Thursday, July 10, 2008

Can Your Genealogy Software Do This? -- Series 3 Updated

I posted my latest genealogy software question on 6 July - Can your genealogy software provide a list or report with the ages at death of selected people in your database? Preferably the ancestors of a person, in descending order from most years to fewest years. Or just the top 20 persons, say.

So far, I've posted information about:

* FamilyTreeMaker 16 - will do it, in order.

* Personal Ancestral File/Ancestral Quest - will do it, in order.

* Legacy Family Tree 7 - will do it, but not in order.

* FamilyTreeMaker 2008 -- won't do it, according to informants.

What about the following software? Can it do this task?

* The Master Genealogist

* RootsMagic

* Reunion (for Macintosh)

* Brother's Keeper

* Any others?

Please tell me in comments, or send step-by-step directions and a screen shot to email at if you want to respond to this challenge.


  1. IFamilyForLeopard (for Mac)
    Used to be IFamilyForTiger
    software download works on both operating systems.

    Reports Menu
    Select: Statistics
    Click: Show Lifespan Info

    Here is the information provided

    Num Males
    Ave Male Lifespan
    Males who died under 20 yrs (#)
    Males who lived over 80 yrs (#)
    Males who lived over 90 yrs (#)
    Males who lived over 100 yrs (#)

    Num Females
    Ave Female Lifespan
    Females who died under 20 yrs
    Females who lived over 80 yrs
    Females who lived over 90 yrs
    Females who lived over 100 yrs

    Earliest recorded person with birth/death year

    Age At Death < 1 year = %
    Age At Death 01 to 10 = %
    Age At Death 11 to 20 = %
    Age At Death 21 to 30 = %
    Age At Death 31 to 40 = %
    Age At Death 41 to 50 = %
    Age At Death 51 to 60 = %
    Age At Death 61 to 70 = %
    Age At Death 71 to 80 = %
    Age At Death 81 to 90 = %
    Age At Death 91 to 100 = %
    Age At Death 101 to 110 = %

    (and, providing names and ages)
    People who lived over 100 years
    People who lived 90 - 99 years
    People who lived 80 to 89 years

    Within the categories, they're alphabetical (by first name), not chronological.

    Rather ugly, but I just posted a request for a different sort on their forum board. Updates are frequent.

  2. One advantage to single-developer software: 2.5 hours after my request, the developer announced that in the next release he's added

    "three sort options for the lifespan info (a) sort by Age at Death, (b) sort by Family Name/First Name and (c) sort by First Name/Family Name. "

  3. In Brother's Keeper, you can pick from the report menu Other, Graphic Charts, Type, Lifespan. You can pick the Ancestors of a person to make the graph.
    If you want actual ages, then from the report menu pick Lists, Alphabetical Report, and pick Ancestors of a person. On the fields to include pick field 29 and field 39. If you Preview or Print it, it will be alphabetical by last name. However, you can pick File, Create TXT file to send it to a file, and then you could load the TXT file into your word processor to sort it by age.