I wanted to share with you all my thoughts about the availability genealogy programs for the mac. My PC died in September of 2013 and as a result I have decided to try and do my genealogy strictly on a Mac. This has provided many challenges including deciding on a program to use and importing the data from a PC to a Mac based environment. Needless to say, I am still working through the change and have not been very happy with the options.
The Mac programs that I have tried included:
Ancestral Quest (Using Cross Over)
First of all, I attempted to use Cross Over and run Ancestral Quest. I really like Ancestral Quest in the PC environment and was hoping that Cross Over would be the solution to my dilema. The program ran in Cross Over, but I had problems with the program running smoothly and allowing for me to sync with FamilySearch. Ancestral Quest frequently froze using Cross Over resulting in having to close the program or restart my system. I have not tried to use RootsMagic in crossover, so this may be an option for those that have RootsMagic. I would recommend you try the free trial of Cross Over to see if it will work for you.
I also downloaded the trial versions of Heredis and Reunion. Both of these Mac programs have been developed nicely, however, they do not sync to FamilySearch. For many people, this may not be a concern, but for me, I wanted to be able to move my data freely between FamilySearch and my Family file on my computer, therefore, I chose to stick with MacFamily Tree.
I decided to try and learn how to use MacFamily Tree, as I had already purchased the program when I first got my MacBook Pro, but really hadn't spent much time working with it seriously as I was still using my PC for the bulwark of my genealogy research, before my PC crashed. At first I found the updated version to be a little tricky to work with as I was not familiar with the program. There are many intuitive aspects to this program that I liked; however, I wasn't sure about the FamilySearch aspect of this program. I must qualify this statement with the caveat that I usually try to figure out the program without going to the manual. I finally caved and went to the manual on how to have MacFamily Tree work with FamilySearch and have found it works well and I have used it several times and like it's functionality.
Another nice feature of MacFamily Tree is it allows for one to geocode the important events in a person's life. The one drawback that I have found with this, is the fact that names of places and their locations have changed over the years as have the boundaries in which a location may be found. This is the result of changing of country, state, county, and city boundaries and therefore, the accuracy of the locations are not rock solid as the program uses current names, places, and boundaries, which have changed throughout years past.
The bottom line: There are many wonderful Mac genealogy programs for one to choose from, however, the only Mac based program that will sync with FamilySearch is MacFamily Tree. MacFamily Tree also provides a mobile app that you can use, however, I have not attempted to use it at this point, as I have spent that past little while teaching myself the MacFamily Tree program.
Sunday, November 11, 2012
I would encourage all to take the time to visit with your family members ask them about their lives. We all can learn a great deal from those we love if we will but take the time. I hope that you will come away from reading this post realizing the need to document and/or write down the history of those we love and those who have served in a selfless way to preserve freedom and a cause which is greater than the individual, no matter what country they are serving. I honor everyone who has helped to keep our freedom and express my deepest gratitude to them and their families. Thank you!
Posted by Jennifer Jackson at Sunday, November 11, 2012
Saturday, November 10, 2012
In commemoration of all those who have served in the military and laid down their lives for their country, I have decided to revisit the Commonwealth Graves Commission site. This site is user friendly with the search box on the home page. I am grateful to the men and women who have sacrificed that I might live in peace and freedom. If you would like to search for your ancestors who might have served in the First World War from 4 August 1913 to 31 August 1921 and the Second World War from 3 September 1939 to 31 December 1947, click this link Commonwealth Graves Commissionand you will be directed to their site. Please note this site also has many classroom learning activities, events, and even resources for Boy Scouts.
Posted by Jennifer at Saturday, November 10, 2012
Wednesday, October 31, 2012
You might wonder why I'm writing about the Halloween holiday in a genealogy blog? Well, I have found that while researching our ancestors, it is important to understand the context of their lives in relation to history. This part of the year has several holidays coming up and Hallowe'en is just the beginning. I was at the store yesterday looking for some Halloween decorations, and low and behold, the store already had their Christmas decorations out and the Hallowe'en decoration selection was getting slim. I attached this video for your enjoyment to learn about the history of Hallowe'en. I didn't know it was originally a Celtic holiday, did you? Watch and learn. Have fun!
Posted by Jennifer Jackson at Wednesday, October 31, 2012
Monday, October 22, 2012
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Tuesday, October 16, 2012
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Friday, October 12, 2012
I am always looking for my Welsh ancestors and recently found a book titled Welsh founders of Pennsylvania in Google books. This book has several pedigrees as noted in the snapshot below. The book was originally published 1911-1913 and has been republished several times since then. You can view a variety of selections from this book on Google books, however, some of the pages were not able to be viewed as they encourage you to purchase the book. However, having said that, if you are one of the lucky ones, you might be able to find some of your Welsh ancestry in this book. If you would like to search in this book, click Welsh founders of Pennsylvania - Google Books. I hope you can find your ancestor.
Posted by Jennifer Jackson at Friday, October 12, 2012