One of the keys to successfully researching family history is to stay organised. In the beginning a lot of information can be fairly easily gathered in a short time. Blank family group sheetsopens a new window are a terrific first step to document each family, but soon you will be looking for something better. Consider then a software program. A number of options are available. VicGUMopens a new window (Genealogists using microcomputers) are a special interest group of the Genealogical Society of Victoriaopens a new window who provide advice and sales of the most popular software programs. These include Family Tree Maker opens a new windowwhich is owned by and compatible with Ancestry.comopens a new window, so particularly handy if you wish to also maintain a separate online tree. Legacy Family Treeopens a new window is available as a free download, after which a deluxe version is available for purchase. For more information about genealogy software programs visit the Genealogy software guideopens a new window.