Tracing Your Family Tree

By on 24/07/2014
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3 Apps to Help You Research Your Family History

If you are interested in Tracing Your Family Tree, there are many genealogical apps available. All of us often wonder where we came from and about our family history. In fact, this is the reason why television series like ‘Who Do You Think You Are’ are so popular.

A couple of years ago, there was absolutely no way to research your roots unless you were prepared to spend days, months or years pouring over registers. Today, such information can be viewed in the comfort of your home on an iPad or smartphone. The Internet has opened a realm of possibilities for those who are eager to find out about their history at the click of a button.

So if you are infected with the genealogy bug, download one of these apps that will help you research your family history.

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If you already have a tree started on Ancestory.com or would like to start one via your mobile device and sync, then the app is exactly what you are looking for. The app features dynamic family tree views, display green leaves that connect you to records that match ancestors, view photos and records attached to trees and allows access to multiple trees that you have started or have been shared with you. The app is available on the iTunes store for free and has also won the Appy Award in 2013.

Pros: Great interface, lovely to look at, intuitive to use, can view original source images, integration with Ancestory.com

Cons: Lacks regular source citation and help tutorials, limited search within your file, clunky downward integration with Ancestory.com when the online tree has been changed

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This app is a receiptant of a MacWorld Editor’s Choice Award. This is an iOS-only app that displays three generation family tree and allows you to easily update details, add notes, make corrections, add pictures and add videos. The app allows you to perform name searches or other multiple criteria if you want to search for something specific. Data can be edited and synced back to the family file on the desktop version. A good feature of Reunion is its integration with Google Maps. The app is available for $14.99 on iTunes.

Pros: Simple layout, navigating trees and switching views is quick, slick and seamless integration with files on the mobile device

Cons: Occasional bugs like freezes and fields that don’t sync with Mac, cannot search for sources

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Personal stories are convincing and these are what we usually remember about people. The app allows mobile devices to record audios of family members telling stories or sharing memories about other family members. The recordings are saved to the website in a family audio album. Moreover, the audio can be shared throughout the family through the website. The files can also be posted and shared on the Facebook timeline. The app is available to both iOS and Android users for free and premium subscription is available for $3.99.

Pros: Easy-to-use voice recorder for sharing oral history with other app users 

Cons: File organization is limited to pre-set categories, allows audio files only

Other popular apps include:

  • GedViewer
  • Mobile Family Tree 7
  • Families
  • MyHeritage
  • FamViewer
  • Rootsmagic
  • Heredis
  • BillionGraves
  • TribalPages

We hope you’ve enjoyed reading our post about apps that assist in researching your family history. Have you used any of these or do you plan to use any in the upcoming future? Tell us in the comments section below.

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