Family Tree Software
While some will tell you there are several providers of Genealogy Software (sometimes referred to as Family Tree Software) on the market selling for a variety of prices (be careful of the ones that are free – there are often strings attached), we here at GenealogyBeginner.com believe there there is only one!
Family Tree Maker 2008
Family Tree Maker updates their product every year, has been doing it for a long time, and it just keeps getting better. As they describe it, “Whether you’re new to family history or an expert genealogist, you’ll enjoy an experience that combines the convenience of online research with the efficiency of a desktop family tree tool in the latest version of Family Tree Maker 2008.”
This group also provides you with a great set of Family Tree Maker 2008 Training Videos which will show you exactly what to do. Brought to you by Megan Smolenyak, Chief Family Historian for Ancestry.com, she began researching her own family history in the sixth grade. Watch as she presents tips and guidelines for finding your roots and building your family tree.
There is certainly a lot you can do on your own. If you’re just starting out, make sure you get the basics by downloading the free genealogy guide to get your feet under you. However, once you start to get a sense of how things are going to work, you’ll need to get organized and have a solid piece of family tree software to keep it organized and moving forward. We believe Family Tree Maker is, hands down, the best available (and we might add, very reasonably priced!)