There is a rather bewildering choice of genealogy software today with many different packages to choose from.
Fortunately most family tree programmes will read data prepared by another make of programme. GEDCOM stands for GEnealogical Data COMmunications and is a generic, database format designed to allow users to share family history database files between differing genealogy software programs. To create a GEDCOM file (in most programs), go to "File, Export to GEDCOM" and create a new file with a ".ged" file extension after the name. To read another person's GEDCOM file (in most programs), go to "File, Import from GEDCOM" and create a new database file that can be opened in your genealogy software program. This will not merge with your existing database file unless you indicate that you wish for the two files to be merged.
Cumberland Family Tree
Family Tree Legends
Family Tree Maker
Kith and Kin
Personal Ancestral FileRelatively Yours
The Master Genealogist
A good directory of genealogy software is at
A guide is available at:
Provides even more choices and links!
When your Family Tree is finished (is it ever??!!) why not have it custom printed on one sheet of paper at Genealogy Printers
is a useful source of current information on genealogy software.
Bill Pearson's Links for Genealogists