Genealogy Software

Family Historian 6

I have heard reviews about Family Historian, so I decided to check out the program to see if I liked it.  The first thing I did was experiment with setting up a new tree.  Although adding people seemed fairly straightforward, there was one thing I noticed straight away when I started adding sources.  Family Historian seems to be designed to have a separate source for every record.  I have been using RootsMagic and Legacy for years now, and I have also tried other programs, and these all let you set up a master source (i.e. one source for all the birth certificates for Victoria, Australia), and then set up a citation for each individual record within that source.  In Family Historian, I couldn’t find where that would go.

So, I tried importing a GEDCOM of my existing family tree into the program, and I found that the source details were in the “Where found in source” box.  The problem is that this box only allows a limited number of characters, so for the longer citations, for example, census records, much of the detail was cut off.

I then decided to check out the Ancestral Sources plugin that goes with the program.  While I really liked being able to enter the data from a census record into the census forms in the program, and having the information automatically added to my family tree in Family Historian, there were two drawbacks

  • Rather than being able to have one master source for each type of census (i.e. 1841 England Census), a separate source is created for each household.
  • The forms for births, deaths and marriages weren’t detailed enough to cover the certificates here in Australia, which would mean I would have to enter this information manually into my family tree program anyway.

Although not a bad program, it doesn’t have the features I use regularly in my current desktop program (Legacy Family Tree).

2 thoughts on “Family Historian 6”

  1. Lois, I’m a Family Historian fan and have set up a number of what you call “Master Sources” eg WWW (very general), Sydney Morning Herald (and many other newspapers), NSW BDM Indexes, 1841 English Census and the list goes on. Wish I could sit beside you and show it how it’s done.

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    1. I’m pretty happy with Legacy Family Tree, as I’ve been using it about 10 years now, and it does everything I want it to do. I was just doing a quick trial of Family Historian, since I had seen that it was popular in the United Kingdom, and wrote a quick post of my impression of the program. My reviews of other family tree programs are not very good reviews, as I tend to compare them to Legacy. I probably should have just stuck with my post “Why I prefer Legacy”.

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