This Mac app is the best way to visualize your family tree

A screenshot of the MacFamilyTree 10 app on the Mac.
A bright and visual way to build your family tree. (Image credit: Apple App Store/MacFamilyTree 10)
MacFamilyTree 10

The MacFamilyTree 10 app logo from the Apple App Store.

(Image credit: Apple App Store/MacFamilyTree 10)

Mac - $34.99/£34.99

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There are loads of popular and well-established family tree apps— is one of my favorites. Many of the best DNA testing services, like 23andMe, also now have a robust family tree-building element. This means there’s a lot of choice out there if you’re interested in building a family tree and learning more about your past.

But if you’re a Mac user seeking an alternative, I highly recommend MacFamilyTree 10 as its compatibility with Mac devices ensures a seamless user experience. It might not be as popular as, but MacFamilyTree 10 has been around for more than 20 years and is a go-to genealogy tool for anyone passionate about learning more about their family and tracking their roots.

Beautiful visuals and machine-learning tools

With MacFamilyTree 10, you’ll get everything you’d expect from a family tree app, like tree building, suggestions, access to a huge database of entries via FamilySearch, and document and photo storage. However, there are some other features and tools that make MacFamilyTree 10 unique.

Firstly, it serves up innovative and beautiful visualisations of your family tree that you can then view as an interactive 3D model rather than a boring 2D “tree” that you’ll find from similar apps. So, if you have an eye for design or are a visual learner, the layout of MacFamilyTree 10 will be really appealing.

This applies not just to the family tree you create but also to the way the app works. It’s designed specifically for Mac with a clear and easy-to-use interface—it’s as if Apple made a family tree builder, essentially. It’s worth mentioning here that you can get MacFamilyTree 10 on your iPhone and iPad, but you’ll need to buy it separately. Still, it’s good to have that option, especially if you’re out researching on the move. 

MacFamilyTree 10 also has an interactive Virtual Globe feature, allowing you to pinpoint cities and towns where your relatives have lived or moved over the years. Person View also lets you focus on a specific person so you can examine their important documents, job histories, awards, and more carefully.

Another feature called Narrative takes all of your dates and information and then “writes” a story about your family or specific members over the years. Finally, built-in machine learning tools allow you to scan, enhance and colorize photos and documents, even really old ones. 

At $34.99/£34.99 MacFamilyTree 10 isn’t cheap, but that’s a one-off payment compared to the monthly subscription price you’d need to pay for most rivals. That means it's exceptionally good value if you’re sure you’ll use it often. 


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Becca Caddy

Becca Caddy is a contributor to iMore, as well as a freelance journalist and author. She’s been writing about consumer tech and popular science for more than a decade, covering all kinds of topics, including why robots have eyes and whether we’ll experience the overview effect one day. She’s particularly interested in VR/AR, wearables, digital health, space tech and chatting to experts and academics about the future. She’s contributed to TechRadar, T3, Wired, New Scientist, The Guardian, Inverse and many more. Her first book, Screen Time, came out in January 2021 with Bonnier Books. She loves science-fiction, brutalist architecture, and spending too much time floating through space in virtual reality. Last time she checked, she still holds a Guinness World Record alongside iMore Editor in Chief Gerald Lynch for playing the largest game of Tetris ever made, too.