Nine Windows Genealogy Programs Compared

Nine Windows Genealogy Programs Compared

FAMILY ORIGINS FAMILY TIES DELUXE ANCESTRAL QUEST FAMILY TREE MAKER EASE OF USE Printed Manual 146-page manual 540-page manual 245-page manual Optional 227-page manual, $17.95 Good Good Good Online Help Good Phone, Web, e-mail Technical Support Phone, Web, mail, fax, newsletter Toll-free phone, Web, e-mail, fax Phone, Web...

FAMILY ORIGINS FAMILY TIES DELUXE ANCESTRAL QUEST FAMILY TREE MAKER
EASE OF USE
Printed Manual 146-page manual 540-page manual 245-page manual Optional 227-page manual, $17.95
Good Good Good Online Help Good
Phone, Web, e-mail Technical Support Phone, Web, mail, fax, newsletter Toll-free phone, Web, e-mail, fax Phone, Web, e-mail
Good Good Entering Data Excellent Excellent
Navigating Excellent Good Fair Excellent
Fair Excellent Excellent Excellent Searching in Your Files
DOCUMENTING SOURCES
Good Documentation Help Fair Fair Good
Excellent Excellent Good Good Recording Sources
REPORTS
Excellent: text, word processor, HTML Excellent: text, word processor, HTML Good: text, word processor Report File Formats Good: text, HTML
Excellent Excellent Family Group Sheets and Pedigree Charts Excellent Fair
Good: box charts (standard or wall), ancestor or descendant, many lists, custom lists, address labels, calendars, hourglass tree, photo charts Excellent: ancestor, descendant (hourglass, all-in-one, outline), fan tree, maps, timelines, calendars, labels, cards Good: ancestry (standard or wall chart), descendants, six lists, custom lists, calendars, scrapbook page report Good: ancestry (standard or wall chart), descendants, six lists, custom lists, calendars, scrapbook page report Other Charts and Reports
Good: ancestors (Ahnentafel), descendants (Modified Register) Good: ancestors (2 formats), descendants (Modified Register, 3 other formats) Good: ancestors (Ahnentafel), descendants (Register or NGSQ) Good: ancestors (Ahnentafel), descendants (Modified Register) Book-Form Reports
Multimedia Good: slide show, photo editor. Interactive scrapbook with photos, sound, video. Good: slide show, photo editor. Interactive scrapbook with photos, sound, video. Good: photo editor. Interactive scrapbook with photos, sound, video. Good: slide show, photo editor. Interactive scrapbook with photos, sound, video.
Excellent: ancestors, descendants, photos, GENDEX index, down-loadable GEDCOM file. Upload to Family Origins or any other site. Good: ancestors, descendants, scrapbook, downloadable GEDCOM file. Upload to any Web site. Good: ancestors, descendants, scrapbook, downloadable GEDCOM file. Upload to any Website. Fair: outline descendant tree, columnar report or genealogy report (ancestor or descendant), photos. Upload only to FTM Web site. Web Publishing
FILE MANAGEMENT
Good: GEDCOM, reads/writes PAF files directly Good: GEDCOM, reads/writes PAF files directly Exchanging Data with Other Programs Good: GEDCOM, reads PAF files directly Good: GEDCOM, imports PAF files
Managing Multiple files Excellent Good Good Fair
Good Good Match/merge Good Good
RESEARCH HELP
Excellent Fair Fair Fair Reference Databases
How-to Guides Good Good Excellent Good
Excellent: Onscreen research and correspondence logs Research and correspondence logs Good: Onscreen research log Not Applicable Not Applicable
ULTIMATE FAMILY TREE PERSONAL ANCESTRAL FILE THE MASTER GENEALOGIST LEGACY FAMILY TREE GENERATIONS GRANDE SUITE
370-page manual, online tutorial 231-page free download 12-page Quick Start Guide 322-page manual, CD manual 68-page manual, 368-page on-disk reference (Gold Edition includes printed copy) 293-page manual
Good Fair Excellent Fair Good
Phone, Web, e-mail, mail, fax Web, e-mail, user groups Phone, Web, e-mail, fax, newsletter Phone, e-mail, mail, fax Phone, e-mail, mail, fax
Good Fair Good Fair Excellent
Excellent Good Fair Fair Fair
Excellent Good Fair Excellent Excellent
Excellent Good Fair Excellent Good
Good Excellent Good Excellent Excellent
Excellent: text, word processor, HTML Excellent: text, word processor, HTML Good: text, word processor, HTML Excellent: text, word processor, HTML Good: text, HTML
Excellent Excellent Fair Excellent Good
Good: individual, ancestor, descendant, timeline, lineage, relationship, surname summary, calendars Excellent: descendant, pedigree, timeline, hourglass, calendars, various lists Good: ancestor, descendant, fan, relationship, state of birth, kinship, many lists Good: box charts (standard or wall), fan, lists, calendar, timelines, heredity statistics Good: ancestors or descendants (standard or wall chart), lists, calendars
Good: ancestors (Ahnentafel), descendants (Register) Good: ancestors (Ahnentafel), descendants (Modified Register) Good: ancestors (Ahnentafel), descendants (Modified Register) Excellent: ancestors (Ahnentafel, standard or lineal), descendants (Register, Record/NGSQ, The American Genealogist) Excellent: ancestors (Ahnentafel), descendants (Modified Register, Register or Custom). English, French or German.
Good: slide show, photo editor. Interactive scrapbook with photos, sound, video. Good: slide show, photo albums, photo editor. Includes photos, maps, flags. Fair: attach photos, documents and sound files to any person, event, source or repository. Excellent: slide show, enhanced photo editor. Interactive scrapbook with photos, sound, video. Good: slide show, photo editor. Interactive scrapbook with photos, sound, video.
Good: ancestors, descendants, scrapbook, downloadable GEDCOM file. Upload to any Web site. Good: ancestors, descendants, GENDEX file. Upload to any Website. Good: family, ancestors, descendants, photos, downloadable GEDCOM file. Upload to any Website. Good: person and family group sheets, ancestors, descendants, with pictures. Upload to any Web site. Fair: individual, family, ancestors, descendants. Upload to any Web site.
Excellent: GEDCOM, imports Ancestral Quest, Family Origins, FTM, PAF, Ultimate Family Tree, others Fair: GEDCOM Good: GEDCOM, delimited text fields used by spreadsheet and database programs Good: GEDCOM, imports PAF files Good: GEDCOM, reads/writes PAF files
Good Fair Fair Good Fair
Not applicable Excellent Good Poor Good
Good Fair Not applicable Good Not applicable
Not applicable Fair Good Fair Good
Excellent: detailed on-disk research log Fair: user-definable logs on disk Fair: research logs to print and fill out by hand Good: research notes and reports for events and individuals Not applicable

From the June 2000 issue of Family Tree Magazine

 

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