Many of us have started using tablets in place of laptops for our genealogy research.
How practical is that? What tools are available to the mobile genealogist? Let’s crack open the iPad and discover what apps are available for iPad users.
(We will defer comments on DNA research tools to another post.)
FamilySearch Family Tree
MobileMacFamilyTree 9 (4.6)
Offered by Synium Software, a German company, this mobile version of MacFamilyTree seems to provide full functionality – add/update/delete persons AND sources. It also has an attractive set of charts. I was able to easily import my GEDCOM file from iCloud, and was invited to include media.
Sherwood Electronics Laboratories, Inc. has released a GEDCOM viewer with many viewing features for only $1.99. Remember though, it is just a viewer – you cannot add, update, or delete data. It does have a FamilySearch feature, but I was unable to connect with my FS credentials to check it out.
Tree of Life
MobileMacFamilyTree (rated 4.6)
MobileMacFamilyTree is a separate purchase from MacFamilyTree, but at $29.99 it is much cheaper than its desktop brother, which runs $59.99.
TreeView (4.0 stars)
A simple viewing app from Crosswares Limited, is dependent on data from other systems (like Ancestry, MyHeritage, a GEDCOM) but it will create a PDF.
MyGenealogy (1.0 star)
A basic data entry program written by a Japanese developer, Keietsu Yasuhara.
Family Tree Family (2.0 stars)
This seems to be a program for building out a family history. I did not find it intuitive (instructions in Russian on their website). It feels like someones pet project rather than a viable product, but it is free.
Geneanet (2.1 stars)
I was unable to use this app without allowing it to set up a Geneanet account. I have not had a chance to evaluate geneanet.com and I want to check that out first. When I pulled up the registration page, it was in French.
QuickFamilyTree (3.8 stars)
Digital Gene has designed a unique visual interface which I rather enjoyed.
EZ Genealogy (3.0 stars)
This app, written by Ape Apps (Brendan Stecklen) is a tree builder in the most basic sense – enter names and it builds a tree. No facts, no sources. What it does have are ads.