November 27, 2014

Pre-Order Family Tree Maker 10 For Mac

Family Tree Maker 10 For Mac Users

It’s finally here! Now you can pre-order Family Tree Maker 10 for the MAC. If you order through my link I will be eternally grateful and send you gobs of good karma. How’s that for a great deal?


Family Tree Maker - Mac Version

Ancestry, Genealogy Programs and Online Trees

Family Trees: Online, Or On Your Computer?

Recently, a genealogy novice asked the question, “Which is better, a genealogy program, or having your family file strictly online?” While in my opinion I believe in using a genealogy program, the fairly recent availability of free online family trees on Ancestry might be confusing to beginners.

  • Genealogy programs, no matter which one, give the genealogist the freedom to add names, dates and additional information from other records and printed documents.
  • You can work at your own pace with no ads or loss of privacy.  Some programs like Family Tree Maker allow you to search on Ancestry right from the name of the person you’re researching.  Results are then more likely to be accurate because you’ve given ‘rich’ search keys [to Ancestry] if the name, dates and locations are filled in almost completely.
  • Genealogy programs usually have a backup feature built in so that you don’t lose data you’ve just input, and a secondary backup to deliberately (“save as…”) backup the whole family file before closing the program.

I do have my family trees online, but in a (sort of) limited way.  I uploaded my GEDCOM’s after first making sure they were privatized.  Privatizing does just what it says, it privatizes the personal information of anyone in your files who is living.

Never Put It All Online

You’ve heard the old saying, “Never put all your eggs in one basket”, right?  While I like working with my family trees online, I do it mainly to share them, and the documents I find in Ancestry with family who may not have total access to the site.  It’s an abbreviated version of what I have in my main file on my computer.

When I find a document or photo on Ancestry I save it to the person in the tree, and download the same file for my records.  Extra work, yes a little bit, but sharing is more important to me than a little extra clicking and “mousing”.

So, to sum it up for those new to genealogy, please don’t put all your family tree(s)  just online on a genealogy site.  If that site goes away for some reason, so does all your hard work.

Finding a genealogy program that works for you should be considered an investment.  You have decided to compile your family history and it’s important to get it as accurate and easy to understand as possible.  Serious genealogists use a genealogy program. At least in my opinion.

iPentimento Will Be Back In September

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Just to let everyone know, I will be gone for a few weeks on vacation. Thanks for visiting iPentimento | Genealogy and History while I’m gone. I hope you enjoy some of my previous posts.

Ancestry.com Ends The Name Confusion

Ancestry Cha-cha-changes

I was very happy to get an email today saying that Ancestry.com will now be the name of the parent company for all of their genealogical products and services.  For two many years now we have been having to explain that Family Tree Maker is owned by Generations Network, or that Rootsweb was now Ancestry. It was confusing to me, and I’m sure, confusing to many other people. Especially those who are just joining one of the sites.

THE GENERATIONS NETWORK BECOMES ANCESTRY.COM

PROVO, UTAH – July 6, 2009 – The Generations Network, the world’s leading online family history resource, today announced that it is changing its name to Ancestry.com effective immediately.

“Our company has a long and fascinating history, and we’ve been through several name changes over the years. But we started with Ancestry.com, and it now feels completely natural to let our company once again share the Ancestry.com brand with our flagship product,” said Tim Sullivan, CEO, Ancestry.com. “We’re proud that Ancestry.com has developed as the defining online brand associated with family history. Alongside Ancestry.com, we will continue to support our other brands, including Family Tree Maker, myfamily.com, MyCanvas, Rootsweb, Genealogy.com, Jiapu.com and of course, our international Ancestry sites.”

Are they FREE or FEE?

What I would like to see on the Ancestry site is tabs for all the brand products or services, but denote which ones are free or you have to pay a fee. I think many people would like to know if adding their online family tree is something free they can do, even though Ancestry.com is noted for being a fee-based site.

They have been doing a great job of making the landing page  more friendly and personal, I’ll give ‘em that.  Right now, the way to get to any of the other sites is to go way down on the bottom of the front page and click on “other Generations Network sites” and a drop down menu appears. I’ll give them time on that though if they are consolidating.

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