Ruth's Genealogy

“I don't know who my grandfather was; I am much more concerned to know what his grandson will be.” -Abraham Lincoln

“Which paid genealogy tool do you appreciate the most? What special features put it at the top of your list? How can it help others with their genealogy research?”

I use several “tools” every day:

RootsMagicI have tried almost every genealogy database program available and RootsMagic is by far my favorite. Simple, intuitive, gives me what I want. What else could I ask for? (P. S. Sure hope there’s an iPhone app coming soon!)

PaintShop ProI Love PSP! Although no longer available from originator Jasc Software, I have used it for years for image editing. If it ain’t broke, why fix it?– Corporate monster that it is, is still absolutely essential to genealogy research. Less than $200/yr for U. S. records subscription. Work at home, in pajamas, at 3AM on Christmas Day, now do that 365 days/year VS time, mileage, traffic, hours of operation. Did I mention with cat in lap?

Honorable mentions: GenealogyBank and NewspaperARCHIVE for historical newspapers and documents, Fold3 for military records.


52 Weeks of Abundant Genealogy by Amy Coffin is a series of weekly blogging prompts (one for each week of 2012) that invite genealogists and others to discuss resources in the genealogy community including websites, applications, libraries, archives, genealogical societies and more. You do not have to be a blogger to participate. If you do not have a genealogy blog, write down your thoughts on your computer, or simply record them on paper and keep them with your files.

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