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Searching for powerful Genealogy Reporting and Query Capabilities

Searching for powerful Genealogy Reporting and Query Capabilities

Posted: 3 Nov 2012 5:25PM GMT
Classification: Query
Edited: 3 Nov 2012 6:39PM GMT
I am doing well enough recording facts, notes, media etc. in my Family Tree Maker software and I suspect all other major competitors are somewhat similar for just recording and organizing data. What I'm finding, though, is that none of these seems to have any kind of POWERFUL reporting or publishing capabilities. For example, The Complete Genealogy Reporter can take a GEDCOM and generate an entire book, with a multitude of settings for formatting. Ancestral Author does something similar but without charts. Neither of these is quite up to the standards I'm looking for. In addition, I'd like to do more analysis, such as forenames, regions, date spans, and ad hoc queries that would expose patterns I may have missed looking person-by-person in linear sorted reports. A matrix (spreadsheet) report showing family members down the left side with dates across the top (think census, birth, death, marriage and arrival) and the information in the cells of the matrix would quickly expose "holes" in family research for those people for whom I've not located census information, etc.

It seems like the free GEDCOM tools are severely lacking in this area as well, but I don't mind paying for good-quality software that's more powerful than what seems to be the most popular programs. Is anyone else trying to generate and publish a book without tagging every item in publishing software to enable generation of hyperlinks and TOC, index of people etc? Are any of you truly able to generate analysis reports that help you discover? If so, I'd love to hear what tools you are using.

Re: Searching for powerful Genealogy Reporting and Query Capabilities

Posted: 3 Nov 2012 8:16PM GMT
Classification: Query
Take a look at The Master Genealogist. Imho, for analysis, no other software comes close and it is the most customizable genealogy software on the market.

I'm not sure any genealogy software is really up to producing a first class genealogy book (something like "Queen Victoria's Descendants" by Marlene Eilers or the book on King George III's descendants by Dan Willis) and believe such a task is better left to software dedicated to producing manuscripts.

Re: Searching for powerful Genealogy Reporting and Query Capabilities

Posted: 5 Nov 2012 5:01AM GMT
Classification: Query
I second the recommendation for The Master Genealogist (TMG). If you decide to produce a website once you have TMG, you should get "Second Site." It can create a website very quickly from your data. TMG will give you HTML files of genealogy reports that you can post on your website--TMG v4 did this much better than subsequent versions IMHO---but SecondSite is to be preferred. You might want to get "The Utility" by the same gentleman who created SecondSite. It saves time in cleaning up your data in TMG.
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