Reunion 9

Guess what? A year or two in the making, but Reunion 9 is here. That’s right. This is the first OS X native (Universal Binary – sorry Classic/Mac OS 8.x/9 users) of this popular Mac genealogy program. It requires Mac OS X 10.3.9, and there is so much new stuff that it’s going to take us a few days to sort through and check it out.

Note: “If you purchased Reunion 8 directly from Leister Productions or from an authorized dealer after November 15, 2006, you are eligible for a free upgrade to Reunion 9” (See for more details).

Here’s a all-to brief rundown of the new and upgraded features:

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Personal Ancestry Writer II Version 67 (1 March 2007)

Personal Ancestry Writer II (PAWriter II) version 67 (Dated: 1 March 2007) was released yesterday.

It’s a free Mac genealogy application being developed by Howard Metcalfe. It’s been designed to have many of the same features found in the original Personal Ancestry File (PAG) application for MacOS (Classic). There are versions for both Mac OS X and Mac OS 9. This is a fairly major update to PAWriter II.

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Family Ties (Familienbande) – February 26, 2007

A few days ago (February 26, 2007), a new version of Family Ties/Familienbande was released. It’s a free Mac OS X (andMacOS 8.6/9 with Carbon) genealogy application from Stefan Mettenbrink. It is only available in German, but it can be used by non-German speaking genealogists. We’ve provided a page with a list of translated features here. There is apparently an Intel-specific version available if you contact the author (the normal version runs fine on either PowerPC or Intel-based Macs).

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ohmiGene 1.49.45

ohmiGene 1.49.45 has been released. ohmiGene is a cross-platform commercial genealogy application (Windows, Linux, Mac OS X PowerPC, Mac OS X Intel), and is designed to “respect a GEDCOM file at import (and export).” It allows you to associate an unlimited number of files to the genealogy data in your GEDCOM (notes, text data, sources, pictures, etc.).

It can be downloaded here (

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