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Reunion12 Reunion for Macintosh 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 or carry it on your devices. You can automatically create common genealogy reports, charts, forms, and books, as well as birthday calendars, mailing lists, questionnaires, indexes, and other lists. Reunion even creates slideshows, calculates relationships, ages, and statistics.

Reunion creates large, graphic tree charts allowing complete on-screen editing of boxes, lines, fonts, and colors. Wall charts for family reunions are just one of its specialties.

Reunion 12 introduces many new features to this popular genealogy program for Macintosh computers. The manual comes with the program in electronic form, there is no printed manual.


VicGUM has withdrawn from selling genealogy software. However, you may purchase Reunion 12 directly from Leister Productions.

System Requirements

To run Reunion 12 you will need Mac OS X version 10.7 or newer.

New Features in Reunion 12

Reunion 12 Features:

There are many new features and enhancements in this new version of Reunion including:

  • 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. An "Event Template" lets you determine the best order for events that have no dates. For example, always keeping burial after death, even when the burial date is unknown.
  • 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.
  • 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...
      • URLs 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.
      • URLs in facts and facts in smart lists are clickable in the family view. URLs 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.

Visit the Leister Productions web site for more information on Reunion 12 for the Macintosh.