Wednesday, October 8, 2008

Updates on Genealogy Software Program Classes Post

Back in July 2008, we had four computer classes devoted to four different genealogy software programs: Family Tree Maker, RootsMagic, Legacy Family Tree, and Reunion for Macintosh. I posted an article summarizing the classes here, along with helpful links for those who wanted tutorials, blogs, user group information, etc. that could help them either in making a decision on which software to purchase, or in assisting them in using the software they already have.

Since then, there has been some updated information that will be useful to those who attended the classes and/or read the earlier post. Here are useful links for those updates:

Family Tree Maker
Family Tree Maker released version 2009 in August. It was offered as a free upgrade to purchasers of FTM 2008 who had registered their software.

A Family Tree Maker User blog has been started by Russ Worthington (not affiliated with The Generations Network, producer of FTM). Russ starts out by showing many of the features of FTM 2009.

Randy Seaver's posts about using FTM 2008 have been indexed and can be found here at his blog, Genea-Musings. As of this date, there are 26 posts in this tutorial series.

Bruce Buzbee is still working on getting RootsMagic version 4 finalized for its release. He tells me that anyone who purchases version 3 now will get a free downloadable update to version 4 when it is released.

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