In August, 2011, I wrote about Families at http://goo.gl/EyiMj. Families is an application produced by TelGen Limited in England that worked at that time on Apple's iPhone, iPod Touch, and iPad systems. The company has since expanded their offerings and now has released a version of Families for Android systems.
The Families app works in conjunction with Legacy Family Tree, a popular Windows-based genealogy software from Millennia Corporation. Legacy family files can be easily transferred from a PC to your iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad or Android device, enabling them to be viewed and edited wherever you are.
On iPhone, iPod Touch or iPad Families requires access to a Wi-Fi network or use of iTunes via a USB connection in order to transfer family files between your device and your PC. USB transfer uses iTunes File Sharing which requires your device to be running iOS 3.2 or above. On Android Families uses a USB connection to transfer family files to and from your Android device's SD card.
Families uses a highly efficient database implementation, allowing very large family files to be supported. Users have successfully displayed and edited files containing over 1 million individuals on an iPhone.
Families requires the use of Legacy Family Tree. Users of other genealogy programs might at first think they cannot use Families. However, if you use Windows, you can always download the FREE version Legacy Family Tree at http://www.legacyfamilytree.com/ and install that on your Windows system. You then use your present genealogy program to export a file in GEDCOM format. Exit your original genealogy proigram, launch Legacy Family Tree, and import that GEDCOM file. Once imported, you can re-export your data to Families running on the Adroid device.
Families is available in the iPhone and Android App stores for $14.99. You can learn more at http://www.telgen.co.uk/families/.
My thanks to James McKane for telling me about the new Android version of Families.
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