Posted By:Kathi (Blais) Clark-Colton
Subject:Re: Most current Gen version
Post Date:January 30, 2004 at 11:20:53
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Forum:Generations Software Forum
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We have been in the same boat as you regarding genealogy programs and the demise of Generations. My father-in-law and I love the Generations program, which both of us have used for at least three or four years, and we have found that it is versatile and easy to use. Both my father-in-law and I have databases with 20,000 to 30,000 names. However my father-in-law is having major problems with the data disappearing syndrome in Windows XP and I have had problems with crosslinked files. Since it seems that this program is going to disappear and these bugs will never be fixed, I have been looking for a program to replace my beloved Generations 8.5. Over the last few months, I have purchased Family Treemaker 11, The Master Genealogist 5.0, RootsMagic, and Legacy Deluxe 5.0.

My father-in-law is not too computer literate, and he needs a program that is easy to understand. After trying out all the above programs, I have found that Legacy Deluxe 5.0 comes the closest to giving us the almost exactly same things we had with Generations, but Legacy has even more great features, and I am excited about beefing up my data with its new fields, etc.

The family screen for Legacy is laid out nearly identically to Generations, with the parents on top, husband and wife side by side, and kids listed below. There are icons below the husband and wife names that you can click to look at other marriages, view siblings of that person, write notes, check sources, etc. Adding additional parents, kids, or extra spouses is very easy. You just click the field for parents or kids, just like in Generations. There are five tabs to click for different screen views for the family you are focused on, including a family view (main view), a tree, a descendent list, a chronology of that person's life, and an index which is very similar to Generations. The top menu bar also include a marriage index which is searchable by either the husband's or wife's name. Importing from a GEDCOM was easy because there are prompts to allow you to import unrecognized fields to a new field of your choice or a regular note field. Some of the programs, such as RootsMagic, just drop these unrecognized fields and you lose your data. There is also a utility where you can verify your data and reindex, and this utility gave me an error log which showed a few crosslinked files, which I would probably have never found on my own. My father-in-law had trouble understanding every other program that I had him try out, but he loves Legacy because it is so similar to what he is used to with Generations.

I was very unhappy with the fact that Generations is no longer supported as I think it is FAR superior to Family Treemaker (a useless program), but the Legacy program fits my needs very well, and I would recommend it to anyone looking to switch to a program with a format that is similar to Generations. Further, you can download it from their website for $20, if you don't care about getting the instruction manual.