The following is a Plus Edition article written by and copyright by Dick Eastman.
A newsletter reader wrote a while ago and described his tale of woe. He is unhappy with his current genealogy software and asked about any “reliable” genealogy software that will be supported for years into the future. Here is an excerpt from his e-mail:
From 1996 until 2004, I used Family Tree Maker (FTM) to maintain the records of the 2,000 people in my family history file. I switched to Family Tree Legends (FTL) on the basis of a recommendation in your newsletter and because it permitted direct conversion of the FTM file to FTL (including “books” and photos) with distribution of a “shareable CD” to family members a nice bonus saving me the necessity of printing “Books”.
Although I still have my Family Tree Maker file as it existed a few years ago, I’ve only updated the Family Tree Legends file since I made the conversion. It seems that FTL is at death’s door. Unfortunately FTL does not have the ability to export a file in Family Tree Maker format. It does permit exporting a file in GEDCOM format but the “Books” and photos are lost.
I feel I should get my records onto a database for which the software will be maintained. If you agree with my conclusion about FTL, do have you a recommendation and especially any ideas about how to convert the “books” notes, facts and photos?
I am sure that many others have similar questions, so I thought I would share my comments with all Plus Edition subscribers.