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Genealogy Software


There are many computer programs are available which can help to organize and file information about the ancestors and relatives whom you have discovered. You input the information into the computer and the software files the people according to their relationship. You can even generate printed copies of any of the charts for your files.

One of the biggest advantages to using one of these programs is the ease of transferring the information from one person to another. If you happen to meet someone in your research travels who is a very distant relative of yours, who also has input their information into the computer, you can very easily get copies of each others information by simply making copies of their files on a CD-ROM. In the absence of a computer, you would either have to make photocopies or copy everything by hand, which would be very time consuming.

Here are some programs that you may find useful:-

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Family Historian 6 Genealogy and Family Tree Software

Calico Pie
CD-ROM (Pc)
Windows 7/Windows 8

Family Historian 6 Genealogy and Family Tree Software
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  • Create beautiful charts including Ancestor, Descendant, Everyone, Fan, and All Relatives charts
  • Create books & booklets, reports, maps, websites, queries and family tree CDs & DVDs
  • 100% GEDCOM compatible and complete (GEDCOM is the global standard for shared genealogy data)
Product Description:
Create beautiful family tree charts, including Family Historian's unique 'All Relatives' charts. Diagrams are interactive. Smart trees automatically adjust as you add or modify records, or adjust boxes and branches. Use diagrams for browsing and exploring by expanding or hiding tree branches. Click-and-drag to add relatives. Add pictures, videos and other multimedia. Link each face in each picture to your record for that person. Faces taken from pictures are used in the program and in all output (reports, charts, etc.), with no cropping required. The program automatically finds matches for your tree among billions of historical records and family tree profiles on MyHeritage. Matches are shown as on-screen 'hints' (to view record details, a MyHeritage data subscription is normally required - exclusive 33% discount for Family Historian users). Search for your ancestors across the Internet using the integrated Internet Search tool and new Web Search window. See family events marked on maps and observe changes over time, using a time-slider. Trace relationships graphically on charts and in reports. The new web clipping capability makes it easy to extract text and pictures from web sites, using drag-and-drop. Create professional-looking family tree books or booklets with a mix of auto-generated chapters and your own 'free text'. Creating family tree websites or family tree CDs/DVDs is easy using Family Historian's powerful wizards. The program comes with 32 highly-configurable reports and you can create your own custom reports. Use built-in scripting tools to automate repetitive tasks. Download free plugins (extensions to the program) from the Plugin Store. With its innovative and visually-oriented user-interface, Family Historian is not just easy to use - exploring and working with your family tree data has never been more fun. Multi-level undo/redo gives peace of mind and Help is available throughout.

Individual Software Family Tree Heritage Platinum 9

Individual Software
Released: 2013-12-20
CD-ROM (PC)
Windows 8/Windows XP

Individual Software Family Tree Heritage Platinum 9
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  • Don't lose your hard work now that Family Tree Maker is retired. Save your trees, charts & research locally with Family Tree Heritage!
  • New Features Color Coding to ID Generations Interactive Research Timeline Tagging Updated FamilySearch DatabaseAncestry Charts Box Charts With Photos Standard Ancestry Chart Ancestry Wall Chart Wall Chart with Siblings
  • Descendant Charts Standard Descendants Chart Descendants Wall Chart Dropline Chart, Line of Descent Simple Dropline with Photos
Product Description:
Save Time! Family Tree Heritage is fully integrated with the new Family Search, the largest genealogy organization in the world. Find records and important documents for your ancestors with one click from the Main Menu. Import records directly and build your family tree quickly. Everything you need to find your ancestors and build your tree is right at your fingertips.

RootsMagic 7 Family Tree Genealogy Software

RootsMagic
CD-ROM (Pc)

RootsMagic 7 Family Tree Genealogy Software
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  • "The best genealogy program we've seen" - Smart Computing Magazine
  • Publish family history books for your family and friends
  • Run RootsMagic and your data directly from a flash drive
Product Description:
Awarded "Editor's Choice" by Heritage Quest Magazine. RootsMagic is an easy to use family tree program with extensive family history reports, multiple navigation views, photos, publishing, and website creation features. RootsMagic supports unlimited people, families, events, notes, and photos. Users can print complete books (where the program writes the sentences for each event), spectacular charts, forms, lists, and even create custom reports. RootsMagic program also provides multiple database support (with drag and drop), SourceWizard, todo lists, powerful merge features, and more. Full GEDCOM support allows users to easily share their data with others, or to easily import their data from other programs. Import directly from Family Tree Maker (v16 and earlier), PAF, Legacy, or Family Origins. Create shareable CDs of your data and photos to send to your family and friends.

Free Family Tree and Genealogy Research Software [Download]

NCH Software
Released: 2015-12-20
Software Download (PC)
Windows 10/Windows 7/Windows XP

Free Family Tree and Genealogy Research Software [Download]
 
  • Get to know your ancestors better by creating a family tree
  • Record your family ancestry and view family tree diagrams
  • View and print your family tree diagram
Product Description:

Family Tree Software is a free genealogy software for Windows.

Whether you are new to discovering your family genealogy or have been the family historian for years, Family Tree Software will help you to organize and view your research.

Performing a family search today is exciting, but can also be overwhelming. Using our free family history software is easy, so that you can relax and enjoy the process of finding your ancestors and learning about their lives.

Family Tree Software features:

  • View your family tree in multiple formats
  • Import GEDCOM files and genealogy charts
  • Save and load GEDCOM files
  • Export your family tree to a PDF file
  • View and print your family tree diagram
  • Include notes, repositories, multimedia and sources with your data

PC Minimum System Requirements:PC Recommended System Requirements:
  • Processor:   Celeron 2.1
  • RAM:   512mb
  • Hard Disk:   100mb
  • Video Card:   16mb video
  • Supported OS:   Windows 10, Windows 8, Windows 7, Windows Vista, Windows XP

    Living DNA - Your Ancestry Adventure Kit

    Living DNA
    Health and Beauty

    Living DNA - Your Ancestry Adventure Kit
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    • 3-in-1 test: Including your family ancestry, Motherline and Fatherline.
    • Receive on-going ancestry updates with no subscription costs
    • Confidential and secure always - you are in charge of your DNA, we never sell client data
    Product Description:
    At Living DNA we feel the greatest adventure starts with what you discover about yourself and how we are all connected through our DNA. With our easy to use 3-in-1 DNA test, you'll unlock the door to your own amazing adventure without leaving your home. Our test looks at your ancestry in incredible detail by looking at 3 types of DNA; Autosomal, Motherline and Fatherline (if you are male). Accuracy is essential when taking your ancestry test, which is why we deliver percentage breakdowns across 80 worldwide regions including 21 across the UK and Ireland. View your ancestry through history. We put your ancestry into context showing your breakdown today (going back up to 10 generations), and also the migration patterns of your ancestors at different points in history. What will the results tell me? All your results are demonstrated in your own, fully interactive, online portal. The results will demonstrate your ethnic mix and ancestor migration roots back 10 generations. We also give you the opportunity to look down your direct Motherline and Fatherline going back 80,000 years. Your ancestry results updated for free. As the science behind our algorithms evolve, your ancestry results will be updated to provide ongoing details for no additional fees. How it works. Your kit is shipped, you activate your kit online and use our simple mouth swab to collect your DNA sample. Pop it in the post with the free return mailer and view your results online in 6-8 weeks. Whats included in the kit: 1 x mouth swab, let's begin instruction booklet, free return mailer, specimen bag.

    RootsMagic 7 Family Tree Genealogy Software / Book Bundle

    RootsMagic
    CD-ROM (Windows)
    Windows

    RootsMagic 7 Family Tree Genealogy Software / Book Bundle
     
    • "The best genealogy program we've seen" - Smart Computing Magazine
    • Publish family history books for your family and friends
    • Run RootsMagic and your data directly from a flash drive
    Product Description:
    RootsMagic 7 Software plus the 380 page book "Getting the Most Out of RootsMagic 7". Awarded "Editor's Choice" by Heritage Quest Magazine. RootsMagic is an easy to use family tree program with extensive family history reports, multiple navigation views, photos, publishing, and website creation features. RootsMagic supports unlimited people, families, events, notes, and photos. Users can print complete books (where the program writes the sentences for each event), spectacular charts, forms, lists, and even create custom reports. RootsMagic program also provides multiple database support (with drag and drop), SourceWizard, todo lists, powerful merge features, and more. Full GEDCOM support allows users to easily share their data with others, or to easily import their data from other programs. Import directly from Family Tree Maker (v16 and earlier), PAF, Legacy, or Family Origins. Create shareable CDs of your data and photos to send to your family and friends.

    Family Atlas Genealogy Mapping Software

    RootsMagic, Inc.
    CD-ROM (Pc)
    No Operating System

    Family Atlas Genealogy Mapping Software
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    • "A truly stunning new software product" - George Morgan
    • Add markers to create personalized maps
    • Add pictures and text to maps, then print or save them to PDF or several graphics formats
    Product Description:
    Family Atlas lets users create custom family maps based on their own genealogy data. Family Atlas users view their family information on an interactive world map (either spherical or flat), and can zoom in or out to see additional detail like state and county boundaries. Family Atlas directly imports data from popular genealogy software including RootsMagic, Family Tree Maker, PAF, Legacy and GEDCOM. Places are automatically geo-coded by matching them against the 3.5 million name world place database included with Family Atlas. Sites of important family events are easily pinpointed by adding custom markers automatically tied to the genealogy data. Markers can be based on specific people and events, or on your entire family tree, making it easy to see migrations and clusters in family data. Markers can also be added by hand, making possible historical marker sets like "Civil War Battles" and personal marker sets like "Our Family Vacations". Both hand-entered and data-based markers can easily be combined on the same map. Publishing beautiful maps is a breeze with Family Atlas. Users can enhance their maps with text, migration lines, text bubbles, photographs and other objects. Users can save or print their maps, or export them to PDF or a number of popular graphics formats to be used in reports, books, or websites. Other features in Family Atlas include the interactive Gazetteer, which helps locate almost any place in the world, and the "Nearby Places List" which finds all places and events within a given distance of any point.

    Family Tree Heritage Platinum 15 - Mac [Download]

    Individual Software
    Released: 2017-05-23
    Software Download (Mac)
    Mac OS X El Capitan 10.11/Mac OS X 10.9 Mavericks/Mac OS X 10.7 Lion

    Family Tree Heritage Platinum 15 - Mac [Download]
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    • FREE access to over 14 billion historical records, photos, news stories, and documents.
    • TreeTips - Innovative technology built into Family Tree Heritage displays hints for possible records about your ancestors
    • Get started quickly with a friendly user interface and options for English, French, Spanish, and German
    Product Description:

    Family Tree Heritage makes it easy to discover your family history, build your family tree, and share your family story. You'll have FREE access to over 14 billion historical records, photos, news stories, and documents.* Find important documents for your ancestors, with one click, for seamless searches to the world’s largest genealogy databases.

    Family Tree Maker Customer?
    Don’t lose your research now that Family Tree Maker is retired. Save your trees, charts, and research locally with Family Tree Heritage. Seamlessly export your data files from Family Tree Maker into Family Tree Heritage in two easy steps. Search Ancestry.com directly from Family Tree Heritage if you are an ancestry.com subscriber.

    What's New in Family Tree Heritage?

    TreeTips
    Have you ever wished that someone could do your research for you? TreeTips is an innovative technology built into Family Tree Heritage that displays hints for possible records about your ancestors. These hints are from MyHeritage.com, FamilySearch.com and Findmypast.com.

    Memories Manager
    New! Link Family Tree Heritage to FamilySearch records. Quickly and easily exchange your scrapbook items with the Memories on FamilySearch. You can easily link your scrapbook items to the images on FamilySearch, and share your information and images with others!

    Direct Access to Powerful Genealogy Sites
    Family Tree Heritage is fully integrated with the new Family Tree of FamilySearch, Myheritage, and Findmypast. Import records directly and build your family tree quickly.
    No subscription required for worldwide searches
    Search 14 billion records with 1-click from the software

    Language Options
    Get started quickly with a friendly user interface and options for English, French, Spanish, and German. Choose the language you wish to use.

    Powerful Genealogy Design Tools
    Create colorful trees, heirloom-quality charts, reports and family books that will be cherished by your family members now and in future years, with Family Tree Heritage’s genealogy design tools. Share your family’s story at family reunions and online.

    Interactive Research Timeline
    Uncover clues to discover more information about your ancestors and family history. Find events that may have affected your ancestors, such as a war or immigration issue. These events will refer you to additional resources to learn more about your ancestors. There are several pre-designed event groups to choose from and you may also add your own events. The Timeline view is interactive: click on names, dates, and places to see how it responds. A Timeline report is available for printing.

    Tags
    Tag your ancestor similarities, such as geographic location, medical conditions, and more! Create your own set of Tags and assign up to three Tags to individuals in your database. The tags display on various screens and reports in Family Tree Heritage.

    Color Coding
    Quickly identify individuals and family lines on your family tree. This four-color filing system allows you to add background colors to the name boxes for individuals and/or family lines. The color coding displays on various screens and reports, allowing you to track individuals from the maternal and paternal sides of your mother and father’s ancestors.

    Design Trees, Charts & Reports!
    Create colorful trees, heirloom-quality charts, reports and family books that will be cherished by your family members now and in future years.

    Four-Color Fan Charts
    You can generate a Four-Color Fan Chart and include siblings of the firstgeneration in the chart. Create any number of charts for your family.

    • Ancestry Charts
    • Descendant Charts
    • Family Charts
    • Pedigree Fan Charts
    • Large Wall Charts
    • Pedigree Charts
    More Features than Any Other Genealogy Program!
    • Lists & Calendars
    • Records & Reports
    • Advanced Management Reports
    • Collaboration Tools
    • User-Friendly Interface
    • Share on Flash or Thumb Drive
    • 1-Click Search to 14+ Billion Records
    • Advanced Features
    • Color Coding to ID Generations
    • Interactive Research Timeline
    • Tagging
    • Updated FamilySearch Database
    • Family Books & Scrapbooks

    Mac Minimum System Requirements:Mac Recommended System Requirements:
    • Processor:   None
    • RAM:   None
    • Hard Disk:   400 MB
    • Video Card:   None
    • Supported OS:   Mac El Capitan 10.11, Mac Yosemite 10.10, Mac Mavericks 10.9, Mac Mountain Lion 10.8, Mac Lion 10.7

      Family Tree Maker Essentials [OLD VERSION]

      Nova Development US
      Released: 2011-10-24
      CD-ROM (PC)
      Windows 7/Windows Vista

      Family Tree Maker Essentials [OLD VERSION]
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      • Family-history software--quickly and easily start your family tree
      • Sync desktop and online Ancestry.com trees together with TreeSync
      • Free 1-month membership to Ancestry.com included
      Product Description:
      Whether you’re a seasoned pro, or just starting your search, Ancestry.com Family Tree Maker gives you more exciting ways to discover your family history than any other Genealogy software. Rich storytelling tools enable you to add photos, documents and videos right to your tree.

      Family Tree Heritage Platinum 9 [PC Download]

      Individual Software
      Released: 2015-09-01
      Software Download (PC)
      Windows 10/Windows 7

      Family Tree Heritage Platinum 9 [PC Download]
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      • User-friendly interface and powerful features make Family Tree Heritage the premier genealogy software solution! Family Tree Maker users can import their data in 2 easy steps - watch the video!
      • Family Charts Publish a Family Book Ahnentafel Chart (German Ancestor Chart) Ahnentafel with Siblings Cascading Family Group ChartsPedigree Fan Charts Four Color Fan Chart Quarter Circle Fan Chart Half Circle Fan Chart Full Circle Fan Chart
      • Save your trees, charts & research locally with Family Tree Heritage!
      Product Description:

      Fast & Easy! Find Your Ancestors and Create Your Family Tree!
      Search Your Ancestors – FREE!*
       Share Your Family Story – Charts, Books & More!

      Save time! Family Tree Heritage makes searching for ancestors and creating your tree easy. Find records and important documents for your ancestors with one click for seamless searches to the world’s largest genealogy database.

      Direct Access to FamilySearch
      Family Tree Heritage is fully integrated with the new Family Tree of FamilySearch. Import records directly and build your family tree quickly.

       No subscription required for worldwide searches
       Search billions of records with 1-click from the software
       Easy access to nearly 1 billion documents and records—Free!

      Design Trees, Charts & Reports!
      Create colourful trees, heirloom-quality charts, reports and family books that will be cherished by your family members now and in future years, with Family Tree Heritage’s genealogy design tools.

      New Features!
      Exciting new features to help you easily research your ancestors and share your family story.

      Interactive Research Timeline
      Uncover new information about your ancestors. The research timeline helps you uncover clues that will assist you in researching your family history by uncovering events in an ancestor's lifetime. These events may have affected your ancestors, such as a war or immigration issue, and they can point you to additional resources to help you learn more about your ancestors.

      Tags
      You can create your own set of Tags and assign up to three Tags to the various individuals in your database. This is a popular and useful new feature among genealogists. The tags display on various screens and reports in Family Tree Heritage.

      Color Coding
      Easily identify individuals and family lines. This four color filing system has gained popularity with genealogists over the past few years. This feature allows you to add background colors to the name boxes for individuals and/or family lines. The color coding will display on various screens and reports, allowing you to easily track individuals from both the maternal and paternal sides of your mother and father’s ancestors.

      Four-Colour Fan Charts
      Enhanced Fan Chart with color coding, you can now generate a Four-Color Fan Chart and include siblings in the first generation of the chart.

      More Features!

      Lists & Calendars
        End-of-Line Individuals List
        Sorted Place List
        Sorted Individuals List
        Sorted Marriages List
        Source and Citation List
        Family Reunion Contact List
        Custom Lists
        Birthday Calendar
        Anniversary Calendar

      User-Friendly Interface
        Modern Interface with 17 Skins
        Share on Flash or Thumb Drive
        1-Click Search to Billions of Records

      Advanced Features
        GenRelationship Examiner
        Indexed & Advanced Search
        GenCollaboration
        GenResearchManager
        GenSourceCitation
        MapQuest Locator

      Ancestry Charts
        Box Charts With Photos
        Standard Ancestry Chart
        Ancestry Wall Chart
        Wall Chart with Siblings

      Descendant Charts
        Standard Descendants Chart
        Descendants Wall Chart
        Dropline Chart, Line of Descent
        Simple Dropline with Photos

      Family Charts
        Publish a Family Book
        Ahnentafel Chart (German Ancestor Chart)
        Ahnentafel with Siblings
        Cascading Family Group Charts

      Pedigree Fan Charts
        Four Colour Fan Chart
        Quarter Circle Fan Chart
        Half Circle Fan Chart
        Full Circle Fan Chart

      Large Wall Charts
        Ancestry Wall Charts
        Descendant Wall Charts
        Descendant Dropline Charts
        Line of Descent Charts
        Wall-Sized Fan Charts

      Pedigree Charts
        Basic Pedigree Chart
        Blank Pedigree Charts
        Pedigree Chart Documented
        Pedigree Chart with Images
        Cascading Charts

      Family Books & Scrapbooks
        Publish a Family Book
        Ancestral Book Reports
        Descendant Book Reports Lists & Calendars
        End-of-Line Individuals List
        Sorted Place List
        Sorted Individuals List
        Sorted Marriages List
        Source and Citation List
        Family Reunion Contact List
        Custom Lists
        Birthday Calendar
        Anniversary Calendar



      System Requirements:
      • Supported OS: Windows 10   Windows 8   Windows 7
      • Processor Format: 32 bit


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