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From: "Denise L. Moss-Fritch" <>
Subject: RE: [APG] Genealogy programs
Date: Mon, 4 Nov 2002 21:27:50 -0800
Good Evening Patricia,
<sigh> You ask the following question:
> The only question I'm asking then is, "Which program do you
> personally use?"
And probably this question too:
> if any, program(s) meet standards...or which
> comes the closest before you commit to a word processing file.
I am probably your "worst" source. I started with PAF, version 1 for
CP/M +. Since the early 1980s I have "tried" or "used" just about
everything in the USA (PAF, FTM, UFT, Generations Family Tree, Legacy,
Family Origin, TMG, and more) and a couple in Europe (Heredis and Family
Historian). Probably a bit of "collecting" and a bit of "curiosity" by
me too as I work in Silicon Valley's software industry (a technical
writer these past 20 years).
I have yet to find any _one_ single genealogical application that will
record information as I desire. My biggest complaint is the assumption
(no, the insistence) that gender is only "M, F, ?", and something few
genealogical applications will permit. Some people are born neither XX
or XY, but between. This list already ran into that problem a year ago.
The only software I ever found that did not make such an assumption was
"Ancestors and Descendents", however they discontinued operation a year
or so ago.
I would also like to find a single application that allowed me to
research without tying that research to someone already recorded in the
database. In other words, an ongoing research log that is not individual
(within the database) dependent.
As for "word processing", any of the standard (Word, WordPerfect, Star
Office, even WordStar) will do for most reports. For real books, I
prefer Ventura (by Corel) or FrameMaker (by Adobe) publishing software
which are designed for books (repetitive design structures).
Afraid the above comments are not much of a help.
Denise L. Moss-Fritch
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