Saturday, October 11, 2008

Continuing Genealogy Software...

10.) Family Tree for Dummies -- "Create and customize your family tree, Add scanned documents, photos, videos, and more, Print your family tree or make it a Web page"

• Pentium® 100 MHz or higher
• Microsoft Windows® 98, 2000, Me,XP
• 32 MB RAM available
• 20 MB free hard disk space
• Windows® compatible mouse
• Windows® compatible printer
• CD-ROM or DVD-ROM drive

COST: $19.99

11.)  Family Tree Heritage -- "Family Tree Heritage is premium genealogy software. Discover and preserve your family heritage and share your hard work with relatives in new and exciting ways."

System Requirements:
• Pentium® PC or Higher • Microsoft® Windows® Vista, XP, 2000 • 100 MB Hard Disk Space • CD-ROM Drive • 800 x 600, 16-Bit Color Display
• Mouse. Sound Card • Speakers or Headphones • Internet Connection

* Family Tree Magazine, February 2003.
Records may require memberships to genealogy Web sites. Free trial subscriptions are included and may require credit card authorization. Genealogy records and Web sites that support genealogy records are subject to change.

COST: $ 29.95

12.)  Family Tree Legends --You can download this software for FREE Go to

• • Windows XP
• Windows 2000
• Windows 98 1st & 2nd editions
• Windows 95
• 166 MHz processor computer or above is required. Most computers sold in the past 5 years meet this requirement.
• 20 MB of available disk space on your hard drive is required for the software and any family tree files that you create.
• 32 MB of RAM memory is required to perform program operations.

Does not run on Macintosh systems.

13.)  Family Tree Maker 2009 --
"Genealogy Reports

* Register and Ahnentafel full reports


* Vertical Pedigree Chart

Publishing Functionality

* Book layouts for main charts
* Saved settings in charts/reports
* Saved templates in charts
* Preparer information included in chart footers
* Enhancements to the RTF export

Improved Data Manipulation Tools

* Change Place Name tool
* Find and Replace tool"

System Requirements:

Operating system: Windows XP / Vista
Processor: 500 MHz Intel Pentium II (or equivalent)
Hard disk space: 450 MB for installation
Memory: 256 MB of RAM
Display: 800 x 600 resolution for monitor
2X CD-ROM (required for installation)

Recommended System Requirements:
Operating system: Windows XP/Vista
Processor: 1GHz Intel Pentium III (or equivalent)
Hard disk space: 450 MB for installation
Memory: 512 MB of RAM
Display: 1024 x 768 resolution for monitor
32X CD/CD-R (required for installation)
All online features require Internet access
Training video and Our History in Images require DVD-ROM drive

Cost: $39.95 plus you get a 14-day free trial subscription to Search the world’s largest online repository of family history records.

14.)  Family Tree Publisher-- This was last updated 2001. Canadian Based Company.

"...names, dates, locations, relationships, personal notes, stories, anecdotes, pictures organized into personal photo albums..." -

System Requirement:

Cost: $49.95 CDN   ($39.95 US)

15.) Famtree version 4.43 --Download Famtree and try it out at your leisure.    When you are familiar with it, you can register (on-line or by post) for $20US.  Registration removes the 40 names limit, and allows you to keep up to date free of further charge.

"Special Features include -
* Display, print, and save complete list of any person's relatives
*Wide Family Group displays 7 generations of relatives and partners
*Save your data as a complete web site
*Print Preview facility for all charts, trees, and listings
*Option to Save your file, hiding the details of living persons
*View all individuals and family groups by scrolling through the file.
*Details of individuals now saveable as html files.
*Up to 3 photographs per individual can now be linked
*Differentiate between married and unmarried relationships (if needed) "

System Requirements:

COST: $20.00 US

Thursday, October 9, 2008

Continued Genealogy Software

3.)  Ancestry Family Tree -- Used with databases.

4.)  BirthWrite 2.6 --BirthWrite is Shareware. 
" That is; you are welcome to try BirthWrite for 10 days. After that, if you like it, you're expected to register to continue to use it. The program is not restricted during those 10 days and, in fact, the program doesn't even keep track. In theory, you can keep on using it as long as you like. But please don't.

"Release 2.6 - Jan 27, 2002
• Web Page directory size.
• the number of individual web page files per directory is now 1000. If more files are generated than that, extra directories are used. The individual ID's are used to decide when to generate a new directory. So individual 1001 will be placed in a different directory then 1000. This number can be changed in the registry AFTER you have published at least one tree.

• Files for publishing on an MS IIS server.. Requires some ASP smarts to used."

If you like it, you are asked to register. 

Cost:  Registration is $30.00 US or $35.00 Canadian.


5.)  Brother's Keeper--Shareware: You can download FREE TRIAL

"Brother's Keeper is a Windows genealogy shareware program that will help you organize your family history information and let you print a large variety of charts and reports. BK6 works with Windows 95, 98, ME, NT, 2000, XP, Vista. There is no charge to download BK to try it out." --


Brother's Keeper 6.2 will run with Windows Vista.
["There is NOT a Macintosh version of Brother's Keeper. However, if you have a new Mac that can run Windows programs, then it will run in Windows mode."]

You may order the registered program with the manual for $45 (or less for current registered users)

6.)  Family History System --Shareware 
"a set of programs for creating and maintaining files of family information, including relationships, and for printing charts and reports presenting information in those files." -

"The Family History System only runs on equipment that is compatible with the IBM family of personal computers. The DOS version of the software will run on a PC with at least 512k of RAM, an 80 column monitor and an HD diskette drive (or CD drive). The Windows version will run on a PC with any version of Windows.

___ $10.00 Update to Public Version of Family History System only
NOTE: All documentation (158 page manual) is provided on the CD
that you receive in the form of MS Word formatted document files.

___ $35.00 FHS Registration
(The Public version of programs is included in package)
Although you may share copies of the public version of the programs
that you receive, the programs that support the Extensioned Options
may only be used by you and members of your immediate family.
You will be notified of future major updates to the system.

___ $15.00 Update to Registered Version of Family History System
(For previously registered users to receive the most recent update to
the complete set of programs. All updates are cumulative...this will
bring any earlier version of FHS up to the latest level of enhancements.)

NOTE: If you have previously received the latest update to the extended
system and simply need a refresh of the extensions to receive recent
changes, there is no charge.

Media Format: The software is distributed on a CD with a "web style" interface to the contents.
The CD contains all documentation and programs for FHS and the preliminary FHSWIN
version as well as the complete content of this web site.
(The DOS version can be supplied on HD 3 1/2" diskettes if requested.)"


Operating System:  Windows

7.)  Family Matters -- Shareware

"The cost of registration of Family Matters is US$35. There's also a CD available with everything on it that can be ordered.
Once you have registered your copy of Family Matters, you will have the ability to store as many families and persons in as many different files as you wish. If you have not yet registered, the only limitation is that once you have reached or exceeded twenty families in a data file, you'll not be able to enter more. (Hint: a GEDCOM import can exceed it by thousands.) Payment of the registration / order fee will provide you with a UserID, Key Code, and the latest version by mail."

Operating System: Windows

Cost: $35.00 US

8.)  Family Software --
"Famware is a comprehensive system for recording and sharing family and genealogical information. First released in 1982, it was the first software of it's kind for the IBM PC compatible marketplace.  Thousands have used our feature rich software to organize family and genealogical records and to communicate and build better relationships with family, relatives and friends.  Easy to install and use, this latest version delivers many powerful new features. " 

System Requirements:
• Requires Windows 95, 98, ME, NT, 2000 or XP. 
• A PC with at least a 300 MHz Pentium processor (the faster the better),
• At least 32 MB of memory (128MB if using XP) (the more RAM the better),
• 150 MB of Free Disk Space (the more the better),
• A Super VGA video adapter (800 x 600 or above)  with Hi-Color (16-bit) color quality,
• A CD-ROM drive (for installation purposes),  CD-RW optional (for backup purposes)

COST: $59.95 US

9.)  Family Tree Builder ---FREE software [and it supports 12 languages] available at: 


Wednesday, October 8, 2008


I'll be providing some overviews on the programs I've listed and links to the websites where you can get additional information or purchase it if you like.  Please note that I have not used any of these programs, other than where indicated.

Over the years, I have used various programs, however many of them are now discontinued.  I have always upgraded as better programs were available.  These days you will find that upgrades are usually provided by the companies either for free or for a discounted fee.  I am not making any recommendations by listing these programs.  I am simply providing you a list, reducing some time researching what's available to you and hopefully in the process you'll find the guidance necessary based on your individual needs.

Keep in mind there are shipping & handling charges for items sent to you.  Taxes determined per state and transaction.

1.)  Agelong Tree version 3.1.1 The site can be translated from english to Russian, Bulgarian, Lithuanian & Latvian. This version was released December 27, 2007, and earlier versions can be upgraded. The first version was released in 2002.

"Agelong Tree is a computer program intended for building family trees, storing and displaying information about people and key events in their lives. The program automatically builds a family tree for any person, has a mechanism of events allowing the user to make complex biographies, stores texts, photos, sounds and videos, searches, sorts and filters data and shows statistics."

It looks to me like you download it for free, but you must register it in order to have access to all the features:
"In an unregistered copy of Agelong Tree you cannot enter and edit more than 40 persons in a file. If you open a file containing more than 40 persons, the program will work in "read only" mode, so you won't be able to modify data. To remove these limitations you should register the program. Registered users get all new minor versions of Agelong Tree free of charge, and are given a large discount when they buy new major versions (i.e. versions where the first figure of the version number is changed, for example version 4.0)." -

Agelong Tree registration costs US $39.95.

Operating System: Requires Microsoft Windows® 2000, XP or Vista.

2.)   Ancestral Quest version 12
  "Ancestral Quest (AQ) family tree software is the easiest to use and most versatile genealogy program for Windows on the market. Its format is perfect for the beginner and yet powerful enough for the most advanced genealogist. Easy data entry, keyboard shortcuts, scrapbooking, and excellent sourcing capabilities are just some of this genealogy software program's wonderful award-winning features.
Create professional looking Pedigree Charts, Family Group Sheets, Ancestry charts, Descendant charts, genealogy book reports, fan charts and more.
AQ has special links to on-line genealogy databases, including and, which can help you research your family history more easily than ever."  -

You can download a free unregistered version as a free trial, and then you pay a fee to register the software. That is currently $29.95. But, you can purchase the new customer package below also, which has help files.

"Ancestral Quest 12 - This package is for new customers and includes the Ancestral Quest 12 software, complete documentation via help files, one registration key, and Line Upon Line - A Beginner's Guide to Genealogy by Margery Bell. MSRP $39.95    CD-ROM purchases include the Ancestral Quest 12 software CD including the AQ11 Quick Start Video Tutorial.
View the tutorial online, right now for free." -

Operating System:  "Ancestral Quest is a Windows program. Some users have been successful at using AQ on a Mac with a Windows emulator." -

Monday, October 6, 2008



Write down any information you already know about your family history, and don't forget to include immediate family members, as you'll be working backwards most of the time! Get the data in order so you can look at it and start to see holes you need to fill in with information. Familiarize yourself with names and locations. Some families will have naming patterns, so keep that in mind. Naming patterns will be discussed at a later date.


The next thing you have to decide is whether you are going to use any of the genealogy software programs available. You certainly do not have to use software for organizing and recording your research, but I can tell you that it will make life a lot easier for you if you do. There are so many programs available, from freeware to shareware to purchasing programs.

is available to you at no cost or it gives you the option to pay a small fee. Shareware usually allows for a free trial download which gives you some use, but then after a certain period, for example a 30 day period, you are obligated to pay a certain amount which will be stated up front. There are offers where you can simply download for free, but you will have limited access and not be able to use all features. When you Purchase software, you are either provided a CD to download the program to your computer, or you are provided instructions on how to download the program from a website. Upgrades are sometimes offered for free when changes are made to any genealogy software, or there is a nominal fee charged to upgrade your original purchase.

If you are a PC user, you have a lot of options available to you. Unfortunately, a MAC user has far less options available. I've taken some time to review some of these options for both operating systems. Here's a list I have come up with for you in order to start educating yourself on what is available:


  1. Agelong Tree version 3.1.1
  2. Ancestral Quest version 12
  3. Ancestry Family Tree
  4. BirthWrite 2.6
  5. Brother's Keeper
  6. Family History System
  7. Family Matters
  8. Family Software
  9. Family Tree Builder
  10. Family Tree for Dummies
  11. Family Tree Heritage
  12. Family Tree Legends
  13. Family Tree Maker 2009
  14. Family Tree Publisher
  15. Famtree version 4.43
  16. Genbox Family History version 3.7.1
  17. Great Family version 2.2
  18. Kinship Archivist version 3.1.i
  19. Legacy Family Tree 6.0
  20. My Family Tree version 4.06
  21. Parents
  22. RootsMagic 3 Family Tree
  23. The Master Genealogist version 7
  24. WinTree Family Tree version 4.81
  • Reunion 9
  • Heredis Mac X
  • MacFamilyTree Version 4

  • Personal Ancestral File
I'll be discussing the where you can find these various programs in my next post, along with system requirements and cost. I will also be adding more programs that are available as I acquire more information for you.


The list of people who have contributed to my quest of researching my family tree could go on & on, so to each and everyone of you, my deepest gratitude for generous spirits & wisdom for the ages.  This site is a tribute to all the dedicated, generous and good hearted souls who strive to continue great legacies for generations to come.  

On a personal note, I'd like to especially honor several of my ancestors:  William & Susanna White who faced the great unknown on their voyage to a new world when they took their first steps onto a little ship called the "MAYFLOWER."  They brought a young boy named Resolved White and an unborn child who would miraculously survive that long voyage.  Their love for adventure, their bravery and courage, I know I carry within me, as well as other countless descendants, nearly 400 years later.

Philip & Mary Kendall Goss, who were part of the Founding Fathers and Mothers of the county in which I was born and raised.  Against all odds, they forged a life despite the dangers they knew lay ahead of them.  It is their tenacity, courage and great sacrifice, like so many of their generation and those before, that carved out a life that would eventually allow their descendants to live the great American Dream.  In these current times of uncertainty, there are those who question the validity of that dream.  But for people, like myself, who have travelled through many countries, I say with great conviction that there is no Dream that lives with greater hope than the one that founded this great country of ours so many generations ago.

It is a great honor for myself and my family to know we are the living legacy of men & women who built this country when it was first born.  It is in honor of my Father who embodied their spirit in his uncommon ways, and in whom I found so many of these honorable, familial traits, that I erected this site. It is a tribute to his great wealth of knowledge not only of his ancestry, but the land which he loved to walk, land he loved, cared for and protected until he could walk no more.  It is because of him and all those who walked this land before him, that I pursue my love of genealogy and share what has been passed down to me and anyone who desires to honor their own legacy.

Sunday, October 5, 2008


My name is Linda Goss-Kozic, and as I stated in my profile, I have been researching my ancestors for over 30 years. When you start gaining an interest in your roots, there are always key people who give you guidance on your journey. They are the most important part of your research because without them, you would be lost in a sea of information. So I just wanted to say a few things in recognition of so many people who have contributed to helping me to grow as a researcher. My interest in genealogy was encouraged by my paternal Grandmother, Alta Benscoter Goss, as a very young girl. My Father continued where my Grandmother left off, and he always supported and helped me in my research. I lost my Father, Jerry Benscoter Goss, April 10, 2008 and it is in his honor I started this blog. I know he is walking by my side and smiling at this venture.

Along this journey, there have been many fellow researchers I am so grateful have crossed my path over these years. I've learned so much from each one, but there are too many to mention them all. There are those, however, who I could never go without personally recognizing. Linda Moss, who helped me to break my first wall; Claudette Beerman Rogers, who added more to the family tree than ever thought possible and is now one of my dearest "sisters" in heart!; Jackie Marshall who brought great treasures via the internet; Ken Goss who added immeasurable southern roots to our tree; Ken Forbes, whose knowledge and generosity continue to this day for so many researchers and Jean Johnston whose knowledge broke additional walls in this ever growing tree!

Thank you one and all! My quest would have been far more complicated without any one of you!

As I said in my profile, my purpose for this blog is honoring my Father by continuing his legacy of sharing information with others. In particular, I want to help the beginner with their first footsteps down the genealogy path. When I first started, the word "internet" was not even a word in the human vocabulary! Mind you, I'm not ancient, but I was a kid when "go-go boots" were the rage and you had to change the television channels by getting up off the seat and turning what was then called a "dial!" However, when I started my interest in researching my ancestors, I had my Grandmother Goss. She had always had an interest in her heritage, so she was thrilled to share her process with me and our lineage! What an incredible woman and role model! So my very first steps down the path of research started with my very first interview and that was Grandma! Back then I had my pen and notebook and eventually when I took a course on anthropology, I began to understand familial charting also. Those sound like archaic tools of research, but that's how it was done for a long time! Technology has made the process so much easier, but there is one thing that will always be the most important part of the picture and that is your "legwork!"

There is nothing like standing on the land your forefathers forged, or in front of the tombstone validating the very existence of an ancestor you have been reading about! It somewhat puts a 'face' to a name, although that sounds rather strange to some! But if you have no photo and sketchy details at best, just knowing you are standing on ground where your ancestor stood is rather spiritual for some genealogists like myself. If you have spent years looking for anything tangible on someone you know was an ancestor, once you find something, it's like you've reached that star you've been wishing on for so long!

So I invite anyone to comment on my entries, as I'm a firm believer there is always something to learn whether it comes in the form of instruction or question. If you are a beginner in this world of researching your ancestors, please note there are NO STUPID QUESTIONS!!! Do not hesitate for one minute to ask whatever comes to mind! If I can help you in any way, it will be my honor! If you have something share with me on your own journey in research, or suggestions of topics to cover, please don't hold back---I invite all contributions to this blog! I only ask that it be constructive, even if you think I've made an error! We can all learn from each other, beginner and experienced researchers alike, as you RESEARCH YOUR ANCESTORS!