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Beginning Genealogy Research
With 29+ years experience gong back in time before Rootsweb. FamilySearch and Ancestry were in their infancy online or when the World Wide Web became available commercially.
With info on How to Start, Suggesting what software to use, Free or Paid Membership sites to
join/Use. An Important Research Tip are skills in Organization and
Time-Lines of Your Lineage, can save time researching.
...For those wishing to use the Freebie PAF (Personal Ancestral File released 1983 by FamilySearch), was a genealogy management software product formerly provided free of charge by FamilySearch.
Like other genealogy management software, PAF allowed users to enter names, dates, places, source citations and other information into a database, and to print family group records, pedigree charts, descendancy charts, and other reports.
PAF also allowed users to
share their genealogical files with other researchers using GEDCOM formatted
files and to link image and media files to individual records in their database.
Note: read about PAF - On July 15, 2013, PAF was retired and is no longer available for download or support. Current PAF users may continue to use the software on their personal computers or they may prefer to switch to another product. Personal Ancestral File (PAF) Is Discontinued.
For full details and for information on Alternative Products, please visit https://partners.familysearch.org/solutionsgallery/s/list?category=family_tree_management
I was partial to FTM2012 & 2014, however since moved on to FTM-2019, past versions were by different programming companies, the 2 previous FTM software versions synchronized with your Ancestry Personal Public or Private Tree with membership, which this software also as a Ancestry Member locates Document Records & Record Indexes as suggested relevant to the Data of your Ancestor's you have input into the program.
FTM-2019 - released 29 Sep 2019, as a 30th anniversary edition is now created/managed by Mackiev.com. I have been using FTM since Mackiev released the Ancestry FTM2014 upgrade, then FTM2017 by Mackiev.
Begin with the basic's that you know of your Ancestor's beginning with your
Parents and Grandparents...you can always export as a GEDCOM format of your
lineage and Import into another Genealogy programs of today i.e. Family Tree
Maker, Legacy Family Tree, RootsMagic, Family Tree Heritage, Ancestrak Quest,
The Master Genealogist (TMG), Family Historian, Brother's Keeper, Heredis,
WinFamily > Genealogy
To view Tutorials of how FTM works, that can save you time, and even money visit Ancestry . com YouTube Channel search keyword FTM
Remember Our Ancestor's never gave up...they forged ahead...wishing you the best
in your endeavors, it is a very rewarding road, trail, ride into the past and
into the future, as you may meet new Cousin's, Nephew's, Niece's, Aunt's &
Uncle's and more.