Reunion free download for Mac


29 November 2017

Create a sophisticated record of your family tree.


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, books 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.

Limitations of the demo version:

  • Only 50 people can be entered in a family file.
  • Import/Export is disabled.
  • Charts and slideshows can't be saved.
  • Printed output will be watermarked.

What's new in Reunion

Version 12.0:

Note: Version 12 is a paid upgrade from previous versions.

  • New Duplicate Check feature. When adding a person, a new window appears showing possible duplicates to the person you're adding. You can make it as sensitive as you want. Potential duplicates can be reviewed, to help decide whether to link an existing person or continue adding a new person. No need to look for duplicates after the fact.
  • Sort events for everybody, marked people, or the current couple.
  • The new Citations List is a powerful and flexible tool for reviewing, searching, and managing citations and citation detail. It's easy to see a list of citations for any person, family, or group of people. Citations can be sorted in several ways and citation detail can be edited in one place for better consistency. This new feature shows the precise usage of each citation; not just the person, but the field, source number, template, and citation detail for each citation record.
  • Vastly improved fan charts, including: full circular fans (and any degree of spread from 150° to 360°); the ability to exclude empty cells; color controls for individual fan cells, or by generation, sex, branch, or direct line; the fine-tuning of space between generations, adjacent cells, and lines of text; control of shadows and rounded corners for cells; and much more.
  • New Color Tags feature lets you use color to tag people in your family file. Color tags provide visual clues to distinguish different groups of people with particular attributes. For example, people modified in the last 30 days could be given a green tag, descendants of any ancestor can be given an orange tag, ancestors of a person can be given a cyan color, people flagged as "uncertain" can have a magenta tag, people with multiple parents can have a yellow tag, Y-DNA and mtDNA can be assigned different color tags, etc.
  • We've greatly enhanced the ability to search for citations and citation detail. There are 3 new, powerful searches in the Find panel: Number of Citations, Cited Source Number, and Citation Detail. These are in response to wish-list requests, such as: searching for text in the citation detail field, searching for people with a particular field that has no citations, cites a certain source, or has a certain number of citations; searching for people with general source citations, etc. The possibilities are vast.
  • Reunion's Find feature can show you exactly where matches occur - not just the person who has a match, but the precise field where the match occurs. This happens with a new Match menu button that appears in the Results list.
  • The Source window now shows all elements together and visible in one glance (Source Fields, Free-Form Text, Multimedia, and the Preview). No more using tabs to see or edit different elements. All four sections are can be revealed or hidden, and they’re all resizable.
  • Reunion's web output now features "responsive design," meaning that web pages created by Reunion will appear optimized for whatever device (desktop, phone, tablet) is viewing them.
  • New Book features...
    • A new book based on a relative report, with chapters for each relationship.
    • A new book based on an hourglass report. This book moves both directions, forward and backward in time, combining the descendants of a person, together with the ancestors of a person and/or the ancestors of his spouse.
    • The Book Project window has clickable links, making it easier to navigate the book before creating a PDF file. For example, clicking names in the index, place index, sources, media, etc. Also, a new History menu for backtracking as you navigate to different pages in the book.
    • New Add Section window offers several prebuilt sections for books and a place to save/recall your own customized book sections. These include Front Covers, Back Covers, and Custom Sections. This feature makes it easier to assemble a book from pieces that have already been created and modified to your liking.
    • In the Sections list of the Book Project window, the titles of chapters within the main report now appear. For example, instead of showing simply "Ancestor Report" in the list of book sections, you'll see "First Generation," "Second Generation," etc. This makes it easier to navigate to different generations or chapters in the Book Project window.
    • Text can be fully justified (i.e., text in paragraphs can be left- and right-justified).
    • Preferred pictures in books can be auto-sized to a uniform width, for neater appearance alongside text.
    • Text can be colored automatically: select different colors for males, females, relationships, and highlight the names of direct ancestors/descendants.
    • New text variables representing the source person for the report and the type of report.
  • In addition to names and dates, sidebars have an option to include relationships appended to each line.
  • Two new searching features are available in reports created for the web...
    • A new Search menu item lets viewers of your web reports search for people by name.
    • The integration of third-party search engines (Google, Bing, Yahoo, and/or DuckDuckGo) allows viewers to search your web reports for any scrap of information.
  • Added ability to change individual events, facts, and source fields into different events, facts, or source fields on a case-by-case basis. This feature makes it easier to "clean up" after importing a GEDCOM file; or, to tidy-up data entry. This feature appears when Control-clicking event or fact fields in Edit Person, event fields in Edit Family, and the Source Fields section in the Source window.
  • In the Edit Person panels (Name, Events, Facts), you can Control-click citations in the Source Citations list to see a contextual-menu of features and shortcuts, including: copy, paste, remove, edit, show in sidebar, show citations to the source, show thumbnails of media items linked to the source (and/or open any of those media items) and the ability to set a source as the Automatic Source.
  • New detection and presentation of web page addresses (URLs) in fields...
    • URL's in facts, structured source fields, and event memos become blue, underlined, and single-clickable. Anything that looks like a URL will be made into a clickable link.
    • URL's in facts and facts in smart lists are clickable in the family view. URL's in note fields are clickable in the family view (if they have been converted using the "Make link" feature).
    • In books and web reports, facts and structured source fields with URLs will be clickable.
  • Missing multimedia items can be repaired with a simple drag-and-drop in the Media window or in the Multimedia Usage report. Also, missing items in the Multimedia Usage report can be double-clicked to relink/repair.
  • In the Edit Person > Name panel, a source can be dragged from a Source Citations list and dropped into the Automatic Source box. This will designate the dragged source as an Automatic source.
  • Lists of couples can be searched. A search box now appears in the List Couples window and also in the Results list when it contains couples.
  • Improved "Search the Web" feature now includes separate menus for regional groups. This makes it easier to manage the growing number of search sites around the world. For example, you can see search sites grouped by region, or enable/disable all sites in any region or country with one click.
  • When a person is in the Clipboard, a new clipboard icon will appear with the person's name in other sidebars and in the List windows.
  • Multiple entries in the Clipboard can be selected and deleted.
  • Reports that move "forward" in time (such as the Register report, Family History, Descendant) are no longer based on a preset "husband & wife" starting point. Instead, these reports allow the selection of either the husband or wife as the "principal ancestor" for the report.
  • Reunion's most comprehensive reports can be either narrative or outline style. Many people believe the outline style is easier-to-follow. Now you have the choice when creating register reports, ancestor reports, or either of the two, new book formats: hourglass and relative.
  • "Find Relationships between two people" now makes it much easier to choose people to evaluate. People can be recalled from: recent Find Relationships searches, the Bookmarks, the Quickbar, the History (recently visited records), or people can be selected by ID number.
  • "Find Relationships between two people" now includes a Copy button that puts the relationship (as described in words/text) into the Clipboard, making it easy to paste into an email or elsewhere.
  • In the Thumbnails window, there's a new sharing feature that will save all images into a folder. One nifty way to use this is to make a folder of images and then configure your Mac's system Screen Saver to use that folder of pictures.
  • The Events list has been improved in several ways...
    • Ability to show only the events that happened in a particular place. For example, a list of death events in a specific city; or a list of burial events that reference a particular cemetery; or a list of all events that happened in Boston. The possibilities are numerous.
    • A marking column has been added.
    • A Marking Shortcuts button has been added.
    • Sorting has been improved.
  • The first 50 characters of event memo fields can be included in graphic charts (ancestor, descendant, and relative charts) and descendant reports. There are many cases when a few words next to the event are of interest. E.g. in the census fields, users will often add the word "lodger" or "living with grandparents" into the memo field. In Reunion 12, those tidbits can be included in charts (and the descendant report).
  • In the family view, Control-click any image inside a person button to show the new Image Tools menu. This menu includes thumbnails of all images linked to a person, the ability to change the preferred picture, and other features.
  • When the Ages sidebar includes perspective events, each perspective event will have a unique icon reflecting the nature of milestones in the perspective event set. For example: US Flag for US presidents, musical notation for composers, soccer ball for Olympics, etc.
  • Double-clicking on a perspective event in the Ages sidebar will open your web browser and perform a Google search for the topic/content of the perspective event.
  • The Place Usage list can be sorted by name or event. Just click on the column headings. By default, it is sorted by: last name, first name, event.
  • Lists show the number of people in each group. For example, in the Relatives list it's easy to see the number of grandchildren, great grandchildren, 2nd cousins, etc. This new feature appears in: Relatives, Treetops, Calendar, On This Date.
  • When starting Reunion, you have the option to show the People sidebar, the Reminders sidebar, or whatever sidebar was open when you last Quit Reunion.
  • When sharing logs, there's an option to share the selected log or all logs.
  • When searching for people or families by ID number, you'll see the name and key dates of the person or family number currently entered in the number field.
  • In the General Preferences > "Font for lists and data entry," there's a new button to restore defaults.
  • The keyboard shortcuts for increasing/decreasing the size of text in the family view will also apply to the size of text in the sidebars and the list windows.
  • When making movies from slideshows, higher resolution choices are provided.
  • Add Person Using Search is a new feature to simplify adding people who may already be in the family file. It’s an alternative to looking in the sidebar for an existing person. Just enter a first name, last name, and sex and then Reunion will present a list of possible matches.
  • When sharing the People, Results, or Events lists, the Share window provides a new option to use grouped subtitles. This consolidates the report into groups of items, making the report much easier to read.
  • The Source Preferences window is much wider, for those who use longer, more elaborate field and/or template names.
  • Added ability to remove an item in a source record's multimedia list via Control-clicking.
  • Like most modern Mac apps, Reunion 12 has a cleaner "flatter" appearance (buttons, lists, and such). However, if you prefer the more "rounded" look of Reunion 11 and earlier versions, there's a button in the Family View Preferences that will revert to the older appearance.
  • When using Match & Merge People, and using the "Names and Dates" criteria, the evaluation of matches is more lenient, meaning it's more likely that matches will be identified.
  • When moving the contents of any field into the User ID field, there's a new option to "clear" all User ID field numbers before moving data into the User ID field. Previously, the data you were moving would be appended to data already in the User ID Field.
  • A new keyboard shortcut: Press Command-Y to unmark everybody in the family file and then mark everybody listed in the current sidebar or List window, whichever is frontmost.
  • A picture's "sensitivity" setting will take precedence over its "preferred" setting when creating reports and charts. This change makes it possible to see the sensitive pictures in Reunion, but not include them in reports/charts.
  • Searching for text in source records will use the "word starts with" methodology to find matches, just like searching for people in the People list. That means you can search for multiple words in sources (including just the beginnings of words) and word order doesn't matter.
  • In the List window, if there's a column showing "# of Children," a new button appears which will show the names of children. Similarly if the List window has a column showing "# of Spouses," a new button appears which will show the names of spouses.
  • In the Thumbnails window, there's a new option to show images for the "current family." This option appears in the Include menu.
  • In the Thumbnails window, there's a new button for showing only images designated as "Treat as Document."
  • For indexes in reports, there's a new option to "use full dates" rather than just the birth/death years.
  • Added capability to move (copy) the Person ID Numbers or the Family ID Numbers into another person or family field.
  • Added ability to search for a word or text in any fact field. For example, if you looked for the word "church" in "any fact field," then "church" would be found whether it's in somebody's Religion fact field, Education fact field, Occupation fact field, or any other fact field.
  • Reunion 12 takes advantage of Apple's word processor app, Pages 6.1 (released in March 2017) in which Apple finally restored support for RTF files.
  • Added ability to interpret more abbreviations for "circa" when entering dates, such as "c" and "c." Thus, entries like "c 1989" or "c. 1989" or "c1989" or "c.1889" all are interpreted as "circa 1989." This feature will help when importing GEDCOM files where such abbreviations may be used, and, if you happen to be transcribing data using these abbreviations.
  • The Find feature allows searching for the changed date of the contact information (for people and couples). In the List window, a column can be set-up to show "Contact Changed Date" for contact information.
  • When a Find has been performed on the Sources sidebar/list, there's a new feature to mark people whose information cites any of the sources in the Source list.
  • Increased the Clipboard limit to 750 items.
  • Improved the handling of events in GEDCOM import/export via added support for the EVEN/TYPE tags. This should provide better compatibility with other apps and also avoid issues with "miscellaneous events" and the use of fields with non-standard GEDCOM tags. The option to use the EVEN/TYPE tags when exporting appears in the Field preferences.
  • When a thumbnail from Apple's Photos app is dragged/dropped into Reunion, the contents of the picture's "Description" field will be imported into Reunion's "Comments" field.
  • Added confirming messages when making child button names bold or plain (in the Change > Direct Lines Bold panel).
  • Additional Enhancements in Web Reports...
    • In Ancestor reports with a destination of web/browser, and also in books based on the Ancestor report, the block of information about each ancestor will include the full names and dates of his/her parents. And the name of each parent is a clickable link.
    • There's a new option for colorizing names of males, females, and relationships in web reports.
    • When sharing lists (such as the People list, Event list, etc.) with a destination of web/browser, a single HTML file is created (rather than a folder). The list, CSS elements, and related image files are all embedded in one file. This change makes it easier to create and send a list via email.
    • Web family cards In web projects will include the "Unmarried" status.
    • Web family cards in web projects will show the correct color for sex when there is a same-sex marriage. This applies when the same-sex couple appears as the source couple and when the parents of a source person are a same-sex couple.
    • Index and Surname pages in web reports have new options to "use full dates" and "show (birth-death) years."
    • Person sheets in web projects, and also Register reports for the web, will include a clickable camera icon when a person has "family" pictures or multimedia items. This appears with the marriage information, and makes it easier to find multimedia linked to a person's family

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20 Reviews of Reunion

30 September 2009
Version: 9.0a

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Twice as expensive as the competition, and a demo so crippled that you can't make any kind of informed decision. I can't throw that much money at a genealogy app without even knowing how it handles a GEDCOM import. The automatic source feature only works for adding new persons' names - so when you are entering a bunch of details from a single source, you have to select it again for every fact. iFamily handles this much better, allowing you to set an active source and have all entries default to it. The Reunion set up is probably good for people who like to pick a person then add each detail for them, but if your workflow is to start with a source and then add each detail for all the people it references, Reunion would get very tedious.
22 October 2019
Version: 12.0
Man, what did they do? I can't stand the new interface. It's like they went backwards. Looks like something from Mac Classic days. They could not have ruined Reunion any more than they did. I only went to it since I'd upgraded the OS and my Reunion 9 was 32 bit. Horrible!
29 November 2017
Version: 12.0
$49.95 for an upgrade? I think I will pass...
31 October 2016
Version: 11.0.10
2016 and STILL not 64-bit! *facepalm*
14 June 2015
Version: 11.0.4
I've been a user of Reunion since around version 7. Been looking at others swell, but always returned to reunion. Now I have purchased Reunion 11, and will probably leave the Reunion platform and use Mac family Tree. Reason: Reunion is starting to feel "old" compared to the other programs, and my swedish localization stopped working after their update to version 11.0.4. I posted a question in the support forum, but instead of answerring they deleted the thread. which is an innovative if not constructive way to deal with customer complaints. I like the reports in Reunion, and also the way I enter info. But I feel Reunion is dropping behind the competition, and with a "support" that treats paying customers as something annoying - well I just don't feel like staying with them.. I am going to try Mac Family Tree. Others have recommended Family Tree maker. Others still recommend a web-based solution. Also there are a few things in Mac Family Tree that I feel is much better than in Reunion. Reunion feels old. MFT gives me the option to see the relationship with me and anyone in my ancestry file in a diagram. That way I found out that my wife and I have a common link in the 17th century. Reunion only shows direct lines, and only in a text-based list. I would never have found that link that way. Also MFT has a map that shows where ALL people in my file have lived. Which is interesting for me, since in Sweden people migrated within the nations border a lot in the 19th century. On the other hand, the map tat Reunion shows for me and the way I have moved is so far better than the one in MFT. Conclusion: with a less hostile support I might have stayed with Reunion. But I guess after understanding the MFT learning curve I will not miss Reunion.
25 April 2015
Version: 11.0
For me, the most significant update from 10 is the Island feature. There are others, but most seem to be minor enhancements of a great program. So is the $50 to upgrade PLUS another $8 for the iPad app (the old one previously purchased is no longer supported, and you can't update to the new one) really worth it? $58 for upgrading?
23 April 2015
Version: 11.0
This application is really good, and best of all, unlike MacFamilyTree, this developer didn't abandon all of their non-Mac App Store(MAS) customers. You can actually get this direct and through normal channels. MFT abandoned many customers when they went MAS only. The only bad thing is the upgrade is rather pricy. It would be fair around $25 for existing customers. $50 is way too high!
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22 April 2015
Version: 11.0
Great upgrade. Many new features.
25 April 2013
Version: 10.0.6
I have used v9 for several years; they now want the GBP equivalent of USD 49.95 to 'upgrade'. Ridiculous.
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08 March 2013
Version: 10.0.5
Can anyone compare this with MacFamilyTree which is half the price. Thanks.
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20 January 2013
Version: 10.0.4
Odd that the MacUpdate notice for 10.0.4 is just now (1/19/13) coming out when 10.0.4 was released 3 months ago (9/17/12). That said, this is a terrific app that I've used for many years, and would be lost without it. However, there is one bug (crashes on some copy/paste actions) that's driving me crazy!
25 August 2010
Version: 9.0c
I have used Reunion from version 4.0 (Apple IIe days). The 9.0 version is a Mac only application which I truly enjoy. Most of your questions can be answered at: If you have specific questions there is a technical support link which has always been responsive. It is a solid piece of software for which so far I have never lost data. My only disappointment is the "dual entry" which is required if you are using This issue cannot be corrected because Ancestry does not open its software doors to competing vendors. I also have the iPhone version which is equally stable and plan to buy the iPad ver. shortly.
30 September 2009
Version: 9.0a
Twice as expensive as the competition, and a demo so crippled that you can't make any kind of informed decision. I can't throw that much money at a genealogy app without even knowing how it handles a GEDCOM import. The automatic source feature only works for adding new persons' names - so when you are entering a bunch of details from a single source, you have to select it again for every fact. iFamily handles this much better, allowing you to set an active source and have all entries default to it. The Reunion set up is probably good for people who like to pick a person then add each detail for them, but if your workflow is to start with a source and then add each detail for all the people it references, Reunion would get very tedious.
10 September 2009
Version: 9.0a
Does it open .ftw (Family Tree Maker) files?
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24 May 2008
Version: 9.0.7
Great program! I've used it for years and all versions have been great. Now I look forward to a iPhone version that syncs with this one :-)
23 May 2007
Version: 9.0.4
A very good app. Native OS X, very stable, many features and simple to use. (I love the brushed metal interface and will miss it in Leopard.) Some remarks: - I'm quite sure you will sell a lot more if you reduce your price to MFT+$20 - the icon of the app itself is soooo ugly (which is strange since all the icons within the app are beautiful) Feature request: - How about some Google Earth integration? A great feature included in MFT since its last update.
30 March 2007
Version: 9.0.3
At $60 for an upgrade, this would have to be twice the program it was before and it is not. Rewriting it to work natively on Intel is not worth any upgrade price since it already worked. Not enough new features for the price. For that price I will look for another program first. Still using 8 till it stops working all together.
18 March 2007
Version: 9.0.2
Great concept. Ugly, really, really ugly GUI. So ugly I can't use use even though it's full of features and is simple to use.
03 March 2007
Version: 9.0
I have already paid for the upgrade, and I'm always satisfied with Reunion. Always. Stable program with nice "bells and whistles." My only concern is that $59.95 is a very costly upgrade. Perhaps Mr. Leister may consider a cheaper upgrade next time for users who have upgraded several times, or maybe those "charter members" can get a larger price break. Just a thought.
07 March 2005
Version: 8.0.6
We just downloaded this and MacFamilyTree. Reunion 8 is very easy to understand as soon as you open it. You just start typing and before you know what is going on, you have filled out the 35 people limit with the demo. Can't say the same about the other app although we did much prefer the charting on MacFamilyTree over Reunion. Give it a 4 for features due to this. We think the cost in this case is well worth it. Reunion is really nice and for us the clear winner.
07 February 2005
Version: 8.0.6
Good program, but still no unicode support, so I can't properly enter the non-Anglo half of my family. No use updating until they make the program play nice with other languages.