Quick Guide: Add-On Software

Quick Guide: Add-On Software

A quick look at 8 popular programs designed to streamline tasks from watermarking to mapping to memoir writing.

Genealogy software shoppers tend to focus on traditional family tree programs designed to manage their research (see a list here). Though those full-featured programs typically offer tons of bells and whistles, certain genealogy jobs call for specialized software—such as these eight popular Windows add-on “assistants” that streamline tasks from watermarking to mapping to memoir writing. Several of these programs are available from Family Tree Shop.
 
Charting Companion by Progeny

  • $19.95 (Family Tree Maker version, $24.95)   
  • Expands Ancestral Quest, FamilySearch, Family Tree Maker and Legacy users’ repertoire of graphical charts and reports.   
  • Registered users can download a free PDF of wall-chart printing tips.

Clooz by Ancestor Detective   

  • $39.95
  • Billed as an “electronic filing cabinet,” it’s a database to help you retrieve clues you’ve uncovered in your search.
  • Software includes forms for US and European censuses, as well as other documents.
Family Atlas by RootsMagic
  • $29.95
  • Plots locations in your family tree file on a map, allowing you to trace your ancestors’ migrations and check the accuracy of place names. 
  • Zoom in and out à la Google Earth. Customize place markers and display options. Capture any screen view as a graphic file.
GEDMark by Progeny   
  • $9.95   
  • Like a virtual “watermarker” for your GEDCOM files—imprints your authorship on every individual’s data.   
  • Attach the creators’ names to GEDCOMs you download online.
Genelines by Progeny   
  • $29.95   
  • Using your family tree file or a GEDCOM, Genelines creates timeline charts highlighting events in your family’s past along with key historical happenings.   
  • Generate timelines illustrating one person’s or multiple people’s lives. 
GenSmarts by Underwood Innovations   
  • $24.95   
  • A virtual research assistant: Uses artificial intelligence to analyze your file and suggest to-dos for your research.   
  • Get repository recommendations and Family History Library microfilm numbers based on locales you’re researching. 
Map My Family Tree by Progeny   
  • $45.95 (available on CD only; includes shipping)   
  • Plots locations in your family tree file on a map, allowing you to trace your ancestors’ migrations and check the accuracy of place names.    Customize place markers and display options. Capture any screen view as a graphic file.
Personal Historian by RootsMagic   
  • $29.95   
  • Jump-starts your memoir or family history book by importing events from your family file, then letting you add text and images.   
  • Write vignettes for key events, then export to your word processor for fine-tuning.

From the September 2010 Family Tree Magazine

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