How to Make a Family Tree Using Mac Software

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Discovering your family history and preserving the information in a family tree is a rewarding experience that holds value for future generations. With the availability of many types of records online, it is easier than ever to uncover missing branches in your family tree. Family tree software designed to work with your Mac computer puts allows you to organise, manage and share what you learn about your family's genealogy.

Skill level:
Moderately Easy


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    Use the Macintosh application Reunion, by Leister Productions, Inc., to enter details such as names, dates, places and other notes about your ancestors and family members. You can also upload images, audio files and videos. Reunion presents your family relationships in graphic layout that shows how people in your family are connected to one another. You can publish your Reunion family tree online or to your iPhone or iPod. You can also create large-size custom designed trees suitable for professional printing. Reunion offers a limited-features free demo.

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    Create and collaborate on your family tree using MacFamilyTree by Synium Software. MacFamilyTree allows you to transfer genealogy information with other Mac users and computer users running software that uses the GEDCOM language. MacFamilyTree runs in 13 different languages. It offers a "Bookmarks" feature to help you organise your genealogical research. You can chart your research in a wide variety of graphical forms and share your family tree at the MacFamilyTree website.

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    Build your family tree with the cross-platform MyBlood application from Vertical Horizon. MyBlood allows you to add information specific to individuals, link between people based on relationship and maintain a time line for each individual. With the "Timemaps" feature, you can chart the locations of an individual's ancestors on a map. You can export your family tree as an HTML page using a variety of preset formats or create your own custom design.

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