Critical, I'll throw this suggestion out to you. There is a free genealogy program you can download call Brother's Keeper. While I do have an updated Family Tree Maker program, I no longer use it ...just my Brother's Keeper program. Its a matter of preference as some people like one over the other for different reason. Here's the website:Originally Posted by Critical;3859526;
Brother's Keeper genealogy software
There is an option to purchase a registered version but I have never needed it. If I want a certain report from it that requires a registration code, the program tells you how to do it without the registered version.
You're correct in that most avenues online lead back to Ancestry.com. Although it was really helpful to me when I was starting out, you have to pay so many different fees to use the different sections, it is really cost-prohibitive.