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Making That Family Tree Blossom

Techstination feature for Monday, May 1, 2000

How far back can you go? To the 18 hundreds? 17 hundreds? Once you start tracking down your family tree, it is hard to stop. Millions of people are caught up in the genealogy craze and computers are a big reason why. Great software programs and the Internet give you resources and guidance. Family Tree Maker from Broderbund is a long time favorite, but Sierra Home's Generations Family Tree Millenium Collection has added new features that make it a leader in the field. Senior designer Elon Gasper...

"More than forty percent of our nation's citizens can trace their heritage back to Ellis Island. So we've put together a special Ellis Island collection of information in this product."

The Generations software shines in creating family tree charts and graphics. About why there is so much interest in genealogy today, Gasper says...

"It's driven by a number of factors. Certainly one is the demographics of the baby boom generation coming to an age where everyone has always taken a second to pause and think about their past and take a look at where they came from and where their place in their families and in a larger sense, American history and immigration has been."

The price after a rebate is about fifty dollars. You can find us on the Web at Bootcamp, I'm Fred Fishkin for CBS News.