Genealogy Software Poll

Here are the results of our 12th Unlock the Past poll - What genealogy software do you use? 226 people voted casting a total of 307 votes. As well as presenting an overall summary of the results the graph displays the percentages of voters using each of the programs listed in the poll (Mac programs in red).

The range of programs available for Windows users is quite diverse though three are clearly more popular with those responding to this poll - Family Tree Maker, The Master Genealogist and Legacy Family Tree (all available from multiple suppliers in Australia which gives them a clear advantage over the others). Options for Mac users are more restricted (just iFamily, Mac Family Tree and Reunion) - Reunion is the runaway winner scoring 90% of the votes of Mac users.

Program                            # votes         % voters

  • Ancestral Quest                      2                   0.88
  • Brother's Keeper                   16                   7.08
  • Ezitree                                  3                   1.33
  • Family Historian                      12                   5.31
  • Family Tree Maker                  82                 36.28
  • Genbox Family History              2                   0.88
  • Generations Family Tree           4                   1.77
  • Hereditree                             4                   1.77
  • iFamily for Tiger/Leopard          2                   0.88
  • Legacy Family Tree                49                 21.68 
  • MacFamily Tree                       0                   0.00 
  • Personal Ancestral File            15                   6.64
  • Relatively Yours                      2                   0.88
  • Reunion for Macintosh            17                   7.52
  • RootsMagic                           12                   5.31
  • The Master Genealogist          54                 23.89
  • Spreadsheet                           5                  2.21
  • Wordprocessor                        4                  1.77
  • General purpose database         3                  1.33
  • Don't use any                          3                  1.33
  • Other                                   16                  7.08

Other options mentioned:

  • TNG - 3
  • Genes Reunited - 4
  • Reunion (not Mac) - 1
  • Ancestry - 3
  • Custodian - 1
  • Genopro - 1
  • GSP - 1
  • Family Origins - 1
  • new.familysearch - 1
  • MyHeritage - 1
  • Ancestry Family Tree 9.0.5 - 1

Where the voters came from

  • Australia - 205
  • Canada - 1
  • China - 1
  • Ireland - 1
  • New Zealand - 3
  • United Kingdom - 4
  • United States - 6
  • Unknown - 5

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