Flesh out your family tree with Personal Ancestry Writer II

runs on Mac
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Those who ignore history are doomed to repeat it. Does this apply to our personal history as well? In other words, will we each become our parents? That may be good—or bad—but either way, it's a good idea to know where we come from on a personal level. Thus is born the study of genealogy.

Once upon a time it may have been easy enough to keep track of who's related to whom, but any more with nuclear families, blended families, multigenerational families, adoptions, in-laws, out-laws, and every other possible combination, it can be challenging to try to keep track of it all on a legal pad or two. This is a place where software comes in handy, with its ability to do all the heavy lifting without getting a headache in the process.

Personal Ancestry Writer II (PAWriter II) is a tool that deserves some attention. It has a fairly straightforward editing interface, so entering family members is pretty easy. You can work your way up- or down the various lines, or you can jump to a specific individual. It's smart enough to deal with people who are related in multiple ways (e.g. brothers married sisters). It can spit out several reports, so you can get the "big picture" on where you came from as well.

PAWriter II is a free Mac application. It runs under OS X, as well as OS9.

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2 Responses to “Flesh out your family tree with Personal Ancestry Writer II”

  1. Harry Powell Anderson says:

    Was unable to download. What’s the rick?

  2. Harry Powell Anderson says:

    Was unable to download it. What is the trick?