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Mobile Monday – MobileFamilyTree Pro

Last week I did my usual weekly search in the App Store for any new genealogy apps for my iPhone or iPad. I came across a new app called MobileFamilyTree Pro by Synium Software, the same developers of Mac desktop application MacFamilyTree and the iPhone and iPad application MobileFamilyTree.

MobileFamilyTree Pro is a completely rewritten iOS application, much different than the mobile application MobileFamilyTree that has been in the App Store for the past couple of years.

Some of the new features include:

  • Completely rewritten from scratch
  • Can be used as a standalone app without MacFamilyTree or a Mac
  • Full GEDCOM import & export
  • To Do's
  • Media Browser
  • All charts and reports from MacFamilyTree are available in MobileFamilyTree Pro
  • Print charts and reports directory from iOS device
  • Email charts and reports
  • Maps
  • Sync iPhone and iPad
  • Flawlessly sync to MacFamilyTree on your Mac
  • and many more...

With this app you no longer need to have a desktop application to create, manage and share your genealogy database with others.

MobileFamilyTree Pro is the first iOS application where you can create multiple databases directly on your iOS device and sync them with other iOS devices and your desktop MacFamilyTree application.

All the charts and reports you can create in MacFamilyTree are available in MobileFamilyTree Pro. Along with creating the charts and reports you can print them directly from your iOS device to email them in HTML or PDF format to others.

This last weekend I spent some time create a family database from scratch. Rather than importing a GEDCOM file into MobileFamilyTree Pro I wanted to add individuals, facts and media files into a new database to see how easy the app is to work with and to see how long it would take me to create a comprehensive database directly on my iPad.

The app is very simple and easy to use. If you have ever used the desktop version of MacFamilyTree, using this new app will be very easy for you to learn and use.

One of my favorite features of this app is the ability to wirelessly sync databases between the iPad, iPhone and desktop application. To me, this is very handy because I don't have to get out my USB cables, connect my devices, open up iTunes and mess with complicated instructions just to get my database from my computer onto my iPad. The process is very simple - just open up the sync screen on the app and view available devices and databases. Select which database and device you want to sync with and simply click sync. The syncing only takes a matter of seconds depending on the size of your database. If you include media files, syncing will take longer.

MobileFamilyTree Pro Syncing Screen

Just like the desktop application, one of my other favorite features of this app is the ability to create so many different types of charts and reports. I have found MacFamilyTree to have best and informational charts and reports than any other genealogy database software I have used. I really like the look and feel to the reports you are able to create. All the charts and reports available in the desktop application are also available in the mobile app.

Though I have not had a lot of time to find a lot of specifics with the app that I do not like, there are a few things I have found that I think could be improved.

  • Adding media files to the database have to be added to each individual separately. There is no way of importing a batch of images at once and then assigning them to individuals in your tree.
  • I have noticed that the display order of children on the Families screen is ordered in the sequence you added them to the database. I do not see any place to order the individuals by age or date of birth. (If there is a way to do this, I have not been able to find it)
  • When adding a new location to an event, you can "search" for the location out of a list previously used. This is helpful when you have a lot of different locations in your database. However, when you hit "search" the cursor is still in the location field rather than going directly to the search box. There were many times I tried to search for a location, but I was actually typing in the wrong field. This is not a big deal, but would make it a lot easier rather than having to hit search, then click in the search box.
  • When clicking the Places tab, it would be nice to have a button where you could view that place on a map. The Places tab lists all the events for that location and you can click on the events and go directly to the individual who's event that is for, but I think it would be fun to be able to view that particular location on a map. You can use the Map chart to view all the locations on a map, but I would like to see where a single location is. This function also only works if you use the location template in the app. When I enter in locations into my databases I do not use individual fields for each locality (city, county, state, etc.) I enter all the locations into one field.

Those are just a few things I found in the short time I had to play around with the app. As time goes on and I use it more, I will post more features that I think are great and those that could be improved or implemented into the app.

Overall, I believe Synium Software is sure ahead of the game when it comes to genealogy apps on the iPhone and iPad devices. You can also see more screenshots and more information on the app by visiting the MobileFamilyTree Pro page on Find My Ancestor as well as visiting the developer's website.

Download the app!

MobileFamilyTree Pro - Synium Software GmbH
*Disclosure* I was given a copy of MobileFamilyTree Pro to review and show on my website and blog. The review and opinions expressed here are my own.


Find My Ancestor App Available in App Store!


I am happy to announce that there is now a Find My Ancestor App in the App Store! This is something I have wanted for quite some time and I have been working on it for quite a while.

Within the app, users are able to read the Find My Ancestor blog, make comments on each post, see how many users have viewed each post within the app, "heart" the post and let others know you enjoyed it and share the post with others through Facebook, Twitter and email.

All the videos on the Find My Ancestor YouTube Channel are available for viewing, commenting, liking and sharing with others. This feature will also help motivate me to get more tutorials, interviews and other movies out there on the YouTube Channel!

Just as many of you enjoy the Genealogy Wallpapers here on Find My Ancestor, the app has a few wallpapers you can download onto your iPhone and save as your Lock Screen, Home Screen or both!

You are also able to send comments and other feedback through the app. Whether you have a question, comment, or just want to send a picture of you doing your genealogy on the go, there is built in function directly within the app!

Currently this app is only available for iPhone users, but I am hoping to have the app also available for Android users. Keep an eye out for news when the app can be downloaded in the Android Market.

One of the best parts of the app is that it is FREE! So go ahead an download it for yourself today!

Ancestor - Find My Ancestor


Other Great iPhone Apps!


BillionGraves App Available for Android!

Yesterday I received an email from the developers of BillionGraves announcing the release of their app for Android devices!

Since day one of the release of their iPhone app about a month ago, people have been emailing the developers asking for an Android version. Now both iPhone and Android users can take photos of headstones, upload them to the website and help transcribe the images for others to search. The app is now available to download in the Android Market and will soon be available to download in the Amazon App store. I downloaded the app but have not had the chance to use it yet in a cemetery. Perhaps that is what I will do tomorrow afternoon. In the email from BillionGraves they mentioned that not every Android device will be able to use the app. This is because not every Android device uses true GPS and therefore would not tag the photos with the proper coordinates. There is a blog post by BillionGraves that gives more information and a list of known devices that will and will not work properly with the app. Check out the list and see if yours is there. If you do not see your device on the list at all, test out the app and let them know. Have any of you out there had the chance to download the app on your Android device and take photos yet? Let me know how it works for you!


Summer Genealogy Conference!

The first Annual UGA Summer Family History Conference will be held on August 19-20, 2011 at the Larry H. Miller Campus of the Salt Lake Community College.
The two-day conference features over 140 classes in 13 tracks for a maximum experience for everyone from a beginning genealogist to a seasoned professional.
Chair of the Conference is Kathy Palmer, UGA Board Member and chair of several former South Davis Family History Center Fairs.  Now in an expanded format and sponsored by the Utah Genealogical Association, the Conference is expected to attract 1000+ participants.
Registration is now open at a very reasonable $20.00 for the entire conference ($15.00 for current UGA members) and there is also an option to either join or extend your UGA membership at a 40% reduced rate of $25.00 for one year.
Don't miss this fabulous opportunity!!
Visit the Registration page for more information on classes and to register.