During Fort Wayne Ancestry Day's Ask the Experts Panel, we received so many questions that we were unable to answer them all during the event. The following is a question asked and The Genealogy Center staff's response.

Is it really necessary to use software like Family Tree Maker? Top 5 reasons.

You do not have to use any genealogy software; but it is helpful if you plan to write book(s) or create special genealogical reports and/or charts.

Reasons to have genealogy software:
1. Data is organized.
2. Data is easily at your fingertips.
3. Various types of reports and charts can be done without deleting information.
4. It allows you to be very creative when writing your book.
5. Allows you to cite your sources, add notes, and create task lists.

Top Ten Reviews has a listing of the top ten genealogy software. This chart includes the reviewer comments, the cost of the software, ratings of different features within the top ten software programs, and what features are included each software program. You can search the Internet for "free genealogy software" or visit Cyndi's List.