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Genealogy Software
Interest Groups

Have you been wanting to learn how to use a particular genealogical software program or would love the opportunity to explore techniques and tips for one with which you're familiar? Like anything, it helps to discuss and discover with others who share your interest. New users are encouraged to join; all levels are welcome! 


Many of the most popular programs offer free trials. While not equipped with all of the features of a subscription version, most give you an idea of their format and usability.  Things to consider when comparing genealogy software:

  • What are my research goals?

  • Is it user-friendly and does it include features I will use?

  • Opportunities for source documentation (citation) 

  • Easy integration of photos, audio, and videos



Family Tree Maker User Group

Both Mac and Windows compatible, Family Tree Maker is made by Software MacKiev. The current version is Family Tree Maker 2019. The group meets quarterly via Zoom. Hours are 4 to 6 pm on the second Sunday of January, April, July, and October. If you'd like to join, contact Dick Humphrey at See calendar for updates.

Legacy Family Tree Group

Legacy Family Tree is a Windows-based program that helps researchers in tracking, organizing, printing, and sharing family history. A free version is available on the Legacy Family Tree site. Our group meets on the 2nd Sundays, except May and June, from 4 to 6 p.m.Contact Dick Humphrey at  for more information. See calendar for updates.


The Master Genealogist Group

Meets the 1st Saturday of every month from 2 to 4 p.m.
Contact Patt Ricketts  or Cheri Mello for more information. Check the calendar for updates.

Roots Magic Group

Roots Magic is a full-featured genealogy program with a very easy and intuitive user interface. A free trial version can be downloaded from the RootsMagic website. Compatible with Windows and Mac, RootsMagic is an award-winning program used by beginning and expert genealogists.

The group meets online using Zoom on the 3rd Sunday of each month from 2 to 4 p.m. Contact: Jerry Domier and Jay Holladay
to be added to the contact list. Check the SCGS calendar for updates.

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