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Free family tree genealogy

Frank JonesXY Family Tree is a fully featured 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:

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.

Two alternatives

There are 2 versions of XY Family Tree. The original version is entirely free and places no limits on the number of families and no limits on the number of individuals in each family. It uses CSV files to store the data. The UI is a little cramped but all the features are there. The new version is branded as XYFT - you can read about it at xyft.co.uk.

XYFT is free to download and use and allows 2 families each with 30 people. There is a Pro upgrade that costs just £10 and allows unlimited families and unlimited names. XYFT can import unlimited names from XY Family Tree or GEDCOM so you can try it at no cost if you already have a file with more than 30 names.

In developing XYFT from XY Family Tree there have been many enhancements, including screen size, appearance and ability the customise the colours. XYFT data is stored as XML files, which are rationally structured to offer much more flexibility than anything in GEDCOM.

Both versions are available to download right now. Just go the download page. If you get from this site you're guaranteed to be free from pollution: no adverts, no viruses, no hijacks, no unwanted extras. You have nothing to lose. Try XY Family Tree or XYFT now. Go the download page, install it and import your GEDCOM.

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