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What Happened to Reunion for Windows?

In July 1997, Reunion for Windows was acquired by another company, Sierra (a publisher of entertainment, productivity, and educational software located in Bellevue, WA.)

When this happened, Leister Productions became a Macintosh-only developer, no longer selling Reunion for Windows, and no longer developing anything for the Windows platform. However, Leister Productions continued to own, develop, and publish Reunion for Macintosh.

In June 2002, Generations for Windows was purchased by Genealogy.com, whose parent company is A&E Television Networks, and it was announced that Broderbund would be distributing the product. Read the press release.

If you need help with Generations for Windows...

If you own Generations, and you need help, you should contact Sierra or Genealogy.com. Links to Sierra's resources on the web appear here. Links to Genealogy.com's resources on the web appear here. Leister Productions can't help you with questions or problems with Generations.

More History...

When Reunion for Windows was acquired by Sierra in 1997, Leister Productions ceased Windows development. At the time, Leister Productions was working on a product that was planned to become Reunion 5 for Windows. Sierra acquired this work-in-progress and Leister Productions no longer had any control over the development of that product.

Sierra also acquired Reunion 4 for Windows in July 1997. When this happened, Leister Productions no longer sold Reunion 4 for Windows or provided any further updates to the product. However, Leister Productions continued to provide technical support for users of Reunion 4 for Windows for one year (until June 30, 1998). In March 1998, Sierra repackaged Reunion 4 for Windows and re-released it as Generations Deluxe 4.2.

What happened to Reunion for Macintosh?

Reunion 5 for Macintosh was released by Leister Productions in September 1997. It received stellar reviews and became the highest-rated genealogy software. Reunion 5 for Macintosh was upgraded to version 6 in November 1998, version 7 in May 2000, version 8 in September 2002, and version 9 in March 2007.