Reunion 10 genealogy software for Mac packs a punch when it comes to creating extensive charts and reports about your family. This software is easy to navigate with intuitive menus and a clean interface. You can connect to FamilySearch and other online databases to search for family records. Reunion 10 wins our TopTenREVIEWS Silver Award because of these researching and reporting capabilities. And though it doesn’t provide direct routes to important features, Reunion is resourceful enough to have alternative paths to the same actions. This means you won't have to dig through menus and sidebars to find the features you want. The most obvious and frequently used tools are front and center on Reunion's interface.
Reunion 10 is great software if you plan to print custom family tree charts. It has six chart types – from the standard pedigree or descendant charts to timeline and fan charts that give you a detailed look at your extended family. This program also generates several documents we rarely see in other genealogy software we've reviewed. For example, the Events report shows a chronological list of events for everyone in your family. You can specify which families or individuals you want to populate the report. Additionally, the Multimedia Usage report provides a list of media and sources links to help you catch any unsourced pieces. The Last Names report populates the family file with individuals with the same surname. The On-This-Date Report shows information about a person and their family on that date. It's a great tool to apply some historical context to your family line.
With all the charting and media options, Reunion 10 is a good candidate for helping you to creating web pages. It exports your information to a custom web page using the Web Styles tools. With the Web Project tool, you can create a report specifically designed to be shared on the web, and it includes a family tree chart linked to family cards, person sheets, media and sources. If you want to share your family history with a wide audience or scattered family, this is a good reporting option.
This Mac genealogy software produces so many kinds of reports and charts that you could design a family book with your findings. The tricky part is Reunion 10 doesn't have a specific print book option. Instead, you can export your reports to the word processing program of your choice. Though it takes a few extra steps, editing and adjusting your reports in a word processing program gives you more options for customization.
Genealogy is, in part, about applying historical context to your ancestors' lives. The Places features manages and maps significant places in your family history using Google or Bing maps. Reunion can map large migrations of your family. You may not have to enter any geographic information if your family has events in large cities, but if your family came from smaller towns like Enterprise, Mississippi, or Bucksnort, Tennessee, you may have a harder time finding exact locations unless you can enter the latitude and longitude minutes into the data entry fields for each event. The Places features have room for general notes about each location and the ability to merge places.
The Easy Merge feature merges personal records for duplicate persons. Before merging the two profiles, you can compare information using the Side-By-Side Matching and Merging feature that uses parents, spouses, children and dates for each potential duplicate. Recycling names within families was a common practice in the last three centuries. When child died at a young age, the parents often used the previous child's name. Because of this, it's common to see more than one name in a family. Merging and comparing individuals will come in handy if your family has recycled names in the past. It can be easy to mix up individuals, create duplicates of the same person or eliminate someone with the same name. By having the ability to compare individuals, you can catch any similarities or differences beyond first and last names.
Because a lot of genealogical research occurs online, Web searching is an important feature to look for in genealogy software. You can import GEDCOM files from online databases to Reunion. When you import a GEDCOM file, Reunion places that information directly into your database. This Mac software also makes it easy to add images you find online. When you find online images, just drag and drop the images into Reunion to add them to the program. Unfortunately, you may need to copy and paste information from online documents rather than uploading them in some case. This may be tedious if you come across a document in a different language or with illegible handwriting.
Reunion's family tree software for Mac has features to help you organize even extensive lists of individuals. The Sort Children option arranges children by birth dates in all families or families with a marked parent. You can also chart patterns based on this information. Further organization includes numbering. This option clears standard numbering for marked people and tracks smaller subsets within your family file.
Citations need to link to their sources and formatted in a standardized way, especially if you plan to share your work in a professional or academic manner. Reunion creates correctly formatted citations for print and digital sources for you. Using simple data entry fields, just type in the author, title, date and any other required details and Reunion will create a correctly formatted citation. You can even add custom fields if there are any details you want to add about your source.
As your database of sources and citations grows, you'll want to find a way to organize your items, covering what you've completed and need to complete. Most genealogy software has some form of this tool. More specialized task lists have prioritizing tools that allow you to mark tasks based on type and priority. Reunion's version looks more like a basic text editor. The task listing features in Reunion 10 are helpful but weak. Instead of a To-Do list, the Logs pane works as a substitute. You can write tasks, mark priorities or type of research in different colors, bold, italics or underline, but the software won't organize you tasks based on priority. The Logs pane is a mini word processing pane. It's functional as a task list, but not ideal.
Reunion 10 has no official rating system for sources, which can be helpful to track the legitimacy of each source you use. Such ratings can be especially important if you plan to work with other genealogists. However, Reunion allows you to create your own source fields when entering data. With these custom fields, you can opt to create your own rating system for your sources.
Reunion has an impressive support system. Email representative followed up with our questions within 24 hours, and we received thorough, friendly answers. The Help section of the software allows you to search the help files. Search results were on-point and got us to the features we wanted to use. Additionally, the manual and forum on Reunion's website helped us to find answers to our questions quickly. The program is intuitive enough that you may not need to use the help resources, but it's nice to know they're there if you need them.
Reunion's charting and reporting aspects can tackle a variety of different documents. Reunion can create complex, multi-generational charts to share with your family. And though it's missing some minor common features like a full-fledged task list or source ratings, Reunion has alternative ways to get the same job done. Reunion's support is friendly and prompt and the Reunion forums are full of active users to help.
Pictures and GEDCOM files from the internet import and export easily. The information you import from online sources populates in the software automatically.
You won't be able to upload non-GEDCOM files if you come across any scanned, handwritten sources.
Reunion 10's got all the must-have features for reporting, citing and charting seen in Mac genealogy software, but it lacks helpful features like a full-fledged task list.