Archive for December, 2011

Online software

One of the first things I need to do is make a decision on my software. For the past few years, I’ve been using Reunion software and in general I really like it, but there are a few things that I wish they’d improve. First, is better templates for source citations. A number of my citations contain insufficient information and I’m now in the process of redoing all of my citations, I’ve had to do these free form and I wish that things would be a bit easier. Second, I’d like better publish options. My family would like me to print out a few things and I’ve found that the publish options on reunion aren’t as robust as some other programs.

Family Tree Maker which is the most popular PC program has come out with a version for Mac. It has a number of feature including the source citation that I think I will really like. The main issue with the current version is that it does not automatically sync with Ancestry, but I’ve they are releasing a Family Tree Maker for Mac 2 in mid-December. I guess I’ll wait until the new version comes out and give it a try.

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The Challenge

Over the next year, I’m going to finally get my genealogy under control. Like many (most?) genealogists, I’ve collected all sorts of papers, notes, to do lists, and ideas to revisit and they are floating all over the house. My goal, by the end of the year, is to organize the research that I’ve already completed and have a system in place for my new research. Here are my basic goals:

  • Keep as much as I can digitally
  • Be able to find items quickly and easily
  • Have complete source citations
  • Back everything up
  • Sustainability

Wish me luck!

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