Internet access: Does it allow you speedy connections to the World Wide Web?
Flatbed scanner: You’ll want to scan full-size documents as well as photos, so a flatbed scanner is better than one that only scans photo-sized items.
Printer: You may not need this as much, especially if you choose to store images of all your documents on your hard drive instead of in a file cabinet. But sometimes it will be easiest to download a document and print out a hard copy before you begin harvesting information. And you’ll probably want to print some reports to share with family!
Genealogy Software: If you choose a software other than Legacy, you may be completely satisfied. However, since I know nothing about other software programs, I won’t be able to help much. If you choose Legacy, I’m happy to help you learn the program. Legacy has a free version, but it doesn’t include the bells and whistles that the paid version offers. The bells and whistles are worth it.
Source Material: Your home is likely filled with items that will be useful source material for your family tree database. However, please don’t try organizing those materials yet. I have important information to share in a future post that may influence how you deal with these records and memorabilia.