Saturday, July 27, 2013

New Developments in FamilySearch Family Tree Certified Programs

An additional third-party Certified program has been added for FamilySearch.org's Family Tree and others have been upgraded. As always, for the latest news, check the Products page of FamilySearch.org located from an "About" link at the very bottom of the startup page and then by clicking on the Products link on the About page.

The newly Certified program is TenGenCharts, a service for printing large, ten generation, fan charts. An example of a chart is shown above. You use their online software to create a chart from Family Tree and then take the file to a suggested service for printing.

On 22 July 2013, FamilySearch officially announced the first four Tree Share certified applications that are Personal Ancestral File (PAF) compatible. The four programs are briefly described as follows in the press release:
Ancestral Quest and Ancestral Quest Basic are now Tree Share certified. Ancestral Quest is the easy-to-use, full-featured family tree program that received the “Most Comprehensive Syncing” award from FamilySearch. The Windows versions of PAF were created from an earlier version of Ancestral Quest, so PAF users will feel right at home using the screens, reports, and other functions. Ancestral QuestQ includes scores of new features not found in PAF, such as its Ordinance Reservation and Tracking System, which helps users keep their personal data in sync with temple records. Whether you are a PAF user looking for an upgrade, or a new user getting started, Ancestral Quest is the ideal program to help you organize your family tree.
Celebrating My Family Tree and Me is Tree Share certified. Celebrating My Family Tree and Me offers elegant reports, charts, calendars, and customized printing; and unlimited storage of photos, sound clips, video clips, and other precious documents; generation of research books, slide shows, and scrapbooks. It provides simple notes and source citation entry and private online collaboration of group projects; and it imports data seamlessly from PAF and other genealogy programs.
Legacy Family Tree is now Tree Share certified application. Legacy Family Tree is the FREE genealogy software to organize, research, and publish your family’s tree. Use Legacy to print maps, get research suggestions, collaborate with other family members, cite your sources, publish books and shareable CDs, and do much more. Legacy makes it easy to work with FamilySearch and will measure your progress against the goals you set for temple work. Easily import from PAF and other programs. Get started today by downloading Legacy for free.
RootsMagic and RootsMagic Essentials are the first Tree Share certified applications. Winner of the FamilySearch award for “Easiest to Sync,” RootsMagic 6 genealogy software makes working with new FamilySearch a breeze, including reserving ordinances and creating temple trips. Import directly from PAF, new FamilySearch.org, and other programs. Take advantage of other features, such as running RootsMagic directly from a USB drive, SourceWizard, integrated web search, creating Shareable CDs, and much more. Whether you’re a beginner or an experienced genealogist, RootsMagic makes family history easy.
Both RootsMagic and Legacy Family Tree have announced recent upgrades to their programs. RootsMagis Version 6.3.0.0 has implemented a new feature called Problems Alert. The program will problem check the individuals in your file in the background and display an alert next to the name of any person with a potential problem. Legacy Family Tree Version 7.5 is Tree Share Certified. If you have either of the two programs, you may wish to check the version number you have and download the most recent version. If you program is a whole version number behind the present versions, you may need to pay an upgrade fee for a copy of the most recent version. Incremental, between whole number, upgrades are usually free.

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