Comparison of genealogy software

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This article compares several selected client-based genealogy programs. Web-based genealogy software is not included.

General information[edit]

SoftwareLatest versionLatest releaseFree to useFree softwareSoftware licenseWindowsOS XLinux
Agelong Tree4.62013-04-19No

(40 Person Free Trial)

NoProprietaryYesNoWine[b]
Ages!2.02No

(Free Trial)

NoProprietaryYesNoWine[b]
Ahnenblatt2.742012-11-15YesNoProprietaryYesNoWine[b]
Aldfaer4.2.0.152011-09-12YesYesFreewareYesNo?
Ancestral Quest14.0.82013-02-27Yes

(Basics version)

NoProprietaryYesNoWine[b]
Ancestris0.7.02012-06-18YesYesGNU GPLJava[a]Java[a]Java[a]
Ancestrologie2012.13602012-02-19No

(30 Person Free Trial)

NoProprietaryYesNo?
BegatAll Genealogy ChroniclesRelease 62014-02-17No

(1 day free trial)

NoProprietaryYesNoNo
Brother's Keeper7.0.132014-04-06Yes

(Unreg. ver.)

NoSharewareYesNoWine[b]
Family Historian5.0.72012-06-20No

(30-Day Free Trial and Read-Only Demo)

NoProprietaryYesNoWine[b]
Family Tree Builder7.02013-04-17Yes

(Free ver.)

NoProprietaryYesNoWine[b]
Family Tree1.2.12013-10-05NoNoProprietaryNoYesNo
Family Tree Maker (Windows)2012, 21.0.0.7232012-11-30NoNoProprietaryYesNoWine[b]
Family Tree Maker for Mac[1]21.2.4.4752012-07-19NoNoProprietaryNoYesNo
GEDitCOM II1.82012-09-30No

(15-Day Free Trial, Read-Only afterwards)

NoProprietaryNoYesNo
Genbox Family History3.7.12007-11-17No

(30 Day Free Trial)

NoProprietaryYesNoWine[b]
GenealogyJ3.02010-02-18YesYesGNU GPLJava[a]Java[a]Java[a]
Généatique2012, 1.0.92012-05-04No

(50 Person Free Trial)

NoProprietaryYesNo?
GenoPro2011, 2.5.4.12012-01-17No

(25 Person Free Trial)

NoProprietaryYesNoWine[b]
Gramps4.0.32014-01-27YesYesGNU GPLYesYesYes
Heredis 2014 Mac3.0.1.77182013-10-16No

(50 Person Free Trial)

NoProprietaryNoYesNo
Heredis 2014 PC Standard2013-10-16No

(50 Person Free Trial)

NoProprietaryYesNo?
Heredis 2014 PC Pro2013-10-16No

(50 Person Free Trial)

NoProprietaryYesNo?
iFamily for Leopard2.8852013-01-21No

(16-Day Free Trial, No Export)

NoProprietaryNoYesNo
Kith and Kin Pro3.2.12013-03-22No

(30-Day Free Trial)

NoSharewareYesNo?
Legacy Family Tree7.5.0.2192013-02-15Yes

(Standard Edition)

NoProprietaryYesNoWine[b]
LifeLines3.0.622007-10-06YesYesMIT LicenseYesYesYes
MacFamilyTree7.1.22013-11-19No

(Free Trial, but you cannot save or export your entries)

NoProprietaryNoYesNo
MyBlood1.312010-07-24No

(Time-limited Free Trial)

NoProprietaryYesYes?
ohmiGene5.37.32013-08-12Yes

(509 person limit, watermarked reports)

NoProprietaryYesYes?
Personal Ancestral File5.2.18.02002-07-23YesNoProprietaryYesNoWine[b]
Reunion10.0.62013-04-23NoNoProprietaryNoYesNo
RootsMagic6.0.0.42013-01-08Yes

(Essentials)

NoProprietaryYesNoNo
My Family Tree3.0.5.02013-08-19YesNoFreewareYesNoNo
SmartGenealogy3.0c2013-01-06YesYesFreewareYesNoNo
The Master Genealogist9.012014-02-26No

(30 Day Free Trial)

NoProprietaryYesNoWine[b]
a Using Java
b Using Wine

General features[edit]

NameIndividual viewFamily viewPedigree viewChronology viewAncestor chartsAncestor narrative reportsAncestor pedigree reportsDescendant chartsDescendant narrative reportsFan chartsResearch ManagerDNA chartsResearch GuidanceMapping
Agelong TreeYesYesYesNoYesYesYesYesYesNoNoNoNoNo
AhnenblattYesYesYesYesYesYesYesYesYesNoNoNoNoYes
AldfaerYesYesYes?YesYesYesYesYesYesYes?Yes?
Ancestral QuestYesYesYesNoYesYesYesYesYesYesYesNoNoYes
AncestrisYesYesYesYesYesYesYesYesYesYesNoNoNoYes
Brother's KeeperYesYesYes?YesYesYesYesYesYes??No?
Family Historian [a]YesYesYesYesYesYesYesYesYesYesNoNoNoYes
Family Tree BuilderYesYesYesYesYesYesYesYesYesYesYesNoYesYes
Family Tree Maker (Windows)YesYesYesYesYesYesYesYesYesYesYes?YesYes
Family Tree Maker for MacYesYesYes?YesYesYesYesYesYes??NoYes
GEDitCOM IIYesYesYesNoYesYesYesYesYesYesYesNoNoYes
Genbox Family HistoryYesYesYesYesYesYesYesYesYesYesYesNoNoNo
GenealogyJYesYesYesYesYesYesYesYesYesYesNoNoNoYes
Généatique??????????????
GenoProYesYesYesNoYesNoNoYesYesYes??NoYes
GRAMPSYesYesYesYesYesYesYesYesYesYesNoNoNoYes
HeredisYesYesYesYesYesYesYesYesYesYesNoNoNoYes
Heredis MacYesYesYesYesYesYesYesYesYesYesNoNoNoYes
Heredis PCYesYesYesYesYesYesYesYesYesYesNoNoNoYes
Legacy Family Tree[b]YesYesYesYesYesYesYesYesYesYesYesYesYesYes
LifeLinesYesYesYes?????????No?
MacFamilyTreeYesYesYesYesYesNoYesYesNoYesNoNoNoYes
MyBloodYesYesYesYesYesNoNoYesNo?NoNoNoYes
ohmiGene??????????????
Personal Ancestral FileYesYesYesNoYesYesYesYesYesNoNo?No?
ReunionYesYesYesYesYesYesYesYesYesYesNoNoNoYes
RootsMagicYesYesYesYesYesYesYesYesYesYesYesYesYesYes
SmartGenealogyYesYesYes?YesYesYesYesYes???No?
My Family TreeYesYesYesYesYesNoYesYesNoNoNoNoNoYes
The Master GenealogistYesYesYesYesYesYesYesYesYesYes??No?
a Family Historian provides mapping and a chronology view using free plugins (access to the Family Historian plugin store is integrated into the program).
b Legacy Family Tree can also save DNA Test Results and Print the values. Mapping is included to automatically pinpoint and plot important locations in ancestors’ lives.

Genealogical features[edit]

NameUnicode SupportSingle parent familySame sex marriageWitness to eventsName variantsConflicting evidenceSource suretyAdoption & foster parentnon-standard calendar
in date fields
Agelong TreeYesYes???????
AhnenblattYes????????
Aldfaer?????????
Ancestral QuestYes?No????Yes?
AncestrisYes?YesYesYesYes?YesYes
Brother's KeeperNoYesYesYesYes?YesYes?
Family Historian [a]NoYesYesYesYesYesYesYesYes
Family Tree BuilderYes?Yes??????
Family Tree Maker (Windows)YesYesYesNoYesYesYesYesNo
Family Tree Maker for MacNo??No?????
GEDitCOM IIYes????????
Genbox Family HistoryYes????????
GenealogyJYes?YesNoYesYes?Yes?
Généatique???Yes?????
GenoProYes?Yes??????
GRAMPSYesYesYesYesYes??YesYes
HeredisYesYesYesYesNoYesYesYesYes
Heredis MacYesYesYesYesNoYesYesYesYes
Heredis PCYesYesYesYesNoYesYesYesYes
Legacy Family Tree[b]No?No??????
LifeLinesYes?Yes??????
MacFamilyTreeYes????????
MyBloodYes????????
ohmiGene?????????
Personal Ancestral FileYes?No??????
ReunionYes?Yes????Yes?
RootsMagicYes?NoYes
(paid version)
???Yes?
SmartGenealogyNo????????
My Family TreeYesYesYesNoYesNoNoYesYes
The Master GenealogistNoYesYesYesYesYesYesYesYes

Languages[edit]

Available user interface languages

NameEnglishAfrikaansDanishDutchFrenchGermanItalianNorwegianPolishSpanishSwedish
Agelong TreeYesNoNoYesYesYesYesNoYesYesNo
Ahnenblatt[a]YesNo[e]YesYesYesYesYesYesYesYesYes
AlfdaerNoNoNoYesNoNoNoNoNoNoNo
Ancestral Quest[j]YesNo[e]YesNo[e]YesYesNo[e]YesNo[e]Yespartial
Ancestris[l]YesNoNoYesYesYesYesYesYesYesYes
Brother's KeeperYesYesYesYesYesYesNo[e]YesYesNo[e]Yes
Family HistorianYesNoNoNoNoNoNoNoNoNoNo
Family Tree BuilderYesYesYesYesYesYesYesYesYesYesYes
Family Tree Maker (Windows)YesNoYesNoNoNoNoNoNoNoNo
Family Tree Maker for MacYesNoNoNoNoNoNoNoNoNoNo
GEDitCOM IIYesNoNoNoYesNoNoNoNoYesYes
Genbox Family History[b]Yes[f]NoYesYesYesYesYespartialYespartialpartial
GenealogyJYesNoNoYesYesYesNoNoYesYesNo
GénéatiqueNoNoNoNoYesNoNoNoNoNoNo
GenoPro[h][i]YesYesYesYesYesYesYesNoYesYesYes
GRAMPS[c]YesNoYesYesYesYesYesYesYesYesYes
HeredisNoNoNoNoYesNoNoNoNoNoNo
Heredis MacYesNoNoNoYesNoNoNoNoNoNo
Heredis PCYesNoNoNoYesNoNoNoNoNoNo
Legacy Family Tree[d]Yespublic
test
YesYespublic
test
Yespublic
test
Yes[f]Nopublic
test
Yes
LifeLinesYesNoYesNoYesYesNoNoNoNoYes
MacFamilyTreeYesNoYesYesYesYesYesYesYesYesYes
MyBlood[e]YesNoNoYesYesYesNoNoNoYesNo
ohmiGeneYesNoNoNoYesNoNoNoNoNoNo
Personal Ancestral File(v4.x/5.x)NoNoNo(v4.x)(v4.x/5.x)NoNoNo(v4.x)(v5.x)
ReunionYesNoNoYes*Yes*Yes*NoYes*NoNoNo
My Family Tree[k]Yes[g]NoNoPartialPartialPartialNoNoPartialNoPartial
RootsMagicYesNoNoNoNoNoNoNoNoNoNo
SmartGenealogyYesNoNoNoYesNoNoNoNoNoNo
The Master GenealogistYes[g]YesYesYesYesYespartialYesNo[h]No[h]Yes
a Ahnenblatt is also available in Croatian, Czech, Estonian, Hungarian, Portuguese, Romanian, Russian and Turkish
b Genbox Family History is also available in Russian, Slovak, Slovenian; partial translations are available for Czech, Greek, Hungarian, Lithuanian, Portuguese, and Vietnamese.
c GRAMPS is also available in Brazilian Portuguese, Chinese (Simplified), Czech, Esperanto, Finnish, Hungarian, Romanian, Russian, and Slovak.
d Legacy Family Tree is being tested in Finnish.
e Can be created by available translation program.
f Includes both nynorsk and bokmål
g Includes U. K. English and U. S. English.
h Can be created using the built-in translation tables.
i GenoPro is also available in Arabic, Catalan, Czech, Estonian, Finnish, Greek, Hungarian, Latvian/Lettish, Russian and Vietnamese. Partial translations are available in Portuguese (Brazil), Indonesian, Dutch, Hebrew, Swedish, Portuguese (Portugal), Lithuanian, Turkish, Chinese Traditional/Taiwan (Big5), Albanian, Ukrainian, Croatian, Bulgarian, Icelandic, Scots Gaelic, Chinese simplified (GB2312), and 18 more languages translated less than 50%.
j Ancestral Quest also has partial translations in Chinese (Traditional) and Finnish.
k My Family Tree also has partial translations in English (Australian), Arabic (Saudi Arabian), Chinese (Traditional), Chinese (Simplified), Portuguese, Russian, Indonesian and Finnish.
l Ancestris is also available in Portuguese and Greek.

References[edit]

  1. ^ Planetspriv (2010-11-04). "Family Tree Maker software (Mac) Message Board". Ancestry.com. Retrieved 2010-11-06. 

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