How we test family tree software

Ease of use

Our expert tester assesses the ease of creating, managing, printing and presenting a family tree as well as the comprehensiveness, usefulness and clarity of information provided. The programs and services are also rated on the ease of attaching files such as photos and video clips.


Our testers rate the programs and websites on how well they present data and on how well they print out where this option is available.


We measure the versatility of the programs on test by assessing the extent to which our expert can present and share the test family trees.

In the best programs there are a multitude of chart types, each letting you control which parts of your tree are displayed. There are options, too, for making each chart visually engaging, with adornments such as frames and scrolls.