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I receive letters from lots of people who have been working on their own for a few months, making custom databases with Excel or DBase IV. I hope to save you similar heartache by telling you there are lots of good genealogy programs on the market today!
The first advantage of using a genealogy management program, is that you are able to:
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PLEASE NOTE: If you plan to synchronize with what in March 2009 is called "new FamilySearch" you will need either a bridging program (if you use PAF) or a full-fledged genealogy program that is certified to work with FamilySearch. For a complete listing of those in compliance, see FamilySearch's official listing at: https://devnet.familysearch.org/certification/affiliate-program/AffiliateCertfied
Which genealogy program do I think works best? Which one would I recommend using? Quite simply they each have many fine points, and I do own copies of all the recent versions. I think its best to use the genealogy program the majority of your friends at the local genealogy society are using. This means you'll have a sizable group of "users" who can share their expertise.
Make it your goal this week to find out about genealogy programs. Then purchase and install one, learning all you can about the program's options. You will thank me later, if you begin by organizing your family history early on by using genealogy software.