The HRE project

History Research Environment is a community project which aims to create HRE, a free and open-source platform-independent application for the serious amateur or professional historical researcher.

HRE is designed to handle not only genealogical (family history) data, but a very wide range of other historical and social research needs.

For Genealogists, HRE will provide an onward path for existing users of the now-discontinued program The Master Genealogist (TMG).

The project consists of a volunteer community of software designers, programmers, historians and genealogists who work together to define and create the HRE software. The community is supported by a not-for-profit company, History Research Environment Limited, which acts as the signatory for any project contracts, and holds project funds.

The project is entirely non-profit and volunteer-based, and we have no paid employees. The directors of History Research Environment Limited are likewise volunteers.

See also:

Our charter

Our volunteer contributor agreement