Family History System

by Phillip Brown
A program with a well laid out and very unique “Relative Report”. It started out as a DOS program in the 1990’s and recently has been converted to Windows. There is a free version plus an extended version. As of 2014, the website was no longer available.

Unsupported • Windows • Full Featured
http://web.archive.org/web/20130903001342/http://www.familyhistorysyst...
Overall53.59 out of 53.59 out of 53.59 out of 53.59 out of 53.59 out of 5 3.59
201422.85 out of 52.85 out of 52.85 out of 52.85 out of 52.85 out of 5 2.85
201325 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 5.00
Earlier13 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00

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Family History System Review by Brett,  May 2, 2014

1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5

Unable to download and review as domain is for sale and contains NO Family History System information or download.

Biggest Pro: None
Biggest Con: No longer available

Family History System Review by Stuart,  Feb 14, 2014

5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5

I have used this system for many years - first with the DOS version and later with the Windows version. I found it an excellent program. Particularly as it is extremely flexible and I can add comments all over the pace - every address, work entry, medical, military, what have you. I can enter sources of the data, ect in these comments. I have found no other program with this ability. The downside is when I want to export my data to another program, the GEDCOM program is not set up to transfer all these comments and I have found no other program that will accept them.
The major downside now is that Philip Brown seems to have stopped supporting his program. His web page has not been renewed as of 6th February 2014

Biggest Pro: Extremely large number of comments
Biggest Con: No longer supported; no web page

Family History System Review by viv kingston,  May 13, 2013

5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5

I found this very easy to use and have filled my original with 32,000 names….looking to see if it can hold more

Biggest Pro: can easily print out family history for any person on the list

Family History System Review by viv kingston,  May 7, 2013

5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5

I have used this since you started (I think) and have filled it with 32000 names…Now I want to know if has been enlarged so that I can put more people on it. Have had trouble with my computer so you may have received a few emails from me inerror. kingstonviv71@yahoo.com

Biggest Pro: gives one everything that is wanted

Family History System Review by Steve Hayes,  Dec 15, 2010

3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5

I have been using this program to enter my genealogical data since 1987, and upgraded to the 1993 DOS version, which I still use today.

It has a somewhat quirky interface, as things were added gradually, but it can still do things that no other program I have used can do. As a DOS program, it is difficult to print reports, and so I export the data to Legacy, and FHS is one of the few programs that can export a range of RINs, so that when imported into Legacy people retain the same RINs.

While its output does not print easily on Windows printers, it is ideal for exporting to file, and editing with a word processor, and then importing into e-mail, newsgroups etc. I use it for initial input, for online reports, and for sending information to others. Legacy is better for printed reports and for recording source information.

FHS can export all the relatives of any given person in the tree, with spouses, parents ands children of spouses, which most other programs cannot do — they either export too little or too much. It uses an order form of GEDCOM, which also does not export all information, but it is nevertheless still useful.

Biggest Pro: Flexibility, ease of use and fine control of exporting information
Biggest Con: Nowhere for recording source information, or events like baptisms and burials