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Related to the storage of genealogical assets such as evidence, images, factual data, and relationships between individuals. Popular formats such as GEDCOM fit this tag as well as discussions about future/theoretical formats.

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Where does Gramps store information?

My wife is concerned some of the information on Gramps will wind up on the Internet. Everything I have read, so far, says the data is stored in the local .gramps file and nowhere else. Is this correct?...
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How to architect an SQL database for genealogical data?

I want to make all my genealogical data available to the rest of my family by making the data accessible on a website. As a software engineer, my go-to solution for this is a simple web application ...
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What should I list as the Death Place for a person?

When I list the place of death of an individual, should I list the city in which the hospital is located, the place of the burial site, or the location in which the individual last lived, or would I ...
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Download database of last names

Does anybody know if there are downloadable databases of last names per country? E.g. this one: https://www.cbgfamilienamen.nl/nfb/achtergrond.php?actie=help contains 314.000 last names in the ...
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How to store data with Gramps?

I'm a new user to Gramps genealogical software. I absolutely don't understand how Gramps manages data. I have a .gramps file I think stores all the data, but when I launch the app, I have to select a ...
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Fact type to enter for the 1939 Register?

For each person, I usually enter each census as a fact in my software, to keep track of who I've identified in each census. However when it comes to the UK 1939 Register this becomes problematic. ...
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Citing data from ancestry.com

I found some records using ancestry.com that I want to be able to cite in an article. The provenance of the information is something like (1) handwritten parish records, photographed for the (2) FHC ...
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Recording dates from old documents?

This is a follow-up to: Interpreting 17th century German dates? In documents available to me I have both absolute dates (e.g., 2 March 1648) and relative dates (e.g., 2. post trin. 1649). Since the ...
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How do spatial analysis (GIS) and genealogy overlap?

I'm working on my Ph.D. which will hopefully expose some ways in which spatial analysis (using the tool I know - GIS) can prove useful to genealogical research. At present I am still struggling with ...
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Is there a Python/Django GEDCOM Parser that would parse gedcom for django app?

I am wondering what type of database would be best for this even. I want to create an app for uploading a gedcom file, having it parsed and saved in a database/triple store. Then the Django ...
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Which notable developments/products were announced during RootsTech 2015?

How can I find out about notable technical developments and products that were announced during RootsTech 2015? Were there any major software releases, progress regarding GEDCOM successors, or new ...
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Denoting end of family line, no children in GED and other records

I am wondering if there is any "genealogical standard" for denoting end of line (such as there is a symbol on tombstones that means this) or that it is definitively know they had no offspring. I have ...
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Middle name or two first names?

Genealogy applications, such as geni.com (the web app that I use), ask me to fill the middle name of profiles that I add. My ancestors usually have two personal names, one of them even has four ...
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How to record a stillbirth as a genealogical event?

There are differing legal definitions of the term “stillbirth” in different jurisdictions and also modern registration of these sad events differs from country to country. As a genealogist you ...
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Using git for genealogy collaboration

Are there any existing projects or proposed standards for using git (a source version control system) to collaborate on building genealogical source records and/or conclusions? Git Git (best known ...
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How should a trip be recorded in my family tree software?

I recently took my 89 yo father to his birth town, which he had not been to for 30 years. We spent 2 days driving, visiting and him reminiscing. I use Family Historian and would like to record the ...
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Can I track an engagement where the fiancé died before marriage on Ancestry.com?

I have a couple who got engaged before the future husband went off to WWII and never returned. How can I track such an event on Ancestry.com? (It would seem from the web site the assumption is that if ...
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What is needed in a Name?

I wanted to find a way of raising this question within the limited strictures of SE so please bear with me on the explanation. When we think of personal names, we immediately think of given-names and ...
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Recording person on Ancestry.com who may or may not have existed?

I have received an old genealogy report from a relative and it reads thusly (names changed for brevity): 1. Parent b. Ireland, d. Ireland. Notes about parent. children 2. i Child. ...
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Are there advantages or disadvantages in using more than one genealogy software program for recording purposes?

I will be purchasing a genealogy software package shortly. I have looked into most and while not yet deciding on one, I would like to know if there is any purpose in having more than one such program, ...
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Transitioning from person-based genealogy to record-based genealogy?

When we start genealogy we know the persons who are closest to us in time so we are comfortable using software where each person record is a unique "conclusion" person. We create a person record for ...
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How to handle indirect family?

How should data regarding remarriages, adoptions, etc be handled in a family tree? Should extra branches be created for the "spare" cousins, step-relatives, etc? Or is there another way to map the ...
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