|Computer Special Interest Group Meeting -
13 September 1997
Ancestral Quest (Alison Dudley Forte)
- Brothers' Keeper (Judii Rempel) - Family
Tree Maker (Doug Hay) - Legacy (Doug Stobbs)
- Personal Ancestral File (Blair Barr) - Reunion
ANCESTRAL QUEST is put out
by Incline Software in Salt Lake City. CD-Rom comes with Ancestral
Quick Tour, Hammond Maps, Konica Picture Show and Genealogy Resources.
- Version 2 costs, $39.95 US for diskette, CD-Rom $44.95(US),
plus $5.00 shipping/handling. Order from: Incline Software, Voice:
1-800-825-8864, Fax: 801-273-1535, or P.O. Box 17788, Salt Lake
- The online version without hardcopy manual is $37.95 (US)(without
hardcopy manual) from:
Technical Support: 801-278-5886 or
KEEPER is shareware. In the case of BK, the test drive period
is pretty much up to the user's discretion and very few features
crippled in the unregistered version. No Macintosh version has been
developed or is planned. A DOS version (5.2) is is still available
via the website identified below.
- For the AFHS Computer SIG participants, copies can be purchased
from the SIG (i.e. Frank Morrow). For $5.00 you can get the two
necessary files (v. 5F) on two disks that you can upload to a
PC operating either Windows 3.1 or Windows 95.
- If not part of the SIG, you can download a copy of the two files
from the Brothers' Keeper website
- You can also send a letter or fax to the developer: John Steed,
6907 Childsdale Ave, Rockford, MI 49341 U.S.A. [FAX 616-866-3345].
- The cost to register it (whether downloaded or ordered directly)
is $49.00 (US).
- Apart from the SIG, there is another sources of support for
BK. One can email the developer (his email address is on the website
above), or you can join the Brothers' Keeper listserv - a subscription
to folks who talk about the pros, cons, uses and abuses of BK.
Send an e-mail note, addressed to
, with the subject of "SUBSCRIBE" [no quotation marks
required]. Don't type anything in the message area. You will get
an acknowledgement/instructions within a day. The developer keeps
an eye on the dialogue and will participate if directly invited.
LEGACY --20 Reasons
to Buy Legacy--
- Huge Capacities
- Wide Variety of Reports
- Publish Books
- Blank Reports and Forms
- Powerful, Intelligent Merging of Duplicates
- Multiple Parents
- Birthday and Anniversary Calendars
- View Relationships
- Complete Source Documentation
- View Multiple Family Files at the Same Time
- Powerful Searching Capabilities
- Date Calculator
- QuickFill Fields
- Bookmarks and History List
- Alternate Name and Events
- Pictures and Sounds
- Import Personal Ancestral File and GEDCOM Files
- Export Files to GEDCOM, Ancestral File and TempleReady
- Completely Customizable
- Complete LDS Support
- Extensive Context-sensitive Help While You Work
Family Tree Maker
FAMILY TREE MAKER
is readily available in Calgary from a number of retail outlets.
Apart from coming complete with some data, this software was probably
the first to offer it's purchasers the option of uploading their
family history onto the software site.
A recent 'survey', determined that at least three versions are presently
- Version 3.02 Basic --- Future Shop $30 with 1 CD
- Version 4.0 III Delux --- Computer City $60 with 4 CD's
- Version 4.0 III Canadian --- Currently out of stock $100 with
- Upgrade to 4.0 --- Broderbund $30 @ 1-800-315-0672
Purchases may be made via their website, where there is also a
lot of good genealogical information and some software support.
V. 4 III Canadian costs $99 (US) if you purchase it online (charge
card details required).
Personal Ancestral File
PERSONAL ANCESTRAL FILE (PAF) is the official
genealogical software of the Latter Day Saints (Morman) Church.
It is available in DOS, Windows and Macintosh formats.
There is a webpage dedicated to this software known as PAF
Review. More detail to follow.
REUNION is developed by Leister Productions. This
software is graphic-based and is extremely easy to use. It follows
all the GEDCOM protocols.
For Macintosh (Sys 7 & OS 8.0) Reunion
for Mac v. 4.0 is presently being upgraded to 5.0 (out anytime)
for Macs. This website provides reviews, free demos, free updates,
ReunionTalk digest, free download for Reunion Player, Articles,
Links to other genealogical users, and has pages from new software
up as well. They also provide a free limited usable download from
their web site as well as a Reunion Player. One can send a file
and Reunion Player for that platform to someone and the person can
then view the contents of the file as it would be in Reunion.
- Purchase can be direct from Leister Productions, Inc. or from
mailorder houses such as MacWarehouse (Toronto), MacConnections,
PC Connections or from Chalmers Communications in Edmonton. Full
purchase price about $119.00 US or about $150 Canadian. Upgrade
price from Reunion 4.0 to 5.0 will be $ 39.95 US for registered
For Windows 3.1 and Win95 Reunion
for Windows v. 4.0 is available but the upgrade will not be
ready until near Christmas due to the fact Reunion for Windows was
sold to Sierra. The features in "Sierraunion" appear to
be same as in Mac version 5.0.
Other A link to other
genealogical software on this site for your convenience.