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New genealogy system has plenty of pluses

There’s a new kid in town.

Rootstrust, a multi-platform genealogy system, is arriving in early February with version 1.0.

Developers say the system is “very stable” and will import files of the recently departed Family Tree Maker, Master Genealogist and other programs “with relative ease and speed.”

Written in Java, the same program will allow rootstrust to operate on Windows, MacOS and Linux systems. The database also is independent of the operating system. This will enable users to access and preserve genealogy data regardless of the computer they use; the database can be synced with the cloud.

The program also can run on a specially formatted USB device (available on the rootstrust website) to enable full portability of the program and database across computers and operating environments.

Readers can try rootstrust free for 30 days. It sells for $25 but will increase to $45 “early in 2016.” I suspect this price increase will follow the formal release of the program at the Rootstech 2016 conference from Feb. 3 to 6 in Salt Lake City.

To learn more about this program, see nine screen views, and purchase or get a trial, go to rootstrust.com.

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Readers often ask me what is “the best” genealogy program, or which one I use and recommend. Like most things, none of them is perfect or does exactly what we’d like it to do. It usually boils down to personal preference, but there is an online reference that will let you compare the major programs available. This 2016 Best Genealogy Software Review is at www.gene alogy-software-review .toptenreviews.com.

The software I use isn’t on the “best” list. I use Reunion, which is designed for Mac users. You’ll quickly note from the comparisons that most genealogy software is Windows based.

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The annual Pinellas Genealogy Society Seminar is fast approaching. The event is scheduled for Feb. 13; but after Feb. 6, the cost of admission increases.

Well-known national speaker and Floridian Ann Staley will be the primary presenter with four lectures: “Piecing Together the Everyday Lives of Your Ancestors”; “How to Attack Research Brick Walls”; “Organizing, Analyzing and Sharing Your Genealogical Data”; and “Exploring Popular and Not-So-Well-Known Free Websites.”

There also will be three break-out sessions with Debbe Hagner discussing the FamilySearch.org website; Debra Fleming on the pre-1850 censuses; and Liz Pearson taking a look at the records of the British National Archives in Kew, London.

The registration fee of $40 for members or $45 for nonmembers includes a continental breakfast, box lunch, raffles and door prizes. After Feb. 6, the fee is $50. The event will be at the Largo Public Library at 120 Central Park Drive, Largo. Readers can get more details at www .flpgs.org/NMbrs/seminar/2016/Sem16.aspx.

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The National Institute on Genealogical Research — widely known as NIGR — has changed its name to the Genealogical Institute on Federal Records. It is now using the shortened moniker Gen-Fed. Founded in 1960, the original three-week course offered a general genealogical program at the National Archives. In 1987, the schedule narrowed to a single-week study of federal records, so the new name better fits the mission and focus of the program.

Details on the July program are available at www .gen-fed.org/home/gen-fed-2016.

Sharon Tate Moody is a professional genealogist. Send your genealogical methodology questions and event announcements to her at [email protected] Past Heritage Hunting columns are available online at tbo.com, search words “Sharon Tate Moody.”

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