Free family tree genealogy
XY Family Tree is a fully featured, free family tree maker to record your ancestry. It allows unlimited numbers of spouses, children and associations. It takes a biological view of family structure and parentage while still allowing freedom to make changes if you need to show other arrangements. It has some unique features not found in other family tree programs.
You might find your family history using online ancestry resources but you can keep your research private by using XY Family Tree on your PC.
XY Family Tree can display all the types of media that your PC can handle. Photographs, videos, sound clips and links to web resources make it easy to show your family tree genealogy and bring your family history to life.
Original genealogy sources are never found on a PC but a copy may be held on a PC and an index of the original sources can be recorded in XY Family Tree. Serious researchers will always need to verify an original source and can then use the same index and citations. XY Family Tree uses the knowledge of sources to illustrate your family by:
- linking people and sources
- linking people to people via sources
- linking sources to sources via people.
You can research multiple families, each with their own folder, effectively placing no limit on the amount of information you can hold. You can search across all these family folders for common names and places or simply just words.
Data can be exchanged with other users via XYXchange. This is more useful than GEDCOM because the whole of the data, including media, is encapsulated in a zipped file and can be emailed and imported ready for use at the other end. XYXchange files are also a very useful way of backing up your data.
For safekeeping your XYXchange file can be kept in Dropbox or OneDrive or a Google Drive folder, where it will be kept securely and available for you to use from another PC or to share it with others if you wish.
XY Family Tree is free to download and use, but, a tiny but, you are limited to 2 families each of 50 people until you make a small donation and get a keycode. To get the keycode you'll need to donate £10 or more (or equivalent in your own currency). This donation will help to keep the project funded. There are no ongoing costs, no annual renewals, no further subscriptions. No need to register, no need for a password, just go the download page and give it a try.
If you already have a GEDCOM file with more than 50 people in it you can still import those names into XY Family Tree - you just won't be able to add more names until you have a keycode. If you're just curious about how XY Family Tree can use your GEDCOM the best way is to try it. You have nothing to lose, try XY Family Tree now, just go the download page, get your free copy and import your GEDCOM.
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