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

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.

Best in mac genealogy


MacFamilyTree has always been the best Mac genealogy app but it even got better in version 8. The new layout is so much more streamlined and clear. I love the new change log and the interactive tree. You can now edit your complete tree in the interactive tree and you see all person information right in a new sidebar. That comes in so handy. There is a performance issue on non retina Macs in the interactive tree. I contacted the support and they told me they are working on it. My favorite three features of MacFamilyTree 8 are the interactive tree, the globe and the plausibility report, which shows you where you have made obvious errors in your tree.

Update: Thank you Synium, the performance issues I mentioned were fixed and everything is working perfectly now. That’s another thing a like: Good customer service. I reported several smaller issues thrughout the years or had some quesions, and most times Synium was able to take care if it quickly. Options for reaching out to the support teams are contact form, Twitter, Facebook and their extensive Q&A area.

Excellent program!


After having used other programs such as Heredis and Roots Magic, I was looking for a program with better features. I decided to give this program a try and I have absolutely no regrets.

The ease of use is amazing and very self-explanatory. I opened the program and just started using it. There was nothing complicated at all about anything. Adding people is extremely easy and navigating around the family tree took no explanation whatsoever. Also, the visual experience is absolutely amazing. The chart and report features are very well done and extremely easy to create.

I had read that there are ads on this program and I was imagining pop-up ads on every page. That isn’t anywhere close to what I am seeing. So far, I have seen an occasional message like once or twice at the beginning that asks something about Synium but it is nothing that I would worry about in terms of ruining the experience. In my opinion, this is definitely a 5-star program.


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