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…
The Purpose of Family Tree
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.
Two Options To Choose From
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.
- 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.
Which Option Do We Recommend?
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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