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Family History Software Training Links

Many of you are using software to record your ancestry. Do you know all the features in your software package? If not, then use the training that is supplied by the authors of the software.

If you use PAF, an excellent training program is available for download through ldscatalog.

Click on this link.

Click on the link on the page and then fill in your name and email address. You can then either download just the training program or both PAF 5.12 and the training program. The training program has to be installed on your hard drive just like any other software you install.

To access the training after it is installed, launch PAF then click on ‘Help’ at the top of the screen and then choose ‘Lessons’ from the drop down list. Your web browser will launch if it isn’t already open and you can then view the training. Be sure to watch for icons that indicate video links. Click on these icons when you see them and the program will show you the embedded video in addition to the text description.

If you use Ancestral Quest for your records, they too have a training video available for viewing on the web.

The video is located at:

I haven’t found online training for the other major genealogical software titles.

If you haven’t considered creating video biographies, the below video clip will help convince you to get started on them.

16 May 2008 Posted by | Research Tips | Leave a comment

Genealogists – Deal of the Year Revisited

In October 2007, I wrote about the ‘Deal of the Year’ that involved a one-year subscription to Ancestry as part of a Family Tree Maker software bundle.

Well, one of my friends has found a similar deal again. She said to check out the latest offering of the Family Tree Maker 16 Standard edition that includes a six-month subscription to Ancestry. I looked at the package and it looks like we have another ‘Deal of the Year’ at $10.49.

I’ve shortened the URL to the site to save you typing a long string of letters and numbers. http://tinyurl.com/6b3qbf

What is in the package?

The genealogy software is Family Tree Maker 16 Standard Edition. The rest of the package is as follows:

  • 6 Month Subscription to Ancestry.com
    The world’s largest collection of family history information, Ancestry.com is the ultimate resource for genealogy research. Features access to over 5 billion names, current and historical world images, records and much more. (Up to $180.00 Value!)
  • New! Official Family Tree Newsletter
    This monthly newsletter contains tips and tricks to create one-of-a-kind family tree projects.
  • Concise Genealogy Dictionary
    This specialized dictionary is a time-saving, essential quick-reference source geared to the needs of he genealogist who frequently encounters unfamiliar and obsolete terms while reading historical documents. ($14 Value!)
  • Official Family Tree Training DVD
    Master the basics as the experts take you on a video guided tour through Family Tree Maker’s key features. When you are done you will be able to share your information with other researchers through beautiful charts, heirloom quality books and a free homepage on the Internet. ($15 Value!)
  • Family Tree Workbook
    An all-in-one teaching and recording tool for novice genealogists who need clear, easy-to-follow instructions and quick results. ($20 Value!)
  • 30 Minute Genealogy Consultation
    Still have questions? Get quick and easy answers in minutes. A life expert genealogist is just a phone call away. ($60 Value!)
  • No, I don’t have a tie to either Ancestry or the seller, but know that any relief in the prices associated with our Family History obsession is always welcome.

    If you don’t use Family Tree Maker, that is ok. I don’t either. However, almost all of us can use and inexpensive subscription to Ancestry.

    I don’t know how many copies of the package are left, so if you have interest, you’ll want to look at the package soon.

    Flash Update: I’ve just been told that if you enter coupon code qwr2xy29, you’ll get an additional $1.00 off the price.

    Smokin’ !

    10 May 2008 Posted by | Ancestry | , | 1 Comment