MacFamilyTree 8 gives genealogy a facelift: modern, interactive, convenient and fast. Explore your family tree and your family history in a way generations of chroniclers before you would have loved to do. MacFamilyTree helps you capture your family history and turns data and facts into conclusive reports and visually impressive charts. No matter how you want to illustrate your family relationships – MacFamilyTree 8 has the right solution for you, offering different types of reports, charts or the innovative Virtual Tree 3D view.

Brand-new and unique: CloudTree Sync&Share (macOS Sierra required)

MacFamilyTree 8.1 comes with the brand new CloudTree feature - it is now possible for the first time to work on the same family tree with any number of users and in real time. All changes to your tree will be transferred and available to all other users invited by you within a few seconds. CloudTree operates in compliance with the highest data protection standards.

Your possibilities are nearly endless – optionally synchronize your data via iCloud or CloudTree, access a huge genealogical online archive to assist your research, create websites and family books or do your research on the go with MobileFamilyTree 8, available separately for iPhone, iPad and iPod touch.

MacFamilyTree 8 Overview:

- well-structured, fast and easy-to-use user interface

- the new Interactive Family Tree: Lets you navigate your entire family tree, view all persons and families, and add persons directly

- CloudTree Sync&Share: Sync your tree with your own devices or share and collaborate with other users

- FamilySearch: Doing extensive research has never been more convenient - access the world's biggest genealogical archive with several billions of person and family records from the comfort your home.

- Genealogical research developed specifically for macOS in order to harness cutting-edge Apple technologies for optimized application performance

Display your family tree: Charts, reports, views, and lists

- Numerous chart and view options, such as the Hourglass Chart, Ancestor Chart, Timeline, Double Ancestor Chart, Statistics, Name Distribution (by first and last names), Statics Maps (based on Apple Maps), Fan Chart, Kinship Chart, Genogram or Globe

- Numerous report options, such as Person Report, Family Report, Kinship Report, Narrative Report, Places List, Events List, Special Features Report, Person Analysis, Anniversaries, Person Lists, Marriage Lists, Plausibility Report, Source List, Task List, Map Report, Descendant Report, and more.

- Use the Virtual Globe feature to see how your family has spread across the globe in the course of time

- The MacFamilyTree 8 Virtual Tree shows your family history from an entirely new perspective - a 3D perspective!

- Full retina support. The user interface and all charts and views support high-resolution screens for optimized display quality

Research and publish

- Use FamilySearch to collaborate with your relatives or millions of other users or browse billions of person entries, which you can download directly into your family tree.

- Publish your family tree free of charge at – optional password protection available.

- Interview contemporary witnesses and save your videos or audio footage along with your notes

- All charts and reports may be shared directly from within MacFamilyTree via Mail, Messages, Twitter or Facebook.

- The Family Quiz: Find out just how well you know your family tree

.... and so much more!

What's New

Version 8.2.8

Smaller bug fixes

Customer Reviews

4 out of 5

6 Ratings

6 Ratings

A waste of money

Lee Robins

I find it hard to believe the five star rating for this program. There is ghosting of individuals from family search, that can’t be removed and don’t email their support because they don’t email back. The program locks up and shuts down on its own. But the main thing that pisses me off about this program is the advertising in a program that I paid for and paid way too much for. Apple needs to get a tighter hold on these third party programs and their programmers. Pay heed and pass this one by.

Developer Response

I checked our database and the email you sent us (containing only the two words "no connection" without any further description) has been answered. We haven't received any further reports about the behavior you describe, there are no known lockups. If you notice something like that, please contact our support again and provide us with some details about the where and when. The FamilySearch ghosting you mention indicates duplicate entries on the FamilySearch network, which is not operated by us.

So Thorough, Complete and Well Thought Through


I cannot say enough good things about this application. I’ve been using it for a while now with other family members using the CloudTree (iCloud sync) feature and have over 400 people in the tree now. The flexibility with which you can enter data is fanatastic. It’s very easy to move people around or add additional (sometimes complex) relationships (step, adopted, joins to multiple parts of the tree). The depth to which you can enter events for individual people or the family is excellent. I love how you can define sources and then cite those sources when entering bits of information. It’s also very easy to enter various media and then link them to the people or events where they relate without having to add the media more than once.

The reports, charts and output are also fanatastic. There are so many different ways to look at the data and you can choose to output them in any of the supported 16 languages. This has been very useful to me as I am working with family members in 4 different languages (all supported).

Finally the “CloudTree” sync is exactly what I wanted. It’s almost a shame that they gave it its own name because at first I thought I’d have to sync through their cloud which I did not want. CloudTree just uses iCloud sync (note: NOT iCloud Drive) which so far for me has worked wonderfully. I can work on my desktop most of the time but continue on my laptop when I travel. I can have multiple family members work on the tree at the same time.

The price is reasonable given the outstanding capabilities and quality of this program. I have two other family members using the the app via Apple’s Family Sharing feature, so I only pay for one copy and they get to use it too (if they’re part of your Family Sharing group).

This is a really, really aweosme program and I’m very glad that I found it.

I prefer version 7


Version 8 is a step backward when it comes to the visual experience of the interactive tree interface. The interface requires double-clicking an individual to reorient the tree around him/her, rather than the single click of version 7. The visuals are less appealing: the shadows on individuals make them look like they’re in a bad powerpoint; the “cartoon” symbol style option is the worst kind of 3D clipart; the rotating gear animation around the highlighted individual makes him/her look like they’re inside a prize ribbon; and the default scaling of selected and unselected individuals is all off. Finally, the interactive tree appears to have some kind of Star Wars effect where everything is displayed at a slight tilt going back in time… Why? The edit menu for each individual does not display a column for “description,” which is key for “events" like “occupation,” and there is no obvious way to edit which columns display in the edit bar (you can still see the description, however, by double-clicking the event for additional data). This version needed more user experience testing. I prefer version 7, despite some of the additional (useful) features of version 8, like “plausibility”—a feature which notifies you of inconsistent data among family members on your tree.


Synium Software GmbH
194.7 MB
English, Czech, Danish, Dutch, Finnish, French, German, Hungarian, Italian, Norwegian, Polish, Portuguese, Russian, Simplified Chinese, Spanish, Swedish
Age Rating
Rated 4+
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