MacFamilyTree 7

MacFamilyTree Screenshot MacFamilyTree 7 (MacStammbaum 7 in Germany) is a popular genealogy app developed for the Mac OS X and iOS (iPhone, iPad, iPod touch) platform, that dates back to the late 1990s, when MacFamilyTree version 1.0 ran on 68k Macs (version 1.6 was the first to support PowerPC Macs). It is one of the “cleanest” apps when it comes to iCloud/cross-platform support between your Mac and iOS device, and it fully supports the “Handoff” capabilities of OS X 10.10 “Yosemite”, where you can be working on a person or family on your Mac, and pick up your iPad, and immediately begin working where you left off. MFT has several visualization options, including a “Virtual Globe” that allows you to physically track where your ancestors lived, married, immigrated, etc. If you enable the FamilySearch features, it has extensive built-in support for FamilySearch.

MobileFamilyTree, the iOS companion app for MFT, is a fully-featured genealogy app in its own right. You do not need a desktop or laptop to do your genealogy research using MobileFamilyTree, and it supports sharing GEDCOM files with others (something several of the mobile apps do not). It does offer most of the features of MacFamilyTree, and it’s one of the first true genealogy apps available to iPhone users, with version 1 being released in 2008.


Developer/Publisher:Synium Software
Current Version:MacFamilyTree 7.3.3
Last Updated:March 2015
Originally Released:Version 7.0 - May 2013
Price:$49.99
Demo/Trial Versions:Synium Software (Direct Link)
Platforms:OS X, iOS - MobileFamilyTree (iPhone, iPad, iPod touch)
Requirements:Mac OS X 10.7 - 10.10
OS X 10.10 Yosemite Support:Yes, MFT 7.3 added a new user interface that matches the Yosemite styling.
Handoff - easily move between iOS 8 and OS X 10.10 devices.
Supported Languages:Chinese, Czech, Danish, Dutch, English, Finnish, French, Hungarian, German, Italian, Norwegian, Polish, Portuguese, Russian, Spanish, Swedish
GEDCOM Support:Yes, full support.
Unicode GEDCOM (Explanation):Yes
LDS Ordinance Support:Yes, LDS Child Sealing, Confirmation, Endowment, Initiatory, Baptism
iPhoto / Photos Support:Yes
Web Page/HTML Creation:Yes, HTML for any website, or export directly (for free) to MacFamilyTree.com. Web export was re-written with MFT 7.1, and has various themes allowing for exporting to a family website or MacFamilyTree.com
iCloud/Cloud Support:Yes, includes backing up and/or syncing with other Macs running MFT, or with MobileFamilyTree on a portable iOS device.
Can use Dropbox instead of iCloud
Online Services Support:FamilySearch.org. You can download FamilySearch information directly into MacFamilyTree, or you can up upload information to share with others (information about living persons is not shared). There are options to allow MFT to try and match persons with FamilySearch in the background. See MFT's FamilySearch Q&A page for more details.
MacFamilyTree also supports an integrated web search for the following services: Ancestry.ca, Ancestry.co.uk, Ancestry.com.au, Ancestry.com, Ancestry.de, Arkivverket.no, CollectionsCanada.gc.ca, EllisIsland.org, FindAGrave.com, FindMyPast.co.uk, FootNote.com, Genealogy.net (Germany), Google.com, MyHeritage.com, WorldVitalRecords.com
Features:Interactive and Virtual Tree (3D)
Virtual Globe 2.0 - shows locations where family members lived, immigrated, etc., as well as allowing for a timeline view.
Statistic Maps
Comprehensive statistics
Database Maintenance (search and replace, unreadable date entries, adjust date formats, reformat names, remove empty entries, check mismatched partners in families, find duplicates)
Supports associated persons (witnesses of events, godparents, etc.)
Name Distribution Chart
Plausibility Reports
Articles & Reviews:MacFamilyTree 7 - Mac App Store 4.0 out of 100+ reviews (all versions)
MacFormat Review - Oct 2013
CNET Review (Oct 2013, v 7.0.13)
Other Useful Links:MobileFamilyTree at Synium Software
Download older versions of MacFamilyTree
Series History:Series History at Synium Software from version 1 (1998) through 7 (current 2015).
MacFamilyTree 4 at MacGenealogy.org
MacFamilyTree 5 at MacGenealogy.org
MacFamilyTree 5.7 at MacGenealogy.org
MacFamilyTree 6 at MacGenealogy.org
Release History:MacFamilyTree 7.x version history at Synium Software


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