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Family Historian 6 Deluxe Genealogy Software

V6 Due in stock after Dec 10th 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!

Family Historian 6 Full Box
Family Historian 6 Full Retail Box
Family Historian 6 Upgrade
 Family Historian 6 Upgrade
Where to Record It: In Family Historian v5
 Where to Record It: In Family Historian v5
Getting The Most From Family Historian 5
 Getting The Most From Family Historian 5
Family Historian 5 Training Course
Family Historian 5 Training Course

Download a 30 day trial version of Family Historian 5

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Family Historian V6 Full Retail Box
Family Historian V6 Full Retail Box

Ref: CPFH6

£39.50 Including Delivery

Buy 'Getting The Most From Family Historian 5' - Book Version at a reduced price of £14.95 (normally £16.95)

Buy 'Where to Record it in Family Historian 6' at a reduced price of £2.95 (normally £3.95)- will be despatched with release of V5

Due in stock after Dec 10th

Family Historian 6 Full retail box version.

Windows Vista, 7, 8 and 8.1 Compatible.
Not Compatible with Windows XP

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Details of New Features

Family Historian version 6 upgrade CD
Family Historian version 6 upgrade CD

Ref: FH6U

£26.95 Including Delivery

Buy 'Getting The Most From Family Historian 5' - Book Version at a reduced price of £14.95 (normally £16.95)

Buy 'Where to Record it in Family Historian 6' at a reduced price of £2.95 (normally £3.95)

Due in stock after Dec 10th

Upgrades to the new Family Historian version 6 from any full version 5 (or above) of Windows Vista, 7, 8 and 8.1 Compatible.
Not Compatible with Windows XP
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Details of New Features

Getting The Most From Family Historian 5 - Book Version
Getting The Most From Family Historian 5 - Book Version

Ref: FH5PM

£16.95 Including Delivery

SPECIAL OFFER - Family Historian V5 full boxed version for £33 (total package price £49.95)

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Buy the printed book 'Getting The Most from Family Historian' and the Full v5 Retail Boxed program for just £49.95 - Just tick the 'Special Offer' box above

This is a full printed A4 book version of the manual for users of Family Historian 5.

The manual is a step by step guide for use by both beginners and experienced users written by the author of the program. Although it is available on the program CD and accessed via the help menu, many users have requested a printed version as it so much easier to have this open beside the keyboard when learning about the program.


Chapters cover:

  • An introduction to the program.
  • Getting started with entering information.
  • Editing Records.
  • Introduction to Diagrams.
  • Pictures & Multimedia.
  • Events, Attributes and Notes.
  • Browsing, Searching and Editing in the Records Window.
  • Diagram-based Editing.
  • Setting the Style, Layout & Content of Diagrams.
  • Smart Trees and Wall Charts.
  • Scaling and Printing Diagrams.
  • Recording your Sources.
  • Introduction to Queries.
  • Writing Custom Queries.
  • Compare, Merge, Split, Copy and Export GEDCOM Files.
  • Named Lists and Record Flags.
  • Reports.

  • Size: A4
    Pages: 200+

Where to Record it in Family Historian V5
Where to Record it in Family Historian V5

Ref: WRFH5

£3.95 Including Delivery

by William Clegg

Revised for version 5

Specially written for My History this is a quick guide to entering information into Family Historian about your family from Birth, Marriage and Death certificates including how to record them as sources.

    Learn how to:
  • Transfer information from a certificate into Family Historian.
  • Link images of certificates to sources.
  • Set up sources and repositories.
A5 booklet, 24 pages

Family Historian Trial Version - 30 Days

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

About Family Historian v5
See the full product details below including a product tour on the authors web site

About the Trail Version
This is a working version of version 5 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 (install_fh5.0.0_dl.exe). Save the program to your hard disk and then run it.

Click here to download install_fh5.0.0_dl.exe (10Mb).

Whats New in 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...

In the coming weeks, we will be adding more details about version 5
Family Historian 6 includes an extensive array of new features and enhancements.

New Map Window

  • The New Map Window Family Historian 6 will have a new workspace window called the Map Window. You can use it to map the locations of all the places and events in your projects. You can even view family movements over time, using the Time Slider. You can choose any combination of people and events, and filter on event types - and use the same or different markers. Click on a marker to view all the events that occurred there in a popup window. This means that you can show all your ancestors' birth places marked in red, and all your spouse's ancestors' birth places marked in green, for example. 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.

Automatic Internet Data Matching

  • Calico Pie has teamed up with MyHeritage to provide automatic Internet data matches. These can be either 'Smart Matches' (family trees) or 'Record Matches' (historical data records) or both. 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.
  • Configuration options in Preferences allow detailed user control
  • Matches can be viewed either in the new Web Search window (see below) or an external web browser.
See the MyHeritage Matches & Privacy Policy statement (also accessible via a link on the "Internet Data Matches" tab on Preferences) for more information.

Map Window

  • Easily view places in your project data, marked on maps. The places to mark can be selected directly, or indirectly by selecting Individuals (to view places associated with them), or both
  • If any of your Place records have no latitude and longitude, these will looked up automatically from the Internet (this is called 'Geocoding'). Uncertain geocodes are indicated with a red background box. Errors can be easily corrected by dragging markers, or by dragging places from lists onto map locations.
  • Create multiple marker sets and filter on event types: for example, you could opt to show all of your ancestor's birth or baptism locations with a red marker, and all of your spouse's ancestor's birth or baptism locations with a green marker, so you can easily see where they coincided
  • Open a time-slider to hide or show time-related markers, and thereby view location changes over time.
  • Click on any marker to view events at that location - either selected events or all events
  • Toolbar options allow you to zoom effortlessly to see all markers, or your home region; or any region you select, by clicking-and-dragging to draw a stretchy box around it.

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 big advantages to using the Web Search window (e.g. 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

  • The Media Window has been completely redesigned and given a much-improved look.
  • A new Media Link Tool (enabled by toolbar button) now makes it very quick and easy to add 'frame links' (links to faces). Click-and-drag from the tool onto an image (you will be asked if you want to add a frame link or a simple link), or click on one of the buttons at the bottom of the Media Link Tool.
  • Creating simple links is even easier. Using the new support for multiple selection in the Media List pane, you can now add simple links to as many records as you like, in one go
  • The Media List Pane (on the left side) supports enhanced filtering options
  • A new option allows you to see all frame links for any given picture, making it easy to see who is missing
  • Clickable links allow you to jump to viewing any media file 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 requiredMedia Window Thumbnail view
  • The Keywords dialog box now supports multiple selection, which makes it easy to add and remove keywords for multiple media records in one go
  • Access to the Media window has been improved. You can now easily distinguish between viewing pictures of a given person (i.e. all pictures in which they appear), and pictures linked to a given person (which may include pictures of events that that they were part of, places they are associated with, and source & source citation images).
  • Thumbnail images are now cached and are consequently much faster to load

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).

Support for Extended Family 'Timeline' Facts

  • You can optionally show extended family 'timeline' facts in the Facts tab of the Property Box. These 'timeline facts' can be easily 'toggled' off or on, and are distinguished from normal record facts by a light grey background. They are configurable, and can include events such as birth, marriage, divorce and death, for parents, siblings, spouses, children and grandchildren. The practical consequence is that you can now easily get a quick overview of all the important events in a person's life from a glance at the Facts tab.
  • 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

    Witness' here means anyone who has a role in an event, without being the principal or one of the principals. For example, the couple getting married are the principals in a Marriage event; but the bridesmaids, best man, ushers, minister and other participants, are all 'witnesses'.

    • The witnesses for any event (or attribute) can now all be viewed, added, edited or deleted, in a new floating (and 'modeless' - see below) Witnesses window, accessible from the Facts tab of the Property Box.
    • You can add any recorded Individual as a witness to any fact, and also 'name-only' witnesses.
    • The events that an Individual is a witness to, are listed with other facts about that person, in the Facts tab of the Property Box.
    • Each witness has a specified role in the event or attribute, as well as optionally a note and source citations. A number of roles are pre-defined for existing fact types, but you can add as many new roles as you wish, for any event or attribute.
    • Sentences about events that a person has witnessed are included in narrative reports for that person. Any sentence (or sentences) describing an event - from the point-of-view of either the principals or witnesses - may include information about the witnesses (or other witnesses) who participated in it, and their roles.

    Easier, Faster Data Entry and an Enhanced Property Box

    • Adding facts is now much quicker 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.
    • Icons in the facts list of the Facts tab mean that you can now see at a glance, which facts have notes, media or witnesses (see Support for Witnesses below).
    • You can optionally show 'Fact Notes' in the Notes tab
    • The 'Go Back' and 'Go Forward' buttons have been made more sensitive, and now switch between tabs (within a record), as well as between records
    • The last state of the Property Box (open or closed, docked or floating) is now remembered for each open workspace window, when you switch between them
    • A new Preference option allows you to view the source citation pane as a separate floating window if space is short (handy for laptops)
    • When viewing an Individual in the Property Box, you can view their parents in a separate floating window (click the 'Up' button in the toolbar)
    • Plus numerous design and usability enhancements

    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 (and Copy and Paste Images)

    • You can drag-and-drop text from the Web Search Window, or from most word-processors, onto any name, date, place or other kind of text field, in the Property Box or Automatic Source Citation pane.
    • You can drag-and-drop records from the Records Window into a Named List, or from the left-side of a selector to the right side, or from a list of places onto a map (to set its location), or from a list of possible links in the Media Link tool onto an image you want to link it too.
    • You can drag-and-drop images (if the website allows it) from the Web Search window onto the main application window, to add them to the project. You can do the same with images in File Explorer. If you drag-and-drop images onto the Media tab of the Property Box, for an Individual, Family, Source or Place record, the picture will be added to the project and linked to the record at the same time. You can even drag-and-drop images onto the Fact tab Media window. So, for example, if you have 20 pictures of your niece's christening, you can select them all and drag-and-drop them onto the Media Window for the christening, to add them all in one go.
    • 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 images directly to the project. Depending on where you add them (the main application menu, or using an option within the Property Box), you can either simply add them to the project, or add them and at the same time link them to a record or to a fact.

    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 and an Enhanced Property Box
    • Drag-and-Drop Everywhere (and 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.
    • You can even enter alternative punctuation characters in this way. For example, if you press and hold the question mark character, you will be offered the choice of the upside down question mark used in Spanish, as an alternative. Press the Escape (Esc) key to cancel the Popup window without selecting anything (or just click elsewhere).
    • 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 it can be disabled in Preferences.

    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 a record 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 Descendants tab has an improved look and is now more similar than previously, to the Ancestors tab.
    • The layout of the Ancestors tab has been improved. Also, if there are more ancestors than can be displayed, this is indicated by a line extending out past the last box.
    • You can now optionally view age information in the first two tabs of the Focus Window. Where marriage dates are given, each spouse's age at the time of marriage is also given.
    • If a person's child was born stillborn, this info is now displayed in the child row 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.

    Improvements to Narrative Reports

    • A new option allows alternative names to be displayed in narrative reports.
    • A 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.


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 a 48 page Quick Start Tutorial in the box, to get you started using the program. It also comes with a 141 page User Manual in the form of an Adobe Acrobat document which is installed when you install Family Historian. You can print this yourself if you wish, or read it online. The User Manual is a complete and comprehensive document that takes you through all of Family Historian's extensive functionality. Its philosophy is that the best way to learn is by example, so each chapter can be worked through as a little tutorial in its own right, if you wish. In addition to the Quick Start Tutorial and the User Manual, there is also extensive, context-sensitive Online Help. We, TWR Computing, provide our customers with free unlimited support and advice by telephone and e-mail, normally 8am to 8pm 7 days a week. There is also an excellent e-mail discussion list devoted to Family Historian, including participation from the author of Family Historian himself!

  • 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).

  • 100% GEDCOM
    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.

  • Reports
    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 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.

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

  • Unlimited numbers of
      • People
      • Spouses
      • Children
      • Parents
      • Names
      • Events
      • Attributes
      • Notes
      • Sources
      • Citations
      • Pictures
      • Photographs
      • Images of documents
      • Multimedia objects


  • (1) A New Reports Menu, a New Reports Window and 17 New Reports

      The new reports include
      • Individual Summary Report
      • Family Group Sheet
      • Ancestor Outline
      • Descendant Outline
      • Source Summary Report
      • Individual Census Report
      • List Report
      • ...and many more, including record detail reports which include all the data in a given record. All reports can be saved in HTML (World Wide Web) format, RTF (Rich Text Format - supported by word-processors such as MS Word), or plain text. The reports are fully configurable. You can create custom reports, using any existing report as a template.

      The Reports Window allows you to preview any report and browse it online. While doing so, you can switch back to any other Family Historian window without having to close the Reports Window. You can even have multiple Report Windows open at the same time if you want to. You can change almost every aspect of report 'on the fly'. For example, you can change the style, format, page layout and the content (which fields are displayed, etc.) within the Report Options dialog, while viewing the report, and watch the report update immediately to reflect your changes when you click 'Apply'. You can change which records are selected for the report, and even change the actual data upon which the report is based (e.g. if you spot a mistake) - all without having to close the Reports Window. If the underlying data is changed, the window will update immediately to display the new changed data. You will be required to refresh the report by clicking on 'Rebuild Report' once, before you actually print it, however. Reports have very flexible support for pictures and sources. You can, for example, display a picture of a family at the top of a family report, and then print pictures of faces taken from the family picture down the side, next to each family member in the detailed sections below. You can also print pictures of sources, and even of source citations, alongside the source listings if you wish to. Most Family Historian reports can display information for multiple records. There is a new Record Selector Dialog to help you select records for reports. The Record Selector Dialog lets you select records from a normal records list or from Named Lists (see next section). It also lets you use queries to select the records you want ('queries' are stored instructions for retrieving data - you can create your own or use standard ones).

  • (2) A New Facility for Creating Named Lists

      It is frequently useful to be able to create lists of records for various purposes. For example, you might want a list of bookmarks, a list of work-in-progress records, a list of key people or famous people, a ToDo list - or even specifically, a ToDo list for a given planned trip to a particular record office. Family Historian now lets you create as many lists of records as you like. Support for Named Lists (so-called because you give each one a unique name), is integrated into the Records Window, which now supports multiple selection, making it very easy to add records to lists, or to find records from a Named List (you just double-click on the list item). You can add a note to every item in a Named List. For example, if the list was a ToDo list, you could add a note to say what you wanted to do with the record in question. All lists can hold records of any type - not just Individual records. You can keep lists in any order you like. A new List Report will print off lists, including the list note (if any) and list item notes (if any). Support for Named Lists is integrated into the program generally. For example, as mentioned in the previous section, you can access them when selecting records for reports in the Record Selector Dialog. You can also add to them from the same dialog. You can add any record to a Named List from anywhere within the program. Named Lists are designed to work well with queries. You can use Named Lists as filters within queries, or use the output of a query to modify a Named List.

  • (3) A New Tools Menu Facility to allow you to Re-order out of Sequence Data

      Using this facility you can re-order any out-of-sequence events/attributes, children, spouses, and LDS ordinances within your file. You can either let Family Historian do them all in one go, or ask for confirmation before each record is re-ordered. You can also manually re-order events/attributes in the Events tab of the Property Dialog (new button on toolbar to support this). Previous restrictions on the order in which events and attributes could be stored have been removed. You can request that updated records be added to a Named List.

  • (4) New Backup/Restore Facility

      Backups are stored in a standard Winzip format. You get prompted to backup at the end of every session (unless you choose not to be).

  • (5) Fast-find Edit Controls for Name and/or Record Id in the Records Window

      These controls are also available in most contexts where you need to select/find a record. To find an individual, "John Smith", in an Individual records list, for example, you type "Smith, John". If there are multiple John Smiths, press F3 to move forward through each of them.

  • (6) A Number of New Preferences Options

    • An Auto-Save facility
    • You can specify a default file to open when Family Historian is started.
    • You can specify a default folder to look in when using File/Open to locate Family Historian/ GEDCOM files.
    • You can specify a default backup folder to save backups to.
    • Option to Auto-add Father's Surname when adding child (doesn't apply to 'low-level' editing in the Records Window, but works in the Property Dialog and the Diagram Window).
    • Option to store Family records ahead of Individual records in the GEDCOM file (default now is Individuals first). Some 3rd-party applications will not work if the records are not in the order they expect.
    • Option to say if you want surnames in capitals or not (if yes, you get them everywhere; if no, nowhere - much simpler than old system).
    • Ability to specify which Named Lists are 'auto-create' - ie. should be created in any file, even if not already there.
    • Option to stop Family Historian automatically registering itself as the default GEDCOM application.
    • Option to stop the Family Historian splash panel appearing. The 'Splash panel' is the box containing the product name that appears when the application starts up.

  • (7) Improved Support for Dates

      You now have a choice of 6 different formats in which dates can be displayed in diagrams, reports and queries. It has also been made easier to copy Family Historian date information into other programs. The problem before was that Family Historian supports more complex date information than spreadsheets or database programs can usually deal with. Family Historian now allows you to effectively split a Family Historian date into 3 separate items of information which you can output from a query and copy into, for example, 3 columns in a spreadsheet..

  • (8) Sundry Other Enhancements

    • New 'Unlink' menu command on the Edit Menu
    • Mouse Wheel support with most record lists
    • Added Address field to the Events tab
    • Added Birth/Baptism/Christening/Death/Burial fields to Details tab, plus other fields
    • 'Email' and 'Web' fields now added to the Property Dialog for Repositories
    • New qualifiers make it easy to display different parts of names in Diagrams, Queries and Reports
    • Improvements to the Exception Report
    • The Records Window now shows dates for Individual records in an improved format
    • You can use Ctrl-K and Ctrl-L as alternative 'hot keys' to zoom diagrams in and out (alternatives that is to + and - on the numeric keypad). Useful for laptops which don't have numeric keypads.

    System Requirements

    Family Historian version 3 will run under Windows 98, Windows ME, Windows 2000, Windows XP and Windows Vista.
    Version 3 will not run under Windows 95 or Windows NT4.

    Family Historian version 2 is a 32-bit Windows application. That means it will run under Windows 95, Windows 98, Windows ME, Windows 2000, Windows NT4, Windows XP.

    Family Historian will not run under Windows 3.1 or earlier versions of Windows. Family Historian will also not run under any Windows NT 3.51 or earlier versions of Windows NT.

    A CD-ROM drive is required to read the CD-ROM that Family Historian is installed from and approximately 15Mb of hard disk space to store the program and accompanying files.

    Family Historian will run quite happily on any PC that meets the minimum requirements of Windows itself. 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 large files, or if you wish to work with large diagrams displaying large numbers of pictures (especially if the pictures used are large).

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