PROS / The Master Genealogist is packed with features for publishing bibliographies, tables of contents and other documentation.
CONS / The terminology and depth of this program may be daunting if you're a beginner.
VERDICT / This is a great product for academic or professional research and documentation. You can learn a lot from this software, but it may be overwhelming for first-timers.
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The Master Genealogist (TMG) is genealogy software tailor-made for professional researchers and academic projects. This software can generate a list of citations, events names, people, places, repositories, sources, tag types, tasks and witnesses for your research. Sources, tags, places, events and styles file into easily organized master lists. However, this software can feel somewhat inaccessible if you're new to family tree research.
TMG numbers sources to keep track of your material and make it easy to use the same source multiple times. It also creates a variety of complex and simple graphics to display your family research. With this software, you can generate an ahnentafel and complex charts such as kinship reports, relationship charts and fan charts.
The software connects to web-based data from places such as Ancestry.com, FamilySearch and Google, so you can continue your research online. With such quick access to giant genealogical databases, organizing your findings can be a challenge. TMG is one of the best genealogy programs for organizing data entry and citations. Adding sources in other programs may take some navigation skills, but you can add a new source in TMG without leaving the citation screen. You can also preview a source output directly from the same screen.
You can add multiple individuals using a spreadsheet format in the software. This is a great tool for adding various siblings or extended family members at once. The tagging feature is a smart method to organize different types of information and roles of people at events. Tagging ancestors pairs well with TMG's shared events capabilities. You can tag and include multiple people on sources and events, such as census documents or weddings.
Thankfully, this software isn't made for just the experts. Beginner and advanced preferences are available, but the terminology may be best for you if you have experience. The Cue Card feature tells you what each tool does before you start working with it. We like that the designers of TMG keep beginners in mind, but we think you'll get the most from this program if you have a background in genealogy and research.
There are many popular ways to share your family history with other relatives and genealogy enthusiasts. TMG can help you create a book, a webpage, a table of contents, footnotes, multiple indexes and a bibliography. To supplement your research, you can add images, sounds, movies and other multimedia. You can also link media to people, events, sources, repositories and multimedia slideshows and share your family's history. With TMG 9, you can embed photographs and create footnotes and bibliographies. When you're ready to publish, TMG provides an array of editing tools. The screen preview lets you toggle between draft and print models. You can also search for text as well as mark and copy text in draft mode.
The Master Genealogist was created with professional researchers in mind. With an array of source and organization tools, it's easy to keep your work tidy. This genealogy software can generate a number of different charts and graphs to display links between your ancestors and their descendants. You may find this software intimidating at first if you're a beginner, but TMG features custom preferences for beginners and plenty of helpful dialogue boxes to guide you while you organize your family research.