Genealogy Software for Windows
Learn about the most popular genealogy software for Windows and PC, including price, manufacturer, pros and cons, as well as reviews and links to download.

Ancestral Quest 12

Price: $29.95
Manufacturer: Incline Software
Biggest draws: Compatible with Personal Ancestral File (PAF) and expands on PAF's capabilities; fields to record DNA test results; many reporting options, including pedigree charts with sources and notes; PDF output; research logs
Drawbacks: Poor family view, add-on needed for a wide selection of graphical charts
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Free demo version 
Price: $14.95
Manufacturer: Sherwood Electronics Laboratories
Biggest draws: Google Earth-style interface, ease of use
Drawbacks: no wall chars, imprecise GEDCOM file creation
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Brother's Keeper 6.2

Price: $45 with manual, $20 upgrade
Manufacturer: John Steed
Biggest draws: charts and reports, to-do lists
Drawbacks: navigation, no HTML descendant report
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Free demo version

Family Historian 3.1

Price: $69.99
Manufacturer: Calico Pie (UK)
Biggest draws: navigation by graphical family tree, automated source citations, customizable charts
Drawbacks: price, no letter-size pedigree charts, awkward steps for documenting sources and creating Web reports
Free demo version
Price: $39.99; includes two-week subscription to US Deluxe collection. You can install two copies of the program on computers within the same household.
Manufacturer:, (800) 262-3787
Biggest draws: Wall charts, searching, synchronizing online and offline family trees
Drawbacks: GEDCOM file sharing, documenting sources, book publishing
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Price: $19.95
Manufacturer: Individual Software
Biggest draws: Easy to use, good family group sheets and pedigree charts, PAF compatibility, toll-free help number
Drawbacks: It's essentially an old version of Ancestral Quest

Genbox Family History 3

Price: $29.95
Manufacturer: Thoughtful Creations
Biggest draws: Wide selection of printed reports, including excellent narrative reports for creating a book with a place-name index; many options for publishing your family history online; ease of use
Drawbacks: Overwhelming array of graphical chart options could benefit from some streamlining
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Free 30-day trial
Price: $10.99
Manufacturer: Individual Software
Biggest draws: Easy navigation, outstanding printed reports, toll-free help number, comes bundled with Progeny Software's Charting Companion
Drawbacks: Essentially an old version of Ancestral Quest
Price: Free standard version, $29.95 download, $39.95 on CD with printed manual, $21.95 upgrade from version 6
Manufacturer: Millennia Corp.
Biggest draws: Ease of use, research guidance, charts and reports
Drawbacks: Pedigree view doesn’t show exact dates and places
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The Master Genealogist Gold 7

Price: $59 download, $69.95 on CD
Manufacturer: Wholly Genes Software
Biggest draws: Unlimited flexibility and customization; unique power-user features
Drawbacks: Steep learning curve
Free 30-day trial

Parantele 3.1

Price: The Prestige Edition, which includes CD publishing and unlimited individuals, costs $99.95. The Classic Edition (which limits you to a 2,046-person file) is $59.95
Manufacturer: Alsyd Multimedia
Biggest draws: This Windows program features a wide variety of printed reports, flexibility in publishing your family history online and an innovative way to share your family history
Drawbacks: Despite nice graphic reports and the nifty CD-ROM publishing feature, this version of Parentèle doesn't quite stack up against the other popular programs.
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Personal Ancestral File 5.2

Price: free download, $8.25 on CD with PAF Companion
Manufacturer: FamilySearch
Biggest draws: Ease of use, excellent help files, price, foreign language versions, well-designed print and Web reports, good graphical charts with PAF Companion
Drawbacks: Reports don't include alternate personal names; FamilySearch is no longer upgrading PAF

RootsMagic 6

Price: Free trial, $29.95, $19.95 upgrade
Manufacturer: RootsMagic, Inc., (800) 766-8762
Biggest draws: Ease of use, data entry, documenting sources, reports
Drawbacks: Nothing major
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RootsMagic 4

Price: Free trial, $29.95, $19.95 upgrade
Manufacturer: RootsMagic, Inc.
Biggest draws: Ease of use, documenting sources, charts and reports
Drawbacks: Nothing major
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