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Ancestry is great but I prefer online use
on 14 December 2011
My history. I started an Ancestry.co.uk tree last year.
I got Family Maker 2011 to review- and found it really difficult to integrate with the tree online.
Installed Family Tree Maker 2012- absolute doddle this time to download my very large tree to the PC. Really easy to activate the 3 months free subscription by signing in to my deactivated ancestry account (make sure you remember your password first!).
I just like the look and feel of the online system better. Even if your subscription has expired on the website, you can still look at your tree via an iphone/ipad app. You just can't add documentary evidence to it based on the site. If you really want to print off all your data you can with this program, and certainly trees can get very entangled if you have linked to other people's and want to see multiple descent lines.
The free essentials membership is really for those just starting out- there is plenty there: birth marriages and deaths from 1837, UK census records from 1841 (boy, the wonderful computerised indexation was a massive improvement over searching through microfiches in the 1980s) If you manage to get your ancestors back beyond 1837 then you do need the premium membership (if your particular parish county records have been digitised). Warwickshire has only just come on stream since I let my membership lapse last year, so the essentials package is only for tidying up really.
Practically if you are starting out this is not a bad purchase, but you can cope with just the online system.