- Wonder about other family historians opinions of the genealogy software youre considering buying? Take a peek at Genealogy Software Reviews, a site dedicated to evaluations by average users.
It works much like the customer review sections on Amazon.com and other e-tailers: Users rate a product from one to five stars based on how much they use it and like it, as well as write comments about the softwarewhich range from a sentence to several paragraphs (in general, dont expect in-depth analysis).
Genealogy Software Reviews covers the full gamut of family tree software: full-featured programs, add-ons, freeware, shareware, more than 360 programs in all (who knew so many existed?). That does include some long-defunct programs, such as ROOTS and Ultimate Family Tree. We suggest searching for a particular program, or filtering by category to browse the type of program youre interested.
- Web-based genealogy software AGES-Online has improved the system so you can more easily collaborate with others on building your tree: You can now set up additional users within your account, and specify the level of access you want each one to have for adding and editing data. AGES offers a free 30-day trial, with subscription plans ranging from $39.95 to $109.95 a year.
- Several folks have inquired about how to get their free upgrades to Family Tree Maker 2009. I did a little digging on the Ancestry corporate blog, and learned that registered version 2008 users were supposed to receive an e-mail with a download code for their free upgradebut comments on the company blog and message boards indicate some didnt receive their invitations.
A thread on the Ancestry blog says, If you registered a US or Canadian 2008 version of Family Tree Maker and didnt receive the email please let us know here in a comment. So post there, and if you dont get a response within a few days, we suggest contacting that company directly at (800) 262-3787.