Genealogy Software for Mac

Genealogy Software for Mac

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

* NOTE: Ancestry.com has announced that Family Tree Maker will no longer be available after 2015, and support will end Jan. 1, 2017.
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

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
Price: $69 download

Manufacturer: BSD Concept
Biggest draws: Nifty graphics, 3-D family tree

Drawbacks: Slow GEDCOM importing
Price: $49
Manufacturer: Synium Software

Biggest draws: Easy setup, attractive interface, fast GEDCOM imports

Drawbacks: No family group sheet
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

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

 

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