About Ben Sayer+

Father and husband. Family historian. Founder, Mint Yogi LLC. Creator, GenealogyTools.com, PracticalCitation,com, and Lineascope.com.

Posts by Ben Sayer

Memberships No Longer Expire

I’ve changed GenealogyTools memberships from expiring annually to non-expiring. All current memberships have been changed to non-expiring. Now GenealogyTools membership helps you accomplish more family history research and be confident in your tools regardless of when you join.

The membership price has been chosen by members long enough for me to determine the price most people consider fair: $25.00. With the extra value of non-expiring membership this might be too low–let me know if it is ;). For now, I’ve set the membership price at $24.97.

Video Guide to Using PC Genealogy Software on Mac

You can run PC genealogy applications (like Family Tree Maker 2012 and RootsMagic) on your Mac, even if it’s just as a supplement to your primary Mac genealogy software.

There are features in the best Windows genealogy software that aren’t in Mac offerings. Family Tree Maker 2012’s ability to synchronize with Ancestry.com and RootsMagic’s full-featured narrative reports spring to mind.

There are essentially three approaches to running PC software:

  • Run Windows on your Mac in a “virtual PC”
  • Make your Mac boot into either OS X or Windows using BootCamp
  • Use a piece of software to do for your genealogy software what Windows would (Windows emulation)

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Ancestry iOS App 3.1 Update: New Feature Review

Ancestry iOS Update IconThe new update to Ancestry’s app for iPad, iPhone, and iPod touch is now available in the app store.

The app can now notify you when Ancestry.com finds  information it thinks relevant to your ancestors. Enabling this optional feature will cause the little red number badge to appear on the Ancestry app icon when Ancestry.com finds new information. If you’d like to use this feature, be sure to allow push notifications when prompted after launching the updated app for the first time. [Read more...]

New Index of Reunion 9 for Mac Tutorials

The new page containing an index of Reunion 9 for Mac tutorials is now complete. You can easily reach it through this site’s menu: Mac -> Reunion.

I got a lot of feedback on the experimental index page. I carefully considered all the comments and chose to create the index for Reunion the same way I did for Family Tree Maker (PC). I’ll be doing the same for RootsMagic and Family Tree Maker for Mac 2.

New Index Page

I changed the family tree maker tutorial index page. Will you look at it for me and give me your feedback? Even if you’re not using that software, I want to know what you think so that I know whether to invest the time it will take to change the index pages for Reunion, RootsMagic, and Family Tree Maker for Mac.

I modeled the index pages after the index in a book. Does this make it easier to find what you’re looking for? Can you think of anything I could do to make it even easier? What else might you want to know on that page?

Please leave me your feedback in a comment on this post or in a quick email.

Adding and Changing a Portrait in Family Tree Maker for Mac 2

Portraits in the Family Tree Maker 2 Pedigree ViewAdding and changing a portrait in Family Tree Maker for Mac 2 (2012) is one of the activities that isn’t very Mac-like. Mac users expect intuitive control of an app. The intuitive action here is to drag and drop the image onto the portrait in the pedigree view or editing panel. Alas, it doesn’t work that way yet.

Having pictures of my ancestors in my pedigree view helps me connect to my main purpose while doing family history research: to revive and keep their stories alive. Like you, I do this by discovering and crafting stories about them that my family members are eager to hear and share. Their faces help create a sense of familiarity.
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Migrating Family Tree Maker 2012 and ‘for Mac 2 Tree Files

The Family Tree Maker for Mac 2 (FTMM2) CD includes a Windows program for converting family tree files between Family Tree Maker (including 2012) and FTMM2.

This is a must-have utility if you want to:

  • share FTM files
  • move between a PC version of FTM and a Mac version
  • keep your FTM 2012 and FTMM2 synchronized (e.g. link FTMM2 with an Ancestry member tree and use FTM 2012 on the same tree, albeit unlinked)

No matter your reason, using the migration utility is better than exporting and importing using GEDCOM. That’s not giving it enough credit! It’s far better than GEDCOM for this purpose. That’s because it doesn’t have to handle all the scenarios GEDCOM does.

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Site Re-Designed

Unless you’re new here, you’ll notice I’ve changed the design of the site. I did this for two reasons:

1. Make it easier for you to find what you’re looking for

2. Enable you to view the site on mobile devices without loss of functions

3. Prepare for additional membership benefits

This change, like the tutorial directory pages for Family Tree Maker (PC and Mac) and Reunion, are part of my current focus on organizing the site for you.

Let me know what you think in a comment.