21 July 2007

Mac users and genealogy

A Mac users' group formed at this year's Jewish genealogy conference. More information is forthcoming from the the organizer and I'll post it as soon as it arrives.

In the meantime, the International Herald Tribune had this segment in a recent Help File column

Q. Family Tree Maker's Web site says it has abandoned efforts to create a Mac version of that genealogy software. What can Mac owners who want to computerize their genealogy do?

A. Although Family Tree Maker, now on version 16 for Windows, has long been a stalwart in the genealogy software category, it's just one of the options out there for Macintosh computer users.

In fact, there's a whole site dedicated just to Mac roots-and-relatives software and the site also offers news, reviews and user forums.

Some of the Mac-based genealogy programs out there include iFamily for Tiger, which integrates itself with the Mac OS X iPhoto program for organizing family pictures. Other options include MacFamilyTree and Reunion.

If you are not sure which software to get, all three programs offer trial versions to download from their sites.

The Mac Genealogy site has links to several other Mac-friendly applications and utilities to help you build up your database of personal history.

Comments from Tracing the Tribe's Mac users concerning genealogy software are welcome.


  1. I use Reunion and I don't love it. I haven't used any other genealogy software, so I can't compare. Reunion seems to have most of the functions I have looked for, but the overall feel of it is not as intuitive as I expect Mac software to be.

  2. Hi, Dan,

    Thanks for writing.

    I'm hoping that more Mac users chime in. I'm not a Mac user, so can't really provide more information.