Heredis 2014 is highly customizable genealogy software that allows you to tailor the program to your preferences. For example, you can customize the toolbar to put your favorite features in an easily accessible place. Though you can adjust the size of the icons, the standard size reduces screen clutter and creates an appealing interface. You can change the theme and look of your workspace in addition to the toolbar options. This genealogy software is suitable for genealogists of all skill levels. By combining software with the Heredis Online genealogical database, this program can help you research and create a family tree, lineage charts and entire books to map your family history.

Heredis produces a correctly formatted citation from print and digital sources, so professional genealogists and academic researchers can add many sources quickly and accurately. To add sources from your research, a dialogue box prompts you for information. If you want to add additional information to each source, a simple text editor in the notes field provides an area to add extra commentary, and you can give each source a quality ranking from 0 to 3. Novice researchers will benefit from easy data entry and quick examples of correctly formatted citations.

Adding media like photos or video files is one of the best ways to add realism to any documentation. In Heredis, you can add photos to any type of source, which is a great feature for documenting birth or wedding certificates. However, you cannot add sources to photos. In other words, you can add a baby photo of your grandmother to her birth certificate source, but you can’t link the birth certificate source to the baby photo. This may be confusing if you have a photo-heavy project that you'd like to pad with sources.

With this family tree maker, you can sort and print and digital sources into several categories to make them easy to find later in the source index. The index allows you to sort information by surnames, given names, occupations, places, sources and media from an easily accessible and central location on the interface.

The main work area features a standard family tree and several tabs to view different information about individuals or groups. From the Data tab, you can add detailed or basic information like special life events, health, nationality and religion. The Events box within this tab displays special events in this person's life, the year it occurred and their age at the time.

Beginning and professional genealogists know that there is more to a family than just parents and children. The Extended Family view shows the entire family, not just a direct line. From here, you can view siblings, multiple marriages and step or adoptive family, all with organized drop-down lists that link individuals with extended family. The more you add to your family tree, the harder it is to see how each individual relates to the whole. The relationship calculator registers how individuals of all types of direct and indirect relationships connect, so you don't have to search manually through a large family tree.

In genealogy, sharing your research and creating keepsakes is almost as important as research itself. Heredis allows you to create an array of charts and visuals to get a clear picture on your family. Regardless of your level of expertise, you can create complex graphics, basic family trees, charts and interactive migration maps that trace your ancestors' movements through history. However, you aren't limited to charts and printouts. Heredis can transfer your tree's footnotes and sources into a Microsoft Word document automatically, so you can create a complete and customized book of ancestors or descendants. You can also transfer your family information to create website about your work through Heredis Online. This genealogy software uses simplified genealogical terminology to make it easy to share research between people at all experience levels.

Heredis Summary:

Heredis is detailed enough for professional and academic genealogy projects, but simple enough for a first-timer to begin mapping their family history. The charts and reports are just as customizable as the toolbar and interface. Arranging your workspace to your preferences is an important task and helps you stay organized. Though Heredis excels with sources and customization. It is a young program and still has a few bugs that need maintenance, but overall this genealogy software does a good job of keeping your research organized and useable.


Heredis 2014

Heredis has a beautiful interface, so working with this software for long stretches is easy on the eyes.

The programmers still have some kinks to fix. For example, some of the dialogue boxes are in French and the source-linking features can be touchy.

The Verdict:

While Heredis is young and the program has a few quirks, it also has a slick look and many easily accessible and useful features.