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Reviews of the Top 10 Genealogy Software

Welcome to our reviews of the Best Genealogy Software of 2016 (also known as Family Tree Software). Check out our top 10 list below and follow our links to read our full in-depth review of each genealogy software, alongside which you'll find costs and features lists, user reviews and videos to help you make the right choice.

Editor's Top 10 Buying Guide
Family Tree Builder (by My Heritage) image
A steady performer and the recipient of a plethora of industry awards, Family Tree Builder (by My Heritage) takes our No.1 Choice award. With over 80 million registered users and offices all over the world, My Heritage, which we rate highly in our genealogy websites category, are certainly a genealogy service with global ambitions. The fact that their genealogy software is free to download is largely responsible for their...

» Read the Full Review of Family Tree Builder (by My Heritage)

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The recent release to Legacy Family Tree 8.0 has really pushed this product up the ranks. This upgrade gives budding genealogists access to many fantastic new features such as Migration maps, source checking tools, and origin reports. They have also improved many of our favourite aspects of Legacy Family Tree 7.0 such as the decedents chart, tagging, and Legacy’s unique user interface.  To get started, we recommend downloading the...

» Read the Full Review of LegacyFamilyTree.com

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The impressive features list says it all; RootsMagic 7 is a feature packed award winning family history programme like no other. What is more, at just $29.99 it’s one of the most reasonably prices products out there. We reviewed RootsMagic 7 to find out whether or not its quality matched its quantity.  Luckily, first time users can download RootsMagic Essentials for free. We really appreciated this as it’s always...

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Mac Family Tree from Synium is the only Mac specific genealogy software in this category. Although since Synium released their first version of Mac Family Tree, most of the best genealogy programmes have become Mac compatible, all Mac users will tell you that software fine tuned specifically for the Mac is almost always superior. As such, Mac Family Tree 7 is specifically designed for the latest OS X Yosemite...

» Read the Full Review of Mac Family Tree

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GenoPro is a family tree building program primarily aimed at professionals from a wide range of sectors. In fact, more than half of GenoPro users use the software as a tool in their work. These include historians, anthropologists, social workers, and public health professionals amongst many others. GenoPro helps them map out complicated social relations allowing an improved understanding of complex social phenomena. This makes GenoPro an especially powerful...

» Read the Full Review of GenoPro.com

The Next Generation (TNG) of Genealogy Sitebuilding image
As its name suggests, The Next Generation (TNG) of Genealogy Sitebuilding software is specifically designed for those looking to build their own genealogy website. As TNG have narrowed their focus down to a specific target market, their software comes with certain advantages and disadvantages.  Firstly, TNG is specially designed to allow you to upload GEDCOM files directly to your website without converting them into HTML format. This is great...

» Read the Full Review of The Next Generation (TNG) of Genealogy Sitebuilding

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GRAMPS stands for “Genealogical Research and Analysis Management Programming System”. That is to say, a family tree building programme (our guess is that the acronym preceded the name!). Those who have already done a little research into genealogy software will notice that what makes GRAMPS stand out is the fact that it’s completely free! While other products in this category offer free versions of their software with the goal...

» Read the Full Review of Gramps-Project.org

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Family Tree Heritage Platinum 9 is the latest genealogy software to be released by Individual Software. Recent updates mean this version boasts more features than ever before; more than any other genealogy software package according to their website! We must admit their features list is impressive, with all the standard features you’d expect from top of the range genealogy software as well as many advanced features. Furthermore, upon testing...

» Read the Full Review of Family Tree Heritage

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Although Ancestral Quest does sound like some kind of computer game for teenagers, it is actually a serious piece of genealogy software. We were happy to see that the team at Incline Software have given Ancestral Quest several upgrades since our last review of this product including some neat new features. The first of these is Ancestral Quest’s free trial which allows you to download a fully functioning yet...

» Read the Full Review of AncQuest.com

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After having highly rated older versions of Family Historian, we were excited to get stuck into the newly released version 6 which boasts a whole range of new features. The 30 day free trial is where we started which was perfect as, unlike most other products in this category, users get unlimited access to all features.  Family Historian 6 certainly does feel different. Beginners will love the fully drag...

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A-Z of Genealogy Software



Discontinued Genealogy Software


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Latest User Reviews

 Family Tree Builder (by My Heritage) image
My heritage family tyree builder 8.0
User Review of Family Tree Builder (by My Heritage) by Ace 66 on 16 February 2016

I have been a ftb user for a number of years now I can honestly say I have not really had many problems using either the site or ftb. my big problem was syncing to web site with ftb after... (Read the full review)

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My Heritage & My Heritage Tree Builder
User Review of Family Tree Builder (by My Heritage) by Annette Suhr Thors√łe on 23 June 2014

Many thanks to the support team for information concerning my change of computer. It turned out to be piece of cake for me. I have now been a user for app. 4 yrs. My Heritage suits me perfect. And due... (Read the full review)

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Family Tree Buider is easy to use
User Review of Family Tree Builder (by My Heritage) by Rogerio Porto Breier on 29 May 2014

I'm using FTB program and I think it's easy and interactive. I only had a little problem to sincronize my family tree with a family site at My Heritage, but it's solved with some e-mails between me and MyHeritage support.... (Read the full review)

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Do you have negative ratings?
User Review of RootsMagic by Lisaph54 on 23 May 2014

If so, this software would definitely get one from me! I cannot afford an expensive program and began using RM6's free version. However, I soon found out it was a "teaser" and anything useful was only available in the purchased... (Read the full review)

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My Heritage Family Tree Builder makes bad GEDCOM files
User Review of Family Tree Builder (by My Heritage) by Tim on 09 October 2013

I tried My Heritage Family Tree Builder and made a GEDCOM file that I imported into PAF. I got a whole long list of _UID errors and a bunch of marriages of unknown people. So I tried importing it into... (Read the full review)

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