Genealogy Software Users Choice Awards for 2017 announced by GenSoftReviews

The following announcement was written by GenSoftReviews:

The 9th annual Users Choice Awards have been tabulated and awarded at the GenSoftReviews website.

During 2017, 82 of the nearly 1,000 programs listed received 535 reviews. Along with the review, users rated the programs from 1 to 5 star, with 5 being best. Programs that received at least one review in 2017 with 10 or more all-time reviews that achieved a user rating of at least 4.00 out of 5 receive a GenSoftReviews User Choice Award for 2017. The award reflects that the program is well-liked by its users.

The 25 programs awarded a GenSoftReview Users Choice Award as a Top Rated Genealogy Software for 2017 are:

  • 13 Windows programs: Family Historian, Ahnenblatt, Personal Ancestral File, Family Book Creator, Ancestral Quest, Generations, Brother’s Keeper, RootsMagic, The Master Genealogist, Relatively Yours, Family Tree Builder, Family Tree Maker (up to Version 16), and Ages!
  • 3 Mac programs: iFamily for Mac, Heredis for Mac, and Reunion
  • 4 programs built for Windows, Mac and Unix: Evidentia, Ancestris, Familienbande, and GenealogyJ
  • 5 Online programs: Famberry, The Next Generation, Genealogie Online, webtrees, and MyHeritage
  • 0 Handheld programs.

The top program for 2017 was Evidentia, a program that helps you analyze evidence. Evidentia had an almost perfect user rating of 4.98 out of 5 based on 14 reviews. iFamily for Mac, a full-featured genealogy program for the Mac, was second at 4.95 out of 5 also on 14 ratings. And the online program Famberry was third with 4.94 out of 5 from 61 ratings.

New to the list of winners for 2017 was Ancestris, a free full-featured program from France. Ancestris received 8 reviews in 2017 bringing it to 12 reviews in total and making it eligible for the first time. Ancestris placed fourth overall with a 4.92 out of 5 rating.

Heredis for Mac rejoined the winners in 2017 after previously having won from 2012 to 2015. It dropped off the list in 2016 because it did not have any reviews in that year.

Winners in 2016 that dropped off the list this year include GenSmarts and Aldfaer which did not have any reviews in 2017, as well as Clooz and Heredis for PC whose overall rating dropped below 4.00 in 2017.

Several unsupported programs are still thought of highly enough by their users that they won an award in 2017. These include: Personal Ancestral File, Generations, The Master Genealogist, Relatively Yours, and Family Tree Maker up to Version 16.

Six programs have been GenSoftReviews User Choice Award winners every year since the awards began in 2009. They are: Personal Ancestral File, The Next Generation, Brother’s Keeper, RootsMagic, Family Tree Builder and Reunion.

GenSoftReviews uses a time-weighted average score. The weight of every user rating is reduced 50% every year, so newer opinions will be better reflected in the overall average score.

GenSoftReviews was created to be a site, somewhat like TripAdvisor for travelers, where genealogists can go to express their feelings about the genealogy software that they’ve used and tried. The reviews and ratings will likely help other genealogists who are looking for new software. It is hoped the developers of the programs also will see and use the reviews at GenSoftReviews to improve their programs.

For more information and a complete listing of current and past winners, see the Users Choice Award Winners page at GenSoftReviews.


GenSmarts is a great program but I’m not surprised to see it drop off this year. There hasn’t been an update since June 2016 but it really hasn’t needed any. Then again, TMG is still on the list but hasn’t been supported in 3+ years.

It will be interesting to see how FTM 2017 fares over the next 12 months. I’m really enjoying the sync but it’s still a little wonky as I convert over from AQ15.


Family Tree maker is not listed for Macs but is being used by Mac users, too.


And again Gensoftreviews shows how useless it is for proper evaluation of genealogy software programs. Until people cannot vote for a program that has been discontinued and in unsupported it will continue to be completely worthless.


It is great that you can vote for discontinued software! That puts pressure on companies to provide support! That is important.
GenSofreview ratings are easily manipulated by mass posting 😦
I recommend Tamura Jones’s GeneAwards to find out what’s really worth trying. That’s an expert talking 🙂


Thanks for letting us know about GenSoftReviews, I just went there and left a review on the MacKiev FTM. Is there a similar review website for genealogy data websites? I wish I had seen some user reviews before subscribing to a couple of very disappointing websites.


What happen to Legacy Family Family Tree?


    —> What happen to Legacy Family Family Tree?


    Legacy Tree Genealogists and Legacy Family Family Tree are two separate companies/products, unrelated to each other.


And as so often, Gramps are not mentioned… one of the most advanced Genealogy Software on the marked at the moment, okay, it doens’t have sync to ancestry, myheritage and familysearch, but those services mostly bloat you data anyway…
No DNA either, but its open source and free as in free beer… and anything made in Python can be adapted, so some of the most advanced DNA tools should be able to interoperate with the Gramps data structur with little effort.
In Version 5 there will be support for mongoDB backends and that will allow people to connect and do nearly everything with there data… and you can even connect a neo4j database to it for graph research and viewing…
And it is the only software that’s have a fully open eksport of the entire database, as XML or JSON or even a CSV file.


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