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Reunion for iPhone app – elegant and full-functioned

Mobilegenealogy.com is a website devoted to genealogy applications for mobile devices. Since I’m starting to wonder how I ever did research without the Reunion app and my complete family tree with sources on my iPhone, this site looks really great. I love being able to consult a family group or doublecheck a source for a date without bringing my laptop and balancing it on my knees while I sit at a microfilm reader.

Mobilegenealogy.com came in handy at the local LDS library when someone noticed me using my iPhone, but his smartphone was an Android and I had no idea what apps were out there. Mobilegenealogy.com covers all mobile devices and their info is up-to-the-minute.

Because Reunion for iPhone ($14.99 from Leister Productions) does such a great job with its mobile app, I haven’t really needed to scope out the many family tree viewer apps out there. It’s pricey, but WEP (worth every penny). I do have Ancestry’s Tree to Go updated as of Jan 2014 to the Ancestry app for iPhone (free from Ancestry.com), which provides access to the family trees you’ve uploaded to their site, but I find it slow and clunky. A different animal is (updated in Jan 2014 no longer available)  Traces of the Past ($3.99 from Truscape Solutions), which provides a search interface to FamilySearch.org. I just put it on my phone today, so I’ll let you know what I think after I’ve used it for a while – or when I have to increase my data plan – whichever comes first!

Update: Traces of the Past is defunct and the FamilySearch app is for indexing only, but a rumored app from FamilySearch that permits access to their databases may be in the works.