I spent quite a bit of time over the past few years trying to select the perfect genealogy program. I used the free FamilySearch PAF software, Legacy Family Tree Maker, Family Tree Maker (2005 version, and later 2009 version), GenBox, GenoPro, RootsMagic (4), TNG: The Next Generation, and The Master Genealogist. For the past few years, I have exclusively used The Master Genealogist. In my opinion, it is the only software with the flexibility that I need.
I am excited to learn that — after waiting at least two or three years since The Master Genealogist version 7 was released — the public beta for version 8 has now been announced. According to the Wholly Genes website,
TMG v8 is now available in the form of a free public beta that will expire in 30 days.
TMG v8 is in the final stages of testing and we believe it to be stable and functional in all of its major features.
Some minor issues remain, however, and by releasing this public beta we hope to accomplish two things:
- Make reporting functions available to all those for whom v7 reports have become non-functional because of an upgrade to a 64-bit operating system.
- Enlist your help in identifying and fixing any remaining issues before the full public release.
For full information on the updated features, and to participate in this 30-day public beta, visit the TMGv8 page on Wholly Genes’ website.