following is a list (not comprehensive) of Windows based genealogy applications
for recording family data. This list is designed only to identify what family
recording software is available. The descriptions are in my words, not those of
the developer, and should not be considered all inclusive of the features of any
one genealogy software application.
If you are
seeking a genealogical application to record information about your family and
ancestors, search through this alphabetically arranged list below. Visit the web sites of the different
developers. Each offers a trial version of their software. Use the various trial
versions to find the genealogical application that matches your specific method
based software packages (Genbox,
The Master Genealogist) are usually
spoken of as the 'big three' in online discussions. Those three software, while
listed here, have their own section. A brief description with links to web sites
and news groups are included for all other applications. Just follow the link from the listing here
to those specific pages.
-- An interesting tab based genealogical application coming from Russia.
The software interface is available in the following languages --
Russian, and Ukrainian. A
downloadable trial version, allowing for 40 individuals, is available.
Ancestral Quest might be considered an expanded version of Personal
Ancestral File (PAF). According to the Application's FAQ section, "Incline
Software helped the LDS Church develop PAF 4 from portions of AQ version
3.0." Ancestral Quest can open
and work with PAF 3 and 4 databases, but only open and print from PAF 5
databases. Add sourcing and citations using CitePro™,
and use FilterPro™
to search, sort, and filter data. Ancestral
Quest offers NetFam™,
defined as "you place a family file on a
central server on the Internet. You allow others to access that file."
Prints reports to Acrobat, text, or a printer, with book files to .wpd or
Allows you to create a web site from your database information.
Ancestry Family Tree (
http://aft.ancestry.com/aftexec?htx=main ) Ancestry, one of
the online genealogy database web sites, offers genealogy software
specifically designed to check and download user trees found at their web
site. Publishes family information to the Internet. Imports Family Tree
Maker files directly, or information via GEDCOM from other applications. To
download, you need an Ancestry user name and password.
) Not yet available. This genealogical application is currently being
developed. See the web site for additional information.
Brother's Keeper (
) The main web site page offers separate information in English,
French, Spanish, :Portuguese, and Hebrew from which to select. DoroTree is a
Jewish genealogical application. The application offers bi-lingual data
entry in Hebrew or a second language on the same window. Includes Yahrzeit
reports, Hebrew-Gregorian date conversions, Holocaust commemoration
features, and direct Internet access to Jewish genealogical web sites.
DYNAS-TREE (German -
www.dynas-tree.de ; English -
www.dynas-tree.de/gb/index300.html) DYNAS-TREE is a full
featured genealogical application from Germany. The application is available
in both German and English and does no require restarting between changes of
language. Offers individual and full text searches from a database. Includes
printed reports and output to .rtf for use in word processors. Includes a GOV Place Database on the application CD-ROM for locating places based
upon geographic coordinates. Offers multiple connections between source
citations and people, along with roles of individuals in documents. Also
creates a web site from your database information.
Embla Family Treasurers (
This genealogical software is from the United Kingdom. The database is a pure GEDCOM file. Instead of the typical forms (individual, family, pedigree,
etc) displaying data from your database, Family Historian uses a tree
display similar to Window's file explorer offering five record type tabs (Individuals,
Notes, Sources, Repositories, and Submitters) to
display database information. Each line in the display is a different
individual. You click on and open that display to show all data. Or,
right-click on a name and select Properties to open a six tab form (Main,
Detail, Events, Notes, Objects, All)
showing all information for the selected individual. You can keep the
properties form active and click on different individuals in your database
to show information. allows you to create and view
a report, then while
viewing the report change and apply appearance options and view those changes in
the displayed report prior to printing. You can also change information in your
database, then update the contents of a displayed report prior to printing that
Produces extensive report and diagrams.
- No trial version available. - Family Tree Legends is a good, general level genealogy application. The
special area of Family Tree Legends is its use of the Internet. Both backup
and publishing to the Internet, at the GenCircle.com server is automatic and
referred to as 'real-time', meaning continuously as you work. The
application also offers searches of records of other Family Tree Legends
users who have backups at the GenCircle.com server.
Family Tree Maker
- Family Tree Maker is perhaps the oldest Windows based, over-the-counter sold genealogy application on the market today in the USA. The application is part of the software sold by MyFamily.com, Inc. and
Ancestry.com. A book (The Official Guide to Family Tree Maker 2005) is available, along with basic and advanced videos or DVDs.
-- An Australian genealogical
application first released in December 1988, with version 2 released March
2005. GENP allows grouping and linking of databases. Linking databases
permits different lines to connect through the same individual recorded in
different databases. You no longer have to merge databases to trace lineages
through multiple databases.
-- A genealogical software designed in France. The software is available in
French (www.heredis.com/fr/index.asp), German
(www.heredis.com/de/), and English
click Order/Download Products > Software Downloads – Free)
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