Bill's Genealogy Blog

Bill Buchanan is a long-time genealogy enthusiast, living in Spruce Grove, Alberta, Canada. This blog will describe my experiences as I research my family history and help others.

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Location: Spruce Grove, Alberta, Canada

I am a retired online school teacher. I love family history. Since 2007, I have spent much of my time providing part-time support for the world's largest free family history site This is very rewarding. I have helped others with the Family Tree and related FamilySearch products.
Since April 2010, I have served in the Edmonton Riverbend Family History Centre. I have a FHC blog at Bill's Family History Center Blog For information the Latter-day Saints and family history click

Monday, January 25, 2010

Free web sites My old web page has disappeared. I will miss it. It has been with me since at least 2002. In recent years I have moved on to larger sites. proved to be undependable, as the site was up and down like a yoyo. So far has proven to be excellent in the 13 months I have used it. Synching to nFS At present my big task is using Ancestral Quest 12.1 to synchonize my database with, which should go public sometime in the next year or two. Why bother? Well, if I die tomorrow, my genealogy will not be lost, even if the interest in genealogy skips a generation, as it often does. Genealogy software I few minutes ago I made this posting to Dick Eastman's blog: I am sure that Rootsmagic is a wonderful program, and when I have some extra time I will probably try [the free RootsMagic] Essentials. Right now I am using Ancestral Quest to synchronize my PAF database with new familysearch. Ancestral Quest also has some features that PAF does not, so why do I hold onto PAF? 1. ease of use 2. familiarity, which makes it super fast 3. advanced focus filter of great flexibility 4. unbeatable free support locally and at 1-866-406-1830 5. notes of unlimited size (PAF is my filing cabinet) 6. ease of creating a web site 7. support for multiple languages and scripts 8. ability to run program and data from a flash drive I note that the lastest RootsMagic now has points 7 & 8. I have tried to love Legacy, I am trying to enjoy Ancestral Quest, and I am curious about RootsMagic, but in most situations PAF gets my job done easier and faster. PAF (Personal Ancestral File) is free from


Anonymous Sanjay Maharaj said...

I admire your belief in preserving records and passing it onto the next generation, you are doing ht eright thing in preserving and ensuring continuity.
All the best in your work with all the records you have

Saturday, January 30, 2010 at 4:42:00 PM MST  
Blogger Dr. Bill (William L.) Smith said...

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Saturday, January 30, 2010 at 6:16:00 PM MST  
Blogger Dr. Bill (William L.) Smith said...

Be sure to give RootsMagic a try. I have used it for some time.
Welcome to the Geneabloggers family. Hope you find the association fruitful; I sure do. I'm fairly new, as well, and have found it most stimulating, especially some of the Daily Themes.

Keeping telling your ancestor stories!

Dr. Bill ;-)
Author of "13 Ways to Tell Your Ancestor Stories"

Saturday, January 30, 2010 at 7:14:00 PM MST  
Blogger hummer said...

I am totally in agreement with you about paf, I use Ancestry with it too. Because of challenges I have seen as a Support person also, I have not even gone into the area of syncing.
Welcome to Geneabloggers.

Sunday, January 31, 2010 at 9:39:00 PM MST  
Blogger hummer said...

Oh my, I just realized you give me advice all the time through Skype Chat. Mercy what a small world.

Sunday, January 31, 2010 at 9:44:00 PM MST  

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