Sunday, January 26, 2014

The Master Genealogist for Second Site but I really like Legacy!

The dilemma I am facing this week is that I have used Legacy as my primary desktop genealogy software for many years.  I recently upgraded to Legacy 8.0 and I'm happy with it.  Really happy with it.  

But, there is one small part I'm not happy with.  The webpage generating part of Legacy.  While I'm sure its fine for most people, I want something with far more bells and whistles.  I looked all over the internet, and the software I liked best for website generation was Second Site.  Problem is, Second Site uses the data from TMG, not Legacy. Second Site doesnt work from a GEDCOM.  Just from TMG.  Not good, not good at all!

So, I figured that I could use TMG just as a bridge between Legacy and Second Site.  I bought a copy of TMG Gold and hoped it would be love at first sight, solving my problem.  I'd divorce Legacy and move in with TMG and Second Site.  It wasn't love at first sight.  Maybe it will grow on me.  Then I moved over a test small gedcom and started to play with Second Site.  Oh yes, Second Site is the program for me.  Love at first sight there, no question.  But Second Site is a package deal with TMG.  So whats a girl to do?

There are some features that TMG has that I do like.  The witnesses to events can be recorded.  

I'm still recovering from trying to merge my Ancestry.com file with my Legacy file.  The pain of this merge has made me seriously consider using FTM just for the synching. The idea of constantly converting files doesn't appeal to me.  And I like Legacy.  Sigh.

When I tried to use Genbridge, which was supposed to read my Legacy file and make it a TMG file, it had errors and didn't complete the import.  Even with 2 retries, and that was on a small test file.  

When I used a GEDCOM file it did work, but with some weird errors when it made the sentences.  I suspect one is from Sources that aren't assigned to a certain field in Legacy.   On the upside, the photos did transfer over nicely.  

The events/facts from Legacy are appearing poorly.  The place notes don't appear at all.   

There is also the consideration that Legacy works with FamilySearch FamilyTree....

If anyone out there has experience using Legacy and Second Site, I'd love to hear any tips!