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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/
Overall952.18 out of 52.18 out of 52.18 out of 52.18 out of 52.18 out of 5 2.18
2018163.3 out of 53.3 out of 53.3 out of 53.3 out of 53.3 out of 5 3.30
2017701.86 out of 51.86 out of 51.86 out of 51.86 out of 51.86 out of 5 1.86
Earlier91.55 out of 51.55 out of 51.55 out of 51.55 out of 51.55 out of 5 1.55
 

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. In August 2017, Legacy was acquired by MyHeritage.

Free • Purchase • Windows • Full Featured • Builds Website
http://www.legacyfamilytree.com/
Overall1742.96 out of 52.96 out of 52.96 out of 52.96 out of 52.96 out of 5 2.96
201852.79 out of 52.79 out of 52.79 out of 52.79 out of 52.79 out of 5 2.79
2017143.02 out of 53.02 out of 53.02 out of 53.02 out of 53.02 out of 5 3.02
Earlier1552.99 out of 52.99 out of 52.99 out of 52.99 out of 52.99 out of 5 2.99
 

Family Tree Builder

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by MyHeritage Ltd. (Gilad Japhet)
Intuitive, easy to use software that includes features such as smart matching technology, chart designs, smart research, consistency checking and online family tree publishing among others. It supports 36 languages and dual language input.

Free • Windows • Mac • Full Featured
http://www.myheritage.com/family-tree-builder
Overall3444.17 out of 54.17 out of 54.17 out of 54.17 out of 54.17 out of 5 4.17
201814 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 4.00
2017243.94 out of 53.94 out of 53.94 out of 53.94 out of 53.94 out of 5 3.94
Earlier3194.25 out of 54.25 out of 54.25 out of 54.25 out of 54.25 out of 5 4.25
 

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/
Overall2054.38 out of 54.38 out of 54.38 out of 54.38 out of 54.38 out of 5 4.38
201864.83 out of 54.83 out of 54.83 out of 54.83 out of 54.83 out of 5 4.83
201782.84 out of 52.84 out of 52.84 out of 52.84 out of 52.84 out of 5 2.84
Earlier1914.55 out of 54.55 out of 54.55 out of 54.55 out of 54.55 out of 5 4.55
 

Double Match Triangulator (DMT)

by Behold Genealogy (Louis Kessler)
A free autosomal DNA analysis tool that combines two different people’s Chromosome Browser Results files from FamilyTreeDNA to provide Double Match and Triangulation data that can be used to help determine genealogical relationships.

Free • Windows • Utility
http://www.doublematchtriangulator.com/
Overall15 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 5.00
201815 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 5.00
20170    No Ratings
Earlier0    No Ratings
 

Brother’s Keeper

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by John Steed
The most respected and successful shareware genealogical program. Has been around a long time and has many dedicated users.

Purchase • Windows • Full Featured
http://www.bkwin.org/
Overall1114.66 out of 54.66 out of 54.66 out of 54.66 out of 54.66 out of 5 4.66
201855 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 5.00
201784.28 out of 54.28 out of 54.28 out of 54.28 out of 54.28 out of 5 4.28
Earlier984.75 out of 54.75 out of 54.75 out of 54.75 out of 54.75 out of 5 4.75
 

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/
Overall804.82 out of 54.82 out of 54.82 out of 54.82 out of 54.82 out of 5 4.82
201845 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 5.00
2017144.88 out of 54.88 out of 54.88 out of 54.88 out of 54.88 out of 5 4.88
Earlier624.67 out of 54.67 out of 54.67 out of 54.67 out of 54.67 out of 5 4.67
 

Generations

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by Sierra On-Line, Inc.
Generations was a popular program that Sierra developed. They purchased Reunion for Windows from Leister Productions around 1997 when Leister wanted to only continue their Mac version. Sierra developed the program until 2002 when they sold it to A&E, the parent company of Genealogy.com. Broderbund produced and distributed the software for Genealogy.com, but a couple of years later, Genealogy.com dropped Generations, Family Origins and Ultimate Family Tree in favour of their number 1 product, Family Tree Maker. A comprehensive site of information for Generations users is still maintained by Mike Hobart.

Unsupported • Windows • Full Featured • Builds Website
http://web.archive.org/web/20011025033626/www.sierrahome.com/products/...
Overall154.64 out of 54.64 out of 54.64 out of 54.64 out of 54.64 out of 5 4.64
201825 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 5.00
201715 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 5.00
Earlier124.45 out of 54.45 out of 54.45 out of 54.45 out of 54.45 out of 5 4.45
 

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/
Overall764.66 out of 54.66 out of 54.66 out of 54.66 out of 54.66 out of 5 4.66
201834.66 out of 54.66 out of 54.66 out of 54.66 out of 54.66 out of 5 4.66
2017574.62 out of 54.62 out of 54.62 out of 54.62 out of 54.62 out of 5 4.62
Earlier165 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 5.00
 

Familienbande

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by Stefan Mettenbrink
A free full featured genealogy application for Windows, MacOS X, and Linux, with both German and English websites.

Free • Windows • Mac • Unix • Full Featured
http://www.familienbande-genealogie.de/en/index.html
Overall374.83 out of 54.83 out of 54.83 out of 54.83 out of 54.83 out of 5 4.83
201835 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 5.00
201774.75 out of 54.75 out of 54.75 out of 54.75 out of 54.75 out of 5 4.75
Earlier274.79 out of 54.79 out of 54.79 out of 54.79 out of 54.79 out of 5 4.79
 

Ancestris

by Francois ArvernesClick To See Award Winners
A free Genealogy program written in Java that works under any operating system. In addition to a standard editor, it also has a GEDCOM editor, and offers many views and reports of your data. It works with GEDCOM 5.5 files to allow exchange and sharing of without losing data. It is available in a number of languages.

Free • Windows • Mac • Unix • Full Featured
http://www.ancestris.org
Overall134.47 out of 54.47 out of 54.47 out of 54.47 out of 54.47 out of 5 4.47
201812 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 2.00
201785 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 5.00
Earlier43.87 out of 53.87 out of 53.87 out of 53.87 out of 53.87 out of 5 3.87
 

Heredis for PC

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by BSD Concept
The best known genealogy software in Europe, developed over 20 years ago. Offers several tools for speedy and simple data entry, analysis of your genealogy and editing of your documents. It includes a Search Wizard that accesses online research tools including Heredis Online, Family Search, Ancestry and MyHeritage. It is available in French and English. There is also a Mac version, an iOS version and an Android version.

Purchase • Windows • Full Featured
http://www.heredis.com/en/heredis-pc/
Overall243.54 out of 53.54 out of 53.54 out of 53.54 out of 53.54 out of 5 3.54
201814 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 4.00
201732.8 out of 52.8 out of 52.8 out of 52.8 out of 52.8 out of 5 2.80
Earlier204.13 out of 54.13 out of 54.13 out of 54.13 out of 54.13 out of 5 4.13
 

Family Tree Maker - Up To Version 16

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by Ancestry.com
The number one selling genealogy program of all time. Produces a wide variety of reports and charts. This entry is for Family Tree Maker as it existed up to Version 16 which was sold up to 2008. It was then rewritten entirely. Because the versions are so different, please use this entry for the older versions and use the FTM 2008 to 2014 - by Ancestry to review the rewritten versions. To review the latest release (March 2016 or later), use the Family Tree Maker page for Software MacKiev.

Unsupported • Windows • Full Featured • Builds Website
http://web.archive.org/web/20060803064623/http://familytreemaker.com/
Overall1394.18 out of 54.18 out of 54.18 out of 54.18 out of 54.18 out of 5 4.18
201834.33 out of 54.33 out of 54.33 out of 54.33 out of 54.33 out of 5 4.33
201734 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 4.00
Earlier1334.16 out of 54.16 out of 54.16 out of 54.16 out of 54.16 out of 5 4.16
 

Gramps for Windows

by Don Allingham
This is where you review the Windows version of Gramps. The Unix and Windows versions have enough differences from the Windows version that it should be reviewed separately. Please go to the main Gramps page to review Gramps on Unix, or go to the Gramps for Mac page to review the Mac version.

Free • Windows • Full Featured • Builds Website
http://www.gramps-project.org/
Overall293.22 out of 53.22 out of 53.22 out of 53.22 out of 53.22 out of 5 3.22
201824.5 out of 54.5 out of 54.5 out of 54.5 out of 54.5 out of 5 4.50
201742.73 out of 52.73 out of 52.73 out of 52.73 out of 52.73 out of 5 2.73
Earlier232.88 out of 52.88 out of 52.88 out of 52.88 out of 52.88 out of 5 2.88
 

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/
Overall554.86 out of 54.86 out of 54.86 out of 54.86 out of 54.86 out of 5 4.86
201815 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 5.00
201745 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 5.00
Earlier504.74 out of 54.74 out of 54.74 out of 54.74 out of 54.74 out of 5 4.74
 

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/
Overall1474.39 out of 54.39 out of 54.39 out of 54.39 out of 54.39 out of 5 4.39
201815 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 5.00
201715 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 5.00
Earlier1454.03 out of 54.03 out of 54.03 out of 54.03 out of 54.03 out of 5 4.03
 

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/
Overall754.67 out of 54.67 out of 54.67 out of 54.67 out of 54.67 out of 5 4.67
201815 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 5.00
2017254.65 out of 54.65 out of 54.65 out of 54.65 out of 54.65 out of 5 4.65
Earlier494.68 out of 54.68 out of 54.68 out of 54.68 out of 54.68 out of 5 4.68
 

GedSite

by John Cardinal
Creates a website using the information from a GEDCOM file. Also offer a FamilyHistoryHosting service if you need a place to put the website.

Purchase • Windows • Utility • Builds Website
http://www.gedsite.com/
Overall25 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 5.00
201815 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 5.00
20170    No Ratings
Earlier15 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 5.00
 

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 • Builds Website
http://www.ahnenblatt.com/
Overall2234.81 out of 54.81 out of 54.81 out of 54.81 out of 54.81 out of 5 4.81
20180    No Ratings
2017294.75 out of 54.75 out of 54.75 out of 54.75 out of 54.75 out of 5 4.75
Earlier1944.89 out of 54.89 out of 54.89 out of 54.89 out of 54.89 out of 5 4.89
 

Ancestor Tree Manager

by Iris Voswinkel
Creates a website that includes family trees, person pages, scans of sources and an index of people. Can import from GEDCOM, Aldfaer, GensDataPro and Pro-Gen. Main site is in Dutch.

Free • Windows • Unix • Utility • Builds Website
https://ancestortreemanager.sivworks.nl/en/
Overall25 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 5.00
20180    No Ratings
201725 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 5.00
Earlier0    No Ratings