Climb Your Family Tree With Geneology Software

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Keeping track of all the information of your family tree using genealogy charts can first seem to be a daunting task. There are just so many tiny details to keep track of. This is part of the fun of genealogy – keeping track of the details to trace your ancestors’ stories. It used to be hobbyist genealogists had to devote whole rooms in their homes to store research – now they can keep track of all the details with the help of geneology software.

Let’s Go Shopping

Choosing your geneology software is just the same as shopping for any other item. You need to do comparison shopping and not buy the first one you see. Ask your family or friends who are also into genealogy what geneology software they recommend. If they haven’t a clue as to what you’re talking about, there are many online “consumer reports” type websites that rate and criticize all kinds of geneology software.

Type in “geneology software” into your favorite online search engine and you should be soon able to find links to these review websites, such as Top 10 Reviews or www.genhomepage.com. Usually, they not only compare geneology software that you can buy, but also geneology software that you can get for free. This kind of free genealogy search software that you download online is often called shareware.

Be Careful With Shareware

Do not download pirated software or any files on peer to peer networks (such as newsgroups or Usenet) because of the risks involved. One of the reasons why people still buy software instead of downloading shareware is for these security issues. The person sending you the shareware may be completely innocent, but the shareware itself could be a Trojan Horse, hiding a virus or spyware to get into your computer and steal personal data.

GEDCOM

Many geneology software programs are based on a program format called GEDCOM (GEnealogical Data COMmunnication), set up ages ago by hobbyist genealogists. In one way, this makes any newer programs able to communicate with older programs, because they both speak GEDCOM. If you are shopping for geneology software with genealogy forms, your best bet is to get something that uses GEDCOM. GEDCOM itself, but you need to know Computerese to understand it.

But there are many software programs that do the translations for you. All you have to do is fill in the blanks, and you can even add pictures or family coats of arms, if you have them. They are usually under $60 (US).

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