We've switched forum software and we've added some great functionality, including databases, that will allow us to add some great content to this site. We're working on a database of genealogy books, a name index for those books, and a genealogy resource link directory. As always, if you have any suggestions of things you'd like to see us add to the site, feel free to contact us.
I don't use genealogy software very much because I use Ancestry.com's online tree, but one free genealogy program I still use occasionally and have used for years is Personal Ancestral File (PAF). It's available at FamilySearch.org as a free download. I recently switched to using a Mac and they also have a link on their site to a free version of MacFamilyTree, which is similar to PAF. You can pay to get the full version, but I've found the free version has been enough for my needs so far.
Anybody else out there know of some great free genealogy software programs?
I finally got a chance to catch up on the rest of the season at Hulu. I really enjoyed the Steve Buscemi episode, especially because he got to meet a living relative in a diner where his ancestors used to live. I hope next season they have some older celebrities, like people I grew up watching on tv.
It would even be cool to see some regular joes get to use those resources to research their family trees. I thought Ancestry.com recently ran a contest. I wonder if that was one of the prizes.
George Wade (1722 - 1814) is my 6th great grandfather through my father's branch of my family tree. Through my research, I found snippets of biographical information about him from a book, The Wade Family of Virginia by F. Brand. I had found copies of the book available online, but they were kind of pricey. Last week, I ran across a soft-cover reprint copy on eBay for a much more reasonable price. The text is easy to read and the biographies are very interesting. The book includes photos, but they look photocopied and thus aren't of the best quality. Still, it's neat to get an idea of what your ancestors looked like. The same seller has some more copies on clearance they're trying to sell, so check out the auctions for The Wade Family of Virginia reprints.
The WDYTYA episode with Kim Cattrall was the embodiment of why genealogy is so enjoyable and gratifying to me... solving mysteries. I've always enjoyed a good mystery and being able to solve it. I have plenty of mysteries in my family tree and it was fascinating to watch Kim solve her family mystery of what happened to her maternal grandfather. I wish it could have turned out differently, but I think in the end, she got from it what she wanted and needed.
If you missed the episode, it's available at Hulu.