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Thursday, September 14, 2023

Announcing Heredis 2024

For many years, Heredis has been a family tree software company that helps people discover their ancestors and create family trees. The software is used by genealogy enthusiasts and professionals worldwide. The newly released, Heredis 24 is a major European-based, desktop genealogy program that runs on both Apple and PC computers. The company is based in Montpellier, in the south of France. 

In 2014 the founder of the company sold his shares to the employees, who then took over the company and became each other's partners. It is owned by a SCOP, or Participative Cooperative Society. SCOPs are a type of worker cooperative where employees become partners and make decisions together. 

I have been acquainted with Heredis and had it on my computers for years. Each year, the company has been kind to offer me a free version of the updates. It has always been innovative and a program I often suggest it to those who want control over their own desktop programs as opposed to the online websites. Heredis is a visually lovely program compared to most. It offers a free demo version that allows you to create as many family trees as you like, with up to 50 members each. To create an extensive family tree, you'll need to upgrade to the full version.

The program has over 200 features so you can spend quite some time learning about all of them. One feature of the program that might surprise you is the ability to download a huge desktop family tree from the Family Tree. I would be careful going overboard with this feature due to the time the download may take and the amount of memory it may take up on your computer. You will also find that the program incorporates LDS ordinance information where available. 

If you have been working with genealogy programs for a while, you will appreciate some of the features such as the ability to directly search many online genealogy websites with on click for each individual in your database. 

The 2024 version also includes access to input census grids to enter everything while reading the Census, create ancestors and descendants' wheels up to 12 generations and now mixed wheel, a new feature 2024, create a family chronology, another new feature in 2024, and the ability to rename your media.

The Heredis Wheel feature is a visualization tool that allows you to display both the ancestors and descendants of a primary person in a circular chart1. Here are some key aspects of this feature:

Mixed Wheel: The mixed wheel lets you display both the ancestors and descendants of the primary person.

Zoom: You can zoom in and out using the + and – buttons. You can also hold down the CTRL key (Windows) or Cmd key (Mac) on your keyboard and zoom in/out using the mouse wheel.

Color Coding: The wheel displays a different color for each Ancestor and Descendant generation. You can select the desired starting color. It also allows you to show the male/female breakdown by selecting the color for men, women, and persons of unknown gender.

Export: You can export the wheel to PDF format for printing.

This feature provides a 360° representation of your family tree, making it easier to visualize and understand your genealogical data. Here is a screenshot of a family wheel. 

I could go on and on, but I suggest looking at the website and downloading the free version to see what it can do for you. 

I might also add that the company offers a partnership to genealogy associations.

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