New Version of Heredis Family Tree Software Now Available!

Heredis announces the new version of its genealogy database software for the Windows and Mac platforms - new and improved features - check it out!

For those of you who have been waiting patiently (or impatiently) for the new version of Heredis family tree software, it’s here! Here are some reasons why need to take a serious look at Heredis 2017 if you use a computer-based genealogy program. And if you are already using Heredis, here’s why you’ll want to upgrade the program:

  • The new version of Heredis is filled with many features, and at the same time, is easy to use.

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  • If you are moving from a different software program or using a family file from another source, Heredis offers importing options via the standard GEDCOM import or a previously used Heredis file from another source.
  • With the new version of Heredis, a major and unique innovation is the Dashboard. How many times have you said to yourself when opening your software: “What am I working on? What research did I do? On which branch did I stop? How many records and ancestors do I have to find?” With the Dashboard, at a glance you will know where you are in your genealogy research!
  • You manage your genealogical activities in real-time and on a daily basis thanks to a real on-board computer.
  • You can control the progress of your family tree: your online data, persons in your tree, events and occupations as well as given names and sources. You can customize your workspace to identify what you need to do and set goals.

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Additional News

Smart Search

File data can be scanned using combined search criteria; you find exactly what you are looking for. The search editor assists with building effective search criteria. You’ll be amazed at how useful Smart Search can be.

Serial Modification

Now, you can make serial modifications, additions, deletions, events, and notes. An example: you wish to work on your English ancestors and to determine their descendants. Simply choose the corresponding criteria; a summary of the search will automatically be entered as a sentence.

Find / Replace

For example, it is easy to search all instances of “St” and replace them with “Saint”. This tool can be combined with smart search and covers different headings such as notes, causes/information, or even health, place subdivision.

Written Books

Inspired by Michel Demorest’s Filiatus ® technology, new Books are written to facilitate creation and creativity! New models are emerging such as the Patronymic Dictionary inspired by the famous genealogical dictionary of Quebec or the Clan model. Old Book models have been revised and improved.

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Discover what awaits you by watching the new video on the Heredis website!

Reasons to Choose Heredis:

  • Unlimited Space: You can enter as many persons, photos, copies of documents as you want!
  • Easy-To-Use Features: From data entry (one of the Heredis strong points) to amazing family tree charts, Heredis advances your family tree.
  • Search Wizard: Offers various online research tools targeting sites such as Heredis Online, Ancestry, MyHeritage, Family Search and more.
  • Photo Recognition: Capture faces and identify persons in a photo. If you do not recognize a person, a family member may be able to identify the person and add information about the photo.
  • Online Imports: Find documents online without leaving the Heredis software program. Capture the records you find and integrate them directly into your family tree.

Heredis Online

Also available with Heredis, is an extension of the base Heredis program allowing you to publish your family data online. Heredis Online helps you create a free website dedicated to your genealogy that is searchable by family and friends.

Universal Platforms

Heredis operates on a variety of platforms including Windows, Mac, iPad or Android devices. Your genealogy is compatible everywhere, at all times with everyone. A mobile version is available and is compatible with the 2017 version of Heredis for iOS and Android. The mobile version is free.

About Heredis

For nearly 23 years, the team at Heredis has been serving lovers of genealogy and the history of their ancestors. Visit Heredis at for more information.

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System Requirements


  • Windows Vista to Windows 10
  • 500 MB of hard drive space
  • Screen1024 × 700 minimum
  • 64 bits only


  • Mavericks (10.9) to Sierra (10.12)
  • 300 MB of hard drive space
  • Screen1024 × 700 minimum
  • Internet connection for searches, publications, integrated maps and dashboard.


  • For each Heredis license, you are allowed three installations on different computers.
  • Windows: unlimited version at $29.99 USD and an upgrade version at $19.99 USD.
  • Mac: unlimited version at $49.99 USD. Note: Due to requirements at the AppStore, the Mac version does not have an update rate, but a launch rate priced at $24.99 USD until February 28, 2017, at 50% discount.

Disclosure statement: I have material connections with various vendors and organizations. To review the material connections I have in the genealogy industry, please see Disclosure Statement.

Mobile Genealogy: Reap the Benefits of Family History E-Books

Genealogical Publishing Company announces its new eBook site for genealogy and family history books at

Mobile Genealogy: Reap the Benefits of Family History E-Books

[Editor’s Note: We received the following post about the benefits of buying eBooks for genealogy and family history from our friends at Genealogical Publishing Company – there are some really great tips! Check out the over 800 eBooks at – you won’t find these e-titles on Amazon or elsewhere!]

Consider the following scenarios:

  • You are working on your genealogy at a local courthouse or archives. You discover a potential ancestor in the sources, but need to check that finding against a reference in the public library 20 miles away. You can’t get there for at least a week because of your other obligations . . .
  • You just opened up your winter home in Arizona (as many as 25% of genealogists are snowbirds.) You have an excellent collection of New England genealogy books at your home in Minnesota, but they won’t do you much good in Arizona, where you are hoping to make progress on your Cabot line . . . .
  • You are babysitting for Grandson Billy, who takes a nice long nap every afternoon. You brought your laptop to work on your German genealogy, but you need the web addresses from Angus Baxter’s In Search of Your German Roots to find those sites . . . .

Each of these examples points to the frustration genealogists encounter when they don’t have access to their most trusted reference books. Fortunately, at Genealogical Publishing Company, we have rectified this problem by launching a new kind of eBook store made specifically for genealogists. The site enables researchers to keep many of their reference books with them at all times, without adding a single ounce to their suitcase, briefcase, or trunk.

Our new site,, offers eBook editions of nearly 800 of our best titles, with more titles being added throughout the year. Mobility is just one of the benefits of our genealogy eBooks. All of our eBooks are priced at least 30% below their print counterparts, and there are no shipping costs associated with eBook delivery. That means that you save from $5.50 to $7.50 on each eBook you purchase.

At you can:

  • Search for books by locality, subject, time period, and other categories.
  • Look inside the book to view pages from the publication and search within the text.
  • Buy the book easily with just one click, registering with Google, Facebook, or your e-mail.
  • Read the book instantly on our site or download it to the eReader of your choice.
  • Cut and paste content directly from the book to your genealogical project, without having to retype the information.

We encourage you to visit, review its features, and send us your feedback. An in case you were wondering about our print books, we will continue to produce good-old-fashioned books. In the not too distant future, however, you will have your choice of print or electronic every time you visit Genealogical Publishing Company.

Disclosure statement: I have material connections with various vendors and organizations. To review the material connections I have in the genealogy industry, please see Disclosure Statement.

Biography Writing for Dummies with Story Terrace

Having trouble writing up a relative or ancestor's biography? Story Terrace has some great tips with "Biography Writing for Dummies"

Everyone’s Personal Biographer

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Biography Writing for Dummies with Story Terrace

[Editor’s Note: We received the following information filled with great tips on how to write a biography from our friends at Story Terrace. One of my focus areas with my own genealogy for 2017 is writing up family stories, ancestor bios and more. This is perfect timing for me!]

Story Terrace believes that in each and every family there are stories worth writing down. Writing your memoir is about personal reflection, sharing with family, friends and colleagues, and passing the torch to future generations.

The best biographies are written for novel reasons. A biography aims to inform, captivate, enrage, inspire, or all of the above. They offer us an extensive insight into the life of a remarkable person. They are the lifeblood of any section marked ‘Non-Fiction’.

The worst biographies are written for no reason at all. Or no real reason, anyway. They fail to capture the imagination and, as such, are often abandoned mid-way through, left unread on the dusty shelf of an obscure bookshop or marked as spam in a potential publisher’s inbox. And trust us, it happens all the time.

But it doesn’t have to be that way… No, Sir. That is why we are proud to present the Story Terrace guide to crafting a hit biography for dummies.

The Idea

One of the first recorded biographies to grace the page was Plutarch’s Parallel Lives. Written in the 1st Century by the Charles Dickens of Ancient Greece, the book was a compilation of the legacies of famous men (Julius Caesar, Alexander the Great and Coriolanus, to name but a few) and is, what you might call, a bestseller of the time.

Plutarch’s idea was to not simply write the history of these people, but to reflect on their character and how it was critical to their success.

It might not sound like a lot, but Plutarch was a life-writing revolutionary. He made the distinction between biography and plain old history, realizing that the thing that makes a story interesting is not the facts or events, but the feelings and motivations of the people involved. Why would someone buy Kim Kardashian’s best-selling autobiography when the information is available for free on Wikipedia? The answer is because it offers the reader a glimpse of the action, it narrows the gap between reader and subject, allowing us to understand them on a more personal level.

So how does this relate to your spine-tingling biography idea? Well, while you might have an idea of who you want to write about, it is also important to think in terms of: what makes your subject interesting? What is it about your subject that a reader would want to know (that they don’t already)? How can you make the story come alive?

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The Research

Depending on whether your subject is living, or unwilling to help, recently deceased or long deceased, your research may take a different path…

If they’re alive then your best shot, and primary research tool, would be to interview the subject, their family, friends and anyone else who may have a unique perspective on the person.

There are three basic ways of conducting an interview:

  • The hard journalistic method: Using heavily prepared, specific questions on a specific subject to reveal specific answers.
  • The soft journalistic method: Using prepared but open questions, allowing the interviewee to discuss the memories that they choose.
  • The conversational method: an open back-and-forth, letting the interviewee lead the discussion in the hope of revealing something a little special or unexpected.

Each method has its pros and cons, so it’s up to you to decide the best way of eliciting information from your interviewee. For example, if you’re collecting background information or trying to understand your subject as a person, then a soft journalistic or conversational method would probably work best. Whereas if you’re attempting to extrapolate succinct quotes or precise information, the hard journalistic method is the way to do it.

If you’re unable to rely on interviews, then it comes down to good old fashioned research ‒ roll up your sleeves and prepare for a long ride. You’re going to need to amass a wealth of primary and secondary sources if you want your biography to have any legitimacy, so hit the books, scan the internet and talk to experts for information.

Do periphery research, too. If your subject lived long ago, then study what life was like back then. What was happening socially, politically, and economically? What were the attitudes and opinions of the people around your subject? How might this have informed their life?

Though you should start with a fully-formed idea, remember to keep an open mind. You never know what you might find during your research, what you might learn that will shatter your preconceptions of the subject.

Most of all, keep in mind the words of Albert Szent-Gyorgyi: “Research is to see what everyone else has seen, and to think what nobody else has thought.”

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The Writing Process

So you’ve got a solid idea in the bank, you’ve done months upon months of research and now you’re ready to write. This is where it counts folks, so listen up…

What you’re essentially trying to do is condense an entire life into the form of a book; an interesting book. A book that someone might even want to read in their spare time. And let’s get one thing clear: life and life-writing are not the same thing. Life has no form, no structure and is completely unlike a book. Think about it: there’s barely any plot, no overarching themes and mostly bad dialogue. Twists and events are either predictable or random; and the ending’s always the same. In the words of Elbert Hubbard: “Life is just one damn thing after the other.” So how do you then leave your mark on your story? How do you create a beautiful narrative of your life story to share with others?

The job of the biographer, therefore, is to shape and condense a person’s life into a structured story.

This means focusing on the relevant parts of the subject’s life, choosing the bits that developed them as a person and arranging it all into narrative form. This means privileging suspense, humor, pathos and all the other things that spin a great yarn… We never said it was going to be easy.

The good news about this is the freedom. Want to start in the middle? Go for it. Have a unique theory about your subject? Stick it in. So long as all the action and events are verifiably true, anything else is generally fair game.

Writing a book is said to follow 3 stages:

  • Drafting: Creating and shaping the original body of text.
  • Revising: Reviewing and altering the text to craft a more cohesive work.
  • Editing: Correcting, organizing and condensing the text into the best it can be.

In reality, however, these stages tend to overlap and intermingle depending on the writer. Even so, it’s good to remember that the first draft is NEVER perfect and is often completely different to the finished product. Meaning: don’t get bummed out if things don’t seem to click at first. It may take several drafts and revisions to craft the biography of your dreams, but keep trudging onwards until you’re happy. Then, when you’re happy with the content, get down to the editing.

Ready to start work on your hit biography yet? Story Terrace is here to help! Let us bring your family research to life through text and photos printed in beautiful hardcover books. Our professional writers and editors help compile your legacy so you can share it easily with family, friends and future generations.


To receive 10% off your book package with Story Terrace, make sure to mention GeneaBloggers when you contact us!

Story Terrace. Everyone’s personal biographer (347) 442 7015
Caolan Blaney, Story Terrace

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Disclosure statement: I have material connections with various vendors and organizations. To review the material connections I have in the genealogy industry, please see Disclosure Statement.