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Family Historian 2.1

by Calico Pie
Windows 2000 / 95 / 98 / NT / Me / XP
4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (16 customer reviews)

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  • Instantly create Ancestor, Descendant, and Hourglass diagrams
  • Diagrams are tightly integrated and used for browsing, editing, and printing
  • Add pictures, sounds, videos, and any other multimedia
  • 100% GEDCOM compatible, the universal standard in shared genealogical data
  • Individual Summary/Family Group/Ancestor Summary/Descendant Outline Report, and more
  • A query allows you to extract any data you want from your family tree
  • Create custom diagrams, queries, reports, and even fields
  • Easy-to-use user-interface design
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System Requirements

  • Platform:   Windows 2000 / 95 / 98 / NT / Me / XP
  • Media: CD-ROM
  • Item Quantity: 1
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  • ASIN: B00008R8L8
  • Release Date: 24 Mar. 2003
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (16 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 5,134 in Software (See Top 100 in Software)

Product Description

Amazon.co.uk Review

Family Historian 2.1 is Callico Pie's first update of their excellent, well-known and well-received British Family History Program for Windows, which has been specifically produced for researchers of UK records. This is a program that gives users a huge degree of control over content and appearance. Particularly helpful is a feature that enables users to display research in both lists and charts, and also includes a comprehensive search system, enabling data to be recovered very quickly and easily. The program requires Windows 95 or later to run.

The accompanying pamphlet is well set out, using straightforward diagrams and language; technical jargon is used but it is fully explained and people with a basic level of Windows knowledge will not have any problems. There is also an extensive user manual accessible once the program is installed. One of the most helpful aspects of this excellent package is that it is 100 per cent GEDCOM compatible and complete, a worldwide standard of showing genealogical data. Therefore, genealogical data can be sent or received in the form of a GEDCOM file, without having to bother with conversion, as they are formatted correctly at the creation stage.

Learn how to create a new family history file, how to add children or parents, how to open a file, how to view ancestors and descendents, how to find records and save information, or add pictures, and much more. There are several new features in this updated version, including a range of the more traditional formats for displaying information such as family group sheets. This version includes everything available on the original, plus:

  • a new reports menu
  • a new reports window
  • 17 new reports, including ancestor outlines, individual summary reports, family group sheets, and more
  • a new facility for creating named lists, such as "Key People" or "Famous People"
  • a new tools menu facility to allow you to re-order out of sequence data
  • new backup/restore facility
  • Fast Find Edit Controls for name and/or record ID in the records window
  • a number of new preferences/options, such as an auto-save facility
  • improved support for dates
--Susan Naylor

Manufacturer's Description

Family Historian Sets a New Standard with its Support for Pictures and Multimedia. In Family Historian, not only can you add as many pictures as you like for each person, you can add a picture once and link it to each person in the picture. You can even link each person to their own face in the picture, and show just faces in diagrams or reports, without having to ‘crop’ your pictures. We know of no other Windows genealogy program that supports anything like this — and yet it is really an essential feature if you wish to work with pictures. You can also add sounds, video and any other kind of multimedia. You can even add links to other family tree files.

A Powerful and Sophisticated Query Engine A ‘query’ allows you to extract whatever data you want from your family tree file. Family Historian comes with a set of standard queries, but you can easily create your own, to get whatever information you want from your own data. Every query can be displayed in a spreadsheet-like grid, printed as a report, output to a file, or copied to the clipboard for easy transfer to other programs (such as a word-process or spreadsheet). Queries can also be used in other ways. For example, if you wished to split a family tree file you could use a query to define the split. You can also run a query to select pictures to view (e.g. show me all pictures of the female descendants of Z).

Reports Family Historian's support for reports was significantly improved in version 2.1 with the addition of 17 new reports and a completely new reports facility. The new Family Historian reports are very configurable and flexible. They include Individual Sumary Report, Family Group Sheet, Ancestor Outline, Descendant Outline, and many more. All of the new type of reports can be saved in HTML or Rich Text Format. You can create custom reports using any existing report as a template. In addition to these new types of report, you still also have reports based on queries, which have been supported since version 2.0. Family Historian comes with 28 queries when installed, all of which can be printed as reports. As already mentioned, users can create their own custom queries. As all queries can be printed as reports, this is effectively another way of creating custom reports.

100% GEDCOM GEDCOM is the global standard format for shared genealogical data; but applications vary significantly in how well they support it. Family Historian is, we believe, unique in being 100% GEDCOM compatible, and 100% GEDCOM complete. ‘100% GEDCOM compatible' means that Family Historian can save all of its data to the GEDCOM (5.5) format. In fact, Family Historian uses GEDCOM as its own native file format. ‘100% GEDCOM complete' means that Family Historian can load all records and fields (or tags as they are called in GEDCOM) from a GEDCOM (5.5) file — including other applications’ extensions to GEDCOM. You might think that 100% completeness is the least you should expect; but it is not what you usually get. We know of no other family tree application that comes close. Other applications simply discard records and fields that they cannot load. Some will tell you when they do this. Some won't.

Excellent Support for Sources Where did you get your information from? It's a very good idea to record not just the facts, but where the information came from — your sources. Your data will be much more useful to you, and valuable to others, if you know this. Family Historian makes it very easy both to record source information (with its automatic source citations) and also to view it.

A Unique Merge/Compare Facility Family Historian allows you to compare any two GEDCOM files side-by-side so that you can see exactly where and how they differ. Having compared them, you can then if you wish use Family Historian to merge them. Some family tree applications provide no support for merging files at all. Other family tree applications let you merge files, but only one record at a time. We consider that this is analogous to being asked to sign a contract one clause at a time. Family Historian allows you to do a full file merge; so that you make all the decisions about how the files are to be merged, and can see exactly what the outcome of the merge process will be, before you start any of it. You can if you wish leave everything to Family Historian or you can view how Family Historian proposes to do the merge, and override any aspect of it in any way you like. Or you can do everything yourself manually if you prefer, using the information provided in the compare process.

Events & Attributes With Family Historian you can record full details of any events in the lives of the individuals or families in your files. Family Historian comes with a large number of pre-defined events for you to select from (birth, death, baptism, marriage, divorce, etc), but you can easily create any new event types that you wish, and use them exactly like standard events. Attributes are facts about a person — e.g. their religion, where they lived, what they did. Again, Family Historian comes with a large number of standard attributes, but you can easily add your own. Family Historian has no built-in support for disease history, for example. If that's what you want — no problem. Just add whatever attributes and events you need, and quickly see at a glance, who's had what, when, and how old they were at the time.

Notes & Documents You can have as many notes as you like about each individual in your family tree file (this is in addition to notes relating to specific events or attributes). Often, in practice, when an individual marries, you will wish to make notes that apply both to them and to their spouse. Sometimes you will wish to write notes that apply to a number of individuals. Family Historian supports all of these scenarios. It also allows you to see at a glance, and read, all the notes that are relevant to a given individual — and, of course, provide source citations for all of them. But if a note is not enough, you can also link your records to entire documents, written using your preferred word-processor, which you can store separately or embed in your family tree file.

No Limits Each user can have an unlimited number of spouses, children, sets of parents, pictures, multimedia, notes, source citations, and so on. You can store multiple, possibly conflicting versions of most items of data, such as names, dates, places, etc.; and you can assess the reliability of each version.

Ease of Use Family Historian is very easy to use. It has an innovative user interface that finds new ways to let the user explore and browse their family tree data.


Customer Reviews

4.6 out of 5 stars
4.6 out of 5 stars
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
122 of 122 people found the following review helpful
Family historian 2.1 builds on the excellent base established by 2.0.7.
Adding the ability to produce flexible reports including an Family Group sheet which can include photographs, source images and full details. In addition the Individual summary can show all the details for a single person, plus a variety of other Ancestor and descendant type reports, this release handles to a large extent the lack of easy reporting in 2.0
In addition the new Lists function which lets you build lists of people, sources and families are great for tracking things to do, and points of issue in your research.
One minor thing Family Historian does not have the ability to produce web sites directly, although it can produce single HTML pages, its use of GEDCOM means there are many free and low cost programmes to choose from for this task, so this is not a great drawback.
I have used 2.0 and now 2.1 for 6 months and with in a few days of receiving the program had completely stopped using my previous Family Tree Software. With an active and friendly mailing list, this is the best family history programme I have used.
£50 well spent in my opinion.
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52 of 52 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars This is the number one 12 Jan. 2004
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I have tried about eight different family tree programs, but this has everything. Dont waste your time and money on anything else,this is worth the extra.
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190 of 193 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars By far superior... 1 Feb. 2004
I bought Family Historian after previously using another piece of software that wasn't up to the job. I was looking for something specific in buying it - I was after embedding pictures into the tree rather than just linking the files to the tree, and I also wanted a way of viewing all family connections on one diagram, which couldn't be done with the other software.
Remarkably, everything I needed could be done, and more. I would very much recommend this - everything is simple, user friendly, but at the same time comprehensive to any and all information you wish to put in.
Something that for me makes it an irresistable offer is that Callisto Pie are offering a free online upgrade to the next version when it is released. It means no extra costs when this software needs upgradiing - something to consider if you are planning to do this long term. Also, 100% GEDCOM compatible means you are using a universal format so if at some point you need to share data to get further up your family tree, that can be done.
Well worth the price.
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29 of 29 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Just buy this one 11 Jan. 2006
I got this recently when my cheap and cheerful geneaology software failed to load on Win XP. Fortunately I saved a GEDCOM backup. Family Historian read the file without problems, especially the V2.3 upgrade (free) which listed and fixed inconsistencies in the original.
So what can I say, the software is very good, fast and stable. The properties sheet is really user friendly, the records window very powerful, with the ability to expand relationships to any depth.
The diagram editor is a breeze to use and a good starting point if creating a brand new tree.
Multi-media handling is powerful and the tutorials helpful. It comes with some generic built-in queries and reports but you can make your own.
It doesn't come with any reference CD's but most of these are US based anyway.
If you haven't got a geneaology package then just buy this one.
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59 of 60 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Best genealogy programme yet 13 Dec. 2003
By A Customer
Now on my third package, this is by far the best. It can cope with vast amounts of data whose categories you can customise as you like - so multiple dob's, hobbies, war service - or whatever - are all handled well. The tutorial is well worth completing.
The four star qualities for me are
1) being able to isolate one person in a group photograph and link it back to the person record (saves having to create individual images for each person).
2) being able to click on an entry in a tree diagram and getting back to the original record.
3) being able to add people in diagram mode.
4) the query and report generator.
The only downside is when I imported data from my current program (TMG) it did not bring over all the information into FH (eg parish info) - nor did it do it in the way that best suited FH. So there is a checking and adjusting job to be done for every record. However, once done the data set will be much more robust
That being said FH has done the import of a complex set of data better than anything else I have used.
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28 of 28 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Superb, flexible and easy to use 3 Dec. 2005
By A Customer
It was a pleasure to use Family Historian after coping with the limitations of other genealogy software. FH is designed for British ancestry, it has a wonderful website for users with lots of advice and add-ons such as a wonderful tool for entering census information and lots of reports and queries designed by other users.
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34 of 34 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant 11 Feb. 2004
By A Customer
Talks you through all you need to know in simple laymans terms, and its so easy to follow. I wish I had found it sooner!!
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24 of 24 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars It Works 7 Feb. 2004
By A Customer
It is the only family tree software that atually does work.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
4.0 out of 5 stars A good product
I have used this product since it's first version and think it's great. It takes a bit of getting used to initially, but once mastered is a doddle. Read more
Published on 2 Dec. 2012 by J. H. Sumner
5.0 out of 5 stars good purchase
This is a good product, however I found it a bit difficult to understand. I ended up with an aunty married to a grandparent. Totally bizarre. Read more
Published on 27 Oct. 2009 by Pauline Horner
5.0 out of 5 stars genealogy gem
FH is a great tool to help you build you own family tree. Easy and fun to use. The online web site offers help and upgades. Read more
Published on 2 Mar. 2006 by "grantrbruce"
3.0 out of 5 stars attatching phoyos
the information given in the small booklet ie quick start tutorial,supplied with the package does not give the necessary information for attatching photos or videos. Read more
Published on 2 Aug. 2004 by teadrinker
3.0 out of 5 stars Family Historian and the Amateur Genealogist
After reading the Amazon customer reviews, I was really looking forward to receiving my Family Historian software as an update to my old Family Tree Maker Version 3. Read more
Published on 24 July 2004 by David Fell
4.0 out of 5 stars Genealogy Aid success
This is an excellent piece of software and I recommend it.
It's a pity I can't recommend Amazon as highly. Read more
Published on 8 May 2004 by "jklockley"
5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic!
Not being a computer expert, I found the Quick Start Tutorial very easy to follow & after only doing chapter 1, was able to start creating my own family tree. Highly recommended!
Published on 15 April 2004
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