My Family Tree is an excellent tool for recording just about every possible detail on your family history.
The program imports existing trees from GEDCOM files. This worked just fine with two of our test files, though for some reason failed with an "unknown" error on the third.
Once your data is accessible - or if you start from scratch - it's then straightforward to add individuals, and a host of details on them: relationships, photos and stories, video, audio, general attachments, even genetics.
There's plenty of depth to these options, too. An extensive "Details" section allows you to add the name, birth and death dates, nationality, religion, social security number, title, education, description, confirmation date, first communion and more. Relationships are reasonably flexible: children can be "natural", "adopted" or foster", a spouse can be "current" or "former", an "Unrelated" option allows you to connect friends, witnesses or others you might need to reference later. Even a basic tool like adding an image manages to impress, with support for scanners, one or two basic editing options ("Rotate", "Sepia"), printing, slideshows and more.
The core family tree view is very configurable. You might choose to show all generations, just immediate family, maybe those born after a particular date; there are options to hide descendants, ancestors, siblings and more; you can show or hide dates, photos, genders and so on; there are even built-in themes to change the background and colour scheme.
A host of other views are just a click away. There's an ancestors tree; an interactive timeline; lists of sources, photos, stories and more, and handy pages of statistics and family details. (If you'd like a count of the surnames in your family tree, say, or a graph showing the distribution of family ages at death then you'll find them here.)
A set of useful reports provides further ways to analyse your tree, most notably highlighting possible errors: people who've lived "too long", have no parents, have duplicate named children, have events after death, and so on.
And the program is rounded off with plenty of small but welcome extras, such as its ability to password-protect your tree and ensure its details remain private.
There are a few very small interface issues. Customising the current view, say, involves calling up a drop-down menu and selecting or disabling the option you need. You have to click away from the menu to see its effect, though, then recall it if there's a problem. Presenting the options in a separate pane or dialog box, and updating the tree dynamically as you tweaked a setting would be more straightforward.
Still, this is absolutely trivial when compared to what you're getting here. Why is My Family Tree entirely free, with no adware, not as much as a "Donate" button? We've no idea, but go grab a copy quickly, before the authors change their mind.
Version 184.108.40.206 changes:
- Global spell checking, with custom dictionary support has been added to the application.
- Spell check as you type has been added for English, French, German and Spanish.
- Printing options have been improved. You can now choose to enlarge / shrink content by a scale factor or fit it to a custom number of sheets.
- Improvements have been made to the family chart including the clearer display of descendant groups and extra customisation options. You can now control the exact number of descendant and ancestral generations displayed in the family chart.
- GEDCOM support has been enhanced. Unique identifiers (_UID tags) are now fully supported along with place coordinates, the unknown gender type and additional non standard date formats.