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Saturday, March 22, 2014

Do we need our own desktop program for genealogy?

A few years ago, the question asked in the title to this post would not have made any sense. The answer would have been, of course, what other options are there? Today, the issue is much more complex. My guess is that there are likely many more family trees online on the large database companies than there are maintained in individual computers. For example, I would be confident in assuming that between's Public Member Family Trees and's Family Trees, that there are more family trees in just those two databases that exceed the number of those maintained by individuals on their own computers by a huge margin. So for most of the larger "genealogical community" the answer to this question is somewhat irrelevant.

This question is raised by my friend, Renee Zamora in a recent blog post cited by in their newsletter. Her post is called "Do I Still Need a Desktop Genealogy Program or is FamilySearch Family Tree Enough?" describes her article as follows:

While at conferences, we often get asked why a person needs a desktop genealogy program (like RootsMagic), when there are websites that let you build trees. The following is an article written by Renee Zamora (one of our great tech support agents) for her personal blog. The article was specifically written using FamilySearch Family Tree as an example, but can easily apply to other sites which let you put your tree online. Renee has given us permission to reprint the article here in RootsMagic News, and also to create a PDF version of the article that you can share with others.
The original article is in Renee's Genealogy Blog.

Renee gives a huge list of reasons for maintaining a local genealogy program. If you have this issue come up and need to give some reasons, I think she about covers it all.

1 comment:

  1. Renee does seem to cover it all. But, when it comes to your personal research, which genealogy program to you rely on?