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Family Historian

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by Calico Pie (Simon Orde)
A new kind of family tree program with a design with strengths in its user interface, use of GEDCOM, graphics and picture handling. See their Design Goals & Philosophy page to see their ideas. It has a User Group.

Purchase • Windows • Full Featured • Builds Website
http://www.family-historian.co.uk/
Overall524.79 out of 54.79 out of 54.79 out of 54.79 out of 54.79 out of 5 4.79
201725 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 5.00
201684.64 out of 54.64 out of 54.64 out of 54.64 out of 54.64 out of 5 4.64
Earlier424.84 out of 54.84 out of 54.84 out of 54.84 out of 54.84 out of 5 4.84
 

Family Tree Maker 2008 to 2014 - by Ancestry

by Ancestry.com
In 2016, Ancestry sold Family Tree Maker to Software MacKiev. Please only review Ancestry versions of Family Tree Maker here. Go to the Family Tree Maker page for Software MacKiev to review releases that started in March 2016. There is also a Mac version.

Ancestry completely rewrote Family Tree Maker in 2008 and it was very different than its previous incarnation. Use this entry to review Ancestry’s newer version, and use the FTM Up To Version 16 entry to review the versions prior to the rewrite.

Unsupported • Windows • Full Featured • Builds Website
http://web.archive.org/web/20150207071808/http://www.ancestry.com/cs/a...
Overall5571.91 out of 51.91 out of 51.91 out of 51.91 out of 51.91 out of 5 1.91
2017141.65 out of 51.65 out of 51.65 out of 51.65 out of 51.65 out of 5 1.65
2016452.22 out of 52.22 out of 52.22 out of 52.22 out of 52.22 out of 5 2.22
Earlier4981.86 out of 51.86 out of 51.86 out of 51.86 out of 51.86 out of 5 1.86
 

Ahnenblatt

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by Dirk Böttcher
A free and easy-to-use genealogy software for Windows. It is available in several languages (English, German, French, Spanish and more). It also has a website in German and a Portal in German.  Can run as a portable application on a USB stick.

Free • Windows • Full Featured
http://www.ahnenblatt.com/
Overall2074.89 out of 54.89 out of 54.89 out of 54.89 out of 54.89 out of 5 4.89
2017134.9 out of 54.9 out of 54.9 out of 54.9 out of 54.9 out of 5 4.90
2016274.92 out of 54.92 out of 54.92 out of 54.92 out of 54.92 out of 5 4.92
Earlier1674.85 out of 54.85 out of 54.85 out of 54.85 out of 54.85 out of 5 4.85
 

Family Book Creator

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by Stefan Harms
A plugin for Family Tree Maker for Windows that lets you create a personalized book from your data in your Family Tree Maker database. Different book formats are available such as DOCX, DOC, RTF, PDF, EPUB, JPEG and PNG. Requires FTM 2012 or later.

Purchase • Windows • Utility
http://www.familybookcreator.com/
Overall454.34 out of 54.34 out of 54.34 out of 54.34 out of 54.34 out of 5 4.34
2017294.15 out of 54.15 out of 54.15 out of 54.15 out of 54.15 out of 5 4.15
201695 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 5.00
Earlier75 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 5.00
 

Ancestral Quest

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by Incline Software (Gaylon Findlay)
This is the program on which the Windows version PAF was based. This program has continued to develop and is a very widely used program. PAF users who want to retain their current database but use a supported program might want to try this out. There is also a free version available called Ancestral Quest Basics. They also have a blog.

Free • Purchase • Windows • Mac • Full Featured • Builds Website
http://www.ancquest.com/
Overall664.78 out of 54.78 out of 54.78 out of 54.78 out of 54.78 out of 5 4.78
2017174.88 out of 54.88 out of 54.88 out of 54.88 out of 54.88 out of 5 4.88
2016234.67 out of 54.67 out of 54.67 out of 54.67 out of 54.67 out of 5 4.67
Earlier264.76 out of 54.76 out of 54.76 out of 54.76 out of 54.76 out of 5 4.76
 

Family Tree Maker

by Software MacKiev (Jack Minsky)
This program Family Tree Maker was acquired by Software MacKiev and they will be supporting and continuing the development of the program. They made their first new version of the program available in March 2016. Please use this entry to review only Software MacKiev’s Windows releases of Family Tree Maker beginning with Family Tree Maker 2014, Build 429, version 22.0.1.429 (32-bit) or version 22.0.1.1429 (64-bit) or later. Please go to Family Tree Maker 2008 to 2014 - by Ancestry to review earlier versions by Ancestry. Please go to Family Tree Maker for Mac to review the Mac version.

Purchase • Windows • Full Featured
http://www.familytreemaker.com/
Overall431.76 out of 51.76 out of 51.76 out of 51.76 out of 51.76 out of 5 1.76
2017341.79 out of 51.79 out of 51.79 out of 51.79 out of 51.79 out of 5 1.79
201691.55 out of 51.55 out of 51.55 out of 51.55 out of 51.55 out of 5 1.55
Earlier0    No Ratings
 

Legacy Family Tree

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by Millennia Corp (Dave Berdan and Ken McGinnis)
A comprehensive Windows program with many features, nicely described on their web site. It has a standard version that is free, and is one of the better free genealogy programs available. They have a blog. They have a number of user groups.

Free • Purchase • Windows • Full Featured • Builds Website
http://www.legacyfamilytree.com/
Overall1642.9 out of 52.9 out of 52.9 out of 52.9 out of 52.9 out of 5 2.90
201792.66 out of 52.66 out of 52.66 out of 52.66 out of 52.66 out of 5 2.66
2016183.21 out of 53.21 out of 53.21 out of 53.21 out of 53.21 out of 5 3.21
Earlier1372.81 out of 52.81 out of 52.81 out of 52.81 out of 52.81 out of 5 2.81
 

WikiTree

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by Chris Whitten
The Worldwide Family Tree Wiki. Unlike many wikis the content is not completely open and public. Copyrights are kept by the contributors. Content is kept private through a unique “Trusted List” system that enables you to select the individuals you want to collaborate with and the specific content you want to share with them. This flexible system means everyone can be on one worldwide family tree but privacy isn’t sacrificed. GEDCOM import is supported.

WikiTree is free but new members must be invited by a family member or fellow genealogist and must understand the Honor Code and mission before contributing.

Free • Online • Full Featured
http://www.wikitree.com
Overall1762.75 out of 52.75 out of 52.75 out of 52.75 out of 52.75 out of 5 2.75
2017192.96 out of 52.96 out of 52.96 out of 52.96 out of 52.96 out of 5 2.96
2016272.51 out of 52.51 out of 52.51 out of 52.51 out of 52.51 out of 5 2.51
Earlier1302.75 out of 52.75 out of 52.75 out of 52.75 out of 52.75 out of 5 2.75
 

The Master Genealogist (TMG)

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by Wholly Genes, Inc. (Bob Velke)
A comprehensive program with many features that include a powerful report writer and excellent source referencing. In December 2014, TMG was discontinued. It still has User Groups.

Unsupported • Windows • Full Featured • Builds Website
http://www.whollygenes.com/
Overall1464.22 out of 54.22 out of 54.22 out of 54.22 out of 54.22 out of 5 4.22
201715 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 5.00
201615 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 5.00
Earlier1443.84 out of 53.84 out of 53.84 out of 53.84 out of 53.84 out of 5 3.84
 

RootsMagic

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by RootsMagic, Inc. (Bruce Buzbee)
A program from the developer of the very popular and well-liked Family Origins. This program is even better. Complete and easy to use with extensive reports. There is a free version called RootsMagic Essentials. There is a free app for iOS. It has some active user groups. They also have a blog.

Free • Purchase • Windows • Full Featured • Builds Website
http://www.rootsmagic.com/
Overall1974.36 out of 54.36 out of 54.36 out of 54.36 out of 54.36 out of 5 4.36
201762.61 out of 52.61 out of 52.61 out of 52.61 out of 52.61 out of 5 2.61
2016664.49 out of 54.49 out of 54.49 out of 54.49 out of 54.49 out of 5 4.49
Earlier1254.69 out of 54.69 out of 54.69 out of 54.69 out of 54.69 out of 5 4.69
 

My Family Tree

by Chronoplex Software (Andrew Hoyle)
A genealogy product to create your family tree. Privacy controls. Translated into many languages. Support for left to right and right to left languages. Video player and picture slideshow. And more.

Free • Windows • Full Featured
http://chronoplexsoftware.com/myfamilytree/
Overall65 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 5.00
201725 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 5.00
201625 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 5.00
Earlier25 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 5.00
 

Ages!

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by Jörn Daub
The “comfortable” genealogy program, with a nice tree-drawing capability. Multi-lingual in 11 languages. Website in English or German.

Purchase • Windows • Full Featured
http://www.daubnet.com/english/ages.html
Overall113.5 out of 53.5 out of 53.5 out of 53.5 out of 53.5 out of 5 3.50
201712 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 2.00
201624.56 out of 54.56 out of 54.56 out of 54.56 out of 54.56 out of 5 4.56
Earlier84.8 out of 54.8 out of 54.8 out of 54.8 out of 54.8 out of 5 4.80
 

Genealogie Online

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by Coret Genealogy (Bob Coret)
Publish your genealogical data on the internet and get feedback from family, friends, namesakes and other genealogists. Get suggestions for online scans of the civil and church registries and photographs of gravestones and suggestions for matches in other family trees. Available in 4 languages.

Subscription • Online • Utility • Builds Website
https://www.genealogieonline.nl/en/
Overall474.82 out of 54.82 out of 54.82 out of 54.82 out of 54.82 out of 5 4.82
201754.58 out of 54.58 out of 54.58 out of 54.58 out of 54.58 out of 5 4.58
2016154.95 out of 54.95 out of 54.95 out of 54.95 out of 54.95 out of 5 4.95
Earlier274.87 out of 54.87 out of 54.87 out of 54.87 out of 54.87 out of 5 4.87
 

Gramps

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by Don Allingham
This is where you review the Unix (Linux and FreeBSD) versions of Gramps. Please go to the Gramps for Windows page to review the Windows version, or to the Gramps for the Mac page to review the Mac Version. Gramps is an Open Source project written in Python and is free. This is where you go to help with the development of Gramps. The Gramps project has a blog and a Reddit. See also Gramps Portable.

Free • Unix • Full Featured • Builds Website
http://www.gramps-project.org/
Overall572.92 out of 52.92 out of 52.92 out of 52.92 out of 52.92 out of 5 2.92
201752.79 out of 52.79 out of 52.79 out of 52.79 out of 52.79 out of 5 2.79
2016123.01 out of 53.01 out of 53.01 out of 53.01 out of 53.01 out of 5 3.01
Earlier402.88 out of 52.88 out of 52.88 out of 52.88 out of 52.88 out of 5 2.88
 

Ultimate Family Tree (UFT)

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by Palladium Interactive, Inc.
Ultimate Family Tree was developed in 1997 when Palladium combined the ease of use of its Family Gathering program with the power and capabilities of the ROOTS software it purchased from CommSoft. UFT became the standard for other programs to achieve. In 2003, Ultimate Family Tree was purchased by Genealogy.com, who dropped it in favor of their Family Tree Maker software.

Unsupported • Windows • Full Featured • Builds Website
http://web.archive.org/web/20020906135607/http://www.uftree.com/UFT/UF...
Overall353.77 out of 53.77 out of 53.77 out of 53.77 out of 53.77 out of 5 3.77
201723.44 out of 53.44 out of 53.44 out of 53.44 out of 53.44 out of 5 3.44
201653.72 out of 53.72 out of 53.72 out of 53.72 out of 53.72 out of 5 3.72
Earlier284.2 out of 54.2 out of 54.2 out of 54.2 out of 54.2 out of 5 4.20
 

Personal Ancestral File (PAF)

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by The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints
Personal Ancestral File has been available free for many years and has a large following. The LDS stopped offering PAF downloads or support on July 15, 2013. The final version is 5.2.18.0 (2005) and is still available at Parowan Software.

Unsupported • Windows • Full Featured
http://www.familysearch.org/eng/paf/
Overall714.76 out of 54.76 out of 54.76 out of 54.76 out of 54.76 out of 5 4.76
201795 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 5.00
2016134.62 out of 54.62 out of 54.62 out of 54.62 out of 54.62 out of 5 4.62
Earlier494.77 out of 54.77 out of 54.77 out of 54.77 out of 54.77 out of 5 4.77
 

Genebase Bionet Builder

by GeneBase Systems
Allows you to create a family tree network, to link with and communicate with your relatives. Designed to help document the lives of your ancestors.

Free • Online • Full Featured
http://www.genebase.com/
Overall21.16 out of 51.16 out of 51.16 out of 51.16 out of 51.16 out of 5 1.16
201711 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 1.00
20160    No Ratings
Earlier14 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 4.00
 

rootstrust

by Atavus, Inc. (K. Brooke Nelson)
A genealogical data management system allowing you to import and export data, generate family tree charts and other textual reports, link document and multimedia image files as well as websites to the objects it manages: Persons, Families, Events, Places, Source and Repositories.

Purchase • Windows • Mac • Unix • Full Featured
http://www.rootstrust.com/
Overall44.49 out of 54.49 out of 54.49 out of 54.49 out of 54.49 out of 5 4.49
201715 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 5.00
201623.93 out of 53.93 out of 53.93 out of 53.93 out of 53.93 out of 5 3.93
Earlier15 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 5.00
 

Reunion

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by Leister Productions, Inc.
Reunion is one of the easiest-to-use programs with superb charting capabilities and many features. Only available for the Macintosh.

Purchase • Mac • Full Featured • Builds Website
http://www.leisterpro.com/
Overall504.12 out of 54.12 out of 54.12 out of 54.12 out of 54.12 out of 5 4.12
201713 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00
201664.49 out of 54.49 out of 54.49 out of 54.49 out of 54.49 out of 5 4.49
Earlier434.12 out of 54.12 out of 54.12 out of 54.12 out of 54.12 out of 5 4.12
 

MyHeritage

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by MyHeritage Ltd. (Gilad Japhet)
Allows you to build your own family website to share photos, videos, family trees, events, news and more with your family. It includes face recognition technology for your photos. They have a blog.
Note: Do not review their DNA service here. This site does not review services.

Free • Subscription • Online • Full Featured
http://www.myheritage.com/
Overall4714.31 out of 54.31 out of 54.31 out of 54.31 out of 54.31 out of 5 4.31
2017494.34 out of 54.34 out of 54.34 out of 54.34 out of 54.34 out of 5 4.34
20161404.3 out of 54.3 out of 54.3 out of 54.3 out of 54.3 out of 5 4.30
Earlier2824.3 out of 54.3 out of 54.3 out of 54.3 out of 54.3 out of 5 4.30
 

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