November 24, 2014

Last Chance For Free Shipping On Family Tree Maker 2012

Just a reminder….Family Tree Maker with the new TreeSync feature is still available with free shipping but you have to act soon!

Free Shipping offer on Family Tree Maker 2012 until November 21st!

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Family Tree Maker 2012

Family Tree Maker 2012 Now Available for Pre-Sale

This new version of Family Tree Maker 2012 has a new feature called TreeSync™ that many of us have been looking forward to for a long time: an automatic syncronization between your family tree database on your computer, laptop, iPhone or iPad, and your Ancestry Online Family Tree .

Click here to see a list of  the new features as well as the ones you’ve come to rely on.

Get 20% off Family Tree Maker 2012 at Ancestry.com

I just pre-ordered mine today, and I have a coupon code for you to use too: Enter the coupon code G5JXTRY at checkout in the box marked Redeem Coupons for double your savings.

****This promotion will end 16 days from this date. **** *Family Tree Maker 2012 will begin shipping the last week of September 2011.

 


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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?


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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.

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