Yesterday I talked about how you really need to know the locations where you do research. Today I want to talk about something related but totally different. You really need to know what your genealogy software can do.
Your software can’t do research for you but it sure can make researching a lot easier by keeping track of all of your information, sorting your information, reporting your information, charting your information, keeping track of what you have done and what you still need to do, finding errors in your file etc. The genealogy programs available today are very sophisticated and full-featured. The problem is that a lot of people don’t know what all their program can do. In addition, there are probably short cuts built into the program that you might not even be aware of that will save you some time.
Take the time to go through the available tutorials and the help menus. If your program has training videos, watch them. Is there a mailing list or a message board for your software program? If so, join it. Don’t be one of those people that thinks they will be able to figure it all out on your own. You might very well be able to but I’ll bet you will do it a lot faster if you take advantage of the learning opportunities your software company provides.
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