Thankfully there are many genealogy database programs to choose from, given one “size” (or application) does not fit all. Additionally, there is no “right” program to use. Software itself will not make you a better genealogist. It’s the consistent use of the software – and being consistent in how you enter data – that WILL make a huge difference as you work on your genealogy.
Finding the right fit can take some time. And even when you have a program you like, you may decide to play around with something new. Such was the case when I decided to find a native Mac application after having used RootsMagic for many years. I made a brief switch to Reunion 11 in 2015, but found that the software was too limited for what I wanted. Instead, about 18 months ago I decided to climb on board with Family Tree Maker, and couldn’t be happier. Now that FTM 2017 is out, I decided to highlight the features I love the most.
Facts, Sources and Media
The feature that I loved most about RootsMagic was being able to see if a fact was sourced or not, and if it had associated media. However, even better than that is Family Tree Maker’s ability to show how many source citations are associated with a fact, in addition to the number of linked media items.
A HUGE advantage offered by FTM is that the media can be attached directly to the source citation itself, leaving no question about which source citation the media item belongs to when multiple source citations are linked to the fact. A thumbnail of the media item is also visible on the source citation as well. Continue reading