GSE341 – Getting Started with Genealogy

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Have you ever wanted to research genealogy and learn about your family history, but weren’t sure where to start? Then episode 341 of Geekiest Show Ever is just for you! Elisa walks us through how to get started using the free and paid versions of as well as other tools like MacFamilyTree and more. Melissa shares a quick check-in on Distance Learning with the ways she’s flexing her geekery at home to get through another day. Elisa gives us even more tips for using watchOS 7 for sleep tracking and shopping — though not at the same time — we’ll save that for another show!

Apps & Tips:

  • Use an app on your computer or mobile device in addition to an tree. There are facts, stories, or photos you may not want made publicly available online for various reasons.
Ancestry - Family History app link
app: Ancestry – Family History
  • MacFamilyTree by Synium Software GmbH
    This goes on sale at least once per year so you might be able to get it at a discounted price. The macOS app is currently $59.99. They offer a free demo version. There is also a version for iPhone and iPad that currently costs $29.99
MacFamilyTree app icon
app: MacFamilyTree for macOS
MobileFamilyTree 9
app: MobileFamilyTree 9 for iOS and iPadOS
  • Heredis 2021
    Currently, it’s on sale for $23.99 until October 6. It normally costs $50.00. There are other platforms besides Mac and iOS.
Heredis 2021
app: Heredis 2021
  • Reunion used to be the app everyone used on the Mac. It’s now it’s up to version 12 and priced at $99.00. The web site is very dated and it doesn’t reflect when the software was updated, but it seems like the message boards are current. It may be worth checking out to see if it has the features you want or need.
  • You’ve probably heard phrases like “first cousin once removed” or “second great uncle.” It’s quite confusing to figure out the relationships of distant family. A nice feature of Ancestry is that it discloses the relationship of a person to you. For example, when you enter info for your mother’s sister, underneath the death date it will say Aunt. Sadly, there’s no way to figure out how one person is related to another automatically.
  • You don’t need a membership or account to look at these articles. It gives a nice overview of how to research, then what to do with records once you find them:

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