Thursday, July 29, 2010

Mac software - what's out there?

With a daughter and several Second Life friends using Macs, I'd like to hear suggestions from my DearREADERS about Mac genealogy software.

I'm particularly interested in software that will sync with newFamilySearch. Sere Current Certified Software Affiliates at the FamilySearch development website.

I know the old standby is Reunion, but their website doesn't indicate they are working toward syncing with FamilySearch, nor is the software listed on the FamilySearch development website.

MacFamilyTree IS listed as currently certified. What do you Mac users think about  MacFamilyTree, currently in version 6 with additional FamilySearch beta testing going on now?

Are there alternatives?

I am not interested in genealogy software using a Windows emulator, unless there is a compelling reason of which I am unaware.

Please post your comments on my blog.

Happy family tree climbing!
Myrt     :)
Your friend in genealogy.


  1. DearMYRTLE

    It's Reunion not Reunions :-)

    Leister Productions have stated on their ReunionTalk forum

    (I don't think you have to register to see that) that compatibility with newFamilySearch is "in active development".



  2. Thanks for the correction, Roger, I'll modify the blog entry to reflect the correct spelling.

    I am VERY encouraged to hear that Reunion will be working toward FamilySearch certification. Thanks for the heads up on that.

    Myrt :)

  3. I've been using Reunion for almost as long as I've been doing genealogy. Although it doesn't look as flashy and is a little more expensive, I prefer it to MacFamilyTree, which I also own. To me, MFT is harder to use and doesn't offer anything extra for the trouble. There are a few other programs out there, but I haven't used them.

  4. I was a long-time user of TMG (The Master Genealogist). When I got an iMac in January, I had to find something else, as I did not want to run Parallels or Bootcamp, and TMG is not compatible with OS X. I've been using MacFamilyTree for several months and the more I use it, the better I like it. While I don't have anything specific to point to as far as likes or dislikes, I'm very happy with it so far.


  5. P.S. to my previous post. I didn't get the upgrade to MacFamilyTree v. 6 until a few hours ago, after I had sent my comment. I didn't realize I was not running the latest version because my update check told me I had the latest. Now I have the totally brand new, re-done v. 6. WOW is all I can say. I haven't had time to go through all of the changes, but the FamilySearch certification is a great feature, as well as the integrated web search. Adding entries is much more intuitive, and as always, the 3D view is great as well.