Family Historian is a very popular genealogy program in England. I have written about it several times in the past, including at http://blog.eogn.com/eastmans_online_genealogy/2006/12/family_historia.html and other articles at http://www.google.com/cse?cx=003715150024579880844%3Aulyzue1ivzu&ie=UTF-8&q=%22Family+Historian%22&sa=Search. I also record an audio interview, or podcast, with the program's developer, Simon Orde. You can listen to that at http://blog.eogn.com/eastmans_online_genealogy/2006/05/podcast_an_inte.html.
Family Historian is now being sold in the U.S. In fact, you can run out and purchase a copy at Target, the nationwide chain of department stores. Here is the announcement:
November 14, 2008 - West Hartford, Connecticut - Family Historian 3, the highest rated family tree software in the U.K. is now available in the United States and Canada. This top rated software is initially being distributed in the nearly 1,500 Target stores nation-wide.
"Enteractive is thrilled to be bringing what is simply the best genealogy software product in the world to the U.S. and Canadian consumer," Howard Luxenberg, president of Enteractive, stated.
Due to its easy to use features and product quality, Family Historian 3 has won major awards and recognition from the top reviewers including Windows XP Magazine, Family Tree Magazine, Which? Computing, Univadis and others.
Family Historian 3 was named “Winner” and "Editor's Choice" by Windows XP Magazine in its August 2007 review of Family Historian, Family Tree Maker, Roots Magic, and Legacy genealogy software. The editors said that Family Historian 3 was "Packed with features, but the charts alone put this package in a class of its own." In this comparison of the top products, Family Historian was declared the "All-round winner."
Personal Computer World gave Family Historian 3 an overall rating of 5 Stars (out of a possible 5) and said "The range of features and sheer ease of use makes Family Historian an excellent tool for any genealogist" in its May 2006 review.
Family Tree Magazine (www.familytreemagazine.com) said "The best genealogy package just got better" in its review in July 2006.
Which? Computing (www.which.co.uk) rated Family Historian as the "Best Buy" and gave it the highest overall rating in its July 2008 comparison of the top 10 genealogy applications.
Univadis (www.univadis.co.uk) rated Family Historian 3 a "Strongly recommended" product and said "The programme is brilliant and dead easy to use and is ideal for beginners and experts alike."
Australian Family Tree Connections said "With the release of version 3 Family Historian has become one of the best, if not the very best, in its class."
In an indication of the powerful features and ease of use of Family Historian 3, the producers and researchers of the very popular BBC TV genealogy series "Who Do You Think You Are?" use Family Historian 3 as their family tree application of choice.
According to Luxenberg, "This is a quality product that manages to combine ease of use with a remarkably rich set of features." The following are just a few of the important product features of Family Historian 3:
- 100% compatible with GEDCOM 5.5, the standard for shared genealogical data
- Lets you easily create beautiful family trees, CDs/DVDs & websites
- Family trees can include data, photographs, even video files
- Diagrams are interactive, so you can work visually
- Unique "All relatives" diagram shows all descendants and all ancestors (and their spouses)
- Bonus features: Six month subscription to WorldVitalRecords.com and CD Book "Getting Started in Genealogy Online"
Enteractive Distribution also announces a new web site to provide useful information to consumers and genealogists. This new web site http://familyhistorian3.ning.com provides modern consumer features such as a product blog, updated news about the product, discussion forum, store locator, FAQ, product support groups, and easy to use customer support features.
Family Historian 3 runs on Windows Vista, XP Home and XP Professional, 2000, ME and 98.