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]

Software Latest version Latest release Free to use Free software Software license Windows OS X Linux
Agelong Tree 4.7 2013-12-23 No

(40 Person Free Trial)

No Proprietary Yes No Wine[b]
Ages! 2.02 No

(Free Trial)

No Proprietary Yes No Wine[b]
Ahnenblatt 2.83 2014-10-16 Yes No Proprietary Yes No Wine[b]
Aldfaer 4.2.0.15 2011-09-12 Yes Yes Freeware Yes No ?
Ancestral Quest 14.0.8 2013-02-27 Yes

(Basics version)

No Proprietary Yes No Wine[b]
Ancestris 0.7.0 2012-06-18 Yes Yes GNU GPL Java[a] Java[a] Java[a]
Ancestrologie 2012.1360 2012-02-19 No

(30 Person Free Trial)

No Proprietary Yes No ?
BegatAll Genealogy Chronicles Release 6 2014-02-17 No

(1 day free trial)

No Proprietary Yes No No
Brother's Keeper 7.0.36 2014-11-12 Yes

(Unreg. ver.)

No Shareware Yes No Wine[b]
Family Historian 5.0.7 2012-06-20 No

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

No Proprietary Yes No Wine[b]
Family Tree Builder 7.0 2013-04-17 Yes

(Free ver.)

No Proprietary Yes No Wine[b]
Family Tree 1.2.1 2013-10-05 No No Proprietary No Yes No
Family Tree Maker (Windows) 2014, 22.0.0.1260 2012-11-30 No No Proprietary Yes No Wine[b]
Family Tree Maker for Mac[1] 21.2.4.475 2012-07-19 No No Proprietary No Yes No
GEDitCOM II 2.0 2014-08-17 No

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

No Proprietary No Yes No
GDS Sistema general de documentación familiar 7.0.22 2014-03-13 No

(50 Person Free Trial)

No Proprietary Yes No No
Genbox Family History 3.7.1 2007-11-17 No

(30 Day Free Trial)

No Proprietary Yes No Wine[b]
GenealogyJ 3.0 2010-02-18 Yes Yes GNU GPL Java[a] Java[a] Java[a]
Généatique 2012, 1.0.9 2012-05-04 No

(50 Person Free Trial)

No Proprietary Yes No ?
GenoPro 2011, 2.5.4.1 2012-01-17 No

(25 Person Free Trial)

No Proprietary Yes No Wine[b]
GENP 5.00 2014-06-18 No

(demo mode)

No Proprietary Yes No ?
Gramps 4.1.1 2014-10-24 Yes Yes GNU GPL Yes Yes Yes
Heredis 2014 Mac 3.3.2 2014-10-17 No

(50 Person Free Trial)

No Proprietary No Yes No
Heredis 2014 PC Standard 2014-10-27 No

(50 Person Free Trial)

No Proprietary Yes No ?
Heredis 2014 PC Pro 2014-10-27 No

(50 Person Free Trial)

No Proprietary Yes No ?
iFamily for Leopard 2.892 2014-01-18 No

(16-Day Free Trial, No Export)

No Proprietary No Yes No
Kith and Kin Pro 3.2.1 2013-03-22 No

(30-Day Free Trial)

No Shareware Yes No ?
Legacy Family Tree 8.0.0.425 2014-05-16 Yes

(Standard Edition)

No Proprietary Yes No Wine[b]
LifeLines 3.0.62 2007-10-06 Yes Yes MIT License Yes Yes Yes
MacFamilyTree 7.3.1 2014-10-28 No

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

No Proprietary No Yes No
MyBlood 1.31 2010-07-24 No

(Time-limited Free Trial)

No Proprietary Yes Yes ?
ohmiGene 6.11.5 2014-07-28 Yes

(509 person limit, watermarked reports)

No Proprietary Yes Yes ?
Personal Ancestral File 5.2.18.0 2002-07-23 Yes No Proprietary Yes No Wine[b]
Reunion 10.0.6 2013-04-23 No No Proprietary No Yes No
RootsMagic 6.0.0.4 2013-01-08 Yes

(Essentials)

No Proprietary Yes No No
My Family Tree 3.0.17.0 2014-05-10 Yes No Freeware Yes No No
SmartGenealogy 3.0c 2013-01-06 Yes Yes Freeware Yes No No
The Master Genealogist 9.01 2014-02-26 No

(30 Day Free Trial)

No Proprietary Yes No Wine[b]
a Using Java
b Using Wine

General features[edit]

Name Individual view Family view Pedigree view Chronology view Ancestor charts Ancestor narrative reports Ancestor pedigree reports Descendant charts Descendant narrative reports Fan charts Research Manager DNA charts Research Guidance Mapping
Agelong Tree Yes Yes Yes No Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes No No No No No
Ahnenblatt Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes No No No No Yes
Aldfaer Yes Yes Yes ? Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes ? Yes ?
Ancestral Quest Yes Yes Yes No Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes No No Yes
Ancestris Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes No No No Yes
Brother's Keeper Yes Yes Yes ? Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes ? ? No ?
Family Historian [a] Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes No No No Yes
Family Tree Builder Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes No Yes Yes
Family Tree Maker (Windows) Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes ? Yes Yes
Family Tree Maker for Mac Yes Yes Yes ? Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes ? ? No Yes
GEDitCOM II Yes Yes Yes No Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes No No Yes
Genbox Family History Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes No No No
GenealogyJ Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes No No No Yes
Généatique ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ?
GenoPro Yes Yes Yes No Yes No No Yes Yes Yes ? ? No Yes
Gramps Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes No No No Yes
Heredis Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes No No No Yes
Heredis Mac Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes No No No Yes
Heredis PC Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes No No No Yes
Legacy Family Tree[b] Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
LifeLines Yes Yes Yes ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? No ?
MacFamilyTree Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes No Yes Yes No Yes No No No Yes
MyBlood Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes No No Yes No ? No No No Yes
ohmiGene ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ?
Personal Ancestral File Yes Yes Yes No Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes No No ? No ?
Reunion Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes No No No Yes
RootsMagic Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
SmartGenealogy Yes Yes Yes ? Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes ? ? ? No ?
My Family Tree Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes No Yes Yes No No No No No Yes
The Master Genealogist Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes ? ? 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]

Name Unicode Support Single parent family Same sex marriage Witness to events Name variants Conflicting evidence Source surety Adoption & foster parent non-standard calendar
in date fields
Agelong Tree Yes Yes ? ? ? ? ? ? ?
Ahnenblatt Yes Yes Yes No No ? No No Yes
Aldfaer ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ?
Ancestral Quest Yes ? No ? ? ? ? Yes ?
Ancestris Yes ? Yes Yes Yes Yes ? Yes Yes
Brother's Keeper No Yes Yes Yes Yes ? Yes Yes Yes
Family Historian [a] No Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
Family Tree Builder Yes ? Yes ? ? ? ? ? ?
Family Tree Maker (Windows) Yes Yes Partial
One partner mislabeled[2]
No Yes Yes Yes Yes No
Family Tree Maker for Mac No ? ? No ? ? ? ? ?
GEDitCOM II Yes ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ?
Genbox Family History Yes ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ?
GenealogyJ Yes ? Partial
One partner's gender mislabelled
No Yes Yes ? Yes ?
Généatique ? ? ? Yes ? ? ? ? ?
GenoPro Yes ? Yes ? ? ? ? ? ?
Gramps Yes Yes Partial
One partner's gender mislabelled[3]
Yes Yes ? ? Yes Yes
Heredis Yes Yes Yes Yes No Yes Yes Yes Yes
Heredis Mac Yes Yes Yes Yes No Yes Yes Yes Yes
Heredis PC Yes Yes Yes Yes No Yes Yes Yes Yes
Legacy Family Tree[b] No ? No ? ? ? ? ? ?
LifeLines Yes ? No ? ? ? ? ? ?
MacFamilyTree Yes ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ?
MyBlood Yes ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ?
ohmiGene ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ?
Personal Ancestral File Yes ? No ? ? ? ? ? ?
Reunion Yes ? Yes ? ? ? ? Yes ?
RootsMagic Yes ? No Yes
(paid version)
? ? ? Yes ?
SmartGenealogy No ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ?
My Family Tree Yes Yes Yes No Yes No No Yes Yes
The Master Genealogist No Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes

Languages[edit]

Available user interface languages

Name English Afrikaans Danish Dutch French German Italian Norwegian Polish Spanish Swedish
Agelong Tree Yes No No Yes Yes Yes Yes No Yes Yes No
Ahnenblatt[a] Yes No[e] Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
Alfdaer No No No Yes No No No No No No No
Ancestral Quest[j] Yes No[e] Yes No[e] Yes Yes No[e] Yes No[e] Yes partial
Ancestris[l] Yes No No Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
Brother's Keeper Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes No[e] Yes Yes No[e] Yes
Family Historian Yes No No No No No No No No No No
Family Tree Builder Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
Family Tree Maker (Windows) Yes No Yes No No No No No No No No
Family Tree Maker for Mac Yes No No No No No No No No No No
GEDitCOM II Yes No No No Yes No No No No Yes Yes
Genbox Family History[b] Yes[f] No Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes partial Yes partial partial
GenealogyJ Yes No No Yes Yes Yes No No Yes Yes No
Généatique No No No No Yes No No No No No No
GenoPro[h][i] Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes No Yes Yes Yes
GRAMPS[c] Yes No Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
Heredis No No No No Yes No No No No No No
Heredis Mac Yes No No No Yes No No No No No No
Heredis PC Yes No No No Yes No No No No No No
Legacy Family Tree[d] Yes public
test
Yes Yes public
test
Yes public
test
Yes[f] No public
test
Yes
LifeLines Yes No Yes No Yes Yes No No No No Yes
MacFamilyTree Yes No Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
MyBlood[e] Yes No No Yes Yes Yes No No No Yes No
ohmiGene Yes No No No Yes No No No No No No
Personal Ancestral File (v4.x/5.x) No No No (v4.x) (v4.x/5.x) No No No (v4.x) (v5.x)
Reunion Yes No No Yes* Yes* Yes* No Yes* No No No
My Family Tree[k] Yes[g] No No Partial Partial Partial No No Partial No Partial
RootsMagic Yes No No No No No No No No No No
SmartGenealogy Yes No No No Yes No No No No No No
The Master Genealogist Yes[g] Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes partial Yes No[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.

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