Best Free Genealogy or Family Tree Software

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Introduction

Genealogy software provides a method for recording the subjects of our research, e.g. their names, relationships, and events of their lives. Evidence (citations and sources) should be recorded to support the conclusions reached. They also print the reports and charts to show off the results of our labor.  This article reviews stand alone programs which run on your PC. If you are interested in web based applications please see my companion review at Best Free Online Genealogy / Family Tree Applications.

I reviewed several free genealogy programs which will do a reasonable job for the novice or advanced genealogist.  Unless otherwise noted:

  • They support unlimited entry of individuals, birth, marriage, death, burial, and other events together with their associated dates, locations, and source citations.
  • Alternative names can be entered but are not necessarily searched.
  • Marriages are not numerically limited, i.e. multiple spouses (sequential or polygamous).
  • Polygamous relationships are not completely displayed, e.g. only one pair can be viewed at a time.
  • Multiple parents are supported (adopted, foster, or other possibilities). However, only one pair of parents can be displayed at a time.
  • Incest is supported, e.g. a child can be married to one of their parents and/or be both sibling and parent of another sibling. 
  • Same sex marriages and parents are supported by several of the recommended programs.
  • They support family group, pedigree, and descendant reports and charts together with the associated foot- or end-notes.
  • They support multimedia attachments but not all support photos in reports.
  • They support import and export of GEDCOM (GEnealogical Data COMmunication) format files.
Discussion

Legacy StandardLegacy Standard, my top selection, is fairly easy to use, flexible, and has plenty of capabilities. The free version supports family, pedigree, and index views. You can easily navigate to younger or older generations simply by clicking on the individuals. Clicking on Events icon displays all of the events for an individual.

You can attach photos or any other type of document. I love the well structured source templates. The location field is unstructured but the Master Location List can help keep the locations consistent. I love the merge feature for people, places, sources, repositories, etc. You can select specific individuals, families and entire family lines for export or reports by placing them in a Focus Group. 

Strong report generator supports many general report types including citation and to do lists. Legacy can print narrative book style reports using generic sentence templates. Creates stunning graphical charts, ancestor, descendant, fan, hourglass, and bow tie charts. Cannot save some reports to RTF (Rich Text Format); however, text format (ASCII) is supported.

The program provides Internet Search links and a To Do List. 

Legacy creates the best looking web pages and has the most features for web site creation of these programs. Supports photos and CSS.

Same sex couples are not supported either as parents or marriage. Polygamous and sequential multiple marriages and incestuous relationships are supported. Multiple parental relationships such as including adoptive parents or guardians are not supported.

Many menu items when selected display a nagging message that the feature is available only in the Deluxe Edition. Greying out and disabling the unavailable options would have been less obtrusive.

Legacy places data files in the C:\Legacy\Data directory instead of the normal %UserProfile% directory unless the default directory is changed in the options. The user should take care that their backup software includes the nonstandard location.

GrampsGramps should be able to run on any operating systems that supports Python, e.g. Windows, Linux, Mac OS (disclaimer--I only tested in Windows). I liked that I could easily navigate or filter by people or name list, family, relationship, ancestry, events, places, sources, repositories, media, and notes. An undo function allows easy correction of the most recent entries.

I felt the place entry especially outstanding. Places have distinct fields for street, city, latitude, church parish, etc. Alternate locations can be entered for each place, e.g. one could enter Virginia as an alternate for some West Virginia locations prior to the Civil War. Sources, notes, multimedia, and internet links can be linked to each place.  Also all events linked to the place are displayed and can be navigated to.

I loved the date support. Dates can be based on several different calendars, e.g. Gregorian, Islamic, etc. The date can have a quality of regular, estimated, or calculated. And finally the type can include before, after, range, span, etc. Events support roles, e.g. bride for a marriage event. Oddly there is no date calculator so, for example, a birth date calculated from the age at death would need to be manually .

Gramps can create narrative style web sites. You can select a standard copyright or from any of the Creative Commons copyrights. Not only can living people be excluded, entirely or name only but also a date range to restrict recently deceased people can be selected, e.g. people who died within the last five years could be treated as if they were still living.

Gramps can create large format reports which could be sent to a facility with the ability to print large sheets.  Alternatively, large sized reports can be printed on individual pages which can be put together like a jigsaw puzzle, with the pages numbered according to their location in the overall report.

Sources can be attached to people, families, events, and multimedia. I love the ability to copy and paste citations. I would have preferred source templates based on Mills' or Lackey's books.

Gramps directly supports patronymic and matronymic style names, e.g. ap Robert, verch Evan, etc. It also supports multiple surnames, e.g. Ramón y Cajal.

Gramps supports multiple parent relationships, e.g. adoptive. Same sex marriage is supported and each partner is labeled as "spouse." Same sex parents are also supported but one parent will be labeled as father and the other as mother. Marriage is not assumed for parents. Gender need not be specified for parents or married couples, e.g. a marriage can be entered for J. Roe and A. Smith with both listed as unknown gender. Genealogists worrying about how to enter the parents of cloned individuals will be relieved to know that the same person can be entered as both father and mother (found this quite by accident).

The installation can be intimidating. There are several required programs which must be installed in a specific order. I highly recommend using the all in one installation or the portable version on the Portable Apps website for Windows installers.

The family group text report did not have foot or end notes.

Some users find the interface difficult to use.

Scion PCIf you're interested in an easy to use portable application then ScionPC should be at the top of your list. 

I love the lack of gender constraints, e.g. I can add both of my grandchild's same sex parents without resorting to tricks such as changing the gender of one of the parents. Both members of marriages are referred to as partner's. (There is a warning that the couple is the same sex.) I wish other genealogy programs would adopt this standard. Supports multiple aliases.

ScionPC has exceptional date format support, e.g. Circa, Before, After, Estimated, and Date Range modifiers as well as Georgian, Julian, Hebrew, French Revolutionary, Islamic, Persian, Indian National, Coptic, User Defined and Unknown calendars. I like the pop up calendar for use when entering dates.

The program creates a complete web site for upload.  Supports CSS. 

Only one source format. Only one source citation is permitted per event. No book print function.

Myheritage Family Tree Builder I love MyHeritage Family Tree Builder's hour glass view that can adjust from just one generation above and below the focus person to three generations. This eliminates the need for separate person, pedigree, and descendant views. There is a handy list for navigation just to the left which can be expanded or retracted out of the way. 

MyHeritage automatically checks for possible duplicates when entering people. This feature mitigates the absence of a merge duplicate people tool. Good tree consistency checker.

A button appears next to the place entry field when clicked will offer suggestions from similar places already appearing in your database. A pop-up calendar is available when entering dates. 

Reports can be saved to HTML format. Supports a direct upload to the MyHeritage web site but no other independent web site creation. Imports Family Tree Legends as well as GEDCOM format files.

MyHeritage supports multiple parent relationships, e.g. adoptive. Same sex marriage is supported and both partner's are labeled as "husband" or "wife" depending on sex. Same sex parents are also suported. Marriage is assumed for parents but can be changed to another type of status such as Friends, Engaged, or Other. Gender need not be specified for parents or married couples, e.g. a marriage can be entered for J. Roe and A. Smith with both listed as unknown gender and "husband."

No place or individual person reports. 

There is no context sensitive help available but the PDF format manual is very helpful.

Launches a browser window and displays nag screens when options unavailable in the free version are selection. Registration adds your email to several mailing lists. Some features (e.g. Profiles) require syncing to MyHeritage.com.

RootsMagic EssentialsRootsMagic Essentials has a variety of source templates based on Elizabeth Shown Mills Evidence.  I was able to open multiple databases or the same database multiple times and display them side by side.

Supports multiple parent relationships, e.g. adoptive.  However, all parent relationships assume that the parents are married. Happily I was able to enter a gender neutral relationship for the parents of a child. However, one of the women was denoted the father and the other as the mother.  I'd prefer to be able to list both as parent, both as mother, or the actual mother as mother and the other as parent.  Supports multiple aliases.

The reports and charts produced by RootsMagic are generally better in appearance than the other programs listed here.  Place, citation, to-do list, and narrative reports are supported. Bibliographies are available for some reports. Saving reports to other file formats is disabled in the free version--viewing and printing is allowed. There is no option to hide living people or events for living folks and no option to exclude private notes in reports.

I like the copy and paste citation functionality. There is no optional surety assesment for citations. There is no relationship calculator.

RootsMagic displays a nagging splash screen at every start up requiring the user to chose between the free and the Full version. This is immediately followed with a RootsMagic News screen. Many menu choices are not functional in the free version but I do appreciate that they are highlighted in a reddish color.

 
Related Products and Links
GEDViewGEDView is a portable viewer for GEDCOM files. Save your GEDCOM to a USB drive with this utility and you'll never be without access to your research. Provides name listing, individual screen, and pop up pedigree, descendant, Mitochondrial DNA, and Y Chromosome views.
Ged2WebGed2Web converts GEDCOM files to HTML files for uploading to a website. More features than PAF but either Legacy, Gramps, or ScionPC produce better formatted web sites. If you don't want to install Legacy, Gramps, or ScionPC then you might try this utility.
GeneaQuilts"GeneaQuilts is a new visualization technique for representing large genealogies of up to several thousand individuals. The visualization takes the form of a diagonally-filled matrix, where rows are individuals and columns are nuclear families. The system includes an overview, a timeline, search and filtering components, and a new interaction technique called Bring & Slide that allows fluid navigation in very large genealogies." I suggest watching the demonstration video if you're interested in trying this program.

AncestryThe Ancestry Android and Ipad Apps offer a mobile method for accessing your Ancestry.com family trees.

Horizontal pedigree chart with individual and family displays that can shown at the right side. Displays, adds, and edits individuals and events. Easy to search by name. Can add photos to the tree. With internet connection, edits are posted to Ancestry.com, locations are prompted, and Ancestry.com can be searched. Location aware devices can also supply current city for event location.

Does not support sources. No descendant, people, or place list view. No bookmarks or history list of viewed people.

Requires (free or paid) Ancestry.com registration.

Find Grave (beta)Find Grave (beta) Android App offers a mobile method for searching FindaGrave.com for cemeteries and memorials. Add a memorial if you are registered at FindaGrave.com.

Requires internet connection.

Quick Selection Guide

Legacy Standard
5
 
Gizmo's Freeware award as the best product in its class!

Runs as a stand-alone program on a user's computer
Source templates, place list, to-do list, Focus groups. Creates web sites. Merge feature for people, places, sources, repositories, etc. Many report and chart types including narrative, citation list, and to do. Internet searches. Polygamous and sequential multiple marriages and incestuous relationships are supported. Supports multiple names but can't search them.
Does not support same sex parents or same sex marriages. Multiple parental relationships such as including adoptive parents or guardians are not supported. Nags when unavailable menu items are selected.
http://www.legacyfamilytree.com
7.5.0.219
47.7 MB
32 bit but 64 bit compatible
Feature limited freeware
"Legacy runs on newer Macs with Windows installed under Bootcamp, Parallel or Fusion . Legacy runs on Linux machines with a Windows emulator like VMWare or Sun's Virtual Box."

Win 98 and Win Me need all available Microsoft Service Packs installed.

Gramps
5
 
Runs as a stand-alone program on a user's computer
Undo function. Date range support. Place list. Creates web sites. Copy & paste citations. Supports large sized reports. Supports multiple names. Supports multiple marriages with children from each. Same sex marriage is supported but one person is labeled father and the other mother. Children may have multiple sets of parents.
Only one source format. No foot or end notes on family group report. No date calculator.
http://www.gramps-project.org/
3.4.5-1
46.1 MB
32 and 64 bit versions available
Open source freeware
A portable version of this product is available but not from the developer.
Gramps currently runs on Linux, Mac OS X, and Windows. Guides for installation on BSD and Solaris are available.
ScionPC
4.5
 
Runs as a stand-alone program on a user's computer
Portable. No gender constraints. Date range support. Can create a web site. Individual view. Pop-up calendar. Multiple marriages, parents, and alternate names.
Only one source format. Only one citation per event. No book print function. No private notes.
8.1
7 MB
32 bit but 64 bit compatible
Unrestricted freeware
This product is portable.
ScionPC has been confirmed to run on Windows 98SE, ME, 2000, XP, Vista, Windows 7 (32-bit and 64-bit) and Windows 8 (32-bit and 64-bit). It should run on any other "32-bit" Windows such as 95, 98, NT3 (or later), but this has not currently been confirmed. It has been reported to run happily in Kubuntu Linux using Wine, so should also run on most Linux, FreeBSD, Mac OS X and Solaris distributions using Wine.
MyHeritage Family Tree Builder
4
 
Runs as a stand-alone program on a user's computer
Hour glass view adjustable from one to three generations. Checks for duplicate people. Pop-up calendar. Supports multiple marriages and parents. Supports unmarried parents. Supports same sex marriages and parents. Supports multiple names. Supports free syncing of up to 250 people (not selectable from program) with personal www.myheritage.com website. Supports searches in www.myheritage.com free & paid database collections.
Opens MyHeritage web site on every program start. Nags when encountering feature limits. Only one source format. No merge tools. No individual report. No context sensitive help. No date calculator; e.g. can't calculate birth date from death date & age at death. Some features (e.g. Profiles) require syncing to MyHeritage.com.
7.0.0.7105
35.2 MB
32 bit but 64 bit compatible
Feature limited freeware
There is no portable version of this product available.
Windows
RootsMagic Essentials
4
 
Runs as a stand-alone program on a user's computer
Source templates. Place and citation list reports. Supports multiple marriages, multiple parents, and unmarried parents. Supports same sex parents but labels say Father & Mother. Copy & paste citations. Nice looking reports. Supports multiple names. Optional surety assessment. Nice method of indicating which functions are not supported in free version.
Nags at start with a splash screen. Reports cannot be saved to other file formats. No book print function. No private notes. No relationship calculator.
http://www.rootsmagic.com
6.1.0.3
26.3 MB + 68 MB optional place database
32 bit but 64 bit compatible
Feature limited freeware
There is no portable version of this product available.
Runs under Windows 7, Vista, XP, and 2000
Brother's Keeper
3.5
 
Runs as a stand-alone program on a user's computer
Automatically checks for duplicate people. Supports multiple names, marriages, and parents. Supports same sex marriage. Supports same sex parents but labels are Father/Mother.
No date formatting. No people list. No pictures or other media. Reports cannot be saved to other formats. No bookmarks.
http://www.bkwin.org
6.6.8
14 MB
32 bit but 64 bit compatible
Feature limited freeware
There is no portable version of this product available.
Brother's Keeper 6.6 will run with Windows Vista and Windows 7 and 8
Ancestral Quest Basics
3.5
 
Runs as a stand-alone program on a user's computer
Automatically searches RootsWeb's WorldConnect Project and Ancestry.com in the background and displays number of matches. Performs individual Internet searches of Ancestry.com, Rootsweb.com, and Familysearch.com (some types of search available only with paid version).
Nags with each startup and whenever a feature available only in paid version is selected. Does not support incestual or same gender relationships. Only search by name is supported. Bookmarks and history of people viewed is not supported.
14.0
35 MB
32 bit but 64 bit compatible
Feature limited freeware
There is no portable version of this product available.
Runs on the Microsoft Windows logo Windows operating system. It is compatible with Windows 8, Windows 7, Vista and XP.

Internet connection and browser required for internet search functions.

Quick Selection Guide-Mobile

Ancestry
3.5
 
Runs as a stand-alone program on a user's computer
Horizontal pedigree chart with individual and family displays that can shown at the right side. Display, add, and edit individuals and events. Easy to search by name. Add photos to the tree. With internet connection, edits are posted to Ancestry.com, locations are prompted, and Ancestry.com can be searched. Location aware devices can also supply current city for event location.
Does not support sources. No descendant, people, or place list view. No bookmarks or history list of viewed people.
http://ancestry.com
Android 1.1.116 / Ipad 3.1.2
3.6M
Unrestricted freeware
This product is portable.
Android 2.1 and up or iOS 4.0 or later.

Requires (free or paid) Ancestry.com registration.

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by Claudine (not verified) on 6. January 2012 - 18:27  (86705)

Until the end of 2011 I was using Geni but they've changed their standard package and now I have to pay to use the features that were free before.

Can I download the family tree I have there (around 600 individuals and counting) to one like Gramps?

by okrick on 6. January 2012 - 19:18  (86711)

Go to Share Your Tree at http://www.geni.com/family-tree/share. The GEDCOM Export Option will hopefully allow you to download your tree in a format that Gramps or one of the others can import.

Incidentally, Geni didn't make the cut in my review of Best Free Online Genealogy and Family Tree Applications at https://www.techsupportalert.com/content/best-free-online-genealogy-fami...

Good luck.

RIck

by Claudine (not verified) on 6. January 2012 - 19:34  (86717)

Thanks Rick. I started using them 18 months ago. They were good then and didn't have all these new restrictions. I cannot add anything to the tree now as they've suddenly restricted it to 100 members only. I will try that and then download Gramps. That looks to suit my needs the best right now.

by Claudine (not verified) on 6. January 2012 - 19:43  (86718)

I see that Gramps only allows 250 individuals. Is there any freeware softward that allows more?

by okrick on 6. January 2012 - 20:01  (86723)

I tested all of the programs with my own GEDCOM file of 18,000 individuals. Gramps definitely allows at least that many individuals. I'm not aware of any blocks to individuals of any of the recommended programs.

Thanks,

Rick

by Claudine (not verified) on 7. January 2012 - 8:01  (86749)

Thanks.

by Ron A. (not verified) on 9. January 2012 - 21:11  (86906)

Hi Rick.I have been using the PAF 5 format for about 7 years. I'm a Senior and not very tech savy. I found their format a bit difficult so I have only used the simplest of processes. I have two main files one for Maternal and one for Paternal. I have about 3000 names in each file with about (13) Generations in each file. I would like to keep the files separate for ease of viewing and to avoid duplication. Many Tree Makers have limits on the number of individuals or limits on Photos/scrapbooks and or narrative text/stories etc. I don't mind paying a reasonable amount for a good Tree Maker. I have a subscription to Ancestry.ca but I don't like the idea that a relative would have to subscribe in order to view my Tree.

Currently with PAF if I try and download a file to say a Memory Stick only the PAF will be saved. I cannot download the multimedia stuff and don't know a way to get around it. Also I don't like the idea of having to retain hundreds of jpeg icons on my system otherwise they are lost from the PAF 5 if I delete any. I want to edit and continue adding individuals as time goes by.

Are there any benefits in me attempting a Gedcom which I know nothing about. I think Family Search supports Astral Tree Maker. I don't know if it would be easier for me to chose Astral because all my stuff is in PAF format already. I have more questions on this but don't want to over extend at this time. Hope to hear from you.

by okrick on 10. January 2012 - 6:38  (86920)

Excellent question. The GEDCOM standard does not actually save multimedia files such as photos. It does save the file path to those files on your computer.

So how to save those photos on a memory stick with a GEDCOM? A solution could be to save the photos to a directory "/Exhibits" on the memory stick. Save the GEDCOM to the root directory. Then edit the GEDCOM with a file editor such as Notepad++ or Notepad. Then globally search and replace the directory string with Exhibits, e.g. if the directory string in the GEDCOM was "C:/Users/Rick/Documents/Exhibits/" then search and replace every instant of that with "Exhibits/". So file "C:/Users/Rick/Documents/Exhibits/Photo.png" would now be "Exhibits/Photo.png".

If your system still has trouble finding the photos then add a disk designation that the memory stick will have on the new computer, e.g. "F:/Exhibits/Photo.png".

Regards,

Rick

by josip (not verified) on 15. January 2012 - 17:19  (87210)

Hi,
few coments about Gramps and platforms.
Gramps itself is platform agnostic.
All-in-one version for Windows is available in two flavor "32-bit but 64-bit compatible" and pure 64-bit version which only runs on Windows x64.

by okrick on 15. January 2012 - 19:43  (87218)

Thanks for your comments. However, I feel that the phrase "platform agnostic" implies that it can run on any platform. Unless I'm mistaken, Gramps only runs on platforms which support the programs it is dependent upon, e.g. Python. So for example, Gramps might not be available on Android and Apple Ipad platforms until Python is available.

Rick

by Liz Mac (not verified) on 19. January 2012 - 15:33  (87415)

Hi Rick,
Sorry couldn't find where or how to join this forum so have snook in here.
I run a Genealogy Club for a Charity and we have an Ancestry Sub, which allows for multiple trees.

Would any of the free software on this page print out individual trees downloaded from Ancestry?

Which one would provide a vertical chart which would use the least amount of the Charity's printer ink? I have been making my own charts in Word but its so time consuming.

Hoping for reply,
Liz

by okrick on 20. January 2012 - 8:00  (87453)

Liz,

Gramps can import the Ancestry GEDCOM files and print vertical charts.

Rick

by Bill Buchanan (not verified) on 22. January 2012 - 7:10  (87591)

As a long term PAF user, I would like to correct two statements:

"However, there is a separate Create Web Page function for creating web pages one at a time."

PAF created a website for me of 22,000+ individuals and about 1000 web pages. Generating all these pages takes less than 10 minutes.

"There is no portable version of this product available."

I have run PAF as portable software for years. On a computer that DOES have PAF installed, browse to c:\Progam Files\FamilySearch\ and copy the PAF5 folder to your flash drive.
Then to run PAF portably, plug the flash drive into a Windows PC that does NOT have PAF installed. Open the PAF5 folder on the flash drive and double-click pstart or pstart.exe.
NOTE: If you are copying the PAF5 folder from a Windows7 computer, you will find it in the x86 Program Files folder.

by JuliaBalbilla (not verified) on 22. January 2012 - 10:37  (87595)

Have just downloaded Gramps and imported an old GEDCOM file. No problem, but how on earth do I add a husband as I have re-married since I last used the file? I have added the marriage date and place, but there is nowhere for me to add my husband's name? The manual doesn't seem to help either :-(

Thank you!

by okrick on 22. January 2012 - 18:56  (87618)

I admit that Gramps interface takes a bit of getting used to. Basically you're adding a new Family.

To add another spouse select yourself in the Relationships view (left side just below People).

Then select Edit from the Menu and Add Partner from the drop down.

You should see a popup Family with yourself as Mother. The other partner is blank. If you want to add a person currently in your database click on the icon showing a hand over a sheet of paper. If you want to add a completely new person click on the Plus sign.

Rick

by okrick on 22. January 2012 - 19:28  (87621)

Bill,

Thank you so much for the constructive criticism. I hate when I overlook features.

You are correct on both issues. For some reason I had overlooked the All filter on the Selection screen.

As the documentation said nothing about the portability of the program I didn't check. It is indeed portable.

I'll make the corrections.

Thanks,

Rick

by JuliaBalbilla (not verified) on 22. January 2012 - 19:33  (87622)

Thanks Rick. I agree, it looks as if it does take some getting used to! Am having all srts of problems and am tearing my hair out as the manual is pretty useless as when you search for a specific help topic, it comes up with all sorts of irrelevant nonsense. And people used to think that TMG was tricky to use!

For the last couple of hours I have been trying to work out how to add a previously unknown mother to a child, where the father and the child are already there. I can link her to the child OR the father, but not both, without creating a duplicate mother. However, when I come to merge the 'two' mothers, I still have the option of only letting her be either a wife or mother. I think I am going to give up Gramps and try some different software :-(

by CanuckEh on 22. January 2012 - 21:57  (87626)

I found a programme that people may be interested in. It is called "My Family Tree". I like it better than "MyHeritage Family Tree". The programme is simple yet seems to have everything I need. I did try "Gramps" but could not figure out how to add my birthdate. "My Family Tree" may not have all that "Gramps" has but it is another option. Enjoy. Also thanks for this website. One of the best.

by okrick on 23. January 2012 - 5:37  (87640)

I'm glad "My Family Tree" meets your needs. I tested it and rejected because it was incredibly slow with my database of 19,000 people. Also poor source support and few reports.

Thanks,

Rick

by AJ (not verified) on 29. January 2012 - 3:24  (87969)

I tried scion and although its good I am disappointed in that it only shows limited ancestral information back I think 4 generations - is there any way to change this?

by okrick on 29. January 2012 - 19:43  (87995)

AJ,

What is the exact report you're trying to create?

The File>Reports>Pedigree Chart>Full Ancestry produces sequential four generation pedigree charts for an unlimited number of generations. The Reports>Ahnentafel Chart is limited to 25 generations.

There is no method to change the number of generations per page. Nor is there a direct way to limit the number of generations produced with a Full Ancestry report although one can always edit the resulting file.

Rick

by mhc217 on 30. January 2012 - 23:50  (88060)

I need a program -- free ware or cheap ware - to which I can transfer all of my Family Tree Maker records including media. I want to give my work on
Ancestry dot com to my family members. I downloaded my Ancestry work to Family Tree Maker but to send it to family members they would need a program and FTM gets expensive.

Thanks, Mariam

by okrick on 31. January 2012 - 0:38  (88064)

There are several options.

I'm assuming that you don't want to make your tree public on Ancestry because that would be the simplest.

Uploading to WeRelate can make the tree public without sharing information about living members. https://www.techsupportalert.com/content/best-free-online-genealogy-fami...

I suggest giving them either GEDView or ScionPC. Both are portable and probably wouldn't be too difficult for novices.

Rick

by cieastin (not verified) on 7. February 2012 - 22:31  (88462)

I have used PAF 5 for years and have no complaints at all. I'd like to correct one misstatement in your summary -- that you can only put one citation in for a date, place, etc. All you have to do to add a second, third, or more citation is be on the first citation page and click the "New" button. You will get a "select source" screen. Select a source or enter the new source, fill in the citation detail, click "OK", and voila. (If you've entered a new source, you have to "select" it before entering the citation details.)

by okrick on 15. February 2012 - 1:48  (88878)

Thanks for the correction. I corrected the misstatements.

Rick

by Anonymousousousous (not verified) on 14. March 2012 - 11:14  (90563)

Okrik, which of these apps supports LOTE? I have a lot of ancestors in Eastern European countries, and I want to input their names properly, not transcribed into Latin text

by okrick on 14. March 2012 - 17:18  (90606)

I believe they all support the default character set chosen for your computer.

They definitely support any character entered from the Windows Character Map. So if you have the fonts for LOTE and can access it through the Windows Character Map you should have no problem with any of these.

by Chuck Graham (not verified) on 11. April 2012 - 12:12  (91906)

Good morning.

I've used a really old program, Sierra's Generations Easy Tree v5.2 I've really loved it over the years. I was forced to change to a 64bit system and it doesn't work well with the change. Is there a program out now, that is so very simple like Easy Tree, and has the same general look? It was so easy to use.
Thanks in advance.

[edit] email address removed for safety reasons

by DennisD (not verified) on 29. April 2012 - 22:53  (92782)

I am downloading Gramps because I don't want the world to be able to access my information through an online program. However, how do I share the information with my relatives so they can add or confirm my information is correct?

by okrick on 29. April 2012 - 23:20  (92784)

If your concern is that you don't want others to steal your research then probably the most secure is to print a chart or report of the information you want them to confirm and mail it to them.

Next most secure is to save the chart or report as a PDF or other text format and email it to the relative. Keep in mind that your relative can easily forward it to others.

If your concern is for the living people then probably the best solution might be to post it to Rootsweb World Connect. See my review at https://www.techsupportalert.com/content/best-free-online-genealogy-fami....

Rick

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