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  • pinefamily
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    Interesting to read what others use, and their thoughts and insights.
    I used Reunion when it was available for PC's, then used the free version of Legacy for a while. Then I discovered Rootsmagic. Similar to Legacy, I found it great for generating reports and trees.
    I used Tribalpages as an online place for my tree, but deleted it after a few years to concentrate on Rootsmagic. Have to admit to being a better researcher than recorder of information.

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  • Gardengirl
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    I liked FTM when I first got it but the deeper I went with trying to uses sources, maps, publish and the websearch tab, the more problems, glitches and difficulties I encountered. I ended up spending more time on the help pages and the Live Chat support than actually doing any research so I have given up with it.

    I hope the same thing doesn’t happen with Family Historian which so far I am finding much better and easier to use.

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  • TrevorFranklin
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    Ive used FTM since 2007 (currently on FTM17) and really love it.
    I cannot understand the complains about it, as there are many easy to follow videos showing how to use it.

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  • Gardengirl
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    Just wanted to report that 10 days later and I am very happy with Family Historian. I have spent a LONG time on it because it's been too hot to play outside and have got quite a few of the basics under my belt. Still lots to learn but as said above, the user group have been helpful when I get out of my depth.

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  • GallowayLass
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    Was just going to post about not needing to purchase before you join FHUG but Anne has beaten me to it

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  • Gardengirl
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    Oh thanks, Anne, I must have misread something. Easily done when there is so much new information to take on board.

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  • Anne in Carlisle
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    You don't need to have bought FH to join the FHUG forum. It is what it says ... a users' group, and not affiliated with FH commercially at all. I've seen lots of questions from people just like you who are working through some data with the trial version. I 'think' the only thing you can't do is us plug-ins on the trial version.
    Anne

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  • Gardengirl
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    I haven’t paid for it yet so I can read the forums but not post anything yet. There is certainly lots of good information on there.

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  • Rusty
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    Originally posted by Gardengirl View Post

    Well, no time like the present and they have a 30 day free trial so I have downloaded it and made a start. It all seemed a bit mind boggling at first but I read some help pages and watched some video tutorials and so far I'm very happy. I haven't tried any complicated stuff yet but decided to start rebuilding my husband's tree from scratch so I can learn the correct way to add sources, citations etc. I really like the automatic citation option and the 'witnesses' feature - although it is beyond me why they couldn't think of a better name for that than 'witnesses'! 'Others involved' or 'Others present' would have done just as well.

    Anyway, very happy so far so thanks to the previous commenters on this thread for planting the seed of an idea. I think FTM might be redundant soon on my computer
    You can add a new 'Role' to the standard list. Have you joined the FHUG? The links are from the 'Help' drop down menu, they're very knowledgeable and helpful.

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  • Gardengirl
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    Brilliant! Thank you very much

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  • GallowayLass
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    Here you go gardengirl and take a look at the plugins section as well. Some very interesting things in there - many additions written by users themselves to make tasks etc. better.
    fhug = Family Historian Users Group. Free to join.

    https://www.fhug.org.uk/wiki/doku.ph...ily_tree_maker

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  • GallowayLass
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    Originally posted by Gardengirl View Post
    Thanks for that, GL, I wouldn't have known about that. Where are the help files? Is it on their website or in the software?
    I think it’s the website. Hang on till I go look.

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  • Gardengirl
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    Good question! Not a clue what the answer is though

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  • cbcarolyn
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    is the GEDCOM better from Ancestry if that is the 'same'? or is it in fact the same!

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  • Gardengirl
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    Originally posted by GallowayLass View Post

    Don’t forget to read the help files if you intend to import your old FTM tree as a gedcom into FH. Due to the way FTM handles certain things, you need to perform various actions on the FTM tree first before importing. As my current FTM is so full of errors that need fixing, it will be a long time yet before I will be at the import stage but I have downloaded the necessary help files ready for the big day.
    I know I could just start all over again but there’s too many people with very full details to contemplate that. I’d lose the will to live if I started from scratch.
    Thanks for that, GL, I wouldn't have known about that. Where are the help files? Is it on their website or in the software?

    I started with my husband's tree because it is relatively small and manageable but I don't fancy starting my own tree from scratch ! By the time I have got his sorted I might feel comfortable enough to transfer mine via Gedcom. I've got a long way to go yet though before I'm ready for that.

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  • Anne in Carlisle
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    I found it well worth working through the sample family so you cover different sorts of features.
    Anne

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  • GallowayLass
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    Originally posted by Gardengirl View Post

    Well, no time like the present and they have a 30 day free trial so I have downloaded it and made a start. It all seemed a bit mind boggling at first but I read some help pages and watched some video tutorials and so far I'm very happy. I haven't tried any complicated stuff yet but decided to start rebuilding my husband's tree from scratch so I can learn the correct way to add sources, citations etc. I really like the automatic citation option and the 'witnesses' feature - although it is beyond me why they couldn't think of a better name for that than 'witnesses'! 'Others involved' or 'Others present' would have done just as well.

    Anyway, very happy so far so thanks to the previous commenters on this thread for planting the seed of an idea. I think FTM might be redundant soon on my computer
    Don’t forget to read the help files if you intend to import your old FTM tree as a gedcom into FH. Due to the way FTM handles certain things, you need to perform various actions on the FTM tree first before importing. As my current FTM is so full of errors that need fixing, it will be a long time yet before I will be at the import stage but I have downloaded the necessary help files ready for the big day.
    I know I could just start all over again but there’s too many people with very full details to contemplate that. I’d lose the will to live if I started from scratch.

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  • Gardengirl
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    Originally posted by Gardengirl View Post

    Might have a look at Family Historian?
    Well, no time like the present and they have a 30 day free trial so I have downloaded it and made a start. It all seemed a bit mind boggling at first but I read some help pages and watched some video tutorials and so far I'm very happy. I haven't tried any complicated stuff yet but decided to start rebuilding my husband's tree from scratch so I can learn the correct way to add sources, citations etc. I really like the automatic citation option and the 'witnesses' feature - although it is beyond me why they couldn't think of a better name for that than 'witnesses'! 'Others involved' or 'Others present' would have done just as well.

    Anyway, very happy so far so thanks to the previous commenters on this thread for planting the seed of an idea. I think FTM might be redundant soon on my computer

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  • Gardengirl
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    I have a love / hate relationship with FTM . The bits that I have understood and mastered are great but the more I learn the more I want to understand and it sometimes feels like a bit of a struggle to get simple tasks to run smoothly. I have spent many many hours on some of it, partly because I enjoy the challenge of learning something new and making it work. I don’t like being defeated! One of my issues is the way it syncs with Ancestry which on the surface is great but, if you like to keep things tidy like me, the way it duplicates or doesn’t duplicate sources and citations is an absolutely confusing nightmare!

    BUT having read all your comments, I might have a look at some other software and see if it is easier.

    Might have a look at Family Historian?

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  • Anne in Carlisle
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    Originally posted by PhotoFamily View Post
    I use an old version of FH, tho I started with PAF. I have trees on Ancestry that are mostly there to simplify gathering data and records. I also have a TNG site (might take it down soon) and I have some lines on WikiTree. FH is "my tree" tho.

    When I started with FH, I took a bare bones skeleton tree from PAF and uploaded to FH. Then I entered the records into FH. It was very good thing to do. The errors that I had made as a beginner straightened out, the records were (more) properly loaded, and it made me more familiar with the information.
    Yes, I very much agree that it is a very good idea to revisit all your tree on a systematic basis. You'll find mistakes you made in the beginning but even better, you'll find many more records available on line nowadays. It sounds a bit boring but in fact it has been very engrossing!
    Anne

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