Category Archives: Software

5 Free Genealogy Database Software

Free is always good, specially if your budget does not allow you to buy things that you absolutely don’t need. With being the proud father of a toddler and a baby on diapers, there is not much extra left over.

Here are a five programs that won’t cost a penny unless you want the extras that each offers. I am not going to describe them since I believe that the best way to chose the best one for you is by installing each one and trying them out for yourself.

Five Free Genealogy Database Programs To Check Out:

Legacy family Tree Standard Edition

RootsMagic Essentials

Ancestral Quest Basics

Family Tree Builder – (My favorite and the one I use) Since a year ago I have not used it. I bought Family Tree Maker.

Personal Ancestral File - Will be discontinued in July 2013.

After trying each one out, just chose the one that provides you with ease of use and is a perfect fit to you.

This post was last updated 6-23-2013

Lauro Garza Marroquin – Photo Restoration

You may ask yourself what does restoring photos have to do with genealogy. In my opinion everything  it gives a face to a name and instant imagery to a place. It makes our old photos more presentable and gives them a second chance.

Photo restoration if done by a professional can get to be very expensive depending on vendor and how many photos you may need restored.

I for sure can not afford to pay $35.00 or more per picture. I do my restorations my self and I do it digitally using Paint Shop Pro X5 which runs for about $58.00, believe me you will not regret purchasing it and besides it is way cheaper than Photoshop.

Here is an example of a picture, of my father, that I restored.

Photo of Lauro Garza Marroquin Before Restoration
Photo of Lauro Garza Marroquin After Restoration

I fixed the photo by using the touch up tool on the left hand side panel and also by copying and pasting pieces of similar looking areas in the photo. For a more detailed guide on restoring and fixing your pictures look at this about.com article.