I recently received an email from someone at the beginning of their One-Name or Surname Study. The email contained several questions, which I am going to split into four posts. This is post three.
Is there any advice on reconstructing families using a Mac?
Whether you use a Mac or a Windows device, I always recommend using genealogical software. For those that listened to the recording What to look for that suits your (One-Name/Surname) Study that I gave a few weeks ago, I explained about the options available – some genealogists use Excel for genealogical trees. I am way to impatient to invest the time in making those trees using Excel. In short, use the right tool for the job, and what suits your study, and to be mindful of making the most of the time you have available for your study and further research.
There are fewer genealogical software options for those that are using Mac computers. The software options available are:
Those marked * are the most commonly used with Guild of One-Name Studies members.
My advice remains the same, take each software option for a “spin”! Download where possible, any trial offering. Seek out comments from others, the Guild has a number of members using Mac’s and they no doubt will have preferences, many were awaiting the release of Roots Magic 8 as that is now able to run without an emulator on Macs.
For those who are using a Mac and wanting to have a website hosted by the Guild as a member benefit (Members Website Project (MWP)), and to use TNG (The Next Generation) are still able to do so, as long as the genealogical program used has the capability of creating a GEDCOM.
Choosing software, and all the considerations that go along with that choice are discussed as part of the Practicalities of a One-Name Study course.