|Almost always include:
Fields that allow you to enter basic family data (names, life event dates and places, etc.)
The means to link all the people in the database so that relationships become clear
Basic printing and charting capability
May also include:
Fields to enter additional data, such as source citations, medical history, roles, etc.
Ability to insert, view and print out images
Extra functionality, such as scrapbooks, timelines, the ability to tract and plan research, search for your Ancestors, print a variety of automated but customized reports and charts, etc."
|Readily available at computer stores, in genealogical book shops, and through online vendors
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To record your findings and more fully understand relationships
To organize your records
To create customized reports and charts
To upload your data to the Internet or search for your Ancestors online
To trace medical history
To track and plan your research
To cite your sources
To develop multimedia scrapbooks/albums
To create a file that can be shared with other family members
To generate specialized reports such as kinship lists or timelines
To publish a family history book