computer program


I had the same issue. i use a very old version of Family tree Maker. I think it is version 6. it is like a filing cabinet and will take as many names and dates as you want to enter. that is good for me since the family is so large and growing all the time. it is not an online version, but is private to your computer.
Saralea Altman

Eva Lawrence

-- I use FamilyTree Maker 2017,  which I bought as a disc when I was still using Windows 7, so that I could use it without being on the internet or saving my data there. It has rather a lot of bells  and whistles, which I learned to use over time..It is not completely compatible with Windows 10, but does work on my laptop.  There is an online guide book, which is worth consulting,  and the genealogy charts and reports it can produce are particularly useful. It is based on one direct line (horizontal on the screen, not vertical), but it's easy to move to a collateral line..It will It will export and import files as GEDCOM. or pdf. or send them to a printer.  It has no limitations on the size of your tree, except those of storage in your personal computer. It is good if you want to keep two sets of families apart, a you can start separate trees easily, and back them up into your own document library and retrieve them from there. Drawbacks are that there are no easily available diacritical symbols (French accents, umlauts etc) .and it doesn't allow easily for Jewish alternative names. For a large set of names, it has a very efficient search engine, which will sort out people with similar  names.. A drawback for me is its autocompletion habit  for place names, that i have to keep a careful eye on, but it compensates by weeding out obvious typos...
It syncs with Ancestry if you prefer that, but you'd probably have to keep up a subscription.
All that said, I don't know whether you can still buy it, but the above does give you an idea of what to look out for..
Eva Lawrence
St Albans, UK.

Ellen Barnett Cleary

I too use Family Tree Maker. It is still available and I use the latest version. I have a LOT of names and FRM handles them well. I like it best because of the reports you can generate with it. You can also designate partner, companion, spouse, etc. and you can show the marriage of two people of the same gender. 

My my only complaint is that it will not allow you to show stepchildren in a descendant report. I realize they are not technically descendants but it really disturbs me that there is no way to show them as children in the family. But I don’t know of any other program that handles this any better. 

If you have a lot of names it allows you to compact your file. It is easy to do this.  The link is under tools. I found this important to do every so often to keep my data correct. 

You can can choose to link it to Ancestry or not, which ever you prefer. 

Ellen Barnett Cleary 
San Francisco CA. USA