[Ger-Poland-Volhynia] Software recomendations

Peter chamdo4ever at gmail.com
Mon Dec 29 12:11:19 PST 2014

Hi Mike,

Like I mentioned in my response to Richard, I was a user of The Master
Genealogist for many years, but finally converted my TMG database to
the Gramps software earlier this year ( https://gramps-project.org ).

There's a handy little software called tmg2gramps which was extremely
helpful to me in that regard. There is no denying that using
tmg2gramps takes a bit of effort, but I found it to be worthwhile as I
was able to import all of my TMG data to Gramps with little or no
loss. Details of using tmg2gramps can be found here:


Hope that helps,


On Mon, Dec 29, 2014 at 2:54 PM, MIKE MCHENRY <maurmike1 at verizon.net> wrote:
> I'm also in need of new software. I had been using a program called "the
> Master Genealogist" TMG. They're exiting the business and technical support
> ended this month. Anyone have a strong feeling of what is the best program?
> One of TMG's strong points is it could import data directly from most
> programs  without going through gedcom.
> -----Original Message-----
> From: Ger-Poland-Volhynia [mailto:ger-poland-volhynia-bounces at sggee.org] On
> Behalf Of Peter
> Sent: Monday, December 29, 2014 1:10 PM
> To: Germans SGGEE
> Cc: Richard Boltz
> Subject: Re: [Ger-Poland-Volhynia] Software recomendations
> Hi Richard,
> Sure, you could go with Family Tree Maker. I would not feel
> comfortable using it myself, but a lot of people do seem to use it.
> To my knowledge, Ancestry -- with the possible exception of linking to
> Family Tree Maker -- will only ever let you export your data in the
> Gedcom format (someone please correct me if I'm wrong). The
> disadvantage to Gedcom is that it is possible to lose data when
> transferring between different versions of software, let alone with
> different kinds of software. I just find that to be completely
> unacceptable.
> My own software of choice is Gramps:
> https://gramps-project.org
> One of the reasons that I like Gramps is that it's Open Source and
> hence, completely free -- both free as in beer, and free as in your
> important genealogical data is not locked down to some closed source,
> proprietary format (like Family Tree Maker, etc.)
> Also, thanks to it being Open Source, Gramps can be run on Windows,
> Mac, and Linux -- all versions of Gramps are free, and all are
> actively being developed by Open Sources coders the world over -- not
> just a single coder or two at one company. And you can export and
> import your Gramps database between the different computer operating
> systems without ANY loss of data! The Gedcom standard certainly can't
> boast that.
> Yet, you can still perform a Gedcom export from Gramps and import that
> to Ancestry if you like. That keeps Ancestry as a secondary, online
> source of your data, but all of your primary data can still be
> maintained and kept free (in every sense) in Gramps.
> I was a devotee of The Master Genealogist for years, but that was
> Windows only. When I began using Linux as my primary operating system,
> I explored Gramps and finally converted my entire database to Gramps
> earlier this year. Turns out that was very prescient, as The Master
> Genealogist is no longer being developed and the security updates end
> on December 31st of this year, a few days from now....
> Being left in the lurch by closed, proprietary software (like That
> Master Genealogist or countless others) is something that will never
> happen with Gramps.
> If you're curious to learn about importing your own genealogical data
> into Gramps from other sources, visit this link:
> https://gramps-project.org/wiki/index.php?title=Import_from_another_genealog
> y_program
> It's all free of charge, and insures that your genealogical data will
> be liberated for posterity.
> And just like the SGGEE, Gramps has a handy mailing list community
> which is very helpful to new and old users:
> https://gramps-project.org/contact/
> I hope that helps,
> Peter
> On Mon, Dec 29, 2014 at 12:37 PM, Richard Boltz
> <ricardo.tornillo.g at gmail.com> wrote:
>> Looking for suggestions for software.  I have been using Ancestry.com for
>> research and entering data, photos, comments , etc.  I now realize that I
>> am tied to Ancestry forever for access to my work.  Their Family Tree
> Maker
>> looked like a great option because it said it syncs your software, say on
>> my PC, with the online information. I assume that all the information is
>> downloaded to my PC.  Looking at some reviews of the latest version were
>> not so positive.   Thanks for any help.
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