Genealogy Software for Personal Devices
The purpose of this project is to supply information regarding Genealogy Software available for personal devices and to offer some feedback on specific packages from GENi users. It is a collaborative project which hopefully will offer guidance to those choosing such software.
There are many databases which are specifically designed to record family history based data. This software runs locally on your desktop, laptop, or mobile device, providing two main functions.
1. It allows you to create and edit a database of your family history.
2. It provides tools for analyzing and displaying the data in various ways.
There are many comparison and review charts available online - a Google search for "genealogy software reviews" has over a million results.
This project specifically is not focused on the 'network' or 'on-line' class of software, such as Geni.com or MyHeritage.com – although the interaction between local software and on-line software is entirely relevant.
How to participate
If you would like to share your experience using specific software with others looking for guidance please add your input in the appropriate category below. A few popular packages have been added as a starter. Please arrange these in alphabetical order. You can also use Discussion topics for dialog about them.
If you have experience with the capabilities regarding multiple language support for data entry and non-Western encoded characters this would be invaluable.
Firstly join the project using the request link under "actions" at the top right of the page. Visit Geni Wikitext, Unicode and images which gives a great deal of assistance.
Selecting the right software
Most software now days has a "Call Home" function, in other words it connects to the vendors web site. Often this is merely to check your license, and, in the case of Family Tree Maker, My Heritage and others, so you can work on your tree in that site. Family Tree maker has a "Work Offline" mode, and I am not sure about the others. In testing software, especially software that can contain valuable and personal information, it is important to check it thoroughly. One simple way to test is to see what functionality you have, when the internet is NOT connected. Also try importing a GED file, and unplug the internet half way through, if the program does not stall, or freeze, it may not be harvesting your file. Another way to check is to monitor the "uploading" of information, is by viewing your internet traffic. You must be able to export your files, this is essential, or you are tied to that program.
1. Genealogy Software for Windows
- Has a very active forum, with many addins available, and requests are considered and often created. The program itself, was not found by me to be user friendly, and still has bugs. Watching with great interest though at the progress.
- I am mainly working on my desktop software, and Geni after things are fixed on my local program. I have complete control locally, and it's a lot easier to use with sources and reports. So far I haven't seen a single onliine genealogical software that even comes close to what genealogical desktop softwares can do.Brother's Keeper is Norway's most used software Remi Trygve Pedersen
Family Tree Maker
- Review features etc.
Legacy Family Tree
- Families Sync synchronises the Families portable app with Legacy. It also performs other conversions, it uses SQLite database structure. You do not have to have iTunes installed to use this app and synchronization, it can be done also via wifi or usb transfer. SQLite can be edited using this free software SQLite Admain
The Master Genealogist
2. Genealogy Software for Macs
Family Tree Maker for Mac 2
Heredis for Mac
iFamily for Leopard
Mac Family Tree
- I have been casually using Mac Family Tree (MFT) for several years. I selected that a few years ago after perusing on-line reviews at that time, and they have been regularly improving it. They recently added mobile versions. I've imported large GEDCOM from Geni without difficulty (just recognize that the Geni GEDCOM export does not currently include the actual images/media -- only a link to it). Dan Cornett
- MobileFamilyTree 7 is the first is the first fully-fledged mobile genealogy app out there. MobileFamilyTree doesn't require you to own a Mac or PC as it offers just every feature you could wish for in a modern genealogy app. Nonetheless MobileFamilyTree works with MacFamilyTree like clockwork and can be synchronized via iCloud if desired. This is a really nice app, but I could not yet find the "EXPORT" function, which is essential if you do not use Mac Family Tree.
iPhone and iPad apps.available
- I have used Reunion for a number of years now and have found it to be problem free and extensive enough for my needs. I previously used RootsMagic for Windows and found Reunion easy to move on to. I did try Mac Family Tree but prefer Reunion - I cannot remember exactly why but perhaps it was to do with reports generated. I will check! I like to have hardcopy records as well as digital and on-line versions of my research. I am happy to answer questions if I can! June Barnes
3. Genealogy Apps
Family Tree Maker
- Families uses a highly efficient database implementation, allowing very large family files to be supported. Users have successfully displayed and edited files containing over 1 million individuals on an iPhone. The Families app works in conjunction with Legacy Family Tree, the leading Windows-based genealogy software from Millennia Corporation. Legacy family files can be easily transferred from a PC to your iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad or Android device, enabling them to be viewed and edited wherever you are. Families requires a companion program running on the PC to transfer family files to and from the iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad or Android device. This program, Families Sync can be downloaded free. USB transfer requires iTunes to be installed. It is a useful tool in its own right.
- MobileFamilyTree 7 is the first is the first fully-fledged mobile genealogy app out there. MobileFamilyTree doesn't require you to own a Mac or PC as it offers just every feature you could wish for in a modern genealogy app. Additionally MobileFamilyTree works with MacFamilyTree like clockwork and can be synchronized via iCloud if desired. This is a really nice app, but I could not yet find the "EXPORT" function, which is essential if you do not use Mac Family Tree.
4. Free Genealogy Software
MyHeritage Family Tree Builder
5 Ged File Tools
- OFB is a suite of GEDCOM tools, very technical with efficient memory use. It handles most required functions you would wish to perform to check, compact, alter, convert, and combine GED files. I would suggest using a "copy" of any file, rather than the original, and, read the manuals provided before using. To purchase you must request license and make manual payment in PayPal. The "Bundle" cost 45 Euros.