Reunion is a genealogy software program for the Macintosh. It received the highest rating for genealogy software in MacWorld, MacAddict, and Mac Home Journal magazines.
Reunion helps you to document, store, and display information about your
family - your ancestors, descendants, cousins, etc. It records names,
dates, places, facts, plenty of notes, sources of information, pictures,
sounds, and videos. It shows family relationships in an elegant, graphic
form - people and families are linked in an easy-to-understand fashion.
Reunion makes it easy to publish your family tree information - even
if you want to share it on the Web. You can automatically create common
genealogy reports, charts, and forms, as well as birthday calendars, mailing
lists, questionnaires, indexes, and other lists. Reunion even calculates
relationships, ages, life expectancies, and statistics.
Reunion also creates large, high-resolution, graphic charts allowing
complete on-screen editing of boxes, lines, fonts, and colors. Wall charts
are one of its specialties.
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Top 20 Reasons to Buy Reunion
1. Easy to enter your family information - Reunion lets you store every scrap of information: names, dates, places, facts, attributes, plenty of room for notes, free-form text, memos, custom fields, contact information, marital status, and even research logs.
2. Easy to climb the tree - Use the "tree view" and click to navigate up or down the tree. Always know where you are in the family file.
3. Add pictures and movies - Digitize your memories (such as old photos, birth certificates, wills, maps, movies, sound recordings, etc.) and link them to people, families, and source records. You can link multiple multimedia items to a single record, or one multimedia item to multiple records. Reunion lets you display, magnify, and reduce images on screen. It's easy to include pictures in your charts, reports, and Web output. Include a complete description and comments for each item if you like. Create slideshows with custom transitions, music, timing, image size, caption content, etc. Perfect for family reunions!
4. Take it with you! - iPhone, iPod Touch and iPad. Take your family with you in a very portable format - on your iPhone, iPod Touch or iPad. Make changes, corrections, and updates while you're on the go, and then bring the changes back to your family file on the Mac. (Reunion for iPhone/iPod Touch and Reunion for iPad are sold separately, on the App Store: iPhone/iPod Touch, iPad.)
5. Share stuff on the web - Reunion automatically builds reports that you can upload to your web site. That's right: all the necessary files, images, and graphics are generated and linked for you inside one convenient folder for you to upload. Choose from many elegant designs featuring CSS.
6. Easy to find people - Quickly find people by name or perform advanced multiple-criteria searches. For example, you could search for "all males born before 1800 in Boston" or "all couples married in Sacramento with adopted children."
7. Search the web for records - Pick any person and Reunion will help you to search genealogical resources on the web.
8. Create large, graphic tree charts including descendant charts and pedigree charts (up to 99 generations), fan charts, and timeline charts. Provides complete on-screen editing of box color, font, font size, shadow, border, connecting lines, and captions. Move boxes or branches on-screen, by clicking-and-dragging. Automatically change chart orientation; including top-to-bottom, left-to-right, and waterfall models. Zoom out to give you the big picture of the entire chart.
9. See places on a map - Reunion integrates with Google Maps to get geo codes for your place entries and draw maps with pin points, for example: showing the birth, residences, and death places of a person.
10. Handy dates - You can enter dates as they might be spoken, like a death date as "40 years 3 months 2 days after birth." Reunion shows the weekday for the birth, death, or marriage date, the age at marriage, the current age or life span of a person, and the length of marriage. Also, you can choose from 16 different formats for the display of dates.
11. Identify relationships - Reunion tells you, at a glance, how people are related to you (or anyone in your family file). Creates custom lists of relatives. For example, a list of all your removed cousins or a list of all descendants. Tells you the relationship between any two people in your records and creates a chart showing the line between the two people; also tells you the common ancestor.
12. Wide variety of customized reports and lists - Some are automatically opened in your word processor and fully formatted with page numbers, page breaks, headers, superscript reference note citations, columns, etc. Some are "book-style": like the narrative ahnentafel report (the ancestors of a person), Register report (the descendants of a couple), and the family history report - perfect for book publishing.
13. Graphic forms - Print attractive family group sheets, person sheets, questionnaires, and blank forms. These are great for gathering data from relatives. Reunion lets you automatically print forms for any group of people in your file, for example a questionnaire for all your first cousins.
14. Birthday and Anniversary reminders - Have Reunion remind you of upcoming special events in your family. Create easy-to-customize lists of events.
15. Import/export - Full GEDCOM import/export lets you transfer data into Reunion without re-typing. You can exchange data with users of other genealogy software (Windows or Macintosh). If you've been collecting information in FileMaker or some other database program, Reunion also features a "text file import, to help you bring the data into Reunion.
16. Flexibility - Reunion lets you create charts and reports for "subsets" of your family file. For example, you can make a tree chart for "direct lines only" or share just the relatives of your mother.
17. Cascading Pedigree Charts - These are a series of graphic pedigree charts, 4- or 5-generations per page, that are cross referenced with continuation numbers.
18. Autocomplete instantly recalls the last 10,000 surnames you've entered, helping you avoid typing the same surname over and over.
19. Source documentation - Document the sources of your information using "shared" source records. For example, if you wish to cite a source, you only need to record details about the source one time. Information about the source (the library, the book, the microfilm, the date, the quality of the data, even scans or pictures of original documents) can be entered into a single source record, and you can cite this source on any record, in any data entry field, as many times as you want. You have the option to include sources in reports.
20. Easy to get help - We can help you by phone and e-mail. Reunion also includes an easy to use, comprehensive e-manual. No matter where you are in Reunion, a Help button appears that will take you instantly to the right spot in the manual.
What's New in Reunion 13?
- The Change Log feature keeps track of the changes made to a family file, making it easy to see what's been changed (when and where, too!) and making it easy to navigate directly to the records and fields that have changed.
- Connections is a new feature that lets you connect people to other people whose role might be godfather, friend, witness, neighbor, executor, someone who was residing at the same address during a census, someone who was a servant in the household, etc. The connections aren't required to be related by blood or marriage. I.e., for the first time, Reunion can stretch beyond "familial" or "lineage linked" relationships. There are many possibilities, depending on the nature of your research.
- Reunion 13 has a new easy-to-use, yet more powerful Find feature: one small search box that searches everywhere. It will find what you want without configuring anything, without leaving the family view, without changing sidebars. Just think of what/who you want to find, enter it in the search box, and Reunion brings the results to you, showing the records and fields where items are found.
- The new Bowtie Chart begins with a couple in the center and then goes backward in time, moving to the left from the source husband, and to the right from the source wife (spreading out horizontally, so to speak). It resembles two ancestor charts sewn together, or mirroring each other (one left-to-right, and one right-to-left). It includes up to 12 generations in both directions.
- The new Summary Sidebar shows various personal statistics along with the ability to drill down for more detail, exploration, or navigation. As you navigate in your family file, it instantly shows items such as: the number of ancestors of a person, the number of descendants of a person; a list of descendants grouped by relationship; surnames of a person's ancestors; names of half-siblings, etc. It is customizable so you can see what's important to you.
- The Quickview is a new window that provides a quick, concise display of information about a person, couple, source record, or surname. It appears in several places, including most lists, providing more detail about somebody without having to navigate to another record.
- The old feature "Find Relationship between two people" has been renamed to "Find Relationship" and it has been improved to instantly show a graphic relationship tree and the relationship.
- Color Tags have a dedicated sidebar, with new enhancements.
- The new Surname Tracer shows a list of surnames of a person's ancestors, surnames of a person's descendants, and surname variations based on the earliest paternal ancestor of a person.
- New option to use a comma or a semicolon between fields of source records.
- Reunion will now search in branches. You can search for something and limit the search to just a particular branch (like maternal ancestors, or descendants, or relatives of a person, etc.) as opposed to searching through all people or all marked people. This capability adds a new dimension to the Advanced Find feature.
- The Citations list will search for duplicate citations in fields.
- HEIC file support has been added. This is the file format adopted by Apple in newer iPhones. So if you snap a picture of a document or person with a newer iPhone, Reunion handles the image happily.
- The Multimenu is a new button and menu that appears in several places, for example, above Note fields. The Multimenu will show the connections, web links, source citations, and email links in a note field, making it easy to reveal any of these items buried in a large body of note text.
- In charts, the new Text Mode menu offers much greater ability to control and customize the appearance of text in chart boxes. For example, it's easy to have Reunion make bold the name of the descendant AND spouse in ALL descendant chart boxes. Reunion 13 keeps track of the different categories of text in all chart boxes, and each category can have its own text color, size, and style. Categories include: surnames, full names, the entire name line, the entire entry for a person (including any fields associated with a person), direct descendants/ancestors, spouses, and other attributes like relationship, sex, child status, etc.
- Reunion 13 has a new feature to sort marriages. This appears in a new panel for globally sorting events, marriages, and children. This also adds new, automatic marking options when sorting events, marriages, and children and makes it easier to clean up data after importing a GEDCOM file.
- When the family view includes "Other spouses" or "Other children," those names can be clicked to navigate. This makes it easier to navigate to spouses or children from another marriage or family.
- The Logs button in the Navbar now lists the logs in the family file. This provides quicker access to see and edit a particular log, and also to navigate to web links or connections within the log itself.
- The Last Names report has been changed to Names & Facts and has been improved with the ability to list and show usage of...
- Fact fields in the family file. This provides an easy way to see the distribution of different occupations, causes of death, eye colors, etc.
- Last names (this was the only option in Reunion 12).
- Words in the Last Name field.
- First/middle names. This makes it easy to see the popularity of different given names in your family file.
- Words in the First/Middle name field.
- Names in the People sidebar are grouped by surname, making it easier to see longer names in the sidebar. Each subtitled surname shows the number of people with the surname. This feature can be turned on/off.
- The Autocomplete feature has been extended to cover first and middle names (aka "given names"). This should reduce your work, making it faster to enter common names. I.e., if you enter somebody named "William" you'll never need to type it again.
- Child status can be included in chart boxes.
- Charts saved as graphic files (PNG, JPEG, or TIFF) have twice the resolution.
- The Edit Person panel now includes a green check mark button in the lower-right corner to mark/unmark a person, and to let you know if somebody is marked while you're editing.
- URLs appearing in books have a new option to enable/disable colored text and/or underlining. This provides a simple way to control the appearance of URLs in books you intend to print.
- The Bookmarks limit was increased to 500 people (formerly this was 200).
- The Citations list can be shared as a text report.
- Dates, places and memos can be edited directly in the List > Events window. Changes made to events in the family file will be actively reflected in the List > Events window while it is open. These new features will make it easier to tidy-up event data in your family file.
- The List window includes the name of its associated family file, in the bottom-right corner, so you know at a glance which family file the List window belongs to.
- The age of living people can be omitted from charts and reports. By omitting ages for living people, charts have a longer "shelf life," so to speak. I.e., they won't appear inaccurate when viewed years after they were created.
- New option to include/exclude places from charts and reports. This new option makes it much easier to remove places from charts (and thereby limit the size of chart boxes) while retaining all other flexibility.
- The Statistics report has a new "Date" option (in the Show menu) that shows how many people were born, died, or married on every single day of the year. It's easy to see, for example, the most popular wedding day of the year.
- The Calendar sidebar has a new "Same" feature that creates lists of people having an event on the same day, "day & month," or "day, month, and year."
- In charts, different types of connecting lines can be edited independently via the Tree > Lines menu item. Applying a change to one type of line in a chart won't overwrite any manual edits to another type of line.
- Control-clicking on the names near the top of the Edit Person and Edit Family windows will show a menu with options to copy text details into to the Clipboard.
- In the Statistics and Names & Facts reports, graphic bars representing percentage-of-total are overlaid in the key column of the report.
- The Media window has a new shortcut: double-click an image to open it in Apple's Preview app, making it easier for zooming.
- When a person is designated as "Never Married" or a couple is designated as having "No Children," those designations will appear inside chart boxes. This feature should help you (or others who review your charts) to know where there are legitimate "dead ends" in charts. I.e., to know that a particular line has been evaluated and ended without direct heirs.
- In the Mark panel, you can now mark the "male descendant line" (to reflect the passing of the Y-DNA from father to son) or "female descendant line" (to reflect the passing of mtDNA from mother to children of either sex).
- Several new capabilities have been added to the Advanced Find feature...
- Days born before marriage (compares a person's birth date to his parents' marriage date). Example: to find people who were born before their parents were married.
- Days born after marriage (compares a person's birth date to his parents' marriage date). Examples: to find children born after the parents were married for 20 years; to find children born within a month after the parents were married.
- New operator: Contains Word. This provides a more precise way to search in some fields, particularly the First/mid Name field. Example: when you're looking for somebody named "Dan" but you don't want to see people whose name is "Daniel."
- Spouse has same last name. Example: to find couples where the husband and wife have the same surname.
- Number of days between death. Example: to find couples who died on the same day, or who died within a week of each other, or within a year of each other, etc.
- Living Date. Examples: to find people who were alive on a given date, were not alive during a certain year, alive before a certain year, a list of ancestors who were alive between 1640 and 1650, etc.
- Personal Statistics. Examples: to find (for each person) the number of step children, number of descendants, number of descendant generations, number of step parents, number of ancestors, number of ancestor generations, number of step siblings.
- New option in the Mark panel to take whatever group of people is currently marked and then mark one more generation of ancestors and/or descendants. I.e., mark the parents and/or children of people who are already marked.
- Birth date, death date, and age are included at the top of the Edit Person window (in addition to name).
- When searching source records, a new "does not contain" search method has been added.
- Reunion's date feasibility checker now includes the option to check for death after burial. This happens in real time (as death or burial events are entered/edited) and also when clicking the Show Feasibility Report button (in the Date Preferences > Feasibility Checking window).
- Autocomplete for first, middle, and last names are updated in 3 new places: whenever names are added/edited in the Edit Family > Children panel, in ReunionTouch, and when using letter-key shortcuts to add people.
Will Reunion 13 work with Apple's new M1 chip?
Yes - Reunion 13 is a universal binary app which will run natively on both Macs powered by Apple's new M1 cpu and on Macs powered by the Intel cpu.
Frequently Asked Questions
Will Reunion import my data from another genealogy program?
Yes, if the program you're using will export a GEDCOM file. This can then be imported into Reunion.
Please note that we cannot guarantee that all data will be imported. The GEDCOM standard is interpreted in different ways by different developers, therefore if you have complex data from your old program such as custom facts, these may not transfer across to Reunion.
Can I use Reunion on more than one Mac?
Yes, as long as it is for your own personal use.
Will my existing data (from my older version of Reunion) be compatible?
Yes, open your old family file(s) in Reunion and they will then be converted and you can save them with a new name.
Can I purchase an upgrade if I don't have my previous Reunion installed?
Yes; the upgrade will only work if you own an older version of Reunion. It is not necessary to install an older version.