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Genealogy Freeware

Posted by ClifNotes, May 2008, permalink Genealogy - Family


Several people wrote in with recommendations about good free genealogy software. Here are few of them.


Good morning, Clif!


You mentioned The Master Genealogist, and wanted to know of any (good) freeware applications for genealogy. TMG, by the way, is the "ultimate" tool for recording family tree info. However, one that is not far behind is available in a free (standard) version. It is Legacy from Millenia Corp:


The Deluxe version will only cost you $29.95.


Legacy Family Tree:

• Research Guidance - Researching your ancestry is easier than ever with Legacy's new built-in, 24/7 personal research assistant. Just choose your goal and Legacy automatically creates a To-Do list of expert suggestions and research tips.

• Publishing Center - Combine your favorite reports into an heirloom book. Add a Title Page, Preface, Dedication, Copyright Notice, and Abbreviations page, and Legacy will automatically generate the Table of Contents, Index, and Bibliography.

• Legacy Home - The new Legacy Home tab brings you genealogical news and Legacy tips (updated every day!), reminds you of upcoming birthdays and anniversaries, provides quick links for support questions, and has a built-in web browser -- now you'll never need to leave Legacy to surf the Internet.

• Timelines - Legacy now lets you see your ancestors' lives in history. Timelines can be merged with the ancestor's chronology giving you a sense of how they were affected by history.


For Linux users, there is Gramps:




GRAMPS is a genealogy program for Linux and other UNIX-like systems. It helps you track your family tree by allowing you to store, edit, and research genealogical data.


Mac Users are left out of the freeware stakes, at the moment. They may be helped in the future by a "work in progress" by Logan Alfred. Logan is building on an older version of PAF for Macs, with an entirely new application, now called MAF (was MacPaf). You can check on his progress at:



MAF - formerly known as MacPAF:

A personal genealogy program for Mac OS X, modelled after a previous version of PAF for Macintosh called Family Records. This is a document-based Java-Cocoa implementation, intended to be familiar to previous users of Family Records.


This project has not yet created any file release packages.





I use PAF - supplied by the Mormons here - http://www.familysearch.org/Eng/default.asp



You really need the PAF Companion too, to print the wonderful coloured charts - not free but costs less than US$7.


Those interested in genealogy should subscribe to the newsgroup - soc.genealogy.computing




Personal Ancestral File:

Personal Ancestral File (PAF) is a free genealogy and family history program. PAF allows you to quickly and easily collect, organize and share your family history and genealogy information.


Genopro has a free version, also a version with nag screen. After using this for a while changed to the paid version which I do not recall as expensive, but it is very good.



GenoPro Free:

If you do not want to pay for GenoPro, you are welcome to download and use GenoPro version 1.70 (November 2002). This original version was completely free with no advertising and no reminders. The only drawback of this older version is the lack of new features. GenoPro has improved the genealogy software by including a Report Generator, the Table Layout, online publication, emotional relationships and several other great features, making the new product easier to use and more versatile.

Genopro 1.7 (free) - A free beta version is also available