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 Software - Software can be an expensive part of computing. I hope to provide links to some of the best free programs on the web. I use most of these programs and have found them to be very helpful in doing my research.


  •  PAF - Of course PAF is going to be my first choice in genealogy software. It may not have all the features of some of the other programs but it is free and is supported by TempleReady and FamilySearch. The current version is v.

Office Productivity

  • StarOffice - StarOffice was developed by Sun Microsystems and is being distributed by Google as part of their Google Packs. This program usually costs $70 but is free from Google. It is a fully functioning office suite containing word processing, spreadsheet, presentation, database and drawing capabilities. It is compatible with MS Word formats. One word of caution, this is a 140 MB file so it might take some time to download.
  • OpenOffice - OpenOffice is an open source office suite developed Sun Microsystems. This program is similar to StarOffice but takes a little less time to download since it is a smaller file. It has the added benefit of supporting several hundred languages.
  • CutePDF Writer - CutePDF Writer installs as a printer on your computer. This program will convert your documents into pdf files. Just open your document and select print. From the printer select screen choose CutePDF and tell it where to save the pdf file.
  • PDF995 - PDF995 is another program which will convert your files to pdf format. Once installed it can be found in your printer select screen.

Video Screen Capture

  • CamStudio - CamStudio is able to record all screen and audio activity on your computer and create AVI video files. This software makes creating video computer lessons easy. The link to the software download is about 1/4 of the way down the page. To see examples of how it works take a look at John Willis' website: