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Reunion 9

*Est. $100
March 2010
by ConsumerSearch
Reunion 9

Best genealogy software for Mac

  • Better than version 8
  • Can transfer information to an iPod
  • Easy to learn and use
  • Expensive
  • Search function could be better
  • You'll need basic HTML skills to use it with a website
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Reviews say Reunion 9 is the best genealogy software created for Macs (OS 10.3.9 or newer), as opposed to Windows programs retrofitted for Macs. Professional reviewers sometimes note the expense as a drawback, but owner reviews at indicate they believe it's worth the price. Reunion 9 includes more than 100 upgrades over Reunion 8, including the ability to transfer files to an Apple iPod. A review at Macworld says it's "beautifully designed, easy to use, and a pleasure to work with." But a review at Family Tree Magazine says the search function is "clumsy" and notes that if you want to create a web page, you're going to need to know some basic HTML. If you're a PC user, reviews suggest RootsMagic 4 (*Est. $30) or Legacy Family Tree 7.0 Deluxe (*Est. $35).

We found the reviews at Family Tree Magazine to be the most helpful, with a detailed description of the program's strengths and weaknesses. The individual reviews at Macworld and are written by genealogical professionals. We found helpful user reviews at

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Reunion 9

 (48 reviews)


Our Sources

1. Family Tree Magazine

Family Tree's full review of Reunion 9 is posted on its message board. Among the plusses noted is drag-and-drop between windows with a warning that helps you avoid mistakes. The chief negative is a "clumsy" search function. The only other drawback noted is price.

Review: Reunion 9 For Mac Software Review, Grace Dobush, Oct. 12, 2007

2. Macworld

This single-product review is based on hands-on use. Reunion 9 has "more than 100 updates to an already excellent program," reviewer Jeffery Battersby writes. He says it's "beautifully designed, easy to use and a pleasure to work with."

Review: Reunion 9.04, Jeffery Battersby, May 18, 2007


Reunion 9 gets an average score of 4 out of 5 stars from more than 20 user reviews. Most reviewers say the program is user friendly and has a nice interface. Complaints are minimal and inconsistent.

Review: Reunion 9, Genealogy and Family Tree Software For Macintosh, Contributors to

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