PROS / Using this genealogy software’s syncing tools, you can share and edit your family tree on the go using most popular devices.
CONS / Heredis can’t use DNA test results as sources.
VERDICT / Heredis has a few quirks, but it also has a slick look and many easily accessible and useful features to help fill in your pedigree chart.
Heredis 2017 is highly customizable genealogy software that keeps you connected to your roots, whether you’re near or far from your computer. By combining software with genealogical databases, this program can help you research and create a family tree, lineage charts and entire books to map your family history.
This ancestry software works closely with online sources, and you can use it to share your research often. Heredis connects to its own genealogy search, Heredis Online, in addition to popular genealogy search sites like FamilySearch, Ancestry and MyHeritage.
It has Wi-Fi and USB syncing, as well as web tools that sync your material to another PC, Mac or other iOS device. It also has a knack for recognizing different devices you plug directly into your computer. With these features, no matter how you prefer to sync and move your data, you can spread your genealogy work online and directly to other devices.
Heredis recognizes GEDCOM files when you import them into the program. When we imported our test GEDCOM files, this family tree software correctly recognized the data. However, some information was misplaced, so we had to re-enter it into the proper data fields. We also needed to reassign some family connections and our primary individual, or the first entry we connected all family members to, as this status was moved to another person.
As we entered information into our family tree charts, Heredis picked up on problem entries, including possible wrong dates. We could enter multiple marriages for an individual, including same-sex marriages. As we entered event places, a county pop-up menu showed us potential matches so we didn’t have to type in the whole location. When we were finished, the family tree software pinpointed where these events occurred on a detailed map.
Heredis creates correctly formatted citations for print and digital sources, so professional genealogists and academic researchers can add many sources quickly and accurately. All you have to do is type information into a simple text editor, and there is a notes field where you can add extra commentary. You can also give each source a quality ranking from zero to three. Novice researchers benefit from the easy data entry and quick examples of correctly formatted citations.
Many genealogists opt to have DNA tests that reveal the geographic origins rooted deep in their ancestry. You cannot use DNA results as sources in Heredis. Most genealogy programs don’t have associated DNA testing services but still let you input any test data you may have.
Using this family tree maker, you can sort digital sources into several categories in the source index so they are easy to find later. The index is centrally located and easily accessible, and you can sort information by surnames, given names, occupations, places, sources and media.
In genealogy, sharing your research and creating keepsakes is almost as important as the research itself. Heredis has an array of charts and visuals to display your ancestry. No matter your skill level, you can create complex graphics, basic family trees, charts and interactive migration maps that trace your ancestors’ movements through history.
Heredis doesn’t stop at charts and printouts; it can transfer your tree’s footnotes and sources to a Microsoft Word document automatically, so you can create a complete and customized book about your ancestors and descendants. You can also transfer your family information and create a website about your work through Heredis Online. This software uses simplified genealogical terminology so you can share your research with people of all experience levels.
Heredis is advanced enough for professional and academic genealogy projects but simple enough for a first-time user to start mapping their family history. The charts and reports are customizable. Though Heredis excels with sources and customization, it still has a few bugs that need maintenance. Overall, this genealogy software does a good job of keeping your research organized and useable.