Generations Family Tree

Generations Family Tree is a software package that will enable you to create your own family tree using a computer. Generations Family Tree is not an expensive package and those who have used it say that it has excellent charting and reporting capabilities. Generations Family Tree is also regarded as a particularly good choice for beginners who have not had any previous experience creating a family tree.

Supplied on a CD, this computer software, originally owned by Sierra Home, is now owned by Broderbund or (which in turn is owned by A&E Television Networks). It is no longer supported by Sierra.

The Generations Family Tree software is designed to run on Windows, and some of the features of the software include:

· A virtual 3D feature for photographs and notations.
· Video and sound.
· Charts for displaying timelines - including very attractive wall charts.
· Dozens of different CDs with information from US census records, the American Social Security Death Index, digitized US military records, and a world name index with 350-million names (in one version of the program).

This, of course is great if you are American and your ancestors didn't come from foreign climes. But if you're not an American researcher you'll may be better off looking for other software packages.

Always be sure to ask for samples of what can be achieved using any particular software before you decide what to buy. And remember, too, that there are some quite good free software packages around that you can use to experiment with to see if compiling a family tree is something you really want to do. While any software will give you the basic framework to work with, you will have to do a bit of work to find out exactly who all your ancestors are. This can be very time consuming.

The Generations software has been around for a long time, since 1997 in fact. Originally produced by a company called Leister Productions (that still makes a Mac version of the program), it is updated regularly. Although you can always upgrade, if this is the software you want, rather make sure you get the latest version of Generations Family Tree.

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