From Don Weymouth's mailing list, a number of folks have begun a letter-writing campaign to try to convince GENEALOGY.COM not to abandon or kill off Generations, but instead to support it, and let it flourish as it should. Here is the text of the letter I send out every month or so to GENEALOGY.COM to try to make sure they realize what a gem they have......
I am writing today to express my sincere hope that you will continue to develop, support, and improve a product that you have recently acquired from Sierra/Vivendi; Generations Family Tree, currently marketed through your Broderbund subsidiary.
There are a number of reasons for you to do this, not the least of which is that there are many thousands of satisfied users around the world who consider Generations to be one of the finest overall genealogy database programs available, with charting and reporting capabilities that are unsurpassed by any other program.
I believe that with the acquisition of Generations, you now have a family of genealogy programs that covers the needs of the entire range of genealogists; from beginner to expert professional. Your long-standing winner, Family Tree Maker, is a superb beginner program for the enthusiast just starting out on the quest for family history discovery. Now with Generations, you also control one of the top professional-grade genealogy programs, one that professional genealogists and expert amateurs alike have relied upon for years to manage their research. This one-two punch in the genealogy arena can be nurtured and grown to become a formidable offering.
Your recent acquisition of Generations has created a fair amount of angst among the faithful users. Quite a few long-time users see your acquisition as a possible death-knell to Generations; why would you continue to develop and support two competing genealogy programs? I for one – and a number of others – hold out hope that you have a far less myopic view of the situation and recognize the potential you now possess to control the entire spectrum of genealogical research tools. You can now meet the needs of the casual hobbyist and the professional researcher, and as some of the casual hobbyists develop into professional researchers, you can keep them in the fold by offering them the most formidable of tools from the same branded family; Broderbund.
In closing, I ask you to continue to improve the superb program – Generations – that you now control, and put thousands of nervous users’ minds at ease by publicly stating such intent, perhaps on one of the many Generations users mailing lists such as the one found at: email@example.com. Don Weymouth (http://www.weymouthtech.com/Generations/) has hosted this group for a number of years.
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