Discover the key features of the number one genealogy software program

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Data entry

Let the quick entry window guide you or import a GEDCOM file.


Share with whomever you choose and edit documents.


Search for your ancestors amongst archives in Europe as well as in the rest of the world.


Capture official documents, enhance your photos, create albums and slideshows.


Construct fabulous family trees and print them!


Track the progress of your genealogy and display your data.

1 - Data entry

« A smart and intuitive data entry tool in a customizable workspace… »

Create persons, links, and family trees, or import GEDCOM files. Add your family members, use your media as illustrations (photos, videos, sounds, pdf and Word files, etc.), associate events (birth, christening, marriage, etc.), witnesses, places, sources, private notes, facts, alternate names, and much, much more…

Perhaps you have already entered your genealogical data in another software… There is no need to re-enter everything in Heredis! Simply import your genealogy file directly into Heredis. GEDCOM importing and exporting in Heredis is compatible with the international standard for exchanging genealogical data, and includes photos, videos, audio and pdf files, URL, notes, etc.

Basic, comprehensive or customized, at every stage.

In Heredis, a date can just as well be entered with numbers, with or without separators, with numbers and letters, completely spelled out or abbreviated. It can also be entered according to a Gregorian, Julian, French Republican, or Hebrew calendar. The date converter tool allows you to convert dates entered in any of the four above-mentioned calendars. Each time you print a sheet, a report or a chart, you are given the option to choose your date format.

When creating your very first tree, the quick entry window will prompt you to enter data for the first/primary person in your family. This will generally be yourself: Surname, Given Names, Occupation, Gender, Date of birth, Place of birth, etc. You may then assign a source to your event, such as your birth certificate, and a picture of yourself. Do the same for your parents, their parents, your spouse, your children, etc.

Adoption, birth, christening, marriage, census, military service, etc. There are dozens of event categories. Customize events or share events with several persons in your genealogy.

Get a new input grid adapted to population censuses and fully customizable !

Dive into your ancestors’ everyday life: household composition, occupation and status of each family member, nationality, home address, and even, at times, detailed data on their religion…

You can complete your data by adding scanned images (photographs, signatures, coats of arms, etc.), sound recordings (interviews, speeches…), videos, or documents prepared in another software.

Media can be added to: a person, a couple, an event, a source, a surname, a given name, an occupation, or a place.

Easily enter several persons and their relatives under one same data entry screen: the primary person, his or her parents, spouses, children, and the children’s spouses are represented.

A source is the origin of the information you have found. It can be an original document (such as manuscripts, correspondence, notes, etc.), an official document (e.g. civil or religious records), or a “reference” work (an autobiography, a research paper, a scientific presentation, etc.) that can validate the authenticity of the information.

Among other things, Heredis allows you to categorize your sources and to manage the level of certainty/quality of each source. Heredis gives you the option to manage 3 levels of sources: repositories, sources, and source citations.

Save time by sharing an event with several persons in your genealogy in just one simple entry. This is particularly useful for instance with census records: enter the event once and link it to every person mentioned in the document.

Define your own types of facts and enter information such as education levels, religions, physical descriptions, nationalities, social security numbers, etc.

Enter notes for a person, a family, an event, a place, a name, a media and have fun by playing with formats so they are easier to read: add a bit of color, bold a word, use titles, bullet lists…

Hide, exclude, or filter persons if you do not wish them to appear in your publications, books, exports…

Include several spelling variants for one same name. Throughout centuries, the spelling of surnames has often been modified, as you will see for yourself when doing your genealogical research, and you will certainly find various spellings for one same family name.

Choose the current spelling as the main surname and you may then assign all the name variants you have recorded.

Ahnentafel is a genealogical numbering system for listing a person’s direct ancestors in a fixed sequence of ascent.

Use your own numbering system for the persons in your genealogy.

When you import data from FamilySearch, Heredis will keep your FamilySearch numbering.

Genealogists can search for a specific subdivision on a map in OpenStreetMap®, cut and paste it from a toponym, complete/replace it, and drag-and-drop it on the map.

2 - Searches

« Both a powerful internal search engine and a gate to the largest genealogy databases. »

Browse public archive records and large genealogy databases online. Directly from Heredis, you can capture civil status records, registers, and any other document useful to trace your ancestors and their family history.

Select a person in Heredis then let the search wizard explore databases such as FamilySearch, Heredis Online, Ancestry, MyHeritage, FindMyPast, etc. Use the capture tool to integrate newly found sources directly into your genealogy.

Heredis is certified by FamilySearch. FamilySearch is the world’ largest online collection of genealogical data. It offers more than six billion person entries, which you can browse in Heredis – from the
comfort of your home and free of charge.

Connecting to FamilySearch directly from Heredis, will allow you to:

  • Search in their universal Family Tree and access numerous digital documents.
  • Compare the persons in your tree with those in Family Search and link them
    together if you wish to.
  • Import ancestors’ and descendants’ branches from the FamilySearch
    universal Family Tree when you find matches with your tree or simply import
    your FamilySearch online tree. You will then recover persons and
    corresponding events, notes and sources.

Everything you need is within reach when in Heredis: national archives, military databases, libraries, in the entire world – in the US, in the UK, in Europe, etc. Capture the documents you find and add them to your genealogy.

Always at hand, it allows you to search for persons, places, sources, media, etc.

Thanks to this powerful multi criteria search engine, sift through your data, find events such as families without lineage, children born the same day or out of wedlock, personal or family events, etc. Create your own search models and save them for later.

As an example, it is easy to find all instances of “St” and replace them with “Saint”; this tool can be combined with Smart Search and be applied to various fields such as notes, description/cause, or even health and place subdivisions.

3 - Charts

« Remarkably well thought-out. Constructing family trees with Heredis is sheer child’s play! »

Create, publish, and print as many family trees as you like, to choose from dozens of chart options: short or tall, for ancestors, descendants, using the fan or hourglass type, with 10, 50, or 100 generations…

Heredis lets you view your family under four different angles, which is ideal to bring to light information you might have overlooked otherwise. These views may give you important new insights for your research and a better understanding of your family history.

The Immediate family view displays a person’s direct family members (parents, grandparents, spouses, children). Go straight to the point by adding a new person in the Immediate family. Adding a child, a spouse, a parent or a grandparent is quick and easy! In just one click, access directly the new person window in simple mode.

A “super size” tree with the entire family – View and edit all your relatives and contemporaries in a fully redesigned family tree with 4 zoom levels.

  • Children, grand-children as well as grandparents and great-grandparents
  • Nephews and nieces, cousins, second- and third-degree cousins
  • The parents’ half-brothers and sisters along with their children, uncles and aunts, great-uncles and aunts
  • All relatives
  • Global and detailed view, filters
  • Hide or display silhouettes and media
  • Tree printing
  • Addition and edition of persons

Visually identify the whereabouts of your ancestors! Discover the location of your roots thanks to our color-coded location tree.

Display the birth cities, counties, states/provinces or countries of your ancestors and offer this masterwork to your relatives: all you have to do is print the location tree!

Discover over 30 illustrated tree options created by a painter and artist. These ancestors’ trees have been developed to add a touch of originality and should definitely be printed.

Not only are they beautiful but they are also easy to customize. No other software can claim a selection of such superior quality family trees made available in just two clicks. Thanks to a powerful formatting tool, you can make and see changes in real time. These designed pedigree charts can hold up to 7 generations and be printed from A4 to A0 paper.

Finding your ancestors is one great thing. Being able to display them in charts that you can show to others is even better. Construct ancestors’ charts of all sizes, of all shapes in just a couple of clicks. In Heredis, you are given quite a significant selection to choose from:

  • Designed charts
  • Single-page charts
  • Fan charts
  • Unlimited charts

Display descendants using an optimized and clarified presentation. The different spouses of each descendant are presented in the same box, each with their own number that can then be found on their children. A very useful feature to locate and visualize half-brothers and sisters.

4 - Documents & Sharing

« Heredis allows me to organize my genealogical searches and to share the fruit of my investigations… »

Edit and print reports, sheets, and illustrated books. Share your family trees on the net and from all your devices. Display your family album and tell the story of your ancestors.

Heredis allows you to share a genealogy file with another PC, a Mac, an iPhone, an iPad, an
iPod touch, a tablet, or an Android phone. Genealogy apps on Android and iOS are FREE.

Publish your genealogy on Heredis Online directly from your software. You are just a few clicks away from creating a website dedicated to your ancestors, which you can share with whomever you choose and at absolutely no extra charge. You may add a password to grant access to your website – your genealogical data is under your control and you are the one in charge.

Generate, personalize, export, and print reports of persons, events, families, sources, places, etc.

Heredis also allows you to publish a sheet for each person or each family in your file. Print, export, analyze, work on each ancestor again. Use the Heredis sheets to display the information you need and choose the layout you like best.

Heredis can write the story of your ancestors for you. Ancestors’ and descendants’ books allow you to create an actual family book, using the appropriate terminology, which includes a preface, an introduction, genealogical tables, and an index at the end of the document.

Your personalized, automatically generated book is an opportunity for you to make an original gift for a birth, a wedding, or even to make a presentation during a reunion with your immediate or extended family. Other types of books can be printed such as the patronymic dictionary (inspired from the famous Genealogical Dictionary of Canadian Families, in Quebec) or even the “Clan” book.

Your family pictures are displayed onscreen with 9 different background designs and musical themes for you to choose from. Export your ancestors’ slideshow to a USB key and share it on several computers or even on your TV if it is equipped with a web browser. You are also given the option to choose which type(s) of photos to include in the slideshow.

5 - Tools

« Absolutely indispensable! They are real time savers and totally user friendly… »

The Heredis genealogist’s toolkit makes the whole difference. Focus on your genealogical activities and reach new summits!

Capture genealogical documents, official records, images, faces, details from a picture and even identify persons on the photo. A person you do not recognize at first may later be identified by one of your relatives, which will allow you to add information to this photo. If your pictures are not perfect, you can correct them easily. Crop them, rotate them, increase saturation or convert color pictures to wonderful black and white images.

Create real albums, publish them online, and share them with your friends and relatives.

Each event associated with a place is illustrated on an interactive map. Heredis is the only software that can not only show places but also migration flows for an entire family on an interactive map.

Within seconds, you can trace your ancestors’ lives and the whereabouts of their lineage, be it a few miles away or at the other end of the world. Each map marker indicates the list of events inventoried for this place. An ideal tool to simultaneously visualize the migrations of all immediate family members and to grasp a better understanding of a family’s history.

Indexes can be edited for easier use and to speed up data entry:

  • Surnames index
  • Given names index
  • Occupations index
  • Places index
  • Sources index
  • Repositories index
  • Media index

The date converter tool allows you to convert any date entered in one of the four calendars recognized by Heredis: Gregorian, Julian, French Republican, and Hebrew.

Select the data to be processed: siblings, private, media, sources, facts, witnesses…

Edit amazing fully-customizable reports and export them to Microsoft® Excel or CSV format, even directly from Smart Search… 4 models are available: Ancestors, Descendants, Persons and Events.

  • Select and format the data you wish to include in your report
  • Savable Models : save your custom report to preserve its settings and be able to go back to it at a later time
  • Leave several reports open at the same time and work simultaneously on your genealogy: your reports will be updated all along, based on the information you are adding to your tree. A much more comfortable way to work!

Heredis offers a specific feature for searching and reviewing potential duplicates based on criteria you define. You can then examine the results and merge the actual duplicates. You are also given the option to edit this list and to mark potential duplicates. An ideal tool when importing a file from a cousin.

Besides, when entering genealogical data hastily, it is quite frequent to mistype a date or even to confuse homonyms. To help avoid such mistakes, Heredis checks each new entry to make sure that the data you have just entered is consistent with persons and events already saved.

Heredis offers an easy-to- use merging tool that allows you to select which data you wish to keep from either duplicate before you actually merge the two persons.

Make your work space fit your personal tastes and habits. Menus, buttons, the toolbar, side panels, color themes, your preferences for appearance and automatic entries, the creation of shortcuts – all of the above can be customized in Heredis.

4 tools to help you search for and geolocate key places in your ancestors’ lives, throughout the world…

  • Geolocating Place Subdivisions: genealogists can search for a specific subdivision on a map in OpenStreetMap®, cut and paste it from a toponym, complete/replace it, and drag-and-drop it on the map.
  • Zoom in on a Place: with OpenStreetMap®, learn more about the town’s population density, area, home town, and much more.
  • Bordering Places: extend your searches to bordering cities. A tool that comes in very handy, for instance when you are looking for a marriage certificate you can’t seem to find in the bride’s hometown!
  • A new Family Tree Mapping: in the blink of an eye, you will be able to visualize the geographical distribution of the persons in your file, then navigate onto the Places Index and the Immediate Family screen. An optimized feature for large genealogy files.

6 - Dashboard

« Essential and so useful! »

The Dashboard offers a unique monitoring tool for your searches: in one quick look, you will know where you are at in your genealogy.