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By Charles Hopkins Published 01/19/2007 | Genealogy

When you are ready to begin to research your family history on the computer, you are going to want to invest in some genealogy software. There are many different types on the market today, and it is important that you find software that fits your needs as well as your budge.

There is a wide variety of genealogy software on the market today, and when you are considering which type is best for you, it is good to know that the different types of software operate differently. There are different ways of formatting data, different charts that are produced, and different methods of organizing information.  You might even have a chance to make your research go much faster using software, because you will be able to search for patterns in the data.

When you are selecting a genealogy program for yourself, you  need to consider first what is right for you. You will be able to enter your family information in most of the different programs, but you need to decide on what kind of money you wish to spend on these programs. The more expensive programs are going to have more data available, and are going to have more advanced functions for inputting the data that you have found. The best way to figure out what kind of software is best for you is to make a list of requirements and then test out different programs to see which fits your needs. Most software will come with test functions so that you can do just that.

There are several things that you need to keep in mind when you are making a list of requirements for your genealogy software. First of all, what kinds of things do you want to do with the information you gather? If you want to create wall-sized family trees or web pages, you might need more expensive software. Also, you should ask yourself if you plan on sharing the information you discover with anyone, or simply using it for yourself. Some software programs allow you to share the information you have gathered much more easily. If you plan on writing a book with the information you gather, you should look for a software program that contains helpful software for writing a book. You should also take into consideration whether you would rather enter data using the keyboard, or if you would rather click from box to box with a mouse, because you can buy software that operates in either way. Another important thing to ask yourself is what kind of charts and reports you would like to see in your programs. This will influence what kind of software you should get. The last thing to keep in mind is if you are going to be inputting data that was collected using other software programs. Some programs will allow this easily, and some will not.

Remember that no matter what features you get, you are going to have to put in the time to learn your new software. However, once you have begun your genealogy research, you are going to see results!