Open Thread Thursday – Running Multiple Genealogy Software Programs

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These week’s topic for Open Thread Thursday comes from Susan of Nolichucky Roots who asks if other genealogy researchers use more than one genealogy software program:

I notice many bloggers mentioning that they use multiple programs for their databases and am curious why. Are they used differently? Kept in sync with each other? Is it just a “grass is greener” hunt for THE perfect program?

I have two running right now – an antique version of FTM and Legacy 7. But I’ve yet to fully commit to Legacy 7 and keep thinking about what else is out there. As a Mac user I’d love to find something on that side but my mind boggles at the thought of transferring all the attached and linked media.

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Please either post on today’s topic of genealogy software at your own blog and then post the link here in the comments or simply add your two cents in the comments section:

  • Which genealogy software program do you use and why?
  • If you use more than one program, list them and tell us why you use more than one program.
  • How do you “sync” multiple programs? Do you simply enter the data more than one time? Do you export data from one program and import into another?
  • What do you think about the inter-changeability of data between genealogy software programs? Do you fear data loss if you export your data and import into a different program? What improvements would you like software makers to make?

This is a great topic for this week’s Open Thread Thursday! And please, if you have a topic you’d like to see discussed among your genealogy blogging colleagues, please contact us and we’ll take it under consideration.

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About Thomas MacEntee

What happens when a “tech guy” with a love for history gets laid off during The Great Recession of 2008? You get Thomas MacEntee, a genealogy professional who’s also a blogger, educator, author, social media connector, online community builder and more. Thomas was laid off after a 25-year career in the information technology field, so he started his own genealogy-related business called High Definition Genealogy. He also created an online community of over 3,000 family history bloggers known as GeneaBloggers. His most recent endeavor, Hack Genealogy, is an attempt to “re-purpose today’s technology for tomorrow’s genealogy.” Thomas describes himself as a lifelong learner with a background in a multitude of topics who has finally figured out what he does best: teach, inspire, instigate, and serve as a curator and go-to-guy for concept nurturing and inspiration. Thomas is a big believer in success, and that we all succeed when we help each other find success.


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