Genealogy Software for Mac
5/21/2015
Learn about the most popular genealogy software for Mac, including price, manufacturer, pros and cons, as well as reviews and links to download.

Price: $69.95 (includes six-month subscription to Ancestry.com)
Manufacturer: Ancestry.com, (800) 262-3787, FamilyTreeMaker.com
Biggest draws: Lots of bells and whistles; charts, reports and book publishing; integration with Ancestry.com  and web searching; help options and companion guide
Drawbacks: Learning curve; no independent web publishing; buggy merging of online data
Price: $49.95
Manufacturer: John A. Nairn
Biggest draws: Ability to customize interface to your liking, native GEDCOM format
Drawbacks: A bit pricey for shareware

iFamily for Tiger

Price: $29.95
Manufacturer: Keith Wilson
Biggest draws: Source documentation, numerous viewing options, gadgets
Drawbacks: Limited help section; lacks features to privatize data, create Web pages and record conflicting information
 

Heredis Mac X.2

Price: $69 download
Manufacturer: BSD Concept
Biggest draws: Nifty graphics, 3-D family tree
Drawbacks: Slow GEDCOM importing
Free trial version
 

MacFamilyTree 5.1

Price: $49
Manufacturer: Synium Software
Biggest draws: Easy setup, attractive interface, fast GEDCOM imports
Drawbacks: No family group sheet
Free trial version
 

Reunion 10

Price: $99 or $54.95 upgrade
Manufacturer: Leister Productions, (717) 697-1378, <www.leisterpro.com>
Biggest draws: improved interface; intuitive ease of use, navigation and data entry; extensive and contextual help files; drop-and-drag multimedia, places and sources; souped-up web publishing; full iOS integration
Drawbacks: new web searching isn’t integrated into program itself, relying on your browser; some features are hard to find; no PDF output
Free demo
 
Price: Free trial, $29.95, $19.95 upgrade
ManufacturerRootsMagic, (800) 766-8762
Biggest draws: ease of use, data entry, documenting sources, reports, publishing your tree online
Drawbacks: nothing major