Easy To Use – Family Historian 6

By | March 19, 2018

Do you want to use software that is easy to use? The Family Historian 6 package is by far the easiest to use out of all the programs available for the genealogist. You will be impressed with how quickly you will enter details into the program and build your family tree.

So whether you are new to genealogy or have been researching your tree for a while now then this program is worth checking out!

Family Historian 6

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Family Historian 6 Product Details


Family Historian 6
Rating 4 Stars
Normal Price $49.95 (US) – £39.50 (UK)
Platform PC Disc and Download
Compatible Windows
Features Charts, Reports, Maps, Books, Booklets, CDs, DVDs, Websites
Connects FindMyPast / MyHeritage (PAID)
Help and Support FAQs, Guides, User Groups, Video Tutorials, Email
Place To Buy Amazon (includes 33% discount to MyHeritage)
Also available for Amazon Prime customers!
Book Getting the Most from Family Historian 6
Bottom Line Easy To Use

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Please check out my Best Genealogy Software Programs where I review the best software on the market today. And then after that then why not head over to Top Ten Reviews where there is a Top 10 Best Genealogy Software of 2018 guide.

An Overview of Tools and Features

As I have just mentioned this genealogy program allows you to enter your family’s history quite easily and quickly. It is surprising just how fast that you can build your family tree with this program. The software is very intuitive to use for the beginner. You will be able to add all of your research and create a stunning tree in no time at all.

Credit:   Family Historian

When it comes time to printing out your family’s information you will have a wide range of charts and reports to choose from. There is the usual ancestor and descendant type chart, but also a fan chart, and charts that show everyone and all relatives as well.

Creating charts are an essential feature when it comes to a genealogy software program. It is far easier for you to use a program such as Family Historian 6 than to hand draw your family tree. Can you imagine drawing the lines and adding all the names and details by hand?

Family Historian 6 Entering Details

And when it comes to corrections or additions you will have to redraw the whole tree again. Using software will save you all of this hassle and time. You can better use that time for researching your ancestry.

To make it even clearer events associated with your ancestors will be in different colors. So for example your ancestors birth will appear in red. This is particularly helpful when you are glancing at records trying to find information quickly.

You can add pictures to your charts!

Although no background templates are available you will be able to add pictures of your family to the tree. This will make your trees look much more attractive. You can also add other pictures to the chart and put them wherever you wish. These pictures maybe of places where your ancestors worked or lived. This will again improve the look of your family tree even more.

Family Historian 6 Chart

By adding pictures of your relatives to your tree you will make it more personal. You will feel the connection with your ancestors. It did with me as I built up my tree. I saw their faces as well as their information and I could feel the bond. It made me appreciate them far more. For them there would be no me.

Not only can you add pictures with this program but also other material such as videos, documents, letters, etc that you have scanned onto your computer. So whenever you search for any ancestor of yours you will be able to access all of their information and files.

All of these extra forms of information can link to an individual’s face in photos.

The beauty of this software is that you can easily save your chart and come back to it later. This is particularly useful if you come across more information later on during your research. There is always new records being put online all the time. So you will be adding details to your ancestors from time to time.

You can create add books, booklets and more!

Family Historian 6 allows you to not only create charts and reports, but books, booklets, websites, CDs and DVDs as well. So if you want to share your research with your family there is a wide variety of ways that you can do so. You can even extract text and pictures from the Internet and put them into whatever you decide to publish.

Family Historian 6 Map

For me when I was writing my own family history book my ancestors stories came alive more. By adding charts I could see the connection between them and myself. When I saw their faces I could appreciate their lives even more than by just reading their stories alone.

With this program you will also be able to print out maps showing the path of your ancestors. You can see changes over time using a time-slider. What’s impressive with the map feature is that you can click on a location on the map and see all the events that took place there.

By seeing these maps you can truly appreciate the distances that were involved when your ancestors chose to migrate to either find work or start a new life. And you can imagine just how hard it was for them as it wasn’t so easy as it is for us today.

How Family Historian 6 Can Benefit You?

If you decide to purchase Family Historian 6 then you will get a 33% reduction when you subscribe to the MyHeritage genealogy website. This site has over 83 million users and is available in 42 different languages. There is a lot of information that you can learn about your ancestors from such a website.

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Here you will be able to search for birth, death, and marriages. You can also search for other records such as military, immigration, historical newspapers. And there’s even more than that. Chances are that you will find something concerning your ancestry.

Through Family Historian 6 you will also be able to access the FindMyPast website. Here you will find over 4 billion records. However, you will need to subscribe to this genealogy website to access the information.FindMyPast Logo

FindMyPast is still a worthwhile resource for your genealogy research. I have gained a significant amount of information from this site and built my tree extensively. The site is very much user friendly so you will be able to access your ancestors records quite quickly.

And there’s more!

Joining MyHeritage will not only allow you to access these records but you can access members family trees. Members voluntarily allow their own trees to be viewed by others. The great thing about this is that you may indeed find a family connection.

I have made a few connections using such a genealogy search website. By checking other members tree you will be able to make comparisons with your own ancestry. You can compare the names and dates that they have listed and make the relevant additions or corrections. Just use caution though as you will need to cite their sources.

If you upload or create your family tree on the MyHeritage website then hints may appear for members of your family. These hints will show possible sources of information that may further benefit your research.

Family Historian 6 Hints

Finding new data on your family will be exciting as you will surely want to find as much as you can about your ancestry. With these hints you will be able trace your ancestry further back. You will also be able to fill in any gaps in your knowledge about your family.

Search millions of records!

Not only can you research millions of records on the site but you can also search the Internet while using the site. You can then copy any information that you find and put it into your tree. Doing this within the software is far easier than opening a second program on your computer. All of your research is there in the one window.

With the MyHeritage website you can export your family tree as a GEDCOM file. This file allows you to backup your ancestry and also send it to other family members. Working together with other people on your ancestry is definitely a benefit. You will be able to find out so much more and within a shorter amount of time.

With information that you send your relative can then compare it with their own family tree. It is far easier to build and share genealogy research with a program such as Family Historian 6. If you have been working offline then you can upload your tree to the MyHeritage with your GEDCOM file.

Even More Benefits!

The Media Window has been improved with an added Media Link Tool option added. With this feature you will be able to Link photos that you have uploaded with people’s information that are in the photo. You will also be able to see which person is missing information. This makes it far more easier for you to know what you next need to research.

Family Historian 6 Link Photos

The Automatic Source Citation pane has also been improved upon the last version. Here you will easily be able to add new source records and citations. Whenever you do research it is important to know where you have found any information as you may need to return to it at any stage.

Other improvements with this version are the improved extended family facts tab, add witnesses for events, such as weddings, add data even faster with a unique menu option, add pictures to places, and even more features.

The Negative

There are however, some disadvantages with the Family Historian 6 software package. Unlike other programs you will not be able to enter any DNA information that you may have.

There are no video tutorials to help you along your way. But there are online resources and FAQs to help you if you get stuck.

Pros and Cons


✔   Connects to FindMyPast/MyHeritage(PAID)
✔   Sync trees to web
✔   Get web hints
✔   Quick and easy input of your ancestor’s details
✔   Same sex relationships
✔   19 different charts
✔   Great for publishing your family history online


❌   Visually unappealing charts
❌   Unable to input DNA results

Final Thoughts

Family Historian 6 will work on any Windows OS except except Windows Vista. Despite these minor shortcomings it offers a lot to the genealogist and is a great buy. You can buy Family Historian 6 in the US, or you can buy Family Historian 6 in the UK.

This particularly genealogy software program has been billed as the easiest to use out of all the programs that are available to use on the market today. For the beginner it offers you a lot. You can add many different types of records for each member of your family. You can create books, CDs and more. These are great ways to share your research with your family.

You can even find records with MyHeritage or FindMyPast through the Family Historian 6 program. So not can you create your family tree you can also research it and add it to your tree. All of this in the one package.

For me using a computer and software program for my genealogy research has made it a very easy and an enjoyable hobby. Creating my family tree, adding new relatives and printing out charts are just some of the features that can be performed quickly and intuitively.

Your tree will blossom extensively with this program and I hope you find as much joy as I have.

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20 thoughts on “Easy To Use – Family Historian 6

  1. Evie

    Sounds like this piece of software is quite interesting if you are interested in tracking down your family tree. I take it that it makes searching for ancestors a lot simpler than just doing google searches? especially if you have access to the specialist website. I am interested in history (graveyards are always useful places to look up how people died and patterns that might show up) but never took the plunge of tracking down other family but it does seem to be a pretty popular passtime

    1. Owain Post author

      Using software is the way to go. You can build up your tree and make charts to see how people are related to you. You can then connect with genealogy sites to which you have access to millions of records. This is a much better way to go than using Google.

      It certainly is a popular pastime, and is fun for anyone from 8 to 80.

  2. Terry

    It’s been difficult to track down my husbands family because of travel and divorce. Well, actually there were a lot of undocumented births. I haven’t seen anything like it so far. Family Historian 6 may be the answer to finding out more about our ancestors.

    1. Owain Post author

      It’s always good to use this type of program to build and print out family trees. Also, you never know what hints will show up. As well the family trees that members of MyHeritage put up.

  3. Jan

    You have provided a very in-depth over view of this software package.
    I have a couple questions.How much are you able to do if you do not subscribe to the My Heritage website? Does the my heritage website also cost money to use?
    I have computer knowledge but am not the most skilled technology person; So how user friendly is this software?
    My assumption is all of you information is printable, shareable, and saveable on or from your computer which is a great option.

    1. Owain Post author

      You can join MyHeritage for free and build a tree with 250 people. This Getting Started link will be of use to year. If you decide to join MyHeritage then you can have access to records for $10 per month. This Premium Package page will be of use to you.

      Family Historian 6 is by far the most easy to use of the genealogy software programs. You may wish to look at others. You can check out my Best Genealogy Software Programs – Your Top 5 page, but I suggest Family Historian 6 for yourself

  4. Mike

    Great software review and explanation Owain. Knowing our family is pretty important since they are the most important people on the world for us after all…and it’s great to get to know them. This Family Historian 6 program sure sounds like a charm for this purpose! Thank you for sharing it!

    1. Owain Post author

      Thank you for enjoying the review. It is one of the easiest genealogy software programs that you can use to build your family tree.

  5. Ashley

    Wow, that is a really cool program! It may sound strange, but I have never tried a program like this so I don’t have a lot of experience with them, but after reading your review I’m really thinking about trying this one.
    I love that feature with creating the map of the places where your ancestors lived, it seems so interesting and useful to me!
    Do geneticists from our days have programs like these when working with patients, do you have any idea?

    1. Owain Post author

      Genealogy software is certainly the way to go when researching your family tree. You can create charts and add sources, add pictures and create maps. You can do so much with them.

      Genetic testing and analysing is a growing field, similar to genealogy as a hobby. I’m sure they have similar programs where they can record people’s genetics as well as parents, siblings, etc

  6. Barbara

    Owain, you have done a wonderful job explaining the various aspects of genealogy research: why software is so advantageous (with several reviews) and the information that can be gleaned from an online genealogy site. You have thoroughly researched days celebrating family (mother’s day, father’s day, grandparent’s day, children’s day, etc). Your step by step tutorial on doing genealogy research on your own family is understandable and easy to follow.
    The organization of your site makes finding information easy and, in fact, I found the information about the various days dedicated to family members interesting. Your writing style reads very well. The time it took to get this site up and running was well worth it!

    1. Owain Post author

      I am really touched that you like my site and the posts that I have written. I have tried to make a site that is accessible, but at the same time is also packed with lots of information. I want the information on my site to be clear to follow for anyone.

      Please stay tuned for more updates. I am adding new posts all the time and filling out my website with more interesting things. If you would like anything to be added to the site then please feel free to contact me using the contact form above.

      Thank you,


  7. Advent Voice

    A lot of us need to know our heritage. one will never know where they are going unless they know where they come from. I think it is wonderful that you are taking the time to help people find themselves in this day and age when people, grown people all act like children just because they are unsure about who there father’s father is.
    I like how interactive the site is and I can’t wait to see you progress.

    1. Owain Post author

      That is so true. You don’t know where you are going unless you know where you came from. I value everyone’s comments and suggestions. If you do want further information on anything then please feel free to contact me

  8. Sunewako

    Hello Owain,
    Knowing your family history is the best. Many people do not know their heritage. We may not know how we got where we are. To make your family tree will help and teach us the beauty of the past that we never new about.
    Thank you for the information.

    1. Owain Post author

      This program will help you to make your family tree. You are right that genealogy will teach you many things about your family that you did not know

  9. Brooke Sanfilippo

    I have been looking for a way to document my family history for so long now! This program looks very easy to use and worth the buy. Your site is very informative and has a great flow to it as well. I dont get lost scrolling through the information at all.

    1. Owain Post author

      Family Historian 6 will certainly help you build your family tree and create charts which you can put into your family history book. This post – How To Create A Family History Book – Part 1 will help you write your ancestry.

      I am glad that the site is easy to follow. As I put more and more onto the site I want the information to be easily accessible and easy to read as well

  10. Kien

    Wow it’s great to know that they have this program. And it is even more interesting that you may be able to find a missing connection with somebody else in there. I bet they must have pretty good resource database. I also like the fact that it has lots of fearures especially the media link tool. Thanks for sharing!!

    1. Owain Post author

      The Family Historian 6 software program for genealogists is very useful. Not only can create your family tree but if you subscribe to genealogy sites you have access to many records. This then may help you make connections and build your tree further


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