Genealogy programs can go a long way toward making your ancestry search run more smoothly and more quickly. There are many out there today to choose from. Let’s take a look at a few of them and what they can accomplish for you in your ancestry search.
Family Tree Maker is a very popular genealogy program on the market today. It is part of the Ancestry.com family of heritage research aids. With the Family Tree Maker software program, you can build your family tree by entering the names and information you already know. You can then view the tree from different perspectives, looking an many generations at once or focusing on one person. You can access the huge database of records available on ancestry.com directly from Family Tree Maker. The program is most useful in that you can attach life events, stories and photographs to family members on your tree. You can then print out trees, charts and make a family book to share with others.
Reunion is another good genealogy software program to use in ancestry search projects. With Reunion you can store names and information including facts, stories, notes, photographs, sounds and even video to accompany a family member’s tree branch. The graphics are amazing and makes your family tree come to life. Besides the ability to share your heritage information on the world wide web, with Reunion you can also share it via your iPhone, iPod Touch or iPad! This program is great for creating wall charts that can be very exciting when used at family reunions.
MacFamily Tree is a great genealogy software program for those working with Mac computers. If you want to generate reports, charts, and diagrams, this is a great program to work with. It will create statistical reports for you, family charts and more. When you present your family tree created on MacFamily, your audience will be amazed at the variations that can be displayed: fan charts, hourglass charts, ancestor or descendant charts.
All of these genealogy products will add the desirable dimensions you need to make your ancestry search easier and more productive. Each program has its own way of producing family tree diagrams and some are more sophisticated than others. Once you get your hands on an ancestry software product, you will probably wonder why you hadn’t purchased one sooner. The heritage bug will bite you once you discover the wonderful connections you can make to your family tree with the right software. You will be able to branch out as far as possible, back to great-great-great-grandparents (if possible) and out to distant cousins. It is fun to discover where your family originated and, also, where it is heading to.