Family Tree – And Family History Sofware

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There is often some confusion as to the relationship between Family Tree and other software programs (such as Ancestral Quest, Legacy, RootsMagic, etc.).  The following explains the differences…

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 The Purpose of Family Tree

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The Church’s Family Tree website has three main goals:

•   Reduce the duplication of ordinances and research.

•   Simplify the process of preparing a name for ordinance work.

•   Provide a way for families to work together to find, organize, and link their ancestors into families.

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 Two Options To Choose From

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OPTION 1 – Use the Family Tree Website only

  • This keeps a basic record of your family history information, including life sketches and notes.
  • Is used to submit names for temple work, and tracks your temple work.
  • Lists others who have submitted information on your ancestor and lets you collaborate with them.
  • Lets you import pictures and source documents.
  • Lets everyone in your family log in and see the same family history information you have.
  • Since your family history information is not stored on your own computer, a hard disk failure or other local disaster will not be a threat to your information.
  • You have access to your information from anywhere you have Internet access.
  • You can collaborate more easily with others who are researching the same family lines, because they will see the same information on deceased people as you see it.
  • When you die, your research will not be lost.
  • However, you cannot print complete pedigree charts.
  • You cannot export data.

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.OPTION 2 – Use the Family Tree Website plus a Family History Software program

  • This keeps extensive, detailed family information, confidential information, research notes, images of family photographs and documents, records of living relatives, etc.
  • Tracks your temple work, submits names to the temple, and helps you collaborate with others (through Family Tree).
  • Prints nice pedigree charts, indexes, reports, research to-do lists, a variety of amazing charts, booklets, family narratives, etc.
  • You can export data — and even use the data to create a family website (with information on living relatives hidden).
  • Here are the Family History Software Programs you have to choose from.

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Which Option Do We Recommend?

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IF you just want to get your basic family history information into the system so the temple work can get done — then choose Option 1.

IF you’re a little more serious about it and want more flexibility — then choose Option 2.  This is a “best of both worlds” option; but it is a little more complicated.  Should you choose Option 2, here’s help on deciding which Family History Software Program to use.

Just remember, it’s your family history, so it’s your choice.

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Family History Software Programs To Consider

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