When Bill left this morning, he asked what I was going to do all day. I said I didn't know. That was kind of a lie, since I am always busy with all my usual things. As it turned out, I spent a lot of time working on family history. I am still trying to get this new book figured out and I think I am finally getting a handle on it. I am figuring out more about how to use the Ancestry publishing and I am figuring out how I want it organized.
I find it a very slow program and not particularly user friendly as far as trying to customize it. It downloaded everything into book form very easily, but it doesn't arrange it the way I want it, nor does it automatically include all the extra photos and stories that I have saved to each person's page. I am doing all that manually. I am also not happy with their timeline for each person. I will have to work on that some more to see if I can make it more like I want it. I am almost pleased with the family group sheets. They are attractive, but there are a few things that are not included that I want on there, like multiple spouses. I suppose it would help if I wasn't so picky!
I already know that I will print it out myself, rather than purchasing it. It is currently priced at $166.00 and while it is nice to have a bound book with a cover, it is not really a practical thing in genealogy. There are constantly new updates and new information that I would like to be able to add. A loose leaf binder is just more practical. And, I figure for that kind of money, I can buy a few extra ink cartridges and then take the book to have extra copies made.
The book I did on the Smith-Cleary line is in a loose leaf binder, and every couple of years, I can go through and see what pages need to be updated. It is important to me that everything be current and correct.
Bottom line, it is obvious that I was immersed in family history today! Sorry to have bored you with all my ramblings!!!