How to Upgrade

Family Historian 7 is a paid-for upgrade from all earlier versions.

Minor version updates are usually free in Family Historian. Major version updates are not free – but if you own a recent version, you may be eligible for a discount off the usual price. A minor update is any update where the first part of the version number does not change. Version numbers are usually displayed in 3 parts. For example, if you have version 6.2.7 and you wish to upgrade to version 7.0.0, that is a major upgrade because the first part has changed from 6 to 7.

To check which version you have, click on “About Family Historian” on the Help menu. The version you have is shown at the top.

If an upgrade is available, you may be informed of this when you run Family Historian. You can also check yourself by clicking ‘Check for Updates’ on the Help menu. If the upgrade is a free minor upgrade, you can normally apply it immediately by clicking on a button labelled ‘Upgrade Now’. Paid-for upgrades do not work like this. In that case there will be no ‘Upgrade Now’ button. To purchase a paid-for upgrade, please go to Family Historian 7 Upgrade in the Family Historian Store, and carefully read the instructions, to see if you are eligible for a discount (but first see Family Historian Account below). When you have completed your purchase, you will be emailed instructions for downloading and installing the software. When you install the software, it will automatically detect if you already have a previous version installed, and will update you if do.

See What’s New in Version 7 to learn about the new features in the latest version.

Family Historian Account

To apply for a discount (and also to run Family Historian 7 once you have installed it) you will need a Family Historian account. Even if you are a long-time user of Family Historian, you may well not currently have a Family Historian account because up to now you have not needed one to use the program. You will only have an account if you created one when buying something on the Family Historian store after 17th Feb 2017. If you do not already have an account, you will need to create one. To create an account, please click here and then register. Once you have registered you will receive an email with your user id and password. You will then be able to login at