Skip to main content

WinFamily 10 Review

Editor’s Note: This product has been removed from our side-by-side comparison because it has been discontinued.

Our Verdict

This program is tricky to navigate, but data entry features like custom categories make it easy to tailor your database to your preferences.

For

  • You can create a highly detailed profile for each person to form a narrative of your family.

Against

  • You have to link relationships manually to ensure all of the people in your database are connected.
Image 1 of 18

Instead of data fields in a person's profile, the software produces dialogue boxes.

Instead of data fields in a person's profile, the software produces dialogue boxes.
Image 2 of 18

You can attach source citations and multimedia files to life events like burials and deaths.

You can attach source citations and multimedia files to life events like burials and deaths.
Image 3 of 18

Along with adding multimedia content and notes, you can rate the credibility of every source you add.

Along with adding multimedia content and notes, you can rate the credibility of every source you add.
Image 4 of 18

You can create statistics reports, such as this chart of the birth months in the given database.

You can create statistics reports, such as this chart of the birth months in the given database.
Image 5 of 18

The options above the family chart help you find parents and children quickly as well as adjust the size of tree nodes.

The options above the family chart help you find parents and children quickly as well as adjust the size of tree nodes.
Image 6 of 18

Before creating any family charts, you can customize the number of generations and the root individual.

Before creating any family charts, you can customize the number of generations and the root individual.
Image 7 of 18

Like a relationship calculator, the Common Ancestor tool shows you how two individuals are related.

Like a relationship calculator, the Common Ancestor tool shows you how two individuals are related.
Image 8 of 18

Other statistics for reports include the age of death.

Other statistics for reports include the age of death.
Image 9 of 18

Although there are no background templates in this program, you can still adjust the font, content and printing options when creating family trees.

Although there are no background templates in this program, you can still adjust the font, content and printing options when creating family trees.
Image 10 of 18

The in-software help covers a list of topics. Similar to a webpage's FAQs section, help is categorized by topic.

The in-software help covers a list of topics. Similar to a webpage's FAQs section, help is categorized by topic.
Image 11 of 18

The individual's homepage is where you do most of your data entry.

The individual's homepage is where you do most of your data entry.
Image 12 of 18

The pedigree view provides a look at your family in generations rather than individually.

The pedigree view provides a look at your family in generations rather than individually.
Image 13 of 18

The place list collects all of the places significant to your family history.

The place list collects all of the places significant to your family history.
Image 14 of 18

As with the chart or webpage setup, you can apply your preferences to the statistics reports.

As with the chart or webpage setup, you can apply your preferences to the statistics reports.
Image 15 of 18

If you discover incorrectly named ancestors, you can swap names to correct the errors.

If you discover incorrectly named ancestors, you can swap names to correct the errors.
Image 16 of 18

Family tree displays show up to six generations.

Family tree displays show up to six generations.
Image 17 of 18

Like the best genealogy software, this program can create webpages.

Like the best genealogy software, this program can create webpages.
Image 18 of 18

Before publishing to the web, you can adjust the default settings to customize your family page.

Before publishing to the web, you can adjust the default settings to customize your family page.

Editor’s Note: This product has been removed from our side-by-side comparison because it has been discontinued. You can still read our original review below, but Top Ten Reviews is no longer updating this product’s information.

WinFamily is genealogy software that records highly detailed profiles for each individual or your entire family. Once you enter information about various names, addresses, events, facts, or personal attributes like occupation or religion, these in-depth reports give you a closer look at family patterns that may otherwise be easy to miss. However, WinFamily falls short of the top spots because it has few web-enabled features.

Unlike with other programs, there are no web search options, in-app browsers or web hints available in this software. Of course, you can still use a browser of your choice to look through genealogy sites, but you can't import the information you find into this family tree software directly. You have to cite them in the program as you come across them.

The closest WinFamily gets to web capabilities is webpage creation. You can customize the look of your page with different layouts and designs. The editor allows you to arrange individuals before publishing, and content about your ancestors is all customizable and editable. Webpages are a great way to break into genealogy blogging or share your ancestry with younger family members. To share your database with other genealogists, you can export and import GEDCOM files.

When it comes to recording special events, WinFamily falls short with religious occasions. Most ancestry software has preprogrammed options for events like LDS ordinances and bar mitzvahs. While you can add these into WinFamily as you need, it's odd to see these built-in options missing.

As you enter data, adding and connecting people may be confusing. This is because there are several ways to add new individuals, but they may not connect the way you want them to in the program. During our attempts, the pedigrees we initially entered into WinFamily resulted in a large database of unlinked individuals. To show connections, you have to link individuals manually. This can be confusing and tedious if you have a large family tree to work with. It also increases the chances of false reporting or accidentally linking the wrong individuals. Bad reporting distorts other relationships in the tree.

This family genealogy software gives you a variety of options for printouts and publishing. Whether you want a profile on a single ancestor or a spread of the entire family tree, you can create descendant and ancestor charts, family images, addresses, a person-to-place index and a fixed book listing.

The relationship calculator lets you see how all the members in your lineage relate to each other. This feature calculates how many generations separate individuals and how directly related they are. The statistics feature creates informational graphs that detail things such as average age, birth or death month, number of children, and even average childbearing age.

WinFamily looks like it's between stages in the current version. Some dialogue boxes and custom fields look clean and modern, while others appear to be straight out of the year 2000. This may explain why navigation and creating connections between ancestors is so hard.

WinFamily has plenty of in-depth data fields to fill out details about your ancestors, but connecting them together takes practice in this software. It does give you a lot of useful customization abilities, however.