The Argument for Building an Offline Version of Your Family Tree

I am a big fan of storing all sorts of personal data, including my family tree, both online and also offline (in my computer’s hard drive). I like online access because of the increased security (assuming it is encrypted), the automatic backups, and the ease of access to the information when traveling, even when traveling to a local genealogy society meeting.

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Simon Orde, the owner of the colorfully named company Calico Pie, has a different viewpoint. After all, he and his company produce Family Historian, one of the very popular genealogy programs for Windows. Simon has written an article that provides his opinions of online versus offline storage. I will say that his article makes a lot of sense.

If you have an interest in the topic, I suggest you read The Argument for Building an Offline Version of Your Family Tree by Simon Orde that has been published in the Findmypast web site at: https://goo.gl/SzM1Qi.

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Excuse my ignorance but is the information I put on Family Tree Builder and Family Tree Maker considered offline and stuff I put on MyHeritage.com and Ancestry.con considered online? And do I keep the information on Builder and Maker even if I drop my subscription to MyHeritage and Ancestry?

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    —> is the information I put on Family Tree Builder and Family Tree Maker considered offline and stuff I put on MyHeritage.com and Ancestry.con considered online?

    Yes.

    —> And do I keep the information on Builder and Maker even if I drop my subscription to MyHeritage and Ancestry?

    Yes. In both cases, the use of the online services (MyHeritage.com and Ancestry.com) are entirely optional. You can use them or not, as you wish.

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Can you tell me which app is good to use for offline? Family tree Maker? or? Can you email me my reply. Thank you

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    —> Can you tell me which app is good to use for offline? Family tree Maker?

    Almost all genealogy programs work offline. However, if you want to have BOTH online and offline capabilities built into one program that will offer a 2-way sync (both send and receive) within seconds by clicking on one icon, I suggest either Family Tree Builder (works with MyHeritage.com) or Family Tree Maker (works with Ancestry.com). In addition, RootsMagic will be adding similar capabilities soon. See http://www.rootsmagic.com/ancestry/ for details about RootsMagic and Ancestry.com.

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Is Ancestry.com moving forward with no longer syncing to FTM Jan 2017.

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