Program Part I

I received a complimentary one-year subscription to at FGS 2011. Today I uploaded my GEDCOM file and began playing with it.

There are two ways to begin. Enter your tree from scratch or upload a GEDCOM file. After either of these processes it is important to go into Manage Trees and set the privacy settings you desire. When I set my privacy I clicked the tab that says Family Tree and got to work.

Under the heading TREE, I can look at the modern view of the tree it color codes men as blue and women as pink. An interesting thing to note is it lists women by their married names and has in parenthesis, born as with the maiden name. It is very easy to add photos and life facts to people. Zooming in and out around the tree is very easy as well.

Under the heading PEOPLE, I can view all the individuals in my tree not only sorted by last or first name but also birth or death place, birth or death date, gender or family tree. Those are a lot of sorting options!

Under the heading FAMILIES, I can sort families and view information on each one in a chart format. It sorts by the family name, so females appear with their husband’s under their husband’s name. I can view pictures of the heads of each family, their status, meaning how many children they had and how many other marriages, if any. The chart tells me when the couple was married. A nice visual to see where I’m missing marriage dates. I can click on View and see a family group sheet for any of these families or choose More and look at the family, timeline or maps. The More feature wasn’t working when I tried it so I’ll have to try at another point.

So far this is an interesting program. I’m used to Family Tree Maker and MyHeritage gives me some other options on ways to view the tree and individuals. Check back for more comments as I continue to explore the program.

Disclosure: I received a complimentary year-long subscription to at FGS 2011.

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