Tuesday, February 23, 2010

Frugal Genealogy: Software

Last week, we addressed how you can check out genealogy subscription websites for free. Similarly, you can also check out quality genealogy software! Besides the typical database software in which you enter your family tree, there are other types of software that can be helpful in your research. Here are some of the major brands who offer limited trial or freebie versions, listed in alphabetical order. All products are for PCs, unless noted.

Clooz (genealogy file organizing software) - limited 30-day or 15-tries trial

Family Reunion Organizer (planning software) - limited trial

Family Tree Builder (database software - free)

Family Tree Maker (database software) - Starter Edition (free)

GenBox (database software) - limited 30-day trial

GenSmarts (analyzes your database software and gives research recommendations) - limited trial

Legacy Family Tree (database software) - Standard Edition (free)

Master Genealogist (database software) - limited trial

Personal Historian (personal and family history writing software) - limited trial

Reunion for Macintosh (database software) - limited 30-day trial

RootsMagic (database software) - RootsMagic Essentials (free)

This post is part of a ten-part series on Frugal Genealogy, based on my most-requested presentation, "Frugal Genealogy, or How Not to Spend a Fortune on Your Family Tree." Each post in this series will focus on one of ten topics I discuss in my presentation, and I freely share one tip from each topic. If you would like me to speak to your group anywhere in the Pacific Northwest on this or any other subject, please contact me.

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