Pros / This program imports personal GEDCOM files with extreme accuracy.
Cons / This program isn’t FamilySearch certified, and it doesn’t connect directly with Ancestry.com.
Verdict / Family Tree Builder is easy to use, has numerous chart options and helps you accurately keep track of your ancestors, but it's not as compatible with the most popular databases as some other genealogy software.
Editor's Note: This review has been removed from our side-by-side comparison because it no longer ranks as a top 10 product. The original review is below, but check out our current top 10 about Genealogy Software here.
MyHeritage is family tree software that includes access to the MyHeritage SuperSearch genealogy database with your paid subscription. We found the application to be very easy to use, with an interface that is clean, well-designed and appealing. The subscription we used for our testing included an online program that made it easy to search for ancestors.
We also downloaded the desktop program, which syncs with the online portfolio. Any changes we made to either program were automatically updated in the other application. However, MyHeritage doesn't integrate with Ancestry.com like some of the best genealogy software, and its integration with FamilySearch is limited, so you can’t import search data from the website.
The software connects to its own genealogy database, MyHeritage SuperSearch, which quickly finds information from a variety of sources, including census records, death certificates and other archives. In our testing, the list of legitimate sources was impressive, and it helped us verify each family member’s information. The information imports into your family tree, so you don’t have to manually enter it on your own. As we entered information into our family tree, MyHeritage notified us when a date was possibly entered incorrectly or if there were duplicate entries.
This family tree software lets you designate such relationships as multiple marriages, adopted or foster children, and same-sex marriages. This program also has a unique feature that lets you place a virtual pin in a family's or individual's record to show where important events took place. It also supports DNA testing information, so you can identify the origins of your ancestry and find other people who have similar ancestral heritage.
MyHeritage has several charts you can print and share with family members, and they have custom backgrounds so you can create unique heirloom gifts. These charts, including pedigree and descendant charts, can be uploaded to your family webpage for easy sharing. In addition, other family members can access the online version of the ancestry software to make changes. The software lets you place limits on others editing data, so any changes must have your approval before being made permanent. You can also choose to have the changes appear only on the online version and not on your desktop software.
As part of our testing of the best genealogy software, we created several GEDCOM files and imported them into each of the programs. We found that every bit of information accurately imported into MyHeritage, and data fields auto populated correctly; we didn’t need to reconnect family members, adjust dates or correct spelling errors.
Help for this software is a little scarce. MyHeritage lists email addresses on its website in case you need to connect with a representative. There are also several online resources, mainly in the form of articles, that you can browse through for possible answers. We found the FAQs section particularly helpful. There aren’t any printed resources or video tutorials. However, MyHeritage is so simple to use, we didn’t have many questions.
MyHeritage family tree software makes it easy to create pedigree and family charts. It has both a desktop and online version that sync together, so changes in one platform automatically update in the other. While it doesn’t connect directly with Ancestry.com and has a limited connection to FamilySearch, you can access its own extensive genealogy database, MyHeritage SuperSearch, with a paid subscription.