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What is Family History Software?

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  • Written By: A. Leverkuhn
  • Edited By: Andrew Jones
  • Last Modified Date: 29 September 2017
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Family history software or genealogy software is a software product that provides information on the family tree or other information about an individual’s family and background. These programs search public records databases in multiple jurisdictions and deliver obscure bits of information about someone's genealogy. This type of software often presents information in attractive visual formats.

Family history programs apply technology to the distant past. A genealogy software program is an intriguing combination of modern computing design and authentic historical data. Families and individuals often sign on as licensed users of these programs to see what they have to offer in shedding light on a family tree. Family history software programs can be sold for use in perpetuity, or with restricted licenses.

Some family history and genealogy programs are now sold in a software as a service or SaaS format. In SaaS, a software program is simply delivered through the Web, running on the vendor's server. Clients don't have to install and license software on their end. A software as a service system makes it much easier to sell items like family history software that users will likely want only for a limited time or periodic use. Some public systems, such as libraries, also use family history software and offer it to individuals through their web sites.

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One important aspect of offering family history programs to the public is in developing a subscription model. The subscription model for this kind of product is essential for maintaining a customer base and turning a profit. Prominent financial experts have recognized that family history software companies who develop competitive subscription models are likely to lead in their industry for a long time.

Along with a good subscription model, a family history software product needs usability, or user-friendly design. Developers spend a lot of time designing an interface, which is what the customer will see when they use a family history software product. A logical and intuitive interface makes the software easier to use and understand for a wider range of customers.

Those who are looking to buy or subscribe to family history or genealogy software can pay attention to the above details for seeing how effective a software product might be on the market. From conceptual design to implementation, style and accessibility remain important. Family history software needs to be functional, but it also needs to be well presented in order to appeal to a public market audience.

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