Most family history apps on the iPad or iPhone are either basic GEDCOM readers or linked to online services such as Ancestry. If you’re looking for a fully fledged family history app, capable of taking in all your research notes, media and the like, then look no further than MobileFamilyTree.
It’s from the same stable as MacFamilyTree, and if not quite identical is close to being a carbon copy in terms of functionality and how it works. That makes it a compelling add-on for MacFamilyTree users – particularly as you can now sync your research between both apps using iCloud – but it’s also more than capable of working as a completely independent app.
In terms of features you’ve got everything you need for building, navigating and displaying your family tree, including full editing capabilities and support for generating reports, charts and even maps where you can plot the places where individual ancestors lived.
Version 7.0 has revamped MobileFamilyTree’s user interface and Edit Mode to make navigation much quicker. There’s improved source management options, more reliable merging of individuals and iCloud integration for keeping files backed up and in sync with MacFamilyTree. You can also search and share your research with the free FamilySearch.org website directly from the app. In addition you’ll find new charts - including a more robust Virtual Tree view for navigation purposes – and reports, better media management tools and faster overall performance.
The only downside is a complete lack of trial version, but you can get a feel for how it works by installing the demo version of MacFamilyTree – there really is little to separate this from MobileFamilyTree.