I have been talking to a lot of my genealogy friends in the United States about what software that they use for keeping all of their family tree information in one place. I now know that I need to be a lot more specific about what I need, so I am going to list off a few things here and hope that it makes some sense before I go to bed. Tomorrow is my last day here at home before I go on a long trip and I am both looking forward and not looking forward to leaving.
Back to the software.
A lot of people referred me to the software known as GRAMPS. I hated it. No matter what, it was always running in the background, sucking down my limited resources like an old gas guzzler car. The software was very counter intuitive, it took me forever to create myself in there, and then I am still not sure if I entered my mother correctly. Yes, I get that it is open source, feature packed and free. I get that it is wonderful for all of the people out there that made it work. I am not one of them, so please leave me alone. GRAMPS sucked hard on my machine and caused me to force restart twice, as well as go through some intense cursing at it. Apparently, if you can get it to work, it is awesome. I could not, so, there you go.
I need software that is drag and drop, WYSIWYG, easy and simple to use. I don't want to read chapters and chapters of books to be able to figure out how to add a person. With this software, I felt stupid and I don't like feeling that way. I used CCleaner to make sure that the uninstall was a good one. Additionally, CCleaner has a free version and a more feature rich version. Google it to see what that is all about. Pretty cool.
Since I am going to be out of town for a week, I will be looking at several different pieces of software and reviewing them here. It looks like the next two that I have slated are RootsMagic and Ancestris. I have read a lot good and bad about RootsMagic, but I have read nothing about Ancestris until I found it online, and people seem to like it a lot. As soon as I have completed my review, I will write my findings here.
I will also be going through my records to note the other software that I uninstalled because it kept running in the background. To say that I was unhappy is an understatement.
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