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Suitable programme for private off line treeinfo etc
« on: Sunday 22 January 23 21:43 GMT (UK) »
Looking to run a software programme totally disconnected and private from the net. Thoughts appreciated on suitable new/used programme. Thanks
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Re: SUITABLE PROGRAMME FOR PRIVATE OFF LINE TREEINFO ETC
« Reply #1 on: Sunday 22 January 23 21:51 GMT (UK) »
I recommend Brothers Keeper. It is available for free from the internet ( although a small donation is requested). It has been used by several member of my family and does everything we want by way of FH records. The program is regularly updated by the originators.

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Baron (of Blackburn), Chadwick (Oswaldtwistle), Watkins (Swansea), Jones (x3 Swansea), Colton (Shropshire), Knight (Shropshire/Montgomery) , Bullen (Norfolk), White (Dorset)

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Re: SUITABLE PROGRAMME FOR PRIVATE OFF LINE TREEINFO ETC
« Reply #2 on: Sunday 22 January 23 21:57 GMT (UK) »
I use the old PAF program.  It does what I need and I've never found any reason to change.
Wiltshire:  Banks, Taylor
Somerset:  Duddridge, Richards, Barnard, Pillinger
Gloucestershire:  Barnard, Marsh, Crossman
Bristol:  Banks, Duddridge, Barnard
Down:  Ennis, McGee
Wicklow:  Chapman, Pepper
Wigtownshire:  Logan, Conning
Wisconsin:  Ennis, Chapman, Logan, Ware
Maine:  Ware, Mitchell, Tarr, Davis

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Re: SUITABLE PROGRAMME FOR PRIVATE OFF LINE TREEINFO ETC
« Reply #3 on: Sunday 22 January 23 22:10 GMT (UK) »
It appears FamilySearch closed it down in2013 but still allowed it  to be used by persons who ran it before that date, but thanks for posting.
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DOWNEY,  STATTER, GORNALL,  Merseyside
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Re: SUITABLE PROGRAMME FOR PRIVATE OFF LINE TREEINFO ETC
« Reply #4 on: Sunday 22 January 23 22:18 GMT (UK) »
You can still download it.  I tried Gramps and found it to be overloaded with junk that I don't need or want.  Sometimes less is more, or at least that's my opinion.
Wiltshire:  Banks, Taylor
Somerset:  Duddridge, Richards, Barnard, Pillinger
Gloucestershire:  Barnard, Marsh, Crossman
Bristol:  Banks, Duddridge, Barnard
Down:  Ennis, McGee
Wicklow:  Chapman, Pepper
Wigtownshire:  Logan, Conning
Wisconsin:  Ennis, Chapman, Logan, Ware
Maine:  Ware, Mitchell, Tarr, Davis

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Re: Suitable programme for private off line treeinfo etc
« Reply #5 on: Tuesday 24 January 23 22:53 GMT (UK) »
Do you have an online tree?

If you do and it is with Ancestry you could buy Roots Magic and sync the Ancestry tree to a new Project in Roots Magic, the software will download all the citations and facts, more reliably than a Gedcom file.

If you do not have an online tree then I suggest you look at the software that is available and in particular watch the tutorial videos which should then help you to decide which is best for you.

If you have an iMac then options are limited, we have Reunion which works great and is good at charting.

On my PC we have Roots Magic and Family Historian which is good and has pretty good charting.

That said I do prefer Roots Magic.

One thing to bear in mind is the longevity of the software and the computer operating system, so updating the software can be good practice as is having more than one piece of software AND a robust backup system should an unrecoverable fault develop with the hard drive where the software and data reside.

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Re: Suitable programme for private off line treeinfo etc
« Reply #6 on: Wednesday 25 January 23 07:15 GMT (UK) »
Hi Biggles, I have Ancestry and have been looking at both Roots Magic and Family Historian for off line work. At the moment I am leaning towards roots.  So it was good to read your helpful comments.  I think ultimately it will be buy and see how it goes. Thanks
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Re: Suitable programme for private off line treeinfo etc
« Reply #7 on: Wednesday 25 January 23 07:38 GMT (UK) »
You can try the free version of RootsMagic - RootsMagic Essentials.
Easily upgraded to the full version using the key provided when you pay the fee.

There is also a RootsMagic Group on Facebook - sometimes queries are replied to by members of staff!
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Re: Suitable programme for private off line treeinfo etc
« Reply #8 on: Wednesday 25 January 23 08:51 GMT (UK) »
Family Historian is UK developed. Roots Magic appears to be American. Depending on where your research is, and what features you are looking for, one may suit you better than the other.

I have an old version of FamilyHistorian which I found good but complex. There are user help groups though, and help here if needed. I donít have experience with Roots Magic.

Like Erato, I like a simple program so use the free version of Tribal Pages these days which suits me well enough. I use my iPad exclusively and my Family Historian is on the PC, hence Tribal Pages is my preferred tree maker.