Looking for recommendation on a good genealogy software? GEDCOM compatible?

+2 votes
Hi, Im looking at  good buying software programme to build my tree on my computer.  I have my tree on MyHeritage, and can export GEDCOM files easily enough, but I would like to work on my computer first to make sure everything is right, and I would like to upload what I have to FamilySearch instead of retyping everything,  God help me!!!  Any advice would be greatly appreciated.  Thanks in advance. Tess
in The Tree House by Theresa Coss G2G Crew (330 points)

Open Source, Multi language, Good source tracking, multi links between individuals and modern types of relationships:


Gedcom export per family, links, branches or the complete database.(But note the limitations of GedCom, it is an old format!)

4 Answers

+4 votes
All the major software accepts GEDcom (but some have different fields to WikiTree, which often causes problems).

Most of the larger ones do free trials, too - not necessarily just for a month, or two weeks, but forever - it's just that you won't get the bells and whistles unless you purchase.



Ancestral Quest

are just some of the ones I can think of.

You may also like to take a look at
Gramps (totally free)

Family Historian
by Ros Haywood G2G Astronaut (1.5m points)
edited by Ros Haywood
I have used Legacy since 2003 - the basic software is free - with the deluxe version upgrade costing around $40-50 USD.

If you are lucky, you might be able to grab it on sale sometimes. Once you have a full deluxe version, the upgrades to the next version are cheaper - $20-25 I think.

Legacy currently is on Version 9. When I first started using it back in 2003, it was version 3.  There is still plenty of supprot.

Also be aware that Legacy family tree (same company) is now owned by My Heritage so there are now tree and record matches between Legacy and My Heritage - if you have a My Heritage account.

+2 votes
I have beholdgenealogy.com bookmarked, but I haven't tried it out yet. I think Gramps might give you most control, but isn't easiest to use.

I've tried Legacy_Family_Tree, it works fine. AncestralQuest also, fine.

Key seems to be, (and no, I haven't done this myself yet oops) use sites like wikitree (preferably) or weRelate or Ancestry as working tools, keep your copy on your software though. then BACK IT UP! Someone had a post about after a fire, how they recommended strong wooden boxes, not metal, not fireproof, etc.

Look into mdisc media for the backups. lasts a lot longer than CD/DVD
by Jonathan Crawford G2G6 Pilot (202k points)
+1 vote

RootsMagic is my favorite. Some aspects

  • Free trial version (actually lots of features)
  • Full version is not expensive
  • Good built in reports
  • Ability for custom reports
  • Reasonable charts
  • Ability to define custom fields, and use them in reports
  • Important and export gedcoms with easy
  • “publisher” tool is fantastic!
  • Good hard copy manual available

by George Fulton G2G6 Pilot (500k points)
0 votes
I have used FamilyTreeMaker since before it was FTM. I did try Roots Magic a few years ago and it has some good features but I went back to FTM. It coordinates with Ancestry so you can sync between the two.

There are a lot of good programs that have been mentioned in answers here. It just depends on personal preferences. Good luck - whatever you choose will be the right choice!
by Virginia Fields G2G6 Pilot (972k points)

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