First released in 1995, Family Historian has proved itself to be one of the
quality well-written genealogy software programs available, and has many dedicated users worldwide. The release of Family Historian Version 4 has been about 3 years in the
making, but with the the program has been given a complete a makeover, giving the entire
program a new attractive look ... and for the first time ever we now have an
Australia/New Zealand version of the program available.
Below is a listing of the
main of the features of the program, but you can always visit the
publisher's website for the
together, with a 30 DAY FREE TRIAL VERSION,
as well as screen shots of the program.
The main screen for data entry (known as the 'Property Box') has been completely reworked so that it
too is now easier than ever to use.
You can set the text size to suit your eyesight, resize the Property Box or
'dock' it to the side of the window.
You can also customize it to suit your requirements.
Full multi-level undo/redo lets you make changes in confidence, knowing that if
you make a mistake you can easily undo it.
Support for Charts and Diagrams - allows the user to create Ancestor, Descendant,
Hourglass and Everyone diagrams, as well as Family Historian's very
own All Relatives diagrams. Print diagrams at any scale or orientation. All diagrams are fully configurable
and most options can be changed on-the-fly. Diagrams can be saved as files, and you can work on them, and
add to them over time. You can add pictures, additional tree, and additional
diagrams, and place them wherever you like. Diagrams can be saved in 9 different
picture formats including PDF.
All Relatives diagram - The All Relatives diagram (a Family
unique feature) - really does allow you to view all your relatives (including
in-laws, cousins, second cousins etc) in a way that looks great and is easy to
Everyone diagram - The new Everyone diagram shows everyone in your family
tree file, and all of their relationships.
Smart Trees - Family Historian's smart trees give you unprecedented control
over chart layout. Hide, show, move, resize and re-order boxes and watch as
trees automatically adjust themselves to reflect your changes. Click on buttons
to expand or close any branch on any diagram, and, again, the diagram will
automatically adjust to accommodate the change.
Pictures and Multimedia - This
facility has been greatly enhanced. Family Historian allows
the user to add as many pictures as
you like for each person, you can add a picture once and link it to each person
in the picture. You can even link each person to their own face in the picture,
and show just faces in diagrams without having to 'crop' your pictures. You
can display pictures (and faces from pictures) in diagrams and reports, and
family tree CDs and websites. You can also add sounds, video and any other kind of multimedia.
You can even add links to other family tree files.
Same Sex Relationships -
Full support for same sex relationships has been added.
100% GEDCOM - '100% GEDCOM compatible' means that Family Historian can
save all of its data to the GEDCOM format. '100% GEDCOM complete' means that
Family Historian can load all records and fields from a GEDCOM file
including other applications' extensions to GEDCOM.
Create Websites and Family Tree CDs - Creating superb and stylish websites or Family Tree CDs is easy
using Family Historian's powerful wizards. You can omit all details of 'private'
individuals, or show only restricted information about others. You have
extensive configuration options if you want to use them; or you can just use
default settings and still get great-looking results.
Internet Search - Search for your ancestors in websites across the Internet using
Family Historian's integrated Internet Search tool.
Highly Configurable Reports -Family Historian comes with 29 fully-featured and
highly-configurable reports. These reports include narrative reports, outline
reports, summary reports, complete-record reports, the Family Group Sheet and
more. All reports can be saved as web pages or as word-processor documents.
Sources - Where did you get your information from?
Family Historian makes it easy to record your sources with its automatic source citations.
Also invaluable is the ability to copy and paste citations from one event or
attribute to another.
Merge/Compare Facility - Family
Historian lets you compare any two GEDCOM
files side-by-side so that you can see exactly where and how they differ, and
how they will end up if you merge them - before you commit yourself to merging
Powerful Query Engine - A ‘query' allows you to extract whatever data you want from your
family tree file. For example, you could use a query to get any of the following
- what were the ages at death of X's ancestors in the 19th Century?
- what boys names have been used by the descendants of Y?
- who are your relatives and what are the 5 closest ways that you are
related to each of them (if you are related to them more than once)?
Family Historian comes with 39 standard queries, but you can
easily create your own, to get whatever information you want from your own data.
Every query can be displayed in a spreadsheet-like grid, printed as a report,
output to a file, or copied to the clipboard for easy transfer to other programs
(such as a word-process or spreadsheet).
Events and Attribute Facts - Family
allows you to record full details of any events
in the lives of the individuals or families in your files. It comes with a large number of pre-defined events
and attributes for you to select from (birth,
death, baptism, marriage, divorce, etc), but you can easily create any new event
types that you wish. Attributes are
extra information about a person (e.g. their religion, where they lived, what they did).
Notes and Documents - You can have as
many notes as you like about each individual in your family tree file (this is
in addition to notes relating to specific events or attributes).
No Limits - Each user can have an unlimited number of spouses, children,
sets of parents, pictures, multimedia, notes, source citations, and so on. You
can store multiple, possibly conflicting versions of most items of data, such as
names, dates, places, etc.; and you can assess the reliability of each version.
Tutorial, Documentation and Help - Family Historian comes with a Quick Start Guide booklet in the
box, to get you started using the program. When you install the program, also
installed onto your computer is a complete PDF (electronic document) version of
the book: "Getting the Most From Family Historian 4". You can read
this on your computer using the free program, Adobe Reader. The book takes you
through all of Family Historian's extensive functionality.