Tuesday, October 16, 2007

Advice needed gedcom files?

Forest of Dean Message Board - Advice needed gedcom files?

Get a genealogy program and get started

With this talk about gedcom files it reminded me of a lady who was very
reluctant to use a genealogy program so I sent the following message to her. She
did get back to me some time later and thanked me and also told me should have
got a genealogy program years ago.


I can understand that you feel that it would be a daunting task to
enter years of research into a genealogy program. However, I still
think you should get a genealogy program and get started. You will
find that once you get familiar with the program you will be amazed
just how how much easier it is to keep tack of all your ancestors and
you will wonder how you ever managed without it.

This is the way I suggest you tackle the enormous task of entering
all the details. Forget that you have hundreds or even thousands of
names to enter, just take at a step at a time and enter say 6 names
every day or week or whatever figure you feel comfortable with.
Before you realise it you will have all the names entered. It may
take take you a month or even a year to complete but I will guarantee
you that when you have finished you will be glad you took the time.

As far as what program you get that comes down to a personal choice
and you will never get a consensus of opinion. I have a variety of
programs on both my Mac and PC here at home.

The latest Windows Personal Ancestral File 5.2 program can be downloaded
from the LDS site for free.

The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints

As you know there are lots of other programs but this is just for a start.

Like that old saying... I think it goes something like this "The
journey of a thousand miles starts with a single step".

Until next time

Dave Watkins

Forest of Dean Family History - Home: "The Forest of Dean lies on the western side of the county of Gloucestershire, and is located within the triangle formed by the river Severn in the east and the river Wye in the west." Forest of Dean Family History - Forest Links

Watkins Family History Society - Home: "Our steadfast pursuit is to assist in connecting as many Watkins people as possible world-wide. We invite you to read, share and make new connections with other Watkins researchers with the help of the resources that we make available here."


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