Behind the Curtain

Things I Use To Do My Genealogy

My operating system is Microsoft Windows 8. I use and enjoy Microsoft Office products, especially Word, Excel and OneNote. I am also a big fan of Google and all things Google+Scandia Musings & More proudly resides on Blogger. I encourage anyone to check out Lisa Louise Cooke's podcasts and website to learn more about how to get the most out of Google products.

I use Legacy Family Tree for my genealogy databases. I have tried other software programs but have found that Legacy does it for me! I am a firm believer in loyalty - learn to use your database to its fullest capacity and make it work for you (rather than jumping around to the newest thing). I also have some favorite add-on programs that make my research easier and more fun - they include Animap Plus, Centennia Historical Atlas, Family Atlas, GenSmarts, and Transcript. I enjoy mapping programs that combine history with geography because they can give you a sense of what was happening at a particular point in time - context - it will help you answer the who, what, when & why questions. In genealogy it is all about location. Knowing where something happened is half the battle in finding the corresponding information that will help you answer all the other questions. I also appreciate the beauty of programs that provide an assist either with the research process (let's hear it for artificial intelligence) or making it clearer and easier to transcribe all those documents we find on our searches.