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[1] Software license Windows OS X Linux Android iOS
Agelong Tree 4.7 2015-12-04 No

(40 Person Free Trial)

No Proprietary Yes No Wine[b] No No
Ahnenblatt 2.96c 2016-10-07 Yes No Proprietary Yes No Wine[b] No No
Ancestral Quest v15 Build 2 2016-12-05 Yes

(Basics version)

No Proprietary Yes Yes Wine[b] No No
Brother's Keeper 7.2.3 2017-03-25 Yes

(Unreg. ver.)

No Shareware Yes No Wine[b] No No
Family Historian 6.2.2 2016-06-23 No

(30-Day Free Trial)

No Proprietary Yes No Wine[b] No No
Family Tree Builder 8.0 2016-08-12 Yes

(Free ver.)

No Proprietary Yes Yes Wine[b] Yes Yes
Family Tree 1.2.1 2013-10-05 No No Proprietary No Yes No ? ?
GEDitCOM II 2.3 2016-11-17 No

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

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

(30 Day Free Trial)

No Proprietary Yes No Wine[b] No No
GenealogyJ 3.0 2010-02-18 Yes Yes GNU GPL Java[a] Java[a] Java[a] No No
Genney 1.20 2016-11-30 No No Proprietary Yes Yes Yes No No
GenoPro 2016, 3.0.0.7 2016-01-27 No

(25 Person Free Trial)

No Proprietary Yes No Wine[b] No No
Gramps 4.2.4 2016-09-04 Yes Yes GNU GPL Yes Yes Yes No No
Heredis 2017 2017-01-30 No

(50 Person Free Trial)

No Proprietary Yes Yes No Yes Yes
Kith and Kin Pro 3.2.5 2016-08-01 No

(30-Day Free Trial)

No Shareware Yes No No No No
Legacy Family Tree 8.0.0.532 2015-12-09 Yes

(Standard Edition)

No Proprietary Yes No Wine[b] ? ?
LifeLines 3.1.1 2016-03-17 Yes Yes MIT License Yes Yes Yes No No
MacFamilyTree 8.1.2 2016-12-10 No

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

No Proprietary No Yes No No Yes
Personal Ancestral File 5.2.18.0 2002-07-23 (discontinued 2014) Yes No Proprietary Yes No Wine[b] ? ?
Reunion 11.0.10 2016-08-30 No

(Free demo, 50 person limit, no import/export, watermarked reports)

No Proprietary No Yes No No No
RootsMagic 7.2.2.0 2016-12-06 Yes

(Essentials)

No Proprietary Yes Yes Wine[b] Yes Yes
The Master Genealogist 9.05.0000 2014-12-03 (Discontinued:2014-12-31) No

(30 Day Free Trial)

No Proprietary Yes Yes Wine[b] No No
^ Free software is essentially the same thing as open source, but with a more philosophical bent to its marketing material
a Using Java
b Using Wine
c Using Metro UI design

General features[edit]

Genealogy software products differ in the way they support data acquisition (e.g. drag and drop data entry for images, flexible data formats, free defined custom attributes for persons and connections between persons, rating of sources) and interaction (e.g. 3D-view, name filters, full text search and dynamic pan and zoom navigation), in reporting (e.g.: fan charts, automatic narratives, relationship between arbitrary people, place of birth on virtual globes, statistics about number of children per family), validation (e.g.: consistency checks, research assistants connected to online genealogy databases), exporting (e.g.: export as web page, book or wall chart) and integration (e.g.: synchronisation with tablet version). Some software might include also fun and entertainment features (e.g. quizzes or slideshows).[1]

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
Ancestral Quest Yes Yes Yes No Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes 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 Yes 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
Genney Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes ? ? ? Yes
GenoPro Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes ? ? No Yes
Gramps Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes No No Yes
Heredis Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes No Yes 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
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
The Master Genealogist Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes ? ? No ?
a Family Historian users can also optionally install free plugins (access to the Family Historian plugin store is integrated into the program). Scripting tools are included for automation of repetitive tasks, and much more.
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]

Besides exchange between systems (e.g. GEDCOM support for import and export), flexible data handling (e.g. custom attributes and multiple kinds of relations between people) is relevant.

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 No Yes Yes ? Yes Yes Yes
Ahnenblatt Yes Yes Yes No No ? No No Yes
Ancestral Quest Yes ? No ? ? ? ? Yes ?
Brother's Keeper No Yes Yes Yes Yes ? Yes Yes Yes
Family Historian Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
Family Tree Builder Yes ? Yes ? Yes ? Yes Yes Yes
Family Tree Maker (Windows) Yes Yes Partial
One partner mislabeled
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 ?
Genney Yes ? ? ? Yes Yes ? Yes ?
GenoPro Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
Gramps Yes Yes Partial
One partner's gender mislabelled[2]
Yes Yes ? Yes Yes Yes
Heredis Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
Legacy Family Tree[b] No Yes No Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes ?
LifeLines Yes ? No ? ? ? ? ? ?
MacFamilyTree Yes ? Yes ? Yes ? ? Yes Yes
Personal Ancestral File Yes ? No ? ? ? ? ? ?
Reunion Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes ? Yes Yes
RootsMagic Yes ? Yes Yes
(paid version)
Yes Yes Yes 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 Russian Spanish Swedish
Agelong Tree[a] Yes No[b] No[b] Yes Yes Yes Yes No[b] Yes Yes Yes No[b]
Ahnenblatt[c] Yes No[b] Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
Ancestral Quest[d] Yes No[b] Yes No[b] Yes Yes No[b] Yes No[b] No Yes Partial
Brother's Keeper Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes No[b] Yes Yes Yes No[b] Yes
Family Historian Yes No No No No No No No No No No No
Family Tree Builder Yes 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 No
Family Tree Maker for Mac Yes No No No No No No No No No No No
GEDitCOM II Yes No No No Yes No No No No No Yes Yes
Genbox Family History[f] Yes No Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Partial Yes Yes Partial Partial
GenealogyJ Yes No No Yes Yes Yes No No Yes Yes Yes No
Genney Yes No No No No No No No No No No Yes
GenoPro[g][h] Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes No Yes Yes Yes Yes
Gramps[i] Yes No Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
Heredis Yes No No No Yes No No No No No No No
Legacy Family Tree Yes[j] Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes[k] No No public
test
Yes
LifeLines Yes No Yes No Yes Yes No No No No No Yes
MacFamilyTree Yes No Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
Personal Ancestral File (v4.x/5.x) No No No (v4.x) (v4.x/5.x) No No No No (v4.x) (v5.x)
Reunion[l] Yes No No Yes[l] Yes[l] Yes[l] No Yes[l] No No No No
RootsMagic Yes No No No No No No No No No No No
The Master Genealogist Yes[n] Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Partial Yes No[g] No No[g] Yes
a Agelong Tree is also available in Arabic, Armenian, Bashkir, Belarusian, Bulgarian, Catalan, Chinese, Circassian, Croatian, Czech, Estonian, Galician, Georgian, Greek, Hungarian, Latvian, Lithuanian, Romanian, Serbian, Slovak, Tajik, Tatar, Turkish, Turkmen, Ukrainian and Uzbek.
b Can be created by available translation program or language file.
c Ahnenblatt is also available in Croatian, Czech, Estonian, Hungarian, Portuguese, Romanian and Turkish.
d Ancestral Quest also has partial translations in Chinese (Traditional) and Finnish.
e Ancestris is also available in Portuguese and Greek.
f Genbox Family History is also available in Slovak, Slovenian; partial translations are available for Czech, Greek, Hungarian, Lithuanian, Portuguese, and Vietnamese.
g Can be created using the built-in translation tables.
h GenoPro is also available in Arabic, Catalan, Czech, Estonian, Finnish, Greek, Hungarian, Latvian/Lettish 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 (Gb3312).
i Gramps is also available in Catalan, Czech, Esperanto, Finnish, Greek, Hungarian, Lithuanian, Portuguese (Brazil), Portuguese (Portugal), Slovak, Slovenian, and Ukrainian. Partial translations are available in Arabic, Bulgarian, Chinese, Croatian, Vietnamese, and 11 more languages translated less than 50%.[3]
j Includes Australian English, Canadian English, UK English, and US English.
k Includes both nynorsk and bokmål.
l English is the only language officially supported by the vendor of Reunion, but instructions for producing a translation are included, and users have made available the indicated translations.
m My Family Tree also has complete translations in English (Australian), Portuguese (Brazil and Portugal variants) and partial translations in Arabic (Saudi Arabian), Chinese (Traditional), Chinese (Simplified), Turkish, Vietnamese, Finnish and Uyghur.
n Includes UK English and US English.
o Ages! is also available in Catalan, Czech, Finnish, Greek, Portuguese and Ukrainian.

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