Tuesday, June 2, 2009

OBTAINING GENEALOGICAL INFORMATION DURING THE INTERVIEW PROCESS

Using the INTERVIEW QUESTION FORM I have supplied, over the next few postings I'm going to discuss each section in a little more depth.

Section number one, entitled HOW FAR BACK IS OUR KNOWN ANCESTRY, will help you assess the time frame of your family members knowledge of your ancestors. When you are asking the questions in this section, you are really trying to get an idea of your ethnic background and a time period so that you can start to zero in on various categories that will direct your initial 'legwork' research.

For example, when I first started interviewing my paternal Grandmother in regards to my Grandfather's lineage which was the surname Goss, she only knew the members she had personally met and those they spoke of in conversation. It wasn't much at that time to go on, however, she knew they spoke of the family locating in Pennsylvania from Connecticut! So, I knew I would include researching historical records in regards to Connecticut and migration patterns to Pennsylvania. The time frame would have to be estimated by birth and death dates of those family members we knew about already.

Section number two, entitled IF THEY IMMIGRATED, DO YOU KNOW THE DETAILS, would amass very important information if the questions in this section could be answered. In the Goss line, we only knew that they came from Connecticut, we didn't have any knowledge of a ship. So that meant for my Grandfather's line, I would have to take another line of questioning to obtain more clues. However, in my Mother's lineage, this section of questioning would result in great leads. The surname I was researching for my Mother's line was Tolodziecki, my Grandmother's maiden name. My Grandmother knew part of the name of the ship her Father arrived on when he immigrated to America from ---and this was really important---German occupied Poland. Just that information alone, gives me a period of time to focus on! She knew a lot of the dates I needed as she was first generation born in America, so the knowledge she had was first hand! That meant, there was a really good chance that the information was correct! Since she knew her Father had located in the town she was raised, I didn't have too far to look for the records I needed! Now that is a great scenario, but it doesn't always happen that way, just as in the case of my Father's line from Connecticut. If you don't have any immigration records to go on, you have to sniff out more information by further questioning, as I have set up in the next section.

Section number three, entitled WHAT ANCESTORS HAVE YOU HEARD ABOUT, BUT NEVER MET, gives the person you are interviewing a chance to reflect. Often by sharing little stories they have heard, or information that has been passed down in the family, it joggles their memory and just in conversation, more information comes to surface and begins to form a picture for you to start investigating. In this section, you are giving them ideas of the kind of information they may have, but just aren't aware that it would help you in your search.

For example, people don't always think of the Family Bible as being a great resource, but years ago, birth, christening, baptismal, marriage, death dates were often recorded in the Family Bible! People have found relatives that no one ever knew about, maybe a child died at birth, or at a very young age, maybe there was a first marriage that no one talked about, you get the idea! They may not have spoken about these things, but most likely there is a record of it somewhere! So, ask if anyone is aware of someone in the family having a Bible that was passed down from previous generations. If you are lucky enough to have access to such a treasure, then request an opportunity to look through it on the premises of the current owner. Of course, I realize not everyone has a religious affiliation or one that would include a Bible, but my point is that if there is a book of record in the family, religiously affiliated or not, you want to look through it to see if there is any information that would be appropriate to your research. I mention Bibles specifically because most have been and are printed with a section for Family Records.

The other thing you want to find out is if there is a Family Photo Album that has been passed down because there will be a wealth of photographs, that perhaps are even notated somewhere on the photo as to who it is, the event, the date, etc. You might find that the person you are interviewing will suddenly remember something just by association while looking at old photos. As I've said before, photos put a face to names, and it is amazing how much more connected you feel when you can visualize someone in your ancestry. The oldest photo, well copy of a photo, that I have is of my fourth Great Grandmother, Huldah Olive Wandel Goss. She lived just long enough after the Civil War to have had the opportunity to be photographed! I would imagine that was like man landing on the moon for her generation! She didn't exactly look happy about it, but then she may not have had any teeth left to smile with at her age! Putting her face to her name, it was like someone had handed me a million dollars! There are moments in research that are pretty priceless!

Speaking of Family Bibles and religious affiliation, even though you may know your family's current religious affiliation, don't assume it has always been that way. Ask if anyone knows what churches, temples, religious institutions or organizations, etc. that any family members belonged to, as you just never know!

As I have noted in this section of the interview question form, you will also want to ask if anyone belonged to any organization such as the D.A.R. [Daughter of the American Revolution], Mayflower Society, Freemason, etc. The reason you would ask this question is because there are records that you can research with these affiliations. I will be putting a list together of these types of organizations that you can ask about, or check out if you think you might find it appropriate.

So my next post, I will be continuing with Section number four in the Interview Question Form. As always, questions and/or comments are always welcome!

Wednesday, May 27, 2009

FINDING DOCUMENTED EVIDENCE OF YOUR ANCESTORS THROUGH 'LEGWORK' & BREAKING DOWN 'BRICK WALLS'

SO MY LAST POST LEAVES US WITH 'WHAT IS LEGWORK RESEARCH?' Well, 'legwork' is literally that--'legwork!' This is where you get in your car and/or start walking and sniff out the clues you've already obtained by doing your interviewing process. By that I mean you are visiting cemeteries, research facilities, doing all the running around that fills out the picture of your family roots. You will find yourself on adventures that you never dreamed of! Genealogists have traveled all over the world following their leads, although that can be an expensive endeavor! But in today's environment, we can eliminate that huge expense due to the wealth of information that now exists on the internet.

As long as the information you are tracking down on a website is correctly DOCUMENTED [here we are back to that all important word again!] and it is a legitimate source, as I covered starting with the DOCUMENTATION OF SOURCES posting [Blog Archives Tuesday, April 28, 2009], then you can use that information to back up your data. Once again, follow the form I provided, DOCUMENTATION FORM, and fill in whatever information is appropriate. I'll remind you that if you are using a source located on the internet, always write down the web address. That is necessary to your documentation, and if by chance you realize you forgot something to notate within your documentation, then it is easy enough to go back and obtain what you need. I would also suggest that you review your web resources once in a while as you may find additional information has been posted, and you might find something that was newly discovered by a fellow genealogist! At times, it can be just a lead, but there have been many, many leads in my 30 plus years of researching that have led me to documentation that broke the BRICK WALL! What in the world is a 'Brick Wall?'

I doubt there is anyone researching their family roots out there who hasn't run into the dreaded 'Brick Wall!' That would be that moment when you realize you cannot find any headway on a piece of your puzzle! I'm sorry to tell you, it may be years before you get your next lead....and that would be your 'Brick Wall!' But, that's okay, we all have them! I personally had one for nearly 20 years!! Don't panic!!! It doesn't necessarily take that long....that just happened to be one situation for me! However, the good news is....I broke through the 'Brick Wall' and came out on the other side with a BIG smile on my face! There is an incredible feeling that comes along with breaking those walls...and it's worth the time and effort! So don't ever despair, if you look long enough and follow even the tiniest of clues, you will eventually break nearly every dreaded "Brick Wall" that you encounter! You want to approach researching family roots as if you are a detective. You will have to use common sense and logical deduction at times to decide which trail you are going to follow next. There isn't just one formula to track down your evidence, and the necessary documentation. But I'm going to do my best to give you as much guidance as possible to send you off on your search, and we have a lot to cover! There are a lot of things to consider when you are looking a particular time lines in your family history, but that will be another posting at a later date!

Recapping, Legwork is actually looking up records, finding physical evidence of your ancestors existence to place in your report. One little fact can change the direction of your search, SO DON'T DISREGARD ANYTHING! You will be amazed at how many times the tiniest bit of information was the one piece of the puzzle that made the whole picture clear--and broke through one of your 'Brick Walls!'

I'm certainly not done further discussing pursuing the information you obtain through the interview process. My next posting will continue on that subject. So once again, I invite any questions or suggestions! The door is always open!

Tuesday, May 26, 2009

Re: Guest Comment 5/26/09

I just wanted to acknowledge Betty-Lu Burton's great input in regards to those who do research on the FamilySearch Indexing Site! By the way, this site has an incredible wealth of information and I have used it countless times over the years! I will be addressing searching the internet for family records at a much later date, but I felt it was really important to notate Betty-Lu's comment at this time. I have copied and pasted below what she wrote:

Anonymous said...
I do indexing on the FAmilySearch indexing site. One thing you might want to emphize is when you use the internet and you can view the original record from the index DO IT! Not everthing is indexed, and sometimes you might read the record differently. Some of those writing the records a first grader could have written.
Betty-Lu Burton
Her suggestion is a perfect example of the things we all learn as we gain more experience in researching family records. Betty Lu's emphasis here further supports the absolute need for proper documentation! When you are searching the internet, you are usually relying on someone else entering the information from the original document! We all have the greatest of intentions, but we are still human and therefore, errors can occur when we least expect it! So compare the information in various documents and if you find discrepancies, you will have to do your best to find other avenues of documentation, and if at all possible, view the original document! Again, I will address this further at a much later date, but felt it was necessary to thank Betty-Lu and applaud this very important notation from someone doing the actual hands on indexing for this most valuable site, FamilySearch.org

Thank you, Betty-Lu!

If there are any other researchers who would like to contribute suggestions to our beginning genealogists, please feel free to enter your comments in the comment forum! The other option is to contact me about doing a guest article! You can email me at jklk@ptd.net and put "re: researchingyourancestors.com" in the subject area of the email!

Thank you all! This is an open forum that invites guest articles and questions from our new genealogists!

Enjoy!

Linda

Wednesday, May 20, 2009

AN INVITATION TO ASK QUESTIONS OR COMMENT ABOUT GENEALOGY RESEARCH

I wanted to take a moment to invite anyone who has questions about the genealogy research process to feel free to post those questions in the comment area after any entry I've made. The whole purpose of this site is to make the process of researching fun and as easy as possible for the new genealogist! THERE ARE NO STUPID QUESTIONS HERE!!! Your questions open more avenues of information for me to provide. Also, if I don't know the answer, I will find it for you! I'm always open to learning myself!

I also want to invite the input of other experienced genealogists who have something to contribute to this educational process---professional or not! Just add your input to the comment area and I will gladly add your suggestions or comments to the site! If you have a suggestion as to an area I missed or need to make sure I cover---again, please do not hesitate!

I'm looking to make this site simply educational in a very relaxed venue!

Thank you!

Linda

FIRST STEP IN GENEALOGICAL RESEARCH IS TALKING TO RELATIVES

FIRST STEP IN GENEALOGICAL RESEARCH IS TALKING TO RELATIVES

NOW YOU'RE READY TO START your detective work. First and foremost, make a list of Family Members to interview. No one knows more about your family, than your family! So start with the most logical choice...the oldest family member willing to help you in your quest. Have your tools ready, so here's the list you'll want to remember to take with you:

a. Pen/pencil
b. Paper/ notebook
c. [Optional] Recording device. I use a recording device when I'm interviewing people for information. In fact, video is even better. I found the most inviting part about recording one way or another is that I don't have to waste time writing, it's all captured, so I can transcribe the info later and take my time. The other perk is that you'll always have footage of someone who meant something to you, and many software programs have the capacity to include video in your research program. It's another great way to put a face to a name.
d. Put a list of questions together before you go to meet with the individual you are interviewing and you'll accomplish a lot more than trying to remember everything on the spot. Try to get as much information from them as possible. I've found that I often have to juggle their memories a bit, they usually know much more than they realize. You just have to know the right questions to ask. So once again, I have provided three forms that you should take with you to ensure you are approaching the interview properly.

First, take a copy of the INTERVIEW DOCUMENTATION FORM that I have provided. As I stated in a previous post, this will help you obtain the information you need to properly document an interview.

CLICK HERE FOR THE DOWNLOADABLE INTERVIEW DOCUMENTATION FORM.pdf

Secondly, take a copy of the INTERVIEW QUESTION FORM which I have also provided for your personal use. I have designed the form as a guide to initiate the interview process. For those of you who have never interviewed anyone before, it is easy to go off on tangents and not accomplish what you intended.

CLICK HERE FOR THE DOWNLOADABLE INTERVIEW QUESTION FORM.pdf

Finally, take several copies of the FAMILY MEMBER FACT SHEET with you that I supply on this site. This will provide you with a guide of information that you should try to obtain regarding an individual you are researching. You won't always be able to fill in all the facts, but the more information you put together will create a better idea of who that individual was and supports the necessary documentation. NOTE: Indicate on the FAMILY MEMBER FACT SHEET the date you did your research and DO NOT FORGET TO DOCUMENT THOSE FACTS THAT WERE OBTAINED THROUGH THE INTERVIEW PROCESS!

CLICK HERE FOR THE DOWNLOADABLE FAMILY MEMBER FACT SHEET.pdf

The information you'll obtain in your family interviews will then be notated within each individuals fact sheet! You'll have a record of the further research you must pursue with each individual-- just by looking at their fact sheet! Keep in mind that the fact sheet that I have created for you has an entry area for the spouse of any individual, but each spouse should have their own fact sheet. The purpose of putting the spouse name and basic information on is mainly for reference purposes. There are times you may only have a first name and birthdate of a spouse. By comparing notes, you may realize you actually have an individual in your records that may be one and the same! The same goes for the children, they should each have their own fact sheet also.

If you are able to obtain photos of any of the individuals you are researching, don't forget to attach them to each fact sheet, so you don't mix and match! Make a notation of who, what, when and where on the back of the photo and you'll never be at a loss!

The most important thing to remember is that any fact you uncover in the interview process may be crucial when you start your "legwork!" I'll continue with that subject in my next post!

Tuesday, May 19, 2009

FORMS NOW AVAILABLE

It was called to my attention by Adrian that the documentation forms I had posted were not downloading.  Thank you very much, Adrian!  I now moved the forms to reside on another website that I own and they are back in business!  Again, I appreciate you bringing that to my attention, Adrian!  

Linda

Sunday, May 3, 2009

A BASIC EXPLANATION OF EACH SOURCE TYPE

HERE I WILL GIVE A BASIC EXPLANATION OF VARIOUS SOURCE TYPES I HAVE LISTED

Abstract
Summarizes the text within a document, essentially paraphrasing with all the important details included. The data itself is written exactly as it is in the document, but updates or comments will be included after the information.

CD Rom

Indexed records, history or other pertinent genealogical information that is burned onto a CD.
Cemetery Search

Canvasing cemeteries of interest to locate tombstones
Cemetery Inscription
Vital information can often be obtained from the inscriptions on tombstones. Some even tell the character trait of the person. You will generally obtain the name, date of birth and/or date of death.
Cemetery Record
If you are lucky, the caretaker of the cemetery has access to plotting records and/or burial permits which will have a wealth of information.
Census Record
Information varies depending on the time frame of the census record, but all census records include head of household and those who were living in the residence at the time of the census.
Deed
Obviously deeds provide you with information of ownership and old deeds give quite different descriptions compared to present day deeding. You can learn about who the property originally belonged to and the history of the land/home itself.
Email Message
properly documented, email messages can be used as a source of documentation when sharing information.
Family Bible/Diary/Journal
Families often kept family records within their Bibles, so they are a great source of information. Diaries and journals were very common to notate daily activities and special events within the family's history.
Gedcom File
Stands for Genealogical Data Communication and it is a text format of your family tree which can be read by a genealogy software program. If it isn't viewed with the proper software, then it is basically illegible. I will discuss the format of Gedcom files in depth at a later date.
Interview
Interviews can provide a great amount of information, but it is still word of mouth and must be documented further.
Letter
Letters were a major form of communication in the age before telephones, computers, etc. They provide first hand information on many family events or flesh out character traits of the people being discussed.
Periodical
Magazine articles, manuscripts, written articles
Tax Lists
You will find heads of households on tax lists which will document the location of ancestors in a time frame
Vital Record
Records such as birth, adoption, marriage, divorce, death, etc. are generally obtained at your local courthouse. However, if the records you are seeking are not located at the courthouse, they can usually tell you where the records are located if this is not the case in your community.
Will
Obtained at your courthouse, wills are full of valuable information and often will notate familial ties.
Government Record
Military records, Naturalization Records, Immigration Records, Census Records, Land Records, Passport applications. Locations will vary from state to state.

I will be explaining each of these sources in depth at a later date, so please visit often to notate any updates.

Tuesday, April 28, 2009

DOCUMENTATION OF SOURCES

DOCUMENTATION OF SOURCES

Here I will talk about the most important facet of research! DOCUMENT, DOCUMENT, DOCUMENT! Documenting the sources of any information you find or receive. This applies to anything from a conversation with a relative as you pick their brain for family history, to accessing reference materials at a library. In addition, crediting other researchers, where applicable, is the most ethical principle to keep in mind. You should never credit yourself if you have not done the research and documentation yourself. Remember, if you should ever want to apply to a genealogical organization and you have to submit documentation, you must be ready to stand behind what you have submitted. I will go into organizations to consider at a much later date.

THE IMPORTANCE OF RESEARCH DOCUMENTATION

The purpose of documentation is to provide evidence of the information you have amassed. You will then be able to put togther a more accurate picture of the information you have collected and an overall view of your family. Make sure if you do not have the original copy of a document that it is a very good copy that has been scanned properly, microfilmed or photocopied properly. There is nothing more frustrating than having a copy of a document that you know will have important information for you and realize you can't even read the copy in your hands! The most important documentation is original documents. For example, birth, death, marriage, and military records, are considered valid original forms of documentation if they are publicly recorded information. I'm providing a list of what can be considered public record and institution documentation, however there are other records that could fall under this category. But for the beginner, this a good starting point.

LIST OF PUBLIC RECORD and INSTITUTION DOCUMENTATION

1. Birth Certificates
2. Baptismal Records from a Church
3. Christening Records from a Church
4. Death Certificates
5. Census Records
6. Government Records of any type
7. Military Records
8. Pension Records
9. Land Records, i.e., Bureau of Land Management records
10. Passports
11. Applications for passports
12. Tax Lists
13. Passenger Lists
14. Immigration Records
15. Naturalization Records
16. Original Grants
17. State Records
18. Local Records
19. Records of Entry into a country
20. Church Records
21. Cemetery Records & Cemetery Inscriptions
22. School Records
23. Social Security Records
24. Fraternal Organization Records
25. Hospital Records
26. Wills, Deeds

In addition, certain family records are considered valid documentation. However, family records can also contain errors if they are not recorded within the time period of interest. Please keep that in mind. "Aunt Mary" might be a wonderful source of family history, however, if she is simply relaying stories that have been handed down for 5 generations, there is a chance the information has been tainted over the years. However, it's a wonderful starting point and can always be further researched and used as a guide for continuing your research in the right direction.

LIST OF FAMILY RECORD DOCUMENTATION

1. Certificates, i.e., birth, death, marriage, divorce, etc.
2. Diaries and/or journals
3. Diplomas of any type
4. Family Bibles
5. Letters
6. Memoirs
7. Testimonials
8. Unrecorded Wills and Deeds
9. Vital Records
10. Family Photographs

There are also other materials that you can use, but they are not considered original sources. These would carry less weight in validity, however, they will have a wealth of information that can be used as documentation.

ADDITIONAL SOURCES OF DOCUMENTATION

1. Email Messages
2. Genealogies
3. Transcriptions of Records
4. Family Histories
5. Mailing Lists
6. Newspapers
7. Websites
8. Message Boards
9. Local Histories
10. Phone & City Directories
11. Directories of any type
12. Manuscripts



I am going to give you a basic format for documentation which will apply to just about any situation. However, when in doubt, write it down anyway! I am also going to notate an exception where you will not have a literary or vital statistic reference, and that would be an interview.



LIST OF DOCUMENTATION INFORMATION

You will want to list any/and or all of the following, depending on the source.

1. Author
2. Title/Book Name/Periodical Title
3. Volume Number
4. Edition
5. Editor
6. Date of Copyright or Publication
7. Publisher Name, place & date
8. File Number
9. Film Number
10. Page
11. Register
12. Detail
13. Issue
14. Contact Person
15. Submitter [if no author, the person who submitted the article]
16. Interviewer
17. Library/Archive
18. Location of the Source
19. Locality of Interest
20. Media Type
21. Owner
22. Date Viewed
23. Quality of the Data
24. URL if a website or web article


You will also want to list in your documentation the type of the source you are listing, such as any, but not limited to any of the following:

LIST OF DOCUMENTATION SOURCE TYPES

1. Abstract
2. Book
3. CD Rom
4. Cemetery Search
5. Cemetery Inscription
6. Cemetery Record
7. Census Record
8. Deed
9. Email Message
10. Family Bible/Diary/Journal
11. Gedcom File
12. Interview
13. Letter
14. Newspaper
15. Periodical
16. Tax List
17. Vital Record
18. Website
19. Will
20. Government Record

DOCUMENTATION FORM

I have created a documentation form for beginners to take with them while they are doing their research. It incorporates the suggested guidelines for documentation and thereby helps the beginning genealogist to understand what information is important to documentation. CLICK HERE FOR A .PDF OF THE DOCUMENTATION FORM.

Interviews must be documented properly to be considered valid sources. The following information should be included in your documentation.

LIST OF INTERVIEW DOCUMENTATION

1. Interviewer
This is where you will notate your full name and relationship to the interviewee
2. Interviewee
This is where you will notate the full name of the person you are interviewing and their relationship to you
3. Important information about the Interviewee. If you can obtain the age of the person you are interviewing and notate their relationship to the ancestors/locations/ dates they refer to, that will help you determine the validity of the information they give you.
4. Date and time of Interview
5. Location of Interview
6. How the interview was conducted, i.e., in person, phone, email, etc.
7. Detailed notes of your conversation
8. [optional] Photograph of the person you are interviewing

CLICK HERE FOR A .PDF OF THE INTERVIEW DOCUMENTATION FORM.

I'll be adding to these lists over time, so make sure you check back for any additions.

Monday, April 20, 2009

TOOLS FOR RESEARCH

The most important thing I can tell you from the very start is to always keep your notes organized, as it will save you an incredible amount of time when you are ready to compile your information! If you can afford to purchase genealogy software set up to organize your information, you will be amazed at how easy these programs make your pursuit! In fact, they will generate reports to print out, making your family research easy to read. Many have the capability to include photos and/or video now which is a great feature. Putting a face to a name makes everything more personal. The following is a list of items to take with you on your researching jaunts:

List of Items to Take on Genealogy Research Trips:

a.) I have already listed software programs to start looking at, they are broken down into PC compatible, Mac compatible and Mac & PC Software. If you have a laptop, you'll want to bring it along with you as it will, at the very least, keep your facts in front of you as you search for long lost family members! You can also just add the information you found for the day right into your database, that is if you aren't exhausted from your trek!

b.) Remember, even with these programs you will still need pen/pencil and paper. You cannot take a computer everywhere you go, so sometimes you need to rely on the 'old-fashioned' way! A pencil and paper can also come in handy if you want to try and decipher illegible inscriptions on tombstones! Again, I'll get into that in detail at a future date!

c.) Keeping a large notebook with sections is a cheap and easy way to keep surname information organized. If you get one with pockets, you can keep your census records there and birth certificates, etc. This is also an alternative for those who cannot afford to purchase genealogy software.

d.) I have a great "sister" researcher, Claudette, who is probably one of the most organized individuals I know. She brought me "treasures" from her research and she had it already filed for me in a portable filing tote! What a fantastic idea! You can take the tote with you to the library or other research facilities, or while you are doing cemetery research!

e.) Also get yourself a good detailed current map of the area you are researching and a copy of any atlas from the time period you are researching in that area. County lines were often changed more than once over the years and if you aren't aware of the changes, you could easily miss very important leads. I'll be explaining where you can find these resources at a later date.

f.) Tape Recorders are great if you don't want to waste time writing and would rather transcribe the information later! Plus if you come across additional resources that you don't have time to pursue at the moment, you can make note and you won't forget to come back to it at a later time.

g.) A good digital camera will be a great asset to your research, so if you don't already have one, keep your eyes open for a good sale. Of course, you can always use a disposable camera, or any camera you already have such as your cell phone camera, but keep in mind that the better the resolution of the camera, the better your photos will capture detail on tombstones. [Plus with a digital camera, you simply download your photos to your desktop or folder...less money involved than in developing charges for film.] Capturing detail is extremely important when you are photographing tombstones, as it saves you time from writing down all those inscriptions if you are able to transcribe it from your photos once you return home. With a digital camera, you can tell immediately if you can see the detail clearly. And you will be spending a LOT of time in cemeteries, they will become your best researching friend--so make it easy on yourself!

h.) You can also use video cameras if you prefer, but you will want stills to save in your files, and capturing stills from video isn't always easy.

i.) A good tote bag to carry all your paraphernalia is very important also! You don't want to get home after a day of research and find that you left something of importance somewhere! ORGANIZE, ORGANIZE, ORGANIZE! Keep your research tools organized so that your 'leg work jaunts' will be stress free!

NOW YOU'RE READY TO START!

MAC & PC GENEALOGY SOFTWARE

1.) Legacy Family Tree 7.0 --available in Danish, German, Dutch, Bokmal Norwegian, Nynorsk Norwegian and Swedish, as well as English. You can try Legacy 7.0 at no risk, and the Standard Edition is free.

"Family trees containing millions of people can be recorded, displayed and reported in a variety of styles and formats. Legacy 7.0 includes all standard genealogical reports, as well as calendars, timelines, questionnaires, research logs and a multitude of blank forms and more!"
- http://www.legacyfamilytree.com/

System Requirements:
Operating System:
• Pentium class computer.
• VGA or higher display.
• Windows Vista, Windows XP, Windows ME*, Windows 98*, Windows NT, Windows 2000 (Legacy will run on newer Macs with Parallel, Bootcamp or Fusion. Legacy runs on Linux machines with a Windows emulator like Win4Lin, VMWare or Sun's Virtual Box)
• A Hard Disk with 97.8 megabytes of available space.
• A CD-ROM drive.
• 256 megabytes of RAM minimum.
• A mouse.
• Internet connection recommended.
• IE7 if you want to use the Virtual Earth Mapping feature.
* Win 95, Win 98, and Win Me need all available Microsoft Service Packs installed.

COST: Different Packages available from $29.95 to $59.95



2.) Personal Ancestral File -- Free PAF Family History Software
"Personal Ancestral File (PAF) is a free genealogy and family history program. PAF allows you to quickly and easily collect, organize and share your family history and genealogy information."
- http://productsupport.familysearch.org/supportroot/eng/frameset_products.asp

SYSTEM REQUIREMENTS: available for windows and macintosh


COSTS: FREE. Other products are available for purchase.


SUMMARIZATION:
There are many, many programs out there now, unlike years ago when I started researching my ancestors. There are no right or wrong programs for use, it just depends on what fits your own needs. So take advantage of free trial offers and experiment to see what works for you the best.

Keep stopping by often as I will be adding more programs as I come across them and assess what they have to offer!

Sunday, April 19, 2009

MACINTOSH GENEALOGY SOFTWARE

1.) Heredis Mac X ---(Download demo version)
"HEREDIS Mac X.2 integrates three new so-called "Designed family trees", over 4 or 5 generations. They will bring an accessible quality of presentation for the pleasure of all your family."

-http://www.myheredis.com/

SYSTEM REQUIREMENTS:
Mac OS X version 10.1.3 or later
64 MB RAM
27 MB of free disk space


COST: $69.00

HEREDIS MAC X.2 (full version)
Downloadable version
Mac OS X version 10.1.3 or later

You will be granted access to them using the ID and password used to complete the purchase, and can return to download as often as needed.



2.) MacFamilyTree Version 5.4.2--- (3/17/2009)
"Based on more than a decade of experience, MacFamilyTree 5 may be regarded as the most advanced genealogy application for the Mac and is fully compatible with GEDCOM for reliable exchange of genealogy information across OS boundaries. MacFamilyTree offers easy web page creation and is smoothly integrated into Apple's .Mac and our own exclusive Internet service on MacFamilyTree.com."
- http://www.onlymac.de/html/stammbaum4en.html

System Requirements: We recommend Mac OS X 10.4.0 or later for our software.

Minimum System Requirements:
* Mac OS X 10.4 Tiger or Mac OS X 10.5 Leopard
* ATI Radeon 7500 or GeForce 4 MX Graphics Card or Intel GMA 950 or better
MacFamilyTree 5

Cost: For Users of Mac OS X 10.4.8 or later USD 49.00


3.) Reunion 9 -- "Reunion is a genealogy software program — a "family tree program" — for the Macintosh.

Reunion received the highest rating for genealogy software in MacWorld, MacAddict, and Mac Home Journal magazines. Reunion also received a MacWorld Editor's Choice award for 2007.

Reunion helps you to document, store, and display information about your family — your ancestors, descendants, cousins, etc. It records names, dates, places, facts, plenty of notes, sources of information, pictures, sounds, and videos. It shows family relationships in an elegant, graphic form — people and families are linked in an easy-to-understand fashion."
http://www.leisterpro.com/

SYSTEM REQUIREMENTS: Mac OS X 10.3.9 or newer.

COSTS: $99.00

comments: I have been using Reunion for years and I highly recommend it to anyone who is considering it. It is user friendly and has great capabilities.

Saturday, April 18, 2009

Continuing Genealogy Software

20.) The Master Genealogist version 7-- [30 day Free Trial]
"is the gold standard in family history software. Used by novices and professional researchers alike, the latest version reinforces TMG's reputation as the most powerful family history project manager on the market while adding many new features to make it easier and fun to use....The TMG installer now allows you to select the installation language. English, German, Dutch, and Norwegian are currently supported."
-http://www.whollygenes.com/Merchant2/merchant.mvc?screen=TMG#buytmg

System Requirements: TMG v7 is native to Windows Vista. It will also run on Windows XP and Windows 2000. (Windows 98 and NT are no longer supported).

COSTS: different packages available from $34.00 to 69.95


21.) My Family Tree version 4.06-- (2004 update)
"My Family Tree is an easy to use multimedia application designed for you to document your roots. You can download this software and use it free for 30 days to evaluate its features. You can register My Family Tree online. ."
- http://www.huhnware.com/mft/index.html

System Requirements: Windows

COSTS:
The price for registration is $20 if you use the downloaded copy. Its $25 to have a copy mailed to you on CD-ROM ($30 for international addresses). Upgrade for previously registered users of version 1, 2, or 3 is only $10. Its a free upgrade for version 4.0 registered users.



22.) Parents - (updated 2004) Shareware
"PARENTS is shareware software and only available on the web. If you would like to try PARENTS before you register, feel free to go to our "Try It!" page to download a fully functional copy of the software. If you wish to continue using PARENTS after a 30-day trail period, you must register the software through our online store. " --
-http://www.nickleware.com/register.htm


"PARENTS is an application that was designed to help make collecting and organizing your genealogy easier. With the help of PARENTS, you will be able to more easily gather, store, and view information about all of your ancestors as well as your children and your children's children. PARENTS allows you to enter and store vital information such as names, birth, marriage, death dates, places and more. All of this information can then be easily organized and related together to form your family tree. You will also be able to print detailed information about any of your ancestors as well as print an Immediate Family Tree, an entire Ancestral Tree, Descendants Chart, Family Group Sheet and more..."

System requirements:
• IBM PC or compatible
• Windows 95,98,2000,XP, Windows NT
• 1.5 meg hard disk space

COSTS: Registration fee: $10.00 (U.S.)





23.) RootsMagic 3 Family Tree -- "RootsMagic can generate professional looking web sites automatically from your data, in narrative format, pedigree chart format, family group sheet format, or a combination pedigree / family group sheet format."
- http://www.rootsmagic.com/overview.htm

Operating System:
RootsMagic genealogy software. Runs under Windows Vista, XP, 95, 98, ME, NT, and 2000.

COST:
Available in different packages, but basically running you from $29.95 to $39.95





24.) WinTree Family Tree version 4.81 -- shareware which is free to download and try--no obligation

"Wintree is an easy-to-use family tree program which provides facilities to manage genealogical data in the standard GEDCOM format, to create, view, edit and merge GEDCOM files, and to produce reports, charts and family trees."
- http://www.wintree.plus.com/

System Requirements: Win 98/ME/2000/XP/Vista.

COST: US $15, around eight pounds sterling at current exchange rates, excluding tax. (VAT will be charged if you are resident in the European Union).

Friday, April 17, 2009

Continuing Genealogy Software

16.) Genbox Family History version 3.7.1 - Free Trial Download
"Download and try out the full version of Genbox Family History for 30 days for free! Then purchase a permanent license for only $29.95. "
- http://www.genbox.com/

Available in these languages:
• Danish
• Dutch (Netherlands)
• English (United States)
• English (United Kingdom)
• French
• French (Canada)
• German
• Polish
• Russan (NEW in Version 3.7.0)
• Slovak
• Slovenian

Genbox Family History is a complete genealogy software program. It will help you organize your family genealogy research, store your family history data, enter proper source citations, and produce professional-quality family tree charts and genealogy research reports that you can preview and modify, then print or publish on the web on your own genealogy website.


SYSTEM REQUIREMENTS: Genbox Family History runs under Microsoft Windows 95 or later versions (Windows 98, 2000, Me, NT, XP, Vista). Internet Explorer 4.0 or later is required.

COST: FROM $29.95 TO $39.95 US




17.) Great Family version 2.2 (June 2004 -- SHAREWARE, FREE TO TRY FOR 30 DAYS)

"Graphically design your family tree and generate web pages in a snap. This easy-to-use program approaches family tree making from the user's point of view."
-http://www.greatprogs.com/greatfamily/

GreatFamily is distributed as shareware. If you wish to use the program beyond the 30-day trial period, you must register. Registration benefits includes free upgrades and support.
The registration fee for GreatFamily is US$29.95 for a single user license.
Shortly after registration you will receive an email with your personal activation code and instructions on how to unlock your GreatFamily software.

SYSTEM REQUIREMENTS:
As of 2007-10-23 - GreatFamily 2.2 not tested for MS Vista
The latest version 2.2 of GreatFamily software is not yet tested running on MS Windows Vista.

COST: $29.95 for a single user license US



18.) Kinship Archivist version 3.1.i -- Shareware (Last Update 2005)

"Display your family tree on the internet with Kinship Archivist. The program attempts to provide a user-friendly method for entering and changing complex genealogical relationships and information. Additionally, the program allows for importing/exporting of the GEDCOM standard v.5.5 files and allows for exporting of webpages (HTML files) that are used on the internet. Each family member has their own web page, and genealogical information is linked between pages. When these pages are placed on the World Wide Web, information can be shared with other family members or genealogists. Web surfers or family members can provide feed-back by selecting the E-Mail link found at the bottom of each web page and submitting their information. The program user can then easily update his/her records with the web surfer's new information."
-http://www.kinshiparchivist.com/



SYSTEM REQUIREMENTS:
Shareware for Windows 95/98 or Windows 2000/2003 or Windows ME or Windows XP

COST: $10.00 US




19.) Legacy Family Tree 7.0 --available in Danish, German, Dutch, Bokmal Norwegian, Nynorsk Norwegian and Swedish, as well as English. You can try Legacy 7.0 at no risk, and the Standard Edition is free.

"The feature-rich Legacy 7.0 makes it easy to preserve your genealogical information. Family trees containing millions of people can be recorded, displayed and reported in a variety of styles and formats. Legacy 7.0 includes all standard genealogical reports, as well as calendars, timelines, questionnaires, research logs and a multitude of blank forms and more!"
- http://www.legacyfamilytree.com/

System Requirements:
Operating System:
• Pentium class computer.
• VGA or higher display.
• Windows Vista, Windows XP, Windows ME*, Windows 98*, Windows NT, Windows 2000 (Legacy will run on newer Macs with Parallel, Bootcamp or Fusion. Legacy runs on Linux machines with a Windows emulator like Win4Lin, VMWare or Sun's Virtual Box)
• A Hard Disk with 97.8 megabytes of available space.
• A CD-ROM drive.
• 256 megabytes of RAM minimum.
• A mouse.
• Internet connection recommended.
• IE7 if you want to use the Virtual Earth Mapping feature.
* Win 95, Win 98, and Win Me need all available Microsoft Service Packs installed.

COST: Different Packages available from $29.95 to $59.95