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A new generation of the Generations software offers all the genealogy basics, plus photo fixing and even recipes. How does Generations Family Tree Grande Suite stack up?

Picking the right genealogy software for you depends on what you want to do with it. Some people merely want to warehouse data gathered by others and then print off pretty charts and reports; others may want to be more deeply involved in the hard work of research. You might not think of creating electronic photo albums, digitally restoring photos or storing your family recipe collection as tasks for your genealogy program, but SierraHome's latest version of its Generations software can do all that and more.

This Swiss Army-knife approach puts the "Grande Suite" in Generations 6.0, which is now "Generations Family Tree" with the emphasis very much on "Family Tree" (presumably to lure buyers from market leader Family Tree Maker). The ultra-deluxe 15-CD-ROM package includes not only the main program and a stack of genealogy records, but also SnapShot Express photo-album and retouching software and MasterCook Heritage Edition, a recipe and recipe-archive program.

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