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Re: Please Help!! GeoNeophyte selecting sof
Posted by: Elizabeth Date: June 01, 2000 at 09:27:18
In Reply to: Re: Please Help!! GeoNeophyte selecting sof by Lorri Ferracioli of 11492

Lorri,
Input of data is not the only factor to consider when selecting a program. For a fair comparison, you should try a full project from data entry, to printouts for sharing with relatives, to updating files and reprinting.

An incomplete GEDCOM transfer is more work to check in an unfamiliar program than new data entry.

If a program requires advanced skills with a full-featured word processor or a second program for printing charts, that is additional learning time. My personal interest is organizing and sharing image files for all available family pictures and source documents. That means keeping images organized with a copy of each family file in each genealogy program.

Some researchers like their data in many different fields. Some like to enter all the most important data in individual notes so it will read well in automatic book reports. Data must be *planned* for the program used for printing. Former UFT customers are mostly trying to decide between a program with computerized sentences and one that lists facts in order by date.

A program that is suitable for serious library research prior to 1900 is not always the best choice for fast data entry and updates for living relatives. I've had more response to photo charts and computer scrapbooks in the last 4 years than the previous 25 years of sharing text only reports.


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