Free Genealogy Software
5/21/2013
When it comes to free genealogy software, are you aware of all the programs at your fingertips? Each of the family tree software below is available for free, free trial or free demo, and we've rated and reviewed some of the best for both Mac and Windows. Take your time and find out what best fits your family research.

Price: Free demo; Full program, $29.95
Manufacturer: Incline Software
Platform: Windows
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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Price: 30-day free trial; Standard, $14.95
Platform: Windows
Biggest draws: Google Earth-style interface, ease of use
Drawbacks: no wall chars, imprecise GEDCOM file creation
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Price: Free demo; $45 with manual, $20 upgrade
Platform: Windows
Biggest draws: charts and reports, to-do lists
Drawbacks: navigation, no HTML descendant report
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Price: Free demo; Standard, $69.99
Platform: Windows
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
 

Price: Basic, free; Premium (up to 2,500 names, 1-year subscription to a Premium Family Site, all-in-one charts, smart matches merging, unlimited maps), $75 per year
Manufacturer: MyHeritage
Biggest draws: Currently under review
Drawbacks: Currently under review

Price: Basic (unlimited offline family file plus up to 250-person, 250MB online tree), free; Premium (up to 2,500-person, 500MB online tree), $75 per year; Premium Plus (unlimited tree size and storage), $119.40 per year
Manufacturer: MyHeritage
Biggest draws: ease of use, photo management, charts, online tree publishing, support for 36 languages
Drawbacks: reports, source documentation
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Price: 30-day free trial; Standard, $29.95
Platform: Windows
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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Price: Free trial; $69 download
Platform: Mac
Biggest draws: Nifty graphics, 3-D family tree
Drawbacks: Slow GEDCOM importing
 
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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Price: Free trial; Standard, $49
Platform: Mac
Biggest draws: Easy setup, attractive interface, fast GEDCOM imports
Drawbacks: No family group sheet
Price: Free demo; Standard, $99 or $54.95 upgrade
Platform: Mac
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
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Free demo 
 

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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Price: 30-day free trial; $59 download, $69.95 on CD
Platform: Windows
Biggest draws: Unlimited flexibility and customization; unique power-user features
Drawbacks: Steep learning curve
Free 30-day trial
 
Price: free download, $8.25 on CD with PAF Companion
Platform: Windows
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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