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    #21
    Originally posted by MG78 View Post
    I am still trying out free versions of various programs, none of which have wowed me yet. I am wondering how important it is to be able to sync between program and Ancestry (as opposed to manually making sure the two are in step)? If it is crucial, I think I am left with a choice of one: Family Tree Maker for Mac.
    I would say it isn't crucial, for me it is the ultimate laziness, I download Ancestry images when I find them on Ancestry and then a click of a button they are all linked in a tree on my PC. But you can download and save them to any software, and some even prefer this as they rename and keep in different folders etc etc.

    I personally know that my research is for me and once I am no longer here no one else will be interested, I don't have any family that is particularly interested now either so have no need for fancy reports, I have just shared my tree on Ancestry with a few cousins (I have also added my own photos/records). So from that point of view I please myself, and am not working towards an end goal that would mean I must do it in a certain way for others.

    It is important to me that I enjoy the research and don't look upon it being a bunch of admin and like being back at work.

    Have you looked through the blogs/websites that some people have built? https://www.familytreeforum.com/foru...e-writers-shed that might give you some inspiration on another way to share your tree with others.

    Carolyn
    Family Tree site

    Researching: Luggs, Freeman - Cornwall; Dayman, Hobbs, Heard - Devon; Wilson, Miles - Northants; Brett, Everett, Clark, Allum - Herts/Essex
    Also interested in Proctor, Woodruff

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      #22
      Thanks. I'll have a look at the blog you suggest.

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        #23
        There’s a new book literally just published about sharing your family history online. It’s written by Chris Paton and published by Pen and Sword.
        ISBN 1526780291

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          #24
          I've used Legacy almost from the time I began this hobby in the 1980s...the free version initially, but later subscribed to the deluxe version. It lets me keep all the records I need, and images. I know most people seem to use Family Tree Maker and recommend it, but I find Legacy does all I require and is easy to manage.

          Beverley



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            #25
            I second all that Macbev has said, and recommend Legacy Family Tree....
            DGJay

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              #26
              Glad I found this thread, as I am trying to resurrect some older trial starts. As I understand it (and have used it), an Ancestry subscription is to find the data in a convenient way, while the FTM program is to organize and format it. Is that right?

              Some time, over 12 years ago, I got a copy of FTM, which was on floppy discs. In 2009 I bought a copy of FTM2009 and did a fairly large amount of work, but mostly in entering data and creating printed trees. Now that I am retired, I want to restart this project. I was able to load FTM2009 on my newer computer (WIN10) and it appears to work OK. Looking on line for an upgraded version of FTM, there seem to be more than one version. Which is the one which is an upgrade of what I have, and can read the old FTM and FBK files? Even though my FTM2009 came with a free 3 mo subscription to Ancestry, I never used it because I already had the data in written form. Now, as I continue the project, I will probably subscribe to Ancestry after I have gotten all my bugs solved. Sorry for the long introduction. Also I'm getting one of my daughters involved in this and want to share data with her.

              Anyway, after this long introduction, my main question is which version should I upgrade to - the one published by Avanquest?

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                #27
                All tree software should have option to produce a GEDCOM file this is a flat file that you can view in notepad/wordpad etc and will have everyone in the tree with standardised data. This file can be imported into any tree software on/off line/cloud etc. so you will not be limited to FTM, or in fact ancestry

                I have an older version of FTM as I was too tight to upgrade to the latest version, but am guessing they only sell latest version?

                tree software in general terms (with limited experience of a couple of programs) will let you report on the data in different ways, keep to do notes, show you errors, and a lot more sophisticated handystuff whereas the cloud subscription products just display the tree in a couple of different ways.

                The records/documents & images kept on each persons record can be pretty much the same. and in fact I like to keep mine identical, so any customised fact is the named the same everywhere.

                Examples of some standard reports where parent too young to be father, duplicate records, children without parents, unlinked records, I have 'compiled' reports on everyone that ended up with a residence in Australia, or died in Australia etc etc, so many parameters.

                Your tree is just a database that can be reported on.

                Not sure if this answers your question really!
                Carolyn
                Family Tree site

                Researching: Luggs, Freeman - Cornwall; Dayman, Hobbs, Heard - Devon; Wilson, Miles - Northants; Brett, Everett, Clark, Allum - Herts/Essex
                Also interested in Proctor, Woodruff

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