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.
Our volunteer contributor agreement