Category Archives: Family History Software

How to start your family tree video

If you want to know how to start your family tree then here is a really useful video in which FeeBee shows you how to get started building your tree and also shares a great way to keep organised at the same time.

Hope you enjoy it!

Links used in this episode:
http://TreeView.co.uk
http://TheGenealogist.co.uk/Roots1

 

   “Hi I’m FeeBee in in this video up explaining how to get started in the fascinating world a family history the first step is to write down everything you already know about  yourself and your immediate family when where were you born? Who were your parents?
   Include dates and places of birth where known, next about you extended family, who were your grandparents and where did they live? Again, if you have dates of birth this will help you later on. Once you have the basic information ask any living relatives what they know or remember. You may find some research has already been done on a tree or they may be a collection of memorabilia documents or photographs that someone is willing to share with you the next step is to put this information into a tree builder.
   I use TreeView because I can access it anywhere has lots of charting options and
best of all it’s free.
   Let’s begin entering the information to TreeView. Start with yourself and then add your parents. Continue up the tree this way until you have entered all the information you have gathered. You can then look what you’ve entered so far and see which individuals have information missing such as names, dates the birth marriage and death places, events have taken place and so on. To fill in this missing information you should start looking at birth marriage and death and census records.
   There are lots of web sites that can help you with your research.
I use TheGenealogist they have a free trial available at TheGenealogist.co.uk/Roots1
   First try searching the census they should give you ages which you can use to find
approximate dates of birth. Using this information you can then search on the birth certificate index and so your research begins. Although it can be exciting to uncover many different branches of the tree bear in mind it is often easier to concentrate your search one direct line at a time.
  To recap, firstly gather what information you can buy talking to your living relatives
and start to input this information into to a tree builder as this will help keep you organized.
   Look into birth marriage and death and census records as the next step in adding information to what you already have.
   Thanks for watching this episode of RootsForum
   I hope you enjoyed this video. If you like this video and would like to see more go to YouTube.com/RootsForum  and hit subscribe if you have any questions ideas for the videos

Offer of the week from S&N Genealogy

If you’re looking for some new genealogy family tree building software and would like to save some money, S&N Genealogy Supplies have a special offer this week on RootsMagic Version 6.

RootsMagic has become one of the UK’s most favoured genealogy packages. This software creates superb wallcharts and integrates with research sites. It is the top rated program in numerous reviews and articles which emphasise RootsMagic’s ease of use and powerful features. Version 6 is the latest edition of this award-winning full-featured genealogy program published by S&N. This great package is authored by Bruce Buzbee, the author of Family Origins.

Save £10 on RootsMagic Version 6 Platinum. It’s now available from S&N at the low price of £39.95. More details can be found on the S&N website.

RootsMagic 6 Platinum
RootsMagic Version 6 Platinum now on offer at S&N Genealogy

New S&N Genealogy Supplies Christmas ‘Email News’ now available

The new Christmas issue of the email newsletter from S&N Genealogy Supplies is now available to view. Find out what party games were popular at Victorian Christmas parties and also see the latest offers on software, scanners and other archival products. There’s still time to order for a Christmas delivery in the UK too.

There’s more at: http://www.genealogysupplies.com/email_news.htm

S&N Christmas Email News
S&N Genealogy Supplies Christmas Email News now available

 

An ideal Christmas present for the family historian

As we enter the month of December, here’s a Christmas gift suggestion for a fellow family historian or even a seasonal treat for yourself!

The full range of 2014 Family Tree Maker software available is now available in stock to purchase from S&N Genealogy Supplies.

What’s New in Family Tree Maker 2014?

  • Improved TreeSync — lets you easily synchronize your tree in Family Tree Maker with an online Ancestry.com tree.
  • More organizational tools — stay organized with new tools that let you sort children automatically by birth order and view people by location, grouping them by country, state, county, and city.
  • New and improved charts and reports — more options and views let you display an individual’s ancestors, spouses, and children together. Also, the Index of Individuals Report has been expanded with options for anniversary, birthday, and contact lists, and more.
  • New tree branch export — a new export option makes it much simpler to export a single branch of your tree.
  • More editing options — save time with the ability to copy and paste facts including related source citations, media items, and notes.

To find out more and to order your copy go to http://www.genealogysupplies.com/familytreemaker

Family Tree Maker
Family Tree Maker 2014, an ideal Christmas gift

New Parish Record downloads available from S&N Genealogy

For those people who like to download their data rather than buying a copy on CD and having to wait for the postal delivery, you may be interested in the two latest parish record downloads available from S&N Genealogy Supplies. There are 2 Parish Registers from the county of Cheshire now available to download- registers of Stockport and Prestbury.  The Stockport download covers the years from 1584 to 1619 and the Prestbury data is from 1560 to 1636.

To find out more or if you wish to order either of the data sets, go to the ‘Latest Downloads’ section of S&N Genealogy Supplies at  http://www.genealogysupplies.com/whatsnew.php

Stockport Parish registers
Stockport Parish Registers from 1584-1619 now available as an instant download

New Email News available from S&N Genealogy Supplies

The latest email newsletter from S&N Genealogy Supplies is now available to download and view. With details on the new release of Family Tree Maker 2014 and a special offer of free sleeves if you buy two binders, it’s well worth a read.

There’s also information on the forthcoming family history fairs at Glamorgan and Surrey and the brand new event ‘Echoes of the Past’ in Lincolnshire at the end of the month. With details on the latest record releases on TheGenealogist and some interesting family history articles, it’s a packed issue this month!

To see the newsletter go to http://www.genealogysupplies.com/email_news.htm#article

Family Tree Maker
Details on the new release of Family Tree Maker 2014 in the S&N Email News

Great online course to break down those brick walls!

English or Welsh family tree brick walls? Why not get some help?

There’s a well received beginners level course, delivered weekly to your computer to study when you want, which offers information packed, step-by-step tutorials. Provided by Nick Thorne (a.k.a. The Nosey Genealogist), it’s great for those people new to family history who would like some expert guidance on how to find their way around those potential difficulties and pitfalls that we all stumble across when researching our family history.

Also of great  benefit to those who are a bit more advanced, this course quickly takes the student on to look at the many different record sets and archives that you may not have thought to look. Places that your ancestors may be hiding in full sight.

Nick Thorne is a leading family historian (with a number of years of researching family histories behind him) and in the course there are also some contributions from Mark Bayley, Head of Online Content from TheGenealogist.co.uk

Topics covered in the 12 months include:

The census collections; The Parish records; The Parish Chest; Dade Registers; County Record offices; Nonconformist; Religious records; Clandestine marriages; City and Town Directories; Census substitutes; Apprentices; Professionals; Army ancestors; Royal Navy ancestors; RAF forebears; Merchant Navy ancestors; Illegitimacy; The Workhouse; Poor Law; Death records; Burial; Wills; Rural ancestors; Bankrupts; Black sheep; Genetics and DNA; Occupations; Maps and Charts; The National Archives; Family Search Centres; Passports; Manorial records; Old Newspapers and much more!

It costs £9.95 a month but there’s currently a special trial offer available. It’s well worth checking out at http://familyhistoryresearcher.com/trialoffer/

Family History researcher
New online family history training course

Here are some of the things people are saying about this course:

“You communicate in an understandable way! Thank you for the modules that I have had so far.” P. Martin.

“I have enjoyed the time as a FHR member and thank you for your helping hand in trying to solve a problem printing out the guides.” T. M.   U.K.

“I would like to thank you for the resources, which I have received weekly, they are very interesting and informative, also a big thank you for thebrilliant customer service.” P. Beilby.

“I am finding the course very useful, even though I have been doing family history for many years.” Kind Regards, H. Stephens.

 

Family Tree Maker 2014 now available to pre-order

For those family historians who like to keep up with the latest updates and developments in family tree software, there will be some interest and no doubt anticipation with the forthcoming release of Family Tree Maker 2014.

The new Family Tree Maker apparently makes it easier than ever to discover your family story, preserve your legacy and share your unique heritage.

The new features includes a new ‘Family View’, improved TreeSync, new and improved charts and reports, a new tree branch export and more. It certainly looks like some good improvements and should please those users who currently use Family Tree Maker as their preferred choice of software.

You can ‘pre-order’ a new copy or an upgrade at S&N Genealogy Supplies at http://www.genealogysupplies.com/family-tree-maker-2014/

Let us know what you think when you start using the new software.

Family Tree Maker
New Family Tree Maker 2014 available to pre-order

Where do you store your family history data?

During the process of researching your family history, it is easy to mix up records if they are not recorded or stored carefully. Some researchers like to draw their family trees by hand or download blank charts, but the most popular method  is creating a family tree digitally, either using a software package or via one of the main online subscription websites.

Although the main online family tree research sites offer increasingly more advanced functions, there is still a great demand for family tree software, especially when it comes to producing charts and storing large amounts of information about each ancestor.

The various software packages have much in common: each has slightly different capabilities and system requirements and prices are fairly similar.

Of the selection of family history software, RootsMagicUK ticks all the boxes for good value and great features. Now in its fifth updated version, the software can be run off a USB stick, allowing you to update your research from any PC. This software also creates superb wall charts and integrates with research sites. It is the top rated program in numerous reviews and articles which emphasise RootsMagic’s ease of use and powerful features.

This programme is ideal for novices. It boasts great book reports and allows you to upload pictures in narrative reports. The latest edition comes with seven free data CDs. RootsMagic has one of the most user-friendly interfaces and comes with a clear, concise instruction manual.

A taste of RootsMagic UK – User friendly screens and clear, concise reports

RootsMagic UK Version 5

There are other quality examples of family tree software such as Family Historian and Family Tree Maker – all popular amongst both amateur and professional family historians – but I find RootsMagic to be the one for me. I purchased my copy from S&N Genealogy supplies, you can order a copy here.