dynastree.com Offers Free 14-Day Trial Subscription


Free 14-day trial subscription to dynastree’s premium version

We received the following press release about dynastree with a great trial offer:

The family network dynastree.com just deployed a new version which comes with several new features and improvements, such as better hinting, a variety of PDF-lists of one’s family tree, and the possibility to upload and share documents.

Dynastree would like to offer all users the possibility to test the premium subscription with its many additional features, free of charge and with no obligations. Therefore, it is now possible to get a 14-day trial period of the premium services, which can be canceled at any time during the trial period.

This gives users the opportunity to test the many additional premium features dynastree offers before actually subscribing. The premium features include full usage of the recently introduced extended search, a premium family page, automatic profile match, and more. The free PDF-files of one’s family tree included in the regular premium aubscription are not included in the free trial subscription, but it can be converted to a regular subscription at any time.

It is now possible to create different kinds of lists from the family trees, including a list of ancestors, a list of descendants, a birthday list, and a family list. The lists adhere to official genealogical standards and are numbered following the Kekulé-system, an internationally
accepted system that numbers male descendants with even numbers and female descendants with odd numbers, starting at 1 for the original person. Premium users can create as many lists as they like, at no additional charge.

The new features also include the possibility to upload documents of all kinds, such as genealogical records, letters, certificates, etc. These can be shared with family members also active on dynastree, allowing the users to access such documents remotely.

Furthermore, the hinting on dynastree has been improved. The number of matches for each profile is now displayed for each user, premium users can access the actual matches to find possible relatives and collaborate with them.

© 2009, copyright Thomas MacEntee

Genealogy Software Reviews at TopTenREVIEWS


Heads-up to all our readers about a new site (well new to me at least) called TopTenREVIEWS™ which has done a comparison of 10 different genealogy software programs.  For those who are new to the field of genealogy there is even a helpful buying guide video which explains how genealogy software works.

Check out the list and you will see some familiar vendors as well as some with which you may not be acquainted.  The programs are rated based on feature set, ease of use, reporting & publishing, and help/documentation.

In addition, there are links to vendors who seem to have the lowest on-line price for each software program – and there is even a 20% discount coupon for one vendor, Legacy Family Tree.

I wanted to know more about TopTenREVIEWS™, its review process, how it acquires copies of the software, etc. so I could understand whether or not its site might be of value to the genealogy community.  In my e-mails with Brent Ropelato at TopTenREVIEWS™, I was able to get some answers to my inquiries:

  • “Once we determine a site category we attempt to find as many products related to that category as possible at which point we then contact the manufacture and request a complimentary copy for our review purposes.”
  • “We use each program and then that’s where it gets a little interesting – no 2 sites are alike as far as the types of software and the type of person that will be using the software, so we have to take many things into consideration when we rank the products. One of which is the ease of use of the program and the targeted consumer . . . There are several issues we try to factor in when we determine which program we feel is the best overall for the targeted audience. “
  • “After we have determined the ranking order of the products this list is then sent to the marketing department who then contacts the manufactures and sets up an affiliate program with them. As you might guess the manufactures of the higher ranked products love us and the lower ranked manufactures are quite as happy with us. Contrary to what most people think we don’t sell the highest ranking positions – we try to be as non-biased as possible and present what we feel to be a true and accurate review of the products and then let the chips fall where they should.”
  • “Our company generates it revenue from advertising and also from the affiliate programs.”
  • “. . .  not everyone always agrees with us. That’s okay because at worst our site is a great place for people to get a lot of information and a large list of potential products for them to choose from.”

I have to agree with Brent’s last point – at the very least TopTenREVIEWS™ is a good place to start if you are considering the purchase of genealogy software.  You can gather some information and links and then make your own decisions as to purchase or whether your own further research is needed.

© 2009, copyright Thomas MacEntee

Update to RootsMagic 4 Released


News from Bruce Buzbee at the RootsMagic blog states that an update to RootsMagic 4 (version has just been released.

Included in this update is what Bruce says is “a new feature which should prove to be very popular… the ability to automatically fix broken media/image links that occur when you move pictures or move your database and media to a new computer.”

Here are other new and fixed items in the update:

– Added a feature to fix broken media / image links (in the media gallery/album do Tools > Fix broken media links)
– Added the ability to enter Helper mode for another person when using the NFS features
– Added life span (birthyear-deathyear) to parents and children’s spouses in group sheets

– Deleting a fact will now remove the shared copies of that fact instead of leaving phantom witness records (Note: we are still working on a way to delete any pre-existing phanton witness records)
– Edit source screen displays Call# in right panel if one exists
– Shouldn’t sometimes change family in family and descendant view when adding a child
– Double clicking a citation when the citation manager is opened from Explorer now opens Edit Source screen
– Box charts now include prefix and suffix on names
– FTM import now preserves nicknames entered with quotes like William “Bill” Jones