Genealogy Software Guide


Choose the best genealogy program for you with our roundup of popular software—including reviews and free genealogy software trial versions.


Let's be honest--when it comes to genealogy software, a slew of questions come to mind. What family tree software is out there? What's the best genealogy software? Is there such thing as free genealogy software?

This section of the site is designed specifically to answer any and all inquiries about computer applications for your ancestors. Whether you want information on family tree software for a Mac or genealogy programs for PC, we'll try to cover all of your bases in the following pages.

Since many programs perform the essential functions of recording, organizing and sharing family history data, the best choice for you often depends on personal preference. Do you use a laptop or a desktop? Do you have genealogy programs on your iPad or smart phone? Perhaps you even use genealogy apps, such as 1000memories or the official Ancestry.com app. In this roundup of the most popular family tree software applications for Windows and Mac, we provide ratings, reviews and essential run downs of top programs, as well as the pros and cons of each.
 
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Genealogy Software Articles

Along with basic software reviews, Family Tree Magazine has conducted a number of step-by-step tutorials for using genealogy programs, as well as general news and information regarding family tree software. Below are some articles that you might find particularly useful:
 
Use new mobile apps to set up a database to organize, sort and search your genealogy book collection.
 
Discover the best tech tools for making your genealogy research better.
 
Best Genealogy Library Websites in 2016
You can use libraries to research your family history without leaving your home. These libraries have great genealogy search tools right on their websites. 
 
Need a scanner, but feel swamped in a sea of technical mumbo jumbo? Our genealogist-friendly guide comes to your rescue with expert advice on buying — and using — the right scanner for you.
 
Keyword Searching on Ancestry.com
Refine your Ancestry.com search by using keywords.
 
Learn quick and easy tools to edit your photos.
 
You might be wearing a welcome sign to online hackers and trackers without even realizing it. Protect your online privacy with these 10 tips. 
 
Choosing family history apps can be like watching a three-ring circus—but not when you let our apps ringmaster direct you to the best genealogy tools for your mobile device. 
 
It’s easy and inexpensive to set up a family history website that’ll put you in charge of your clan’s online dream home. 

Family Tree University

Family Tree University, our online genealogy education program, also has a number of available classes that dig deeper into genealogy software. Here are some of the courses, as well as a brief description:
 
Learn how to fix and rescue your worn, torn or moldy photos. No previous photo editing experience is needed. Be prepared to be amazed at what you can accomplish with free online tools and a few easy photo editing tricks. 
 
Most of us never get to travel to all the places our ancestors lived, but you can follow in their footsteps—virtually. Google Earth, a free software program, lets you experience faraway locations from the comfort of your own home. In Google Earth for Genealogists, you’ll tap into the program’s robust features to bring depth and a new perspective to your family history research.
 
Gain a googolplex of knowledge in this comprehensive course on the popular search engine. Whether you’re just beginning to learn the vast capabilities of Google search, or are an experienced web-junkie looking to leverage tools like Google Reader and the Google News Archive, this 4-week class on Google for Genealogy is right up your alley.
 
Whether you’re recording your family’s history, trying to track down lost kin or looking for a central place to share family photos, a personal website is the answer you’ve been waiting for. Thankfully, a number of free website platforms are available online, and this course will teach you how to use them in just four weeks! By the end of the class you’ll be web-savvy and ready to jolt your genealogy into the 21st century.
 
Feel like you spend as much time searching your computer as you do actually searching for ancestors? Learn tips for naming and organizing files and folders—plus, how "metadata" can help you.
 
There’s a bigger benefit to going green in your genealogy than simply saving the environment: Embracing electronic documentation can preserve and put in order your exhaustive research. Just because the material you work with is old doesn’t mean your organization techniques should be outdated. Check out this class to get your e-files in order.
 
From Captain Cook to Christopher Columbus, numerous noteworthy explorers kept comprehensive journals to document their adventures, so why should your genealogical expedition be any different? In this class, you’ll learn why you (yes, you!) need a research log and how it can help you make genealogical discoveries more effectively and efficiently.
 
This class will show you some fun and fascinating ways to share your family history using software you already have.
 
Tablet computers aren't just trendy—they're also perfect genealogy assistants. This class will introduce you to family history-friendly apps and show how your iPad can help you with organizing, writing and other genealogy jobs.

Of course, don't forget to check out ShopFamilyTree for more of your family tree software application essentials, from articles to CDs to digital downloads. Learn more at www.ShopFamilyTree.com.

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