Genealogy Gadgets & Apps for All Occasions


15 August 2022
In Family Tree we have been looking at the sorts of genealogy gadgets and apps, hardware and software, that can make your family history life run more smoothly. Below you'll find the useful links mentioned so far... We hope you find them useful to explore

 The first issue in the Genealogy Gadgets & Apps for All Occasions series appeared in the June 2022 issue of Family Tree,

on sale now.

Note: The magazine issue of Family Tree, in which something is mentioned, is included in []. e.g. [June 2022].

Online family tree

Ancestry, FamilySearch, Findmypast, TreeView, and WikiTree are each places at which you may like to create an online tree [June 2022]

See for an extensive list of further alternative options [June 2022]

Content continues after advertisements

Family history software

Family Historian 7 [June 2022, October 2022 (how to use hints, by Simon Orde of Family Historian)]

Family Tree Maker 2019 [June 2022, August 2022 (question about upgrading to newer version)]

Heredis [June 2022]

Legacy 9 [June 2022]

RootsMagic 8 [June 2022]

Reunion 13 [June 2022]

Custodian 4 [August 2022, tips on getting started. See also an FT reader's view of using the software - click here]

Mobile apps for family history

Family Tree Maker Connect [June 2022]

RootsMagic [June 2022]

Heredis [June 2022]

Reunion Touch [June 2022]

Quick Family Tree [February 2023]

Research aids

Zotero [July 2022]

Zim [July 2022]

Online Repository Assistant [August 2022] [September 2022] [December 2022]

FT Analyzer [February 2023]


OneNote [June 2022]

GoodNotes [June 2022]

Notability [June 2022]

Evernote [October 2022 (How Family Tree reader Chris Dallison uses it)]

Microsoft's To Do [January 2023]

Family history writing

The Creative Family Historian [July 2022]

Scrivener [June 2022]

Reading aids

NaturalReader [July 2022]

Text to Speech Reader [July 2022]

Organising a trip

Google Travel [June 2022]

Tripit [June 2022]


Lucid Chart [June 2022] [August 2022]

Scapple [December 2022]


GRO online birth and death indexes [August 2022]

Rakonto [September 2022]

Using Excel for my One-Name Study - project management with FT reader Alfred Gracey [January 2023] [January 2023]

Check All Checkboxes [January 2023]

Apps for converting handwriting to text [January 2023] (This is a link to the MediaPeanut blog)


FamilyTreeDNA's Group Administrator Pages (GAP) [September 2022] [September 2022]


Using a digital pencil and tablet for family history research with FT reader John Smith [November 2022]

Using a graphics tablet and digital pencil with FT reader Jonathan Conibere [December 2022]

Submitting your ideas

If you have a piece of kit, hardware or software, that you find useful for your family history, we would love to hear. Please email [email protected] and we will try to include it in a future issue of Family Tree and/or on this, our useful links post.

Join the club

If you're a fan of genealogy gadgets, you may like to join ... the Genealogy Gadgets Club. The club launched in September 2022 and meets once a month online, on the last Thursday of the month, 1-2pm. To see if you'd like to if it's for you, take a 7-day FREE trial to Family Tree Plus. The Genealogy Gadgets Club is one of many benefits of Family Tree Plus. To start your FREE trial, please click here.


Content continues after advertisement