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Published: Saturday, April 27 2013 5:00 a.m. MDT

Updated: Wednesday, March 19 2014 5:56 p.m. MDT

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Gracie
Boise, ID

After all the many family group chart organizational systems I've tried, I find the easiest one is the color-coded system I learned at the FHL that corresponds well to the fan chart in Family Tree. I don't number my families anymore because when I did I still had to have some kind of cross-check index to tell me what a specific family's number was. I prefer to have related groups filed together. The colors on internal file folders within hanging files show my father's father's lines as one color, father's mother's as another, and the same thing goes for my mother's father's and mother's mother's lines. The colored groupings are in file boxes I alphabetize by surname (or given, if no surname exists), and I put same-name families in order by earliest birthdate to latest. All information about a person until he's an adult goes into his parents' file. After that time, he has his own file. Collateral lines are filed alphabetically behind closest relative grouping. It's terribly simple conceptually and I can put my hands on what I need very quickly.

Clifton Palmer McLendon
Gilmer, Texas

For me, Personal Ancestral File is the ne plus ultra of family history data programs.

Gracie
Boise, ID

If you like that, you should love RootsMagic as a next step up, one that is upgraded as often as needed (which you know won't happen anymore with Personal Ancestral File). It's got all the extras needed for new genealogical technology, syncs beautifully with Family Tree / FamilySearch, and is remarkably inexpensive and easy to use. Much of it will look the same to you because the principles and basic steps involved are very similar to PAF.

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