PROS / You can quickly import and export GEDCOMs and pictures and they populate in the software automatically.
CONS / Source citations don't export with text data. This is an issue if you plan to publish or share your work.
VERDICT / While it lacks some helpful features, Reunion has all the essentials for reporting research, citing sources and making charts.
Editor's note: Version 11 is now available. Clicking the Buy button will take you to this version for purchase. We will evaluate, rank and review version 11 when we next update the Mac Genealogy Software reviews. Meanwhile, enjoy our review below about version 10.
Reunion genealogy software for Mac creates extensive charts and reports about your family. You can connect to FamilySearch and other online databases to search for family records. This software is easy to navigate with intuitive menus and a clean interface. You won't have to dig through menus and sidebars to find the features you want.
Reunion is great for printing custom family tree charts. It has six chart templates and 14 report templates. Some of the charts include a standard pedigree, descendant, timeline or fan chart. This program also generates several documents we rarely see. The Events report shows a chronological list of events for everyone in your family. Additionally, the Multimedia Usage report provides a list of media and sources links to help you catch any unsourced pieces. The On-This-Date report shows information about a person and their family on a specific date.
The charting and media options makes Reunion good for creating webpages. It exports your information to a custom web age where you can edit content and layout using the Reunion's tools. You can also create a report specifically designed for the web. On your page, you can link your family tree chart to family cards, person sheets, media and sources.
Because a lot of genealogical research occurs online, it's important that you can search the web in your genealogy software. You can import GEDCOM files from online databases to Reunion. When you import a GEDCOM file, Reunion automatically 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.
Reunion has features to organize extensive lists of individuals. The Sort Children tool 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 overrides standard numbering and tracks smaller subsets within your family file.
Citations need to link to their sources and have a standard format, 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 the simple data-entry fields, you just type in the author, title, date and any other required details and Reunion creates a correctly formatted citation. You can even add custom fields if there are any details you want to add about your source. Although you can export your work, these source citations won't export with your text data.
Reunion's charting and reporting aspects can tackle a variety of documents. Reunion can create complex, multi-generational charts that you can share with your family. Reunion's support is friendly and prompt and the Reunion forums are full of active users to help. Although it's missing some minor features that are usually standard like a full-fledged task list and source ratings, Reunion has the features necessary to organize and publish your family tree.