- Jasia wrote My Love/Hate Relationship with Legacy Software at Creative Gene.
- Denise Levenick shared My Needs and Wants for Genealogy Database Software; How Well Does Family Tree Maker Mac2 Measure Up? at Family Curator.
- Shelley Bishop explained How I Use Reunion for Mac as my Genealogy Database at A Sense of Family.
- Review Randy Seaver's Ten Reasons Why I Use a Genealogy Software Program at Genea-Musings.
- Linda McCauley detailed some her favorite tricks in How I Use in My Genealogy Database at Documenting the Details.
I've read and re-read the responses, thought about my frustrations, and settled on a few things I want my Legacy database to do.
- Manage my source and repositories lists
- Provide a master geographic locations list
- Generate basic reports to share with those contacting me for more information
- Record conflicting information or problems
I will not be using Legacy in my digitizing project beyond entering appropriate source information. Many people commented that they used a database to organize documents and images. I don't need that. I can find the computer files I need quickly using my existing digital filing and tagging system. Now if there was a way that Legacy could organize the physical papers and photographs I'd be a lifetime devotee!
Nor will I be using Legacy for cluster research projects. I far prefer spreadsheets to sort and analyze information. I have used Ancestry.com's online trees to gather census information and other source documents for small groups and will probably continue. But so far I don't see a genealogy database helping me with my group projects.
I may learn new methods that will change these views. I joined a Legacy User Group to learn more about the program's features. I'm especially excited to have people I can bounce questions, ideas and problems off of. We'll see how excited they are after a month or two of my questions.
Read the comments on all the blog posts and social media platforms. There are as many ways to use the genealogy database programs as there are users. You may find an idea you hadn't considered.
And thank you again to all who chimed in with your opinions. It was a marvelous discussion.