Genealogy software

Genealogy software is computer software used to collect, store, sort, and display genealogical data. At a minimum, genealogy software accommodates basic information about individuals, including births, marriages, and deaths. Many programs allow for additional biographical information, including occupation, residence, and notes, and most also offer a method for keeping track of the sources for each piece of evidence.

Most programs can generate basic types of graphs and reports allow inserting photos and export data in the format GEDCOM, so data can be shared with those who use other genealogy software.

Comparison of application

Genealogical information can be processed in a program installed on your computer or Internet application. Both have advantages and disadvantages.

The advantage of online program is the ability to share with other users. The advantage is that they can do without installation. Some online portals offer to specified persons find similar already registered data (persons older than 120 years by another user) or trace archives in the world. These functions are usually charged and it is usually digitally zporacované archives larger countries (USA, GB, etc.). The entered data can also be described as the public and make it available to other users, or sometimes only selected users. Storing data on the Internet can be both a disadvantage in terms of data protection. Despite security measures, data can escape. It is better to provide only data that can not endanger anyone.

Programs installed on your computer are often clearer environment and above all, more printing options.

Most applications are offered in the free version and paid up for the deluxe version, which only contains the best features. This applies, for example, mentioned for better printing options (for more than five generations or better graphic design), or for increasing the limit evidovatelných people (My Heritage) or the possibility of using online archives (Ancestry). Fees for installed programs are disposable, the online portals předělují advanced features for a limited period of time (monthly, etc.).

Summarized comparison of genealogical software, see for example Top rated program is a Legacy Deluxe, which is available in several languages. Paid will just have better printing options and other useful tools. A comprehensive list of applications and tools for genealogy portal provides splitted into different categories, such as:


Choosing a cropped version of a free online communities with limited access for free is very wide. There are also free programs for free. Article on this subject, see for example

The need for long-term use of other resources, the best solution seems to be the Wiki Tree, which is available only in English and apply for membership requires the approval of a code of ethics. However, it is permanently free of charge and you can use all the found information, even complete pedigrees.

For the purposes of graphical output is good to combine with locally-based online programs installed. Included is an open source solution Gramps. Among other things, can be installed on all platforms and expand other accessories. For Windows users it is better to download the precompiled version.


One of the most important requirements for electronic genealogy Print option. There are different ways to print data graphically and are companies that only deal with it. Interesting solution offers Aviz. There are many add-ons for open source applications such as Gramps is useful DescendantsLines.

Web sites

Wiki Tree
Find my past
Global Tree
Ancestor Search
Link my Family Tree
Apple Tree
Family Search
My Heritage


Legacy Family Tree
Family Tree Builder
Genealogy Browser
Personal Ancestral File
My Family Health Portrait


GEDCOM, an acronym for GEnealogical Data COMmunication, is a proprietary and open de facto specification for exchanging genealogical data between different genealogy software. GEDCOM was developed by The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints as an aid to genealogical research.

A GEDCOM file is plain text (usually either ANSEL or ASCII) containing genealogical information about individuals, and meta data linking these records together. Most genealogy software supports importing from and/or exporting to GEDCOM format. However, some genealogy software programs incorporate the use of proprietary extensions to the GEDCOM format, which are not always recognized by other genealogy programs.

See Wikipedia for more information.