Calico Pie publishes a Guide to Family Historian: Getting the most from Family Historian 6

The following announcement was written by the folks at Calico Pie:

LONDON – April 11th, 2016. Calico Pie today announced the publication of a new book, Getting the most from Family Historian 6. The book is a detailed guide to the popular desktop genealogy program, Family Historian. Simon Orde, the creator of Family Historian and CEO of Calico Pie, is the book’s author, and spoke about it: “Family Historian is a very feature-rich program. Few people use it to its full potential. Many people barely scratch the surface of all the features that it offers. That’s where a book like this can be very helpful. The idea is that even if you just skim through it, you should be able to easily pick up ideas of things that you can do with Family Historian that you probably hadn’t even previously realised are possible. It’s packed with screenshots and illustrations, and there are many great hints and tips, which make the program quicker, easier, and more enjoyable to use. The book is designed to be suitable for both beginners and advanced users. You can treat it like a reference manual, to dip in and out of, if you want to; but of course you can also read it straight through like a book. It works either way.”

The book builds on earlier versions, but is also a major reworking of those earlier versions. The goal was not just to bring the book up-to-date, but also to improve it substantially throughout.

Browse Preview Pages

Front cover
Contents, Introduction, & part of Chapter 1
Part of Chapters 13 & 14
Back cover

Purchase Options

Getting the most from Family Historian 6 is available for purchase from in the U.S., from in the U.K., from selected genealogy suppliers, including Gould Genealogy in Australia. See for more details.

Book Details

Paperback: 243 pages
Publisher: Calico Pie Limited (March 2016)
ISBN: 978-0993542701
Product Dimensions: 29.7 x 21 x 1.3 cm
Language: English

About Family Historian

Family Historian is a powerful, desktop genealogy program for Windows. It has frequently come first in group comparison tests of top genealogy programs, including emerging as the group test winner in the last two comparisons tests performed by Which? Computing. It has won a Top Rated Genealogy Software award every year for the last five years from GenSoftReviews. It recently won an award from Your Family Tree magazine in a review that heaped praise on the program, concluding: “The crown for best PC software belongs to Family Historian 6 for 2015!”.

Family Historian 6 runs on Windows 10, 8.1, 8, 7 or Vista. It is published by Calico Pie Limited. For more information, please contact us.

Tel: +44 (0)7804 378986



Address: Calico Pie Ltd, 7 Effingham Road Lee, London,SE12 8NZ, United Kingdom


Probably a good idea. After your last announcement, I downloaded Family Historian V2. to try it. Now, I am very computer savvy, having programmed my first computer in 1967. I have used a number of genealogy programs, the last being TMG, which certainly wasn’t user friendly. Family Historian is practically impossible to figure out. The instructions are not clear, and nothing is intuitive. i would suggest that anyone who is going to buy FH think twice. But, if you decide to buy the program, buy this instruction book. You won’t figure it out on your own.


A few years ago I downloaded and tried a number of genealogy software programs. I selected Family Historian and have been delighted with the program, the company’s ongoing upgrades of the program and the user community support. Apparently my experience is not unique as (from the company’s website) I see that recent Family Historian accolades include:
* Top Rated Genealogy Software Award for 2015 (and 2014, 2013, 2012 & 2011) GenSoftReviews Users Choice Award for “Top Rated Genealogy Software” for 2015.
* Best PC software belongs to Family Historian 6 for 2015, Your Family Tree magazine, Issue 154, Spring 2015.
* “Family Historian remains a superb desktop program that fulfils most of the requirements that you could wish for from genealogy software”, Who Do You Think You Are? magazine, March 2015.
* “Simple-to-use, it’s a great product, particularly for newcomers to using genealogy software”, Family Tree magazine, March 2015.
* “The programme itself is a joy to work with … if there is a significant negative about this programme – I have not yet found it! Highly recommended.” Dr Harry Brown, Glycosmedia, Jan 2015

I have no commercial interest in Family Historian and am simply an extremely satisfied user of the program.


Same here. I’ve been very satisfied with FH. I started with TMGW. I Have worked in RootsMagic and Legacy 8. Even bought and installed FamilyTree Maker (but never really used it). Maybe because I’d tried so many other software titles FH was easy enough to figure out. The media handling in v.6 is incredible, and the in-software mapping is very slick. It’s a nice program. And it can probably do a lot more for me, so, yes, I’ll probably pick this book up once it goes on Prime on Amazon.

Another plus: You aren’t going to have to commit yourself to yet another proprietary database. FH’s file format *is* gedcom.


“Family Historian is practically impossible to figure out. The instructions are not clear, and nothing is intuitive.” I find that a very curious statement. My experience was exactly the opposite – I started with PAF, where I read the help files through very carefully. Then converted to FH where I just sailed into it. Conversely, at pretty much the same time that I tried FH, I also tried FTM. I have never, ever, been so frustrated with software. (This is some years ago so it may have improved since then). I found it impossible to know whether I could use a particular screen for updating or not; stuff was hidden, etc.
Plainly lots of people got on a lot better with FTM than I did. I can only suggest that I have an analytical mind, I understand that the fundamental objects in genealogy are individuals, families, sources, repositories, etc. So I just start with a picture of these as the building blocks and want to work with those – they are clearly on show in FH. Software that hides sources (say) behind a process of entering data for individuals just baffles me – particularly as I always set my sources up first!
The only sensible thing to do is try the trial version (time limited, I think), then you can see what sort of person you are – we aren’t all the same.


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