The choice of a genealogy software program or database is personal decision. Most programs will serve the basic function of letting you enter, edit, and review data, import and export GEDCOMS, print reports, family group records, pedigree charts, etc., while some offer more advanced features. The decision is sometimes limited by your operating system -- not all programs will work on every system. Some genealogy software programs can be downloaded for free, and many software companies will allow you to download a free, trial version. Ease of use, available features . . . and cost, are some of the determining factors. Several genealogy magazines and websites publish annual reviews of current genealogy programs.
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