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I settled on RootsMagic many years ago after trying most of the others and find it does everything I want for my family history. I haven't tried the free version but there is a page here comparing the features of the two versions:

I don't think there is any time limit on the free version, and it appears to be fully functional but without the extra features shown on the comparison page. If your ancestors were mostly in the UK I would suggest you get the UK version.

Everything connected with computers is a 'learning curve' but RM is not difficult to get started with. You just run the program and import the GEDCOM file that you have downloaded.


Thanks Margaret, your summary makes it all a lot clearer. I admit I was a bit confused before reading it, but now I understand completely  ;D

I guess you must be one of the government's advisors . . .  ::)

The Stay Safe Board / Re: Ultimate comfort food in these trying times
« on: Sunday 12 April 20 11:14 BST (UK)  »
For breakfast I'd settle for two slices of bread, toasted, spread while it's hot with some nice mature stilton, then placed either side of two rashers of crispy fried bacon . . . and maybe slip a fried egg in there too  ;)  Then make a good strong mug of tea and take the whole lot out to the garden and enjoy it in the spring sunshine, listening to the birds . . .  8)


The Stay Safe Board / Re: Milk being poured away
« on: Friday 10 April 20 09:16 BST (UK)  »
Our household milk consumption has halved during the lockdown but because of short supply, not lack of demand! We have learnt to manage with less by not making milk puddings or milk based sauces and by eating less breakfast cereal.

All these shortages are short term logistics issues; people will eat much the same quantity of food whether in the home or out. Unfortunately, giant corporations are not as flexible as small business and take longer to change course, but I'm sure they will eventually. Probably just as things are returning to normal and they have to change back again  ::)

Technical Help / Re: Microsoft Home and Business 2019
« on: Tuesday 07 April 20 09:15 BST (UK)  »
Glad you got LibreOffice working properly. As you say, it really is an excellent suite of software; I still haven't explored all its features after many years of using it. I have also used Linux Mint and would use it exclusively but, needing to use certain Windows software, have abandoned it for now. But I do use third-party open source software wherever possible.


Technical Help / Re: Microsoft Home and Business 2019
« on: Monday 06 April 20 23:11 BST (UK)  »
I use OneDrive as a secondary, off site, backup and as a means of accessing some of my files from my Android 'phone when away from my desk. If it is set up correctly, it stores a permanent copy of the OneDrive files on the PC as well as in the 'cloud' so they are all available offline.

OneDrive is linked to your Microsoft account so the files should be available on any device linked to your account. Of course it is your responsibility to keep a record of your account details and password, but that applies to all such accounts. Unfortunately too many people, understandably, know very little about the technology but expect to be able to use the devices anyway, which is why modern systems try to manage everything for you whether you like it or not  ::)


Technical Help / Re: My Family Tree Maker is 839 gygabytes
« on: Saturday 04 April 20 10:14 BST (UK)  »
Having never used FTM I will leave the details to someone who knows about it, but I think it is really important to find out what is using all that disk space before doing anything else.

It's difficult to analyse a problem with limited information but I have assumed you are saying that the FTM folder is using 839GB. If you open that folder and there are multiple similar files, that would support Ian's "Save As" theory. If the 893GB is the whole of the drive there could be something else filling it up.

I found this web site which should help in locating the FTM files on your computer if you're not sure:


Technical Help / Re: My Family Tree Maker is 839 gygabytes
« on: Friday 03 April 20 14:54 BST (UK)  »
It's hard to imagine what could be using that much space, even with 7,000+ people. I'm using RootsMagic (but it can't be vastly different in storage requirements) and my tree has only half that number, admittedly, but my whole data folder is only around 45MB and the media folder around 6GB including some 7,000 files in 250 sub-folders. Most of these hold downloaded image files of source docs and photos.

Might be worth running a full virus scan just in case there is something else filling up the drive  :-\


The Common Room / Re: What order to collate my tree
« on: Friday 03 April 20 10:34 BST (UK)  »
... Can I ask if you have found a program to help you collate this information or if you are making your own up?

Everyone will have their own preference but I use an old copy of PagePlus. I find a proper desktop publishing program makes it easier to arrange the layout of text, pictures, charts, etc. and to rearrange them when you get it wrong or find something else to include.

A lot of family tree software will produce a narrative but I find it soon becomes very repetitive if there are more than a few individuals.


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