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Genealogy Applications

The 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 of research.

Three US based software packages (Genbox, Legacy, and 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.

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Agelong Tree (www.genery.com) -- An interesting tab based genealogical application coming from Russia. The software interface is available in the following languages -- English, Latvian, Lithuanian, Romanian, Russian, and Ukrainian. A downloadable trial version, allowing for 40 individuals, is available.

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Ancestral Quest (www.ancquest.com/) 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 .rtf formats. Allows you to create a web site from your database information.

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E-mail user groups are found at Yahoo! Groups (ancestral-quest - http://groups.yahoo.com/group/ancestral-quest/  and  AncestralQuest - http://groups.yahoo.com/group/AncestralQuest/ )

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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.

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Offers an e-mail user list on Rootsweb at http://lists.rootsweb.com/index/other/Software/AFT.html

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Behold ( www.lkessler.com/behold/index.shtml ) Not yet available. This genealogical application is currently being developed. See the web site for additional information.

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Brother's Keeper ( www.bkwin.org/index.html )

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Offers a Rootsweb e-mail user list at BK ( http://lists.rootsweb.com/index/other/Software/BK.html )

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Cumberland Family Tree ( www.cf-software.com/ )

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A user e-mail list is found on Rootsweb at CFT-Win at http://lists.rootsweb.com/index/other/Software/CFT-WIN.html

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DoroTree ( www.dorotree.com/ ) 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.

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An e-mail users group is available from Yahoo! Groups at DoroTree User Group, http://groups.yahoo.com/group/DoroTree_Users/ .

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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.

 

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Embla Family Treasurers ( www.embla.co.uk/ )

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Family Historian (www.family-historian.co.uk/) 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 report. Produces extensive report and diagrams.

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Offers an on-line user list via Rootsweb at Family-Historian-Users (http://lists.rootsweb.com/index/other/Software/FAMILY-HISTORIAN-USERS.html) and a user run web site (FHUG - Family Historian User Group)

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CedCom Census is an add-on to Family Historian for use in creating census source records with occupation attributes, census events, and birth events. The add-on is available from FHUG as a download.

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Family Tree Legends (www.familytreelegends.com/) - 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.

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Offers e-mail list support from other users via two Yahoo! Groups, GenCircles ( http://groups.yahoo.com/group/gencircles_ftl/ ) and familytreelegends - FTLS (http://groups.yahoo.com/group/familytreelegends/ )

 

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Family Tree Maker (www.genealogy.com/softmain.html) - 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.

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User Lists - A series of user forums are available at Genealogy.Com and at Rootsweb.com (FTM Mailing List and at FTM-Help Mailing List).

 

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Genbox (www.genbox.com) (see individual page)

 

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GENP ( www.genp.com.au/ )  -- 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.

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User Lists - An e-mail list for 30 days while trying the demo application (see www.genp.com.au/genp/GenpDemoMailingList.htm) and a second list for registered users.

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Resources - From the Resources page ( www.genp.com.au/resources.htm ) you can select and view several tutorials showing the use of the advanced features of GENP such as linking databases.

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Heredis (www.heredis.com/)  -- 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 (www.myheredis.com/) editions.

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Legacy Family Tree (www.legacyfamilytree.com) (see individual page)

 

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Personal Ancestral File (www.familysearch.org, click Order/Download Products > Software Downloads – Free)

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Support information at http://productsupport.familysearch.org/supportroot/eng/frameset_products.asp.

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PDA Data Viewer (paf.prc - 52 kb) is available from the download page for PAF. The PAF Data Viewer works directly with a PAF database.)

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Yahoo! Group e-mail lists, lds_genealogy ( http://groups.yahoo.com/group/lds_genealogy/ ); PAF5-Users ( http://groups.yahoo.com/group/PAF5-USERS/ )

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Rootsweb e-mail lists, PAF 2.31-Users ( http://lists.rootsweb.com/index/other/Software/PAF-2.31-USERS.html ); PAF3-Users ( http://lists.rootsweb.com/index/other/Software/PAF-3-USERS.html ); PAF4-Users ( http://lists.rootsweb.com/index/other/Software/PAF-4-USERS.html ); PAF5-Users ( http://lists.rootsweb.com/index/other/Software/PAF-5-USERS.html ); and PAF-Temples ( http://lists.rootsweb.com/index/other/Software/PAF-TEMPLES.html )

 

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Relatively Yours ( www.relativelyyours.com/) An Australian genealogy software. 

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A discussion group for users is found at Yahoo! Groups, RelativelyYours (http://groups.yahoo.com/group/RelativelyYours/)

 

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RootsMagic (www.rootsmagic.com/)

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Offers an e-mail user group through Rootsweb at Rootsmate-Users (http://lists.rootsweb.com/index/other/Software/ROOTSMATE-USERS.html)

 

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The Master Genealogist (www.whollygenes.com/) (see individual page)

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