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When I first started out I had everything written out in notebooks. Then I started finding different forms from libraries and books. I started using the internet and there are a lot of forms out there, including ones to help record census info--the bonus of many of the internet forms is that you can store them on your computer. I was given a "Family Tree Maker" program for Christmas one year and it was fantastic. The big downside was that after I started putting everything in the computer I didn't keep as many paper copies--my computer died one day, although luckily I'd backed most of it up on floppy disks. Now, I have to try to find a way to access those floppies on a computer without a floppy drive--we tried a plug-in internal drive but it wouldn't read them. I was told that often an external can still access them; I just have to either borrow my neighbor's or buy one and haven't done either. My research is so large I do not want to plug it all in again manually. If I end up doing that it will probably be only mine and not my kids' father's side.

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It is so interesting. I must look up the smith in my documents and see where they came from. Will let you know. You just never know when something clicks. ok I just lookrd at the paper. The Smith names I have are as follows
Jake Smith wife Chritine Demers

their children
Wilfred
Winnifred
Alcide
Laurent
and Flowrence
It seems he was married before to a Zoe Demers
Leonard
Albert
Lee Mary
Allan
All Smith names


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That is the reason I haven't searched them much. I have found out though that Albert was born in Vermont. What took him top Canada I don't know though.

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I have cousins married to Smiths. It is a very common name. My hubbys sister is married to a Smith from Jamaica. So you see they are all over. Some are from Pembroke On. and others are from Quebec

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My ancestors were the Smith's, ofcourse, The were Albert and Lovina. They were married there in 1830 then after their children they moved to Michigan and died there. She died in 1857 and he died in 1880. My great
grandmother waz Isabell/Isabella born in Pickering in 1837.

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We are on the Ontario Quebec border. Not that far from Pickering. Doris

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I have Ancestors from Pickering, Ontario.

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What part of Canada do you have relatives. I am in Quebec and go back to 1753 Doris

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That happened out west I live in Eastern Canada.. That was real awful.
I don't know any McDonalds. I have connections with Chartrand Demers ST-Cyr I can help out with those on my mothers side of the family. I am interested in Whitemore Doris

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That was some very gory news coming out of Canada yesterday about the murder on the Greyhound bus. Really made me skin crawl.

My brother-in-law is a Canadian & his ancestor was one of the 1st Premiers. Not sure of the first name, but it was Macdonald. B/i/L was from Toronto.

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Hi Peggy;
Are you in Canada. I am looking for someone to share my findings with. My family have traced the ancestory back on my mothers side and it goes a way back. Also I am trying to find ancestors on my biological fathers side. I live in Quebec Canada. I would like to share if anyone out there needs info.
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Mormor....I live in Minnesota! Illinois is on my list of places to explore, cuz I have step-cousins yet to find.....

John & Adelaide had 3 dau. When Adelaide died in 1865, John was left to raise 3 small children. A friend of Adelaide's mother offered to take Charlotte (2yr old) and raise her as their own. They never 'officially' adopted her, but their last name was Donelson.

The stories that were handed down thru the generations, were that the baby was left with a childless couple (now I know differently).

A couple years ago, I stumbled on Charlotte's family tree that her youngest daughter created. Unfortunately she died in 1989 and I'm still working on piecing that part of the family together.

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I'm kind of going back to the quilt thing. Us girls (there are four of us) laughed as we remembered that our youngest sister wanted to go sun bathing. This was in the 70's. Mom yelled at her (which was unusual) because she had taken one of the quilts that had been in my mothers family for a couple of generations, spread it out nice and laid down in the sun. We laughed again because believe you me and my two other sisters, the youngest got the quilt she went sun bathing on!!!

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Annie,

I don't know where you live, but have you ever been to the Ottawa, IL area? It is so beautiful along the Illinois River. We go to a state park called Starved Rock just east of Ottawa that is really something to see. There are high bluffs, lots of woods & the most interesting canyons to hike to. The park has a really nice hotel & lodge, too. We enjoy going there to hike in the fall when the leaves have turned. Wonderful.

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Does sound a bit strange...but maybe he requested it?

John Thoremus Swenson ~ Company G, 104th Illinois Infantry Regiment, from 27 Aug 1862-01 Oct 1862, wounded & rec disability discharge.

He was married to Adelaide Johnson from 1859 to 1865 (she died in childbirth & they had 3 daughters). They lived in Mission, Rantoon & Seneca, IL. He was a captain of a boat that traveled the I & M Canal.

1865 he married my gr-gr-gma Hansine Anderson, at Zion Luthern Church, Ottawa, IL Their 1st child was born in Springfield, IL and the other 8 were born in Benson, MN (1866 - 1895). From 1900 to 1912 they lived in Webster, SD.

Also think he immigrated about 1849, after his first wife died (he was one busy man).

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Annie, been meaning to tell you that the Goteborg records are huge. I'll keep plugging away at it to see if we can find your gr.grandpa. Also, not all parishes do not have birth records listed. It is frustrating, so it's going to take more then a couple of days.

What unit was he in during the Civil War? My DH had several ancestors who served. My son went to the funeral of his best friend's brother who died at 51 yrs of MS. This poor man was a Civil War re-enactor and they buried him in his uniform. That had to be strange.

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Reading thru some of the other posts about heirlooms. How much more significant they mean, espcecially knowing which ancestors owned them.

While living in my first apartment (1973), my grandparents arrived one day carrying a huge bag. My grandmother said, "don't know if you are interested, but several of your great aunties & your great grandmother made this quilt~if you don't want it, just toss it!" She wasn't certain who made it, other than her mother & some of her sisters (great aunts). I believe it to have been made in about the 1850's. I LOVE IT!!

Early this year, my cousin from British Columbia asked how much I charge for a quilt. Her grandpa & my great grandma were siblings. She has a bed from Civil War era ~ Our ancestor, John Thoremus Swenson, fought in the Civil War. So, I showed her a picture of the Sampler quilt I was working on ~ only seemed fitting since I was using Civil War reproduction fabrics (quilt can be viewed in my blog gallery).

Other antiques I possess ~ hurricane lamps, railroad light (Gr-Gpa), and my most loved possession ~ Great grandma's Singer Treadle sewing machine. I can just picture her seated in front of this, sewing clothes for her family - in a dirt floor sod house on the prairie in South Dakota. Ahhhhhhhhhhhh......

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Sandy ~ your 1st cousin story sounds just like my BF's family! His dad & mom (now deceased) were first cousins, or so we all thought! His dad's dad & his mom's mother were siblings but here is where the twist comes. His dad's mother was not his biological mom!

Seems there was a gal working on the farm, that Gpa got pregnant...being the 1920's Gpa was midwife and Gma's name appears on his dad's birth certificate. The bio-mom kept tabs on his dad thru the years, we still don't know her name....tis a mystery they all took their graves. Still searching for land that his bio-mom left to his dad.

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What a fantastic find. Congratulations.

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I just have to tell you what has happened to me. Last night I got an E-mail from a lady I don't know and she told me that she went to a local Antique store and bought some pictures she found there of my ancestors and she is going to send them to me. That is so awesome and I am so grateful. The pictures are some of my ancestors that were married in that town in 1911. She said shr found my name on Ancestry.com with these names. People are so nice some times.

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Isn't doing your family tree fun? I love feeling like Nancy Drew.
I finally had a breakthrough in my Canadian relatives with the Drouin Collection on Ancestry. Now I am learning to read French. The only problem is it's hard enough to read that different handwriting when it is in English but you can't translate the words if they aren't spelled correctly.
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Cemetery records are like a gold mind. So often overlooked. I'm still trying to figure out who the young boy is who is buried with my gggrandfather. He has the same last name and I found his death record which lists his parents, just don't know who the heck these people are.

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I think being in genealogy makes our heirlooms all the more special.

I was in muck & mire last night with my husband's genealogy. I'm using Ancestry's feature of adding to my tree & it is really wonderful with hints of records to check out. I was looking at the names in my tree & found I had 2 people listed twice with the same birthdays. I refused to go to bed until I fixed the problem. Turned out they were 1st cousins who married each other. It didn't help any that several people (male & female)were named Deliverance.

One of DH relatives had given me photos of old gravestones that were in an overgrown family plot in a woods in New York. I was able to finally trace who they belong to. Actually, that is where my double trouble began. I already had the lady in my tree & mistakenly added her under her husband's name, too. Does this make sense? Probably not.

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I have more things on my mothers side and my husbands side then my fathers.

I have what my grandfather gave my grandmother for their wedding gift, hair brush set with full nail set in french ivory box. It sits on my dresser and I added a photo of them on their wedding day inside.

Also I have most of my great grandmother's china set. I just got a beautiful Chinese chest with carvings in it which my husbands family had when they immigrated to the US. Tons of photos on both sides.

I also have 3 of my grandfather's paintings which are hard to come by and each of my kids gets one when they move out.

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Back in 1948 when my mom & her sisters were going through my grandmother's things they held up a dusting cap that was pretty lavender lace over a silk lining. It had ruffles around it & belonged to my great-grandmother. I was only a little girl, but I spoke up & said I would like to have that, so it was given to me. There wasn't much that survived farm life in central Wisconsin, but I also have some wine glasses in the cut log pattern that were great-grandma's, a large salt cellar & an old photograph album that has photos I wish I knew who the people were. My husband inherited an old Seth Thomas wind up mantle clock from his grandmother. It belong to her grandparents. Since I've been into genealogy & did some researching, we now know all about those 2x great-grandparents. It makes that clock all the more special.

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That was a very good article. I saved it in my favorites so I can go back and consult it.
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Genealogy.com has good instructions on how to cite sources:

www.genealogy.com/19_wylie.html


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Mary, I love that your mother was well enough at the end to do something like tell you three to get out the quilts. I certainly understand the meaning of that.

Before my father died, his last wish - honestly, it was almost with his dying breath - was to ask my mother to PLEASE not throw out his negatives. I bless him to this day for it. At the time, it was daunting for my mother to assure him that "of course not! I will keep them, Morris."

My father was a very prolific, amateur photographer and believe me there were boxes and boxes and boxes and boxes and boxes and binders and binders of negatives and slides and prints. But we three daughters behaved like good little girls (at the ages of 36, 40 and 46) and made sure Mom didn't throw any out in any of her cleaning frenzies. (And I am sure that's why Dad said it - he knew Mom.) When we finally found time to go through them all, we found an absolute treasure trove of family history - both his side of the family way back to his grandmother and father - and from my mother's side of the family going way back. So, I've blessed him and continued to love him for his love of photography and his keeping of things.

Mom, unfortunately deteriorated into demensia or Alzheimers perhaps, but she lost her memory at the end. And there were many things I wanted to ask her then that I couldn't. Luckily I had asked her about "the olden days" from the time I was little, so I had many stories, but... there are so many that died with her.

So - point of all this is? You're so lucky that your mother told you all about the quilts, Mary. Those are precious things that are now even more precious.
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Mary. I have My Heritage also. I down loaded my genealogy but have not really done a lot else with it. I sure like the reminders though.

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I use My Heritage. It is a free program you can download and there is a lot of stuff you can put in there. Seems I also have binders all over the place with one surname per binder.

My mother passed away about a year ago and before she died, My three sisters and I were visiting her and she asked us to get out all of the quilts. Some were made by our Grandmother (her mom) and some by other family members. I received one that was made by my Great Grandmother and my Gr Gr Gr Aunt!!! While in Iowa in April I visited their graves. They were in the same lot. This quilt means a whole lot to me. Especially since I do not quilt!!

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Thanks, I will add the date from now on. I do put in their email address.
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If it is live I put the individuals name and date.
If its via email I put their name, email address and date

If I find supporting evidence I add that in the source

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How do you write your sources in FTM. I put the census or record that I get it from but when I get the info from a person about themselves I jut write "herself". Is there a right or wrong way to do it?
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I tend to include and verify - unless they are living individuals. What they provide about their history I will write down and use as guidance but try to verify with at least 1 hopefully 2 other sources. I find so often their memories are often confused with other members or not as accurate as they believe but they do help in pointing me in a direction - especially if it is a common name.

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I am finding out that one has to be very careful about who you add to your tree from others genealogy on the web. Some of it just doesn't make sense such as when the child's birth year is older then the mother's. I'll be working on my tree until my name can be publicly added(at my demise)to get it as accurate as I can.

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I have to agree with your mother. I don't think theres been a project I started which I haven't thought that. I hate leaving 1/2 finished projects so I will always try to complete the projects and I usually do end up liking/loving it when its done. Either that or I have grown so accustomed to it - it doesn't bother me anymore. hehehe

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My mother taught me to sew. She told me that in the middle of a project - like sewing a dress - it will always look like it can NEVER turn out. But she told me to keep soldiering on: that in the end it would turn out. And she was right. There is almost always a time in about the middle of every project when I think, "Oh, man. Why did I start this? I've just made a mess of it." But persistence wins... Mom gave me a really good lesson for not only sewing but for how to live life. :-)
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Dust it off and send it my way. I'll be happy to help if I can. Here is what I have in my home library. I also have access to census records through HeritageQuest free subscription (through my local library). It is only indexed up to 1920.

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Ah, obsessions. Wouldn't know a THING about them. :-)The first time I decided to make quilts, I made 6 - yes, I said 6 - for Christmas for family members. All the same pattern I designed, but different colors for each. I remember sitting in the living room pinning them together (all machine done and I'm self-taught, too), watching the horror unfold about Jonestown and Jim Jones. That was a few years ago! It was one of those projects that, had I known how much I was getting myself into, I never would have started it. But luckily I didn't. So I continued. Kind of the story of my life in a nutshell! Ignorance is bliss... sometimes.

Speaking of ignorance, I may just use you to see if you can dig a few things up in the New England area. We have a major brick wall there - but I KNOW with the certainty of my being - that there is information about him. I KNOW it. :-) So, I probably will send you a sparkmail one of these days with some details for when you have time and aren't learning how to use a blow torch.
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I guess I'm partial to FTM. I liked it better when it wasn't so tied to ancestry.com though. It would do searches across the entire web and give you matches. I get a subscription to ancestry.com about every other year or two. I also get a membership the New England Genealgogical Society every other year. I have an extensive home library and often do free lookups from my home library - especially if its in the New England area.

I've met a couple of people recently who are curious about their history and I have offered to help them get started.

Personally where I'm at is tracing those dang pesky Irish which with the lack of records over in Ireland makes the journey quite frustrating. Otherwise its just filling in the gaps of the current descendants as I basically have traced all my 8 immigrant lines forward.

As for my quilting - its all machine done. I don't do it for shows or awards - plus I'm self taught. I love have a craft project or two going at a time. They make great presents to family members. As my children remind me I go through my obsessions every 3-5 years. With the exception of Genealogy which I've been doing 30 years, they are true. I figure i have another year or two of quilting before I find my next hobby. I've been teasing my husband, think its time I tried something with a blow torch. emoticon

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OK: I had to google to see what the heck tatting is. Cool.

Ginny: your quilting is gorgeous! Do you do it by hand or by machine or a combination? (Don't read into that that I think one is better than the other!)

Back to the topic (what WERE we talking about?! :-) I looked up RootsMagic and downloaded a trial copy. Cool program. I just might buy the download. Though I have so many genealogy programs that it's absurd. My niece and I do it together and she uses FTM, so in order for us not to have to create gedcom files to send back and forth, it's easiest with us both using FTM. But I must admit I like the looks of RootsMagic. (But I just love to spend money. I admit it.)

For awhile ancestry.com had a free program that I downloaded. I think it was probably the precursor to FTM, but you didn't have to have a subscription to ancestry.com to use it and get the links to come up with matches. It's on my old computer that I gave to my son and I can't see a way to copy it and install it on my own pc now. It was great for finding new documentation in ancestry.

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I need to find a back drop so it will show up better and then I will send it. It sure took a long time to make though.

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I use FTM 16 and have subscribed to Ancestry.com. When I have my tree in the pedigree view little green leaves show up. When I click on those little green leaves a search is done on Ancestry.

I can down load the results directly to my Family Tree including new the new people. I also have the choice of downloading the image.

I subscribe to Ancestry because now that we have a 10 year old boy and we are the neighborhood nanny's house we don't get to go to the county seats for our searches any more. Ancestry helps in the withdrawl systems.

If anyone needs a copy of something from Ancestry please message me with the information and I will try and get it for you.

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I also have wanted to learn to tat but who knows when I will find the time.
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I'd love to see it. I've thought about teaching myself to tat. Another of my many "I want to learn how to" items.

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I tatted a Barbie doll wedding dress once. Still have it. Maybe I should take a picture of it to show.

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I did check out your album! The quilts are wonderful. My Mom has also made numerous doll outfits, mostly crocheting with the thick thread-like yarn. It's a lot of work!

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I have FTM 2005. I think this is the last version before ancestry.com took over. I have been looking at the later releases but nothing seemed worth the cost of upgrading.

MrsFixit - thank you for your kind comments. I did needlepoint for the first 20 yrs of my marriage, now with the eye sight not as good as when I was younger I'm onto quilting. You can check out my photo album for some of my latest endeavors.

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Thanks for all the info. I have been using FTM for years also. I just got Clooz to organize all my files. I will start working on it soon.
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Just got this email from Ancestry/FTM. Service pack 3 upgrade available for free.

If youíve registered your software, open it while connected to the Internet and youíll get a message prompting you to install Service Pack 3. If you havenít registered, make sure Family Tree Maker is closed and click here for Service Pack 3.

Service Pack 3 includes all this and more:

A robust find-and-replace functionality
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Now through May 2008, transform your family tree into the pages of a beautiful family history book with AncestryPress. Then print your pages at home for FREE or order a professionally printed, hand-bound version of your book for 50% off using coupon code FTM-FVY74 during checkout."






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I can totally see how you can put some of those Legacy reports into a scrapbook. Thanks!

GCHUNG: Are you from NY? If so, & if you haven't already done so, you should enter your artwork in the NY State Fair contests. You do beautiful work!

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You can download a free copy of the Legacy program to try out. It doesn't have all the bells & whistles of the copy you pay for, but it you like it you can purchase the deluxe version. The deluxe version costs around $30-40 if I recall correctly. www.legacyfamilytree.com/

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I started my history before the computer when everything had to be hand written. I have been using FTM forever too. I print out family group sheets when asked. I also have a tree online at Ancestry.com and have invited all the family to see it when they wish. This allows me to be free of "printing" all the time. I haven't tried a FTM book yet as it seems things are always changing!

I have given older FTM software to my brother/sisters with my current file for them to use on their own computer when I upgrade to the latest version. Seems they always have new versions available.




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I know exactly what you mean. I bought a 10 generation fan chart and did it by hand. In fact that reminds me I probably should update it. I'll have to check out Legacy thanks for the link.

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here's a link to legacy charting companion showing some of the report views: www.progenygenealogy.com/legacy-char
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You're right. you're right. :-) The reports couldn't be made if all the research hadn't been done and the data entered. It's just that the report I printed figured out the relationships - 3nd cousin twice removed, etc. That would have taken me a good long while!

Legacy and Legacy Charting Companion have a lot of charts that I haven't found elsewhere. I'd have to open it up to list off some of the names. But the point - getting back to one you made - is that when you use one program - FTM my recommendation, too - you can export GEDCOM files and them import them to other programs like Legacy Charting Companion and work with the data to get it into good looking charts.

I have to admit though, that I would LOVE to find a program that would output a report that looks like a beautiful, old-fashioned handwritten family tree - you know, like used to be done before computers? I've never found one that will do that.
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I use PAF. But as for your books just add more family group sheets behind the parents. I also have people who have children with out being married so I just put them on a family group and label it not married. As for stories, you can print them out and put them in plastic sheets and put them with the person they are talking about or the person who gave the story.

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Actually - you did do it. We take for granted all of the research we did in order to press that button to have that wonderful data spew out in the various formats. But I do agree FTM has a lot of nice reports and books which allow the software to compile the work we did in whatever format others may want it in.

I've never tried Legacy. What does this do which FTM doesn't do?

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HaHa, Sandy. Agreed! I printed out a list of ancestors and the relationships for a cousin and she was blown away impressed. The software did it - not me!

I use FamilyTreeMaker and I also use Legacy, because it has really great reports.
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I use Legacy & Family Tree Maker. There are reports that you can print out from each of these programs. You can easily create a book. It is amazing what can be done. Relatives & friends always think I'm doing a lot more then just a few clicks on the computer.



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Again that totally depends on what you have amassed.

When I started - and probably for the first 10 years - I would have a book which I kept online and print updates regularly to give to family members. I would go to Kinko's / Staples and have it bound. This did get quite expensive.

I now have too much information to put in book format and have move to CD. This gives me the opportunity to provide photos and documents which I have scanned in as well as a collection of the stories. I also have some old movies on the CD - like my parents wedding in 1955 which adds more to it.

I'm sure others have other ideas. This way works for me as I juggle 9 different family lines and how they interact, with over 12,000 names in my database. I use the CD as a barter when I meet new relatives as they will receive a copy of the CD in exchange for data and photos of their lines. It works out real well as they get copies of all my research free and I continue with my lines. When they see what I have compiled they are often willing to update more stories. Needless to say this has grown signifantly over the years.

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That's fine for having your documents online, but when you want to print them, like to give to the rest of your family, what's the "ultimate" format used?

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There are a lot of genealogy programs out there which will help you with many of these challenges. I use Family Tree Maker and have been using it since forever. I love it.


When looking for a genealogy program you need to make sure it has the ability to export and import data from GEDCOM format. Most do but you need to ensure. This will help you share information with others who may use different programs than you do.

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I haven't actually done a lot of research yet, but even with the little I have, I find that "formatting" it seems to be a challenge. The typical tree method only lets you put in each person's parents, so how do you handle the siblings of each person, not to mention multiple marriages, dates, & all of the other information that's possible to find? I mentioned in another post that it seemed like there should be some sort of genealogy scrapbook you could buy & fill in the blanks, but I never found anything like this. Obviously, stories & "fine details" of an individual have to be separate from the simple listing of names. I'm just wondering how everyone handles all of the information -- when you're actually ready to put it in a somewhat "published" form.

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