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Family Historian 6 Deluxe Genealogy Software

V6 Now in stock - 10th December 2014
£39.50 including delivery worldwide

Excellent 100% British and 100% GEDCOM compliant family history program! Family Historian was used by the makers of the hit BBC series "Who Do You Think You Are?". Your family tree deserves nothing less!

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Family Historian V6 Full Retail Box

Family Historian V6 Full Retail Box

Price: £39.50 (Including VAT at 20%)

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Family Historian version 6 upgrade CD

Family Historian version 6 upgrade CD

Price: £26.95 (Including VAT at 20%)

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Where to Record it in Family Historian V5

Where to Record it in Family Historian V5

Price: £3.29

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Family Historian Features

About Family Historian 6 See the full product details below including a product tour on the authors web site

A trial version of this top selling Family Tree Software program is available to download.

About the Trail Version This is a working version of version 6 that you can use to try out Family Historian for yourself.

It allows you to:

  • View and work with Tutorial files that it provides using all the facilities of Family Historian
  • View and work with your own family tree data if you already have any. To do this, you will need to use your current family tree program to save your data as a GEDCOM (5.5) file.

To install Family Historian trial version, download the installation program Familly Historian Trial (27Mb). Save the program to your hard disk and then run it.



Click here for reviews of Family Historian (including screenshots).

Family Historian is a new kind of family tree program, with a new and different design philosophy. It was launched at the Society of Genealogists Family History Fair at Westminster, London in May 2002. To find out more about Family Historian read the reviews including that published in Family Tree Magazine (May 2002) by genealogy software expert John Hanson, and discover why he believes that "there is a lot that ... makes this program stand out from the rest.

Family Historian has several unique features that are really powerful and user-friendly. For example, add people to your database by simply clicking and dragging away (up, sideways or down) from an existing person in a tree. That's right, data entry in the trees themselves, just as you would on paper!

Family Historian comes with extensive on-screen help.

Superb Diagrams

We believe that Family Historian offers the best diagram (or chart) facilities of any family tree application. In Family Historian, diagrams are tightly integrated into the way you work. You use them not just for printing, but also for browsing and editing. As well as Ancestor, Descendant and ‘Hourglass' diagrams, Family Historian also has a unique All Relatives diagram, which really does allow you to view all your relatives (including in-laws) in a way that looks great and is easy to understand. Relatives of the same type (all first cousins, all second cousins, etc) are laid out in the same row; so you can read off how people are related, from the (optional) row labels.

Family Historian Sets a New Standard with its Support for Pictures and Multimedia

In Family Historian, not only can you 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. We believe that Family Historian is the only family tree application to support this and yet it is really an essential feature if you wish to work with pictures. You can also add sounds, video and any other kind of multimedia. You can even add links to other family tree files.

A Powerful and Sophisticated 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 information:

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 a set of 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). Queries can also be used in other ways. For example, if you wished to split a family tree file you could use a query to define the split. You can also run a query to select pictures to view (e.g. show me all pictures of the female descendants of Z).

GEDCOM is the universal standard format for shared genealogical data; but applications vary significantly in how well they support it. Family Historian is, we believe, unique in being 100% GEDCOM compatible, and 100% GEDCOM complete. ‘100% GEDCOM compatible' means that Family Historian can save all of its data to the GEDCOM (5.5) format. In fact, Family Historian uses GEDCOM as its own native file format. ‘100% GEDCOM complete' means that Family Historian can load all records and fields (or tags as they are called in GEDCOM) from a GEDCOM (5.5) file including other applications' extensions to GEDCOM. You might think that 100% completeness is the least you should expect; but it is not what you usually get. We know of no other application that comes close. Other family tree applications simply discard records and fields that they cannot load. Some will tell you when they do this. Some won't.

Excellent Support for Sources

Where did you get your information from? It's a very good idea to record not just the facts, but where the information came from your sources. Your data will be much more useful to you, and valuable to others, if you know this. Family Historian makes it very easy both to record source information (with its automatic source citations) and also to view it.

A Unique Merge/Compare Facility

Family Historian allows you to compare any two GEDCOM files side-by-side so that you can see exactly where and how they differ. We know of no other family tree application that offers this facility. Having compared them, you can then if you wish use Family Historian to merge them. Some family tree applications provide no support for merging records at all. Other family tree applications let you merge records, but only one-at-a-time. We consider that this is analogous to being asked to sign a contract one clause at a time. Only Family Historian allows you to do a full file merge; so that you make all the decisions about how the files are to be merged, and can see exactly what the outcome of the merge process will be, before you start any of it. You can if you wish leave everything to Family Historian or you can view how Family Historian proposes to do the merge, and override any aspect of it in any way you like. Or you can do everything yourself manually if you prefer, using the information provided in the compare process.

Events & Attributes

With Family Historian you can record full details of any events in the lives of the individuals or families in your files. Family Historian comes with a large number of pre-defined events for you to select from (birth, death, baptism, marriage, divorce, etc), but you can easily create any new event types that you wish, and use them exactly like standard events. Attributes are facts about a person e.g. their religion, where they lived, what they did. Again, Family Historian comes with a large number of standard attributes, but you can easily add your own. Family Historian has no built-in support for disease history, for example. If that's what you want no problem. Just add whatever attributes and events you need, and quickly see at a glance, who's had what, when, and how old they were at the time.


Family Historian comes with 28 queries when installed, all of which can be printed as reports. As discussed in the 'Query Engine' section above, users can create their own custom queries, and thereby (because all queries can be printed as reports) create their own custom reports. In reports based on queries, the data is laid out in rows and columns, and you get one row for each record returned by the query. Traditional genealogy reports, such as the Family Group Sheet or Individual Summary Report, cannot be generated in this way, and are not included in the current release, 2.0.7, of Family Historian. However, they will be included in the next release, 2.1, which will be available as a free download from the Internet, to purchasers of 2.0.7.

Notes & 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). Often, in practice, when an individual marries, you will wish to make notes that apply both to them and to their spouse. Sometimes you will wish to write notes that apply to a number of individuals. Family Historian supports all of these scenarios. It also allows you to see at a glance, and read, all the notes that are relevant to a given individual and, of course, provide source citations for all of them. But if a note is not enough, you can also link your records to entire documents, written using your preferred word-processor, which you can store separately or embed in your family tree file.

No Limits

Each individual 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.

Ease of Use

Family Historian is very easy to use. It incorporates many recent advances in user-interface design.

Unlimited numbers of:

Images of documents
Multimedia objects

CD-ROM drive is required to read the CD-ROM that Family Historian is installed from.

Family Historian will run quite happily on any PC that meets the minimum requirements of Windows Vista, 7 and 8. However, it is designed to make the best use of your PC's capabilities and a low-spec PC may struggle if you work with very large files, or if you wish to work with large diagrams displaying large numbers of pictures (especially if the pictures used are large).

FH 6 New Features

Family Historian 6 includes an extensive array of new features and enhancements.

Automatic Internet Data Matching

Make discoveries easily with Automatic Internet Data Matching to historical records and family tree profiles on MyHeritage databases (more than 6 billion records). On-screen hints in the Focus Window display when matches are found. Clicking on the hint shows the matches in a MyHeritage web page. Some of the matches can be viewed and confirmed for free, while others require a MyHeritage data subscription (exclusive 33% discount for Family Historian users on MyHeritage data subscriptions). Matches can be viewed in the new Web Search Window (see below) or an external browser.

New Map Window

Use the new Map Window to map the locations of all the places and events in your projects. View family movements over time, using the Time Slider. Choose any combination of people and events, and filter on event types, using the same or different markers. Click on a marker to view all events that occurred there in a popup window. For example, you can show all your ancestors’ birth places marked in red, and all your spouse’s ancestors’ birth places marked in green. Moving around the map, and zooming in or out to see more or less detail, is easy and fun. And you have a choice of two different map styles.

New Web Search Window

The new web search window is a complete web-browser in a window and allows easy browsing of the Internet and is one of the components of the new Web Clipping Capability (see below). The new window integrates with the “Search the Internet Search” which can now maintain Web Search Window bookmarks. Although there are several advantages to using the Web Search window (such as support for drag-and-drop), you can always use an external browser if you prefer – either for Internet searches or for Internet Data Matching.

Re-designed Media Window with New Media Link Tool

The Media Window has been completely redesigned and given a much-improved look. A new Media Link Tool now makes it very quick and easy to add ‘frame links’ (links to faces). Click-and-drag from the tool onto an image, or click on one of the buttons at the bottom of the tool. The Media List Pane (on the left side) now has enhanced filtering options. Click to view all frame links for any given picture, making it easy to see who is missing. Click links to ‘play’ a media file, or to locate it on the hard disk. If a link is broken, these links will show underlined in red and Family Historian can now search for ‘lost’ images, if required.

New Automatic Source Citation Pane

The old Automatic Source Citation dialog has been replaced with the new Automatic Source Citation pane which is docked at the top of the screen whenever an Automatic Source Citation is enabled. The apparently simple pane is deceptively powerful and makes it easy to find and create source records and source citations. The Automatic Source Citation pane is another component in the new Web Clipping Capability (see below).

Extended Family ‘Timeline’ Facts

Extended family ‘timeline’ facts can now be viewed in the Facts tab of the Property Box for each Individual. Timeline facts include events such as birth, marriage, divorce and death, for parents, siblings, spouses, children and grandchildren – all fully configurable. Timeline facts can be easily ‘toggled’ off or on, and are distinguished from normal record facts by a light grey background. They give a quick overview of all the key events in a person’s life at a glance. A new ‘Individual Timeline’ query can be used to show the same timeline facts in the Query Window, or be printed as a report.

Support for Witnesses

Previously, if you wanted to record that two people got married, you would create a marriage event for the two people; but there was no satisfactory way to record all the other people who may have participated in the same event – such as the bridesmaids, the best man, the ministers and the guests. These are all what we call ‘witnesses’. Now you can record as many witnesses as you like for any event or attribute. The program comes with many standard roles for these witnesses (such as ‘bridesmaid’, ‘best man’ and so on), but you can create as many new roles as you like, and each role can have as many people as you like. You can use this capability in many ways. For example, you could use it to record the fact that a group of people all lived together, if you wanted to. The practical effect is to provide richer and more fleshed-out reports, and a richer experience when browsing, because witness details can be accessed when viewing an event from the point-of-view of any of the participants.

Easier, Faster Data Entry

Adding facts is now significantly quicker and easier thanks to a new ‘Fast Add’ menu which appears when you clicking on the ‘Add Fact’ button on the Facts tab. The ‘Fast Add’ menu is configurable. Any fact type can be added to it, or removed from it. There are similar menus on the Note and Media tabs.

Attach Pictures to Places

The ability to link pictures and other multimedia to places, is the top feature in the Family Historian Wish List, voted for by users. Now you can attach as many pictures as you like to each Place, and include them in reports. With each place, you can also record notes, a standardised name, and a latitude and longitude.

Drag-and-Drop Everywhere

You can drag-and-drop text from the Web Search Window, or from most word-processors, onto any name, date, place or other text field, in the Property Box or Automatic Source Citation pane. You can drag-and-drop images (typically, from a web browser, or from file explorer) onto the Media tab of the Property Box, to add pictures for the person or other record type. You can drag-and-drop images onto the Fact Media Window to add pictures of an event (such as the christening in the example shown right). Or you can drag-and-drop images anywhere onto the main application window, to simply add them to the project. Drag-and-drop is now also supported extensively with other tasks within the program – such as adding records to a selection, or manually setting the location for a place on a map.

Copy and Paste Images

Websites (or web browsers) that may not allow you to drag-and-drop images, may nevertheless allow you to copy them. You can now add copies of images directly to your project (and link) in all the same contexts that you can drag-and-drop.

Web Clipping Capability

A design goal for version 6 was to make it as easy possible to extract text and images from any website that a user may visit, while also making it as easy as possible to provide appropriate source citations. There should be no need to have to re-type any text. We considered creating a special tool to support web clipping, but concluded that we could do a much better job by creating or enhancing a number of different components that can be used for web clipping, but not just for web clipping. The components and enhancements (all mentioned elsewhere on this page) are: The New Web Search window The New Automatic Source Citation Pane Easier, Faster Data Entry Drag-and-Drop Everywhere Copy-and-Paste Images More ‘Modeless’ Windows

Unicode and Accent Characters

Family Historian now uses ‘Unicode’ internally, which means that it can store any character from any language and any accent. Entering accent characters is now easy. If you press-and-hold any letter, when typing in any field in the Property Box or in the Automatic Source Citation pane, a popup window will appear just above the field, with a choice of accents for the letter in question. The choice of accent characters listed is configurable, and can include accent characters from one or more combinations of well-known languages, and your own custom additions. The Accent Character popup window can be temporarily disabled, if you want a character to auto-repeat, by pressing-and-holding the Insert key while pressing a letter key (or fully disabled in Preferences, if you wish).

Improved Overall Look – and Better Support for ‘High-DPI’ Screens

The overall look of the application has been much improved, with new toolbar images and icons everywhere. A number of improvements have been made to provide better support for screens (some of which are sometimes called ‘retina’ displays) which have a high density of pixels. This includes providing 3 sizes of toolbars: small, medium and large (selectable in Preferences).

New Find Tool

The old Find dialog has been replaced with a new and much-improved Find tool, which lists all matching results in the Find tool itself. Whereas the old Find dialog just found records (in the Records Window), the new Find tool lists all matches – to the field level. So a search term may find multiple results within the same record. Each found item can be shown in the Property Box; or the entire result set can be moved to the Results tab of the Query Window.

New Find and Replace Tool

A new Find and Replace tool allows text replacements throughout a project – either in specified text fields, or all text fields, with confirmations for each one if required. Replacements, with before and after values, can be viewed afterwards in the Results tab of the Query window, and the entire search-and-replace can be undone, if required, by clicking Undo on the Edit menu.

Quick Filtering in Lists

Finding one or more records in a list of records is now much quicker and easier thanks to new filtering boxes at the top of the window. For example, to view all Individuals with a given surname, just type the surname into the Surname filter field at the top of the window. Filtering options are available for all record types, wherever record are listed (such as in Selector dialogs for reports). The filtering options available depend on the record type.

Enhancements to the ‘How Related’ Tool

The ‘How-Related’ tool now provides new options for a diagram, showing how the selected individuals are related. You can now opt to hide spouses, siblings or both.

Enhancements to Queries and the Query Window

You can now have multiple Query Windows, and you can lock them and set re-use options for them in Preferences. There are 3 new standard queries: ‘Events Near Place’, ‘Places’ and ‘Individual Timeline’.

Enhancements to the Focus Window

The layout of both of the Ancestors and Descendants tabs has been improved. You can now optionally display age information in the first two tabs of the Focus Window. Children which are the file root or ancestors of the file root, now have a little blue arrow pointing down, making it easier to find your way back to the root. And there have been sundry other enhancements in details.

Improvements to Narrative Reports

A new option allows alternative names to be displayed in narrative reports. Another new option allows prefixes and suffixes to be display for Individuals in narrative reports. There are new options for sentence templates (see Enhancements for Power Users below). Sentences about witnesses can now also be included in Narrative reports (see Support for Witnesses above).

Support for Colour Schemes

You can now choose from different colour schemes in Preferences (General tab), including ‘high contrast’ colour schemes for people with vision problems. You can also create your own colour schemes using the new ‘Export Colour Scheme’ and ‘Import Colour Scheme’ menu commands on the Import/Export submenu of the File menu. The colouring options have been increased and improved throughout the program.

More ‘Modeless’ Windows

‘Modeless’ Windows are windows like the Property Box, that appear in front of other windows, and that can be left floating. You don’t have to close them before you can do other tasks. They have no ‘OK’ or ‘Cancel’ buttons. The following windows were not previously modeless, but now are: The ‘Names & Titles’ window, accessible from the ‘Main’ tab of the Property Box The ‘Show Media’ window, for showing media linked to facts in the Facts tab of the Property Box The ‘Search the Internet’ tool The following new windows are also modeless: The new Find window The new ‘Parents’ window – for showing parents in the Property Box The new ‘Witnesses’ window – for showing witnesses for an event (or attribute) The Source Citation pane (when floating) Modeless windows have numerous usability advantages. For example, you can open the Witnesses window, and view all witnesses for each fact in the Fact tab of the Property Box, by simply stepping through the list without needing to open or close any windows. You can also use the Source Citation pane to add or view source citations for names and titles in the ‘Names & Titles’ window. And you can drag-and-drop images from the Web Search window onto the ‘Show Media’ window. All of this is made possible because these windows are modeless.

Enhancements for Power-Users

A new kind of data reference, called a ‘Contextual Data Reference’, has been created to allow context-specific information to be specified. See ‘Understanding Data References’ in the Help for more information. There are 8 new ‘built-in’ functions: TextPart, GetContextInfo, GetContextItem, GetDisplayText, TimelineFactOrder, TimelineFactText, TimelineFactAge and DistanceBetween. See ‘Understanding Functions’ in the Help for more details. Family Historian will continue to support plugins written in ANSI (all plugins to date are encoded in ANSI), and it will automatically convert text to ANSI, or convert it back from ANSI, as needed. If there has been any loss of data (e.g. loss of accents which are not supported by ANSI) in the process of this, Family Historian will warn the user when the plugin ends, and give them an opportunity to undo the plugin changes. Plugins can now, optionally, be encoded as UTF-8, which is a Unicode encoding. This ensures that there will be no possibility of data loss due to text conversion, when the plugin is run. There are 7 new API functions for plugins, including 6 designed to support Unicode. The new API functions are: fhConvertANSItoUTF8, fhConvertUTF8toANSI, fhIsConversionLossFlagSet, fhSetConversionLossFlag, fhSetOutputDestination, fhGetStringEncoding, and fhSetStringEncoding. See the API documentation for more details. Plugin authors are recommended to read the page ‘String Encoding and Unicode’ in the ‘Family Historian API’ section of the Plugin Help. This explains the issues regarding Unicode-handling in plugins. Expressions (data references or functions) can now be used in sentence templates for narrative reports – see the bottom of the ‘Template Codes’ page in the Help for more details.

Miscellaneous Minor Improvements

The import from the Master Genealogist has been improved to support witnesses, and in other ways. The program now uses ‘c.’ or ‘circa’ for approximate dates. There is a new ‘Named Lists’ menu command on the View menu, giving much quicker and easier access to Named Lists. A new ‘Emulator Compatibility Mode’ option in Preferences (click ‘Advanced’ on the General tab) has been added to solve the problem of Reports not appearing on-screen when the program is run under Linux. The Source Citation pane can now be configured to ‘float’ as a modeless window, instead of being docked at the bottom or the side of the Property Box. This is useful if you are running Family Historian on a small screen. And many, many more minor enhancements and bug fixes…

FH5 New Features

What’s New in Family Historian Version 5?

Version 5 contains the following new features:

  • New tool for creating family tree books and booklets
  • Much improved website generation and support for family tree CDs & DVDs
  • New Fan Chart diagrams
  • New 'flat' style All-Relatives diagram (much-requested)
  • Improved data entry - especially with regard to date-handling and date validation.
  • New query for detecting possible errors with dates in existing records
  • Enhanced 'How Related' tool shows graphically exactly how people are related
  • Improved, more comprehensive backup-and-restore
  • Improved import and export, including direct import from other program formats
  • All reports have enhanced performance and features, including optionally an index
  • Silhouettes can now be used in diagrams where required
  • Much improved support for background pictures in diagrams
  • Much faster diagram loading
  • New reports, including a new 'how-related' report
  • New tool for marking lines connecting individuals & branches in diagrams
  • New 'shapes' toolbar for diagrams, including 'smart shapes' such as arrows
  • Extensive new formatting options for diagrams
  • Enhancements to the query capability for searching & analyzing records
  • Support for plugins - a new way of extending the power of the program
  • Integrated access to a new Plugin Store, with numerous free plugins adding even more features - such as a new mapping tool - and more being added all the time
  • Numerous improvements to make the program even easier and more enjoyable to use

And much more...

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