Monday, January 28, 2013

Genealogy Software Versions 10 Years Ago...

My friend and colleague, J. Paul Hawthorne, is President of the Computer Genealogy Society of San Diego (CGSSD), and I'm a member of this group.

Paul was perusing past issues of the CGSSD newsletter and found this list of genealogy software from early 2003:

In 2003, RootsMagic was a new product - Version 1.0 - replacing Family Origins 10.0.  Legacy Family Tree was on Version 4 (just released), and Family Tree Maker for Windows was in Version 10.

Ten years later, the capabilities of the genealogy software programs are greatly improved with features that not many of us foresaw in 2003.

Thank you, Paul, for the trip down memory lane.

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Jacqi Stevens said...

Randy, I had to laugh when I saw the title to your post tonight, and the question, "Is it time to upgrade?"

I'm still using my old Family Tree Maker version 4.40 for Windows 95, from January 14, 1998. Can you tell my upgrade is way overdue?

Now that I hear Microsoft is no longer planning on supporting some of these old versions of Windows, I guess I'll have to get my act together and do some comparative shopping. It's not that procrastination is my middle name; I just have too many notes-to-self from decades of research that I hate to give up.

But give up, I must...apparently. I'll be re-reading your posts on this closely!

Anonymous said...

Reading this made me think about the first software package I used for genealogy. Most of what I used when I started are no longer around. If I think back another 10-15 years to the mid 80s - early 90s. Software that ran in DOS. I think I was using ROOTS III for quite awhile there. At some time in those years, I used Brothers Keeper, PAF, and Cumberland Family Tree as I recall, just can't recall when I changed from one to the other and why I changed. I finally settled on Family Origins from Parsons, and then RootsMagic, which I still use to this day on my Windows machine.