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Best Genealogy Software: How to Organize and Share Your Genealogy

2017 has arrived and maybe you are doing more genealogy and family history research. You’re gathering more information, and perhaps you’ve expanded your family tree. Now where do you store the genealogy information you have gathered so that it is organized, accessible and easy to share. Family history enthusiasts have two options for storing genealogy information:

Software you install on your computer via dvd or download. You create databases of your information using the software. Most software allows you to link media to your family information. You can print charts displaying your information and you can easily share information using gedcom files.

Websites that allow you to create and store your personal genealogy databases online. Convenient to use from any computer, and some have apps for other digital devices. They have chart printing options also but usually not as many as their software counterparts. Reputable genealogy websites that provide personal online database options will be clear about their privacy policy and explain how they protect your personal information. Take care to review the privacy agreement, especially if you chose to store information about living family members.

The website 10 Top Ten Reviews recently published “The Best Genealogy Software of 2017: Linking the Past with the Future.” The website rates, reviews, and gives you the summary of the most popular genealogy software and genealogy organizational websites at a glance. You can easily read the Top Ten Review or visit the site directly from the website. For a quick overview of what’s what in current genealogy software trends this is a helpful website to visit.

Click here to visit The Best Genealogy Software of 2017 on Top Ten Reviews.

Good luck choosing the best way to organize and share your family information in 2017!

Top Genealogy Websites

2017 has arrived and maybe you are considering doing more genealogy and family history but it’s been a while. The story of my genealogy life. I find myself wondering what has changed since the last time I forayed into the world of my ancestors. And with genealogy technology now, there are changes every day.

The website 10 Top Ten Reviews recently published The Best Genealogy Search Services of 2017: Get to the Roots. The website rates, reviews, and gives you the summary of the most popular genealogy websites at a glance. You can easily read the Top Ten Review or visit the site directly from the website. For a quick overview of what’s what in current genealogy search trends this is a helpful website to visit.

Click here to visit The Best Genealogy Search Services of 2017 on Top Ten Reviews.

Good luck seeking out your family in 2017!

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Welcome in 2017 with a Genealogy Goal

2017 has arrived! Many of us find the New Year motivates us to seek a fresh perspective and hope for positive changes. As part of your new year why not plan to do some genealogy or learn more about your family roots. Whether you are new to genealogy or a seasoned family historian there is more to find out about your ancestral families and more to share with your living families.

“Remember me in the family tree

My name, my days, my strife;

Then I’ll ride upon the wings of time

And live an endless life.”

–Linda Goetsch

To help you get started this year, click and enjoy reading Beginning Genealogy: How to Get Started the Right Way.

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Printed Photo Books: A Fun Way to Tell A Story and Share a Gift

Looking at digital photos on a computer doesn’t match sitting down with a photo book in hand to reminisce about memories. One of my favorite ways to share family stories is to create photo books from my digital photos. I made my first photo book in 2009 and I haven’t stopped.

Printed photo books are a great ways to use some the many digital photos we are so good at capturing and collecting. When I create a photo book, I essentially put together a visual story of something that I want to preserve and share.

Here are photo books I have created:

  • Memories of my sister and me
  • Family history book of ancestors
  • My parents’ childhood photos
  • Grandchildren (for my mom)
  • My favorite cat
  • My family’s year in photos (a work in progress)
  • Tours of ancestral homes
  • Vacations
  • Favorite family recipes (a future project)

The possibilities are endless. I have a friend who makes a photo book every year for each of her children that highlights activities and memories of their year. Then she gives them the photo books as Christmas gifts.

If you are new to digital photo books there are many companies that provide software and printing services. Shutterfly and Costco Photo Center online are some options I like to use. Most companies retain a copy of your photo book online so you can reorder your book in the future or share it for others to purchase.

Give the Gift of Memories

The holidays are here and many of us are shopping and planning for gifts for family and friends. As you think of what to give your family, consider giving them the gift of family memories. Share a family story or family photographs that can be enjoyed over and over.

There are many ways to do this. I like to give gifts that use family photos and I’m a fan of digital photo books. Why not add a family story to the photo. No matter how you share your memories, you will give a gift that will matter to your family.

Below are two websites that I use to create digital photo books:

Shutterfly provides a lot of design options and offers holiday promotions.

Costco Photo Center is less expensive than Shutterfly but still offers enough design options. No shipping costs if you pick up finished photo books in a Costco warehouse. You can order photo books and have them sent to any warehouse for family to pick up and purchase.