Ignore all the hype on his home page and look at the screenshot. What Behold does is look at your GEDCOM file and make a report that is human-readable, with a tree-style index on the sidebar. Right now it's read-only -- eventually he plans to have a version that will let you edit, too.
So -- let's say you want to find all the instances in your file of people who live on Chestnut Street. Fire up the search widget and enter 'Chestnut' and then you can skip right through and see them all, the same way you'd do if you had your GEDCOM file open in a text editor.
Peeking at the menu items, I see:
-- Export to RTF or HTML -- a way to specify your text viewer of choice -- you can pop up a separate window to view the GEDCOM at the same time, and compare -- a section called 'Behold Organize Info' which will pop up a tabbed window with data about your GEDCOM (what GEDCOM tags are in your file, how many times each one is used, etc) -- what things should be included in your 'Everything Report'
It seems to have divided my GEDCOM file up into four pools -- one family is my husband's father's family, one family is my husband's mother's family, the third is 'others related by marriage' and the last is 'everyone else'. That's the default, but there's a command to add, so perhaps you can teach the program better if you need a finer-grained approach. You can assign custom IDs to your families and to your GEDCOM files.
I think I like it -- especially for going through and looking for stuff that needs to be cleaned up, like instances of surnames in all caps, or screwy place names.
It's a neat little program.
Is it worth $20? Maybe. But if you download the beta now, you can get a key from the author and a 45-day trial for free.
I'm bumping this old thread to see if anyone has found any good "other programs" lately.
On my wishlist now is some way to keep a to-do list for newspaper research. Let's say you are at the library and you have a newspaper -- it would be good to have a list of death dates for the people who lived in that town, for which you have no obituaries.
This is the kind of thing you could log with the Research Manager in Ancestral Quest.
I suppose it would be easier to keep this kind of thing in a named list in Family Historian. But I have toyed with the idea of plugging in all the BMD information into a standard PIM or calendar program, just for amusement value.
What's "new and interesting" in the world beyond FH?
It is easy to use as it is designed for use at school and colleges but is useful for whatever. It provides a very easy way of planning what you want to do and displays in both a digram and report format
I am also preparing a spreadsheet (EXCEL) in which the top row lists things like Birth; Baptism; Marriage Death records (Index and Certificate) and the Census etc and the first column identifies the person. I can then easily see for which ones I have traced official records. I suspect I am reinventing the wheel here and that someone has already done it!
Just to add to what Tatewise said, don't forget you can save the results of a query as a CSV file, which can be opened in Excel or even just select all the cells on the Query result page and paste them in if you prefer.
"Knowledge is knowing that a tomato is a fruit. Wisdom is not putting it in a fruit salad."
I think Colnevalley girl has done tremendous work with her research dedicated Genquiry programme but she says it will 'never' be compatible with the iPad. Pity that because MS Access can be used on the iPad and not everyone will be using a windows based notebook/netbook/tablet. So, for those looking to easily record and manage research between a PC and an iPad, OneNote and Outlook+ look a good alternative until someone creates an app like GenQuiry or makes an app to make it compatible.
'Traveller in Time'...unfortunately backwards!
What other software do you use for Family History?
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