Family Historian

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Family Historian
Original author(s)Simon Orde
Developer(s)Calico Pie Limited
Initial release2002; 19 years ago (2002)
Stable release / September 7, 2021; 38 days ago (2021-09-07)
Operating systemWindows
TypeGenealogy software

Family Historian is a genealogy software program designed and written by Calico Pie Limited, a UK software design and development company founded by Simon Orde in 1995.[1] Family Historian has won numerous awards, including coming out top in the two most recent group comparisons of top genealogy programs, by Which? Computing - one of the Which? stable of consumer magazines. In 2015, Your Family Tree magazine said of version 6, "The crown for best PC software belongs to Family Historian 6 for 2015!", and gave it their Seal of Approval award (issue 154).

The program can be used to generate charts and diagrams, reports, maps, books & booklets, websites, and family tree CDs & DVDs. Reports and books can be saved in rich-text format, suitable for editing in a word-processor. Diagrams, charts, reports and books can all be saved in PDF format. Pictures can be linked to all the people in them (each person is linked directly to their face in the picture). The program also features a map window (with a choice of map types), web hints (automatic matching of data in databases on the Internet), an automatic source citation pane (to make adding sources easy), web clipping tools (for extracting data from web pages), internet search tools, interactive 'smart trees', multi-level undo/redo, and more. Users can extend the program themselves by creating plugins using scripting tools which are included with each copy. Plugins can be shared with other users by uploading them to the Family Historian Plugin Store. All plugins are free for Family Historian users.


Family Historian was designed to run on the Windows platform, however some users run Family Historian on Linux machines using Wine.[2][3]


  1. ^ "Calico Pie company information". Archived from the original on 2013-02-25. Retrieved 2013-02-11.
  2. ^ Topic: V4 success with Ubuntu Linux and Wine Archived 2011-07-21 at the Wayback Machine, Posted on: 09/10/2010, FHUG : Family Historian User Group
  3. ^ Installing Family Historian V.3 with Wine Archived 2010-10-07 at the Wayback Machine, By gburto01, 2006/11/18, It’s a memory thing …:

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