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Ancestry Family Tree

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Ancestry Family Tree is free($), lightweight genealogy software featuring a very clean interface, great feature-set, better GEDCOM standard adherence than Family Tree Maker, and real-time web-integration with record collections.

Public distribution was discontinued around 2005 when acquired the non-free($) Family Tree Maker software line. The "Member Tree" functionality of the current (the MyAncestry section) seems to have essentially the same data structure as AFT only with a far more cumbersome web interface and greatly-reduced functionality (e.g. simple exportation to GEDCOM is "coming soon" to

The AFT software is still fully functional, tying into the very same collections as MyAncestry as they are made available. It does NOT bypass any subscription requirements. Think of it as an alternative, superior interface for doubling as a stand-alone (off-line) genealogy program.

Try file sharing or Google around for a copy of the installer:  'ancestry.exe'  (~4 MB)

There are a couple of Linux alternatives:

  • Gramps (Debian package) - XML-based, written in Python. Good data-model (reads all of GEDCOM 5.5).
  • GeneWeb (Debian package) - Written in OCaml, with CGI interface. Simpler data-mode, but handles 400k-name families without trouble.

Application Details:

Developer:, Inc

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VersionDescriptionLatest RatingLatest Wine version testedTest resultsComments
9.0.5Version 9.0.5Silver0.9.46.10