Cousin's, Nephew's, Niece's, Aunt's & Uncle's and
If you wish to begin this Journey, let me be of assistance....Doc -
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