Genealogy software Family Historian
, which released version 3 earlier this year, is now available stateside at 1,500 Target stores (but not through Target.com
, it appears), as well as at Micro Center
The software, from British-based Calico Pie, Ltd., is known for its family tree charts and diagrams, particularly the unique “All Relatives” diagram that even includes in-laws, and the “Everyone” diagram that shows everyone in your file and their relationships.
You can browse and edit individual files using diagrams. With Smart Trees, you hide, show, move, resize and re-order people and branches, and watch the trees adjust themselves to reflect your changes.
Family Historian claims to be the only program that’s 100 percent GEDCOM compatible and “GEDCOM complete”—meaning it saves and reads all fields in a GEDCOM file. (GEDCOM is the standard file format for genealogy software.)
The program runs on Windows 98 and higher. It's available as a $56 download through the manufacturer's Web site
If you buy the boxed CD at US retailers (blogger Dick Eastman found it at his Target for $49.99
; it's $69.99 on the Micro Center and Fry's Web sites), you get a 6-month membership to World Vital Records and a CD on doing genealogy online.You can try out Family Historian with a free 30-day trial
Randy Seaver at the Genea-Musings blog has been reporting on his Family Historian test drive in a series of posts, starting here
Friday, November 21, 2008 2:11:53 PM (Eastern Standard Time, UTC-05:00)