After experiencing the following I felt I had to pass it own.
While snow-birding in Mesa, AZ this winter, I was recruited to help monitor and teach other snow-birds in the Computer Den of the mobile home park that my wife and I have residing in the past several winters. Needless to say, the program that I chose to teach was Ultimate Family Tree, which was very well received.
Using five computers, classes were 1.5 hrs. long, hands on classes,which necessitated the scheduling of four + classes each week for ten weeks. Thirty one signed up initially for the classes, twenty six showed up for the scheduled classes, six dropped out after one or two classes, two more dropped out after four classes, and the remaining eighteen finished the ten scheduled classes with much enthusiasm. (I might add here that most of the people that dropped out were people who thought that the program was going to find their ancestors for them!)
Several of the eighteen did not own a computer but are now in the process of buying one and only one of the eighteen had worked with a computer family history program. However, thirteen of the eighteen have purchased UFT 3 here in Mesa, and are looking forward to working with it once they have returned home. They also are looking forward to more classes next winter here at their winter home away from home.
It was quite a rewarding experience to see the joy and enthusiasm displayed by these beginning computer family historians after discovering this simple and easy way to assemble and present their family history.
Now, if only Grenealogy.com sees fit to upgrade UFT 3 and continues to “support” it. If not, I may not be too popular with this group of users. It's been a great winter!