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What tools exist for collecting and managing evidence?

There are lots of standalone software packages as well as websites which appear to be primarily based on a pedigree view - start from me and work my way back. These systems seem to take the view that ...
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Do any programs use Gedcom X (as opposed to Gedcom)?

Gedcom X appears to be an attempt at a next generation gedcom format. "The intent of GEDCOM X is to define a standard for modeling and exchanging the components of the research process that ...
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Intra Family marriage / rejoining family trees?

Deep in my families history (1600's or there abouts) our family split in two. About three or four generations later two distant cousins got married creating a split / rejoin. G.G.G....
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Commencing local historical society genealogy?

I'm new to all this. My local small-town historical society is interested in capturing the local history genealogy (and tying it to its small artifacts collection). It seems most genealogy software ...
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Software options to display whole tree from imported GEDCOM?

I am not content with the limited options that I have been able to find for viewing a tree. Many of the software packages I have located limit the tree to direct descendants and ancestors of one ...
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What are the key characteristics to look for in a document scanner?

I have a flatbed scanner which I would like to supplement with a document scanner given the latter's small desktop footprint and USB power. This will give me the ability to quickly input genealogical ...
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Which tools are available for GEDCOM comparison?

At the moment I work with two programs: Gramps has my master database, and I use RootsMagic to connect to the FamilySearch tree, because it helps me find clues that would otherwise be hard to find. I ...
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Publishing family tree online?

I would like to have my family tree online to share with relatives. I do not see a current need to have any extra such as matches with other people's trees and resources (online sources). Would I be ...
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What factors should I consider when moving away from obsolete family tree software?

For many years I've been using a program called "Family Tree 2.0", which came on a CD with PC Format magazine of July 2001. This software is pretty much obsolete... it won't work on operating systems ...
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Methods to organize medical genealogy information?

An aspect of genealogy that I have recently become very interested in is medical genealogy. Numerous sources give me information about my medical family history, such as: anecdotal evidence (for ...
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Which genealogical software supports location-based events?

While writing down family history excerpts or stories, I often find myself in need of finding out how my family events relate to the history of the place they happened at. For example, several of my ...
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How to index your own digitalized records?

I recently started to digitalize some church records. A photo of each double page, each double page between 5 and 15 entries. I got over 1000 photos which I renamed (church - running number - year - ...
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Genealogy software based on open database format?

What open format-based genealogy software do exist? I am making a research about available genealogy programs and I am a bit disappointed with the results. I am seeking tools which are feature-rich, ...
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Support for variants of family-unit

I hope everyone will agree that the definition of a "family unit" is very subjective. Although many products, and the old GEDCOM format, offer some type of FAM record, I have never seen an agreed ...
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How can I archive emails and web pages in an easy fashion?

In about every genealogy program I can enter sources with an author, title, date, and text, but no matter where I look, this always means that I have to fill out some big form, and that's something I ...
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Application to create a Google Map of ancestors?

I had the idea some time back of working on an app that would take a GEDCOM and identify the geo-coordinates of each person's birthplace, then map these on a Google map. Do you know of any app that ...
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Open Source & Online tool for managing family trees?

I tried the online myheritage.com but I do not like that you need pay for Premium features such as connecting two pieces of information about one person made by two people: Many people can make ...
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How can I find loops in GEDCOM files?

I have a Gramps database that probably has an ancestral loop, i.e. a person who is his or her own ancestor. I say that, because the program freezes when I try to find a path between that person and me....
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Statistical analysis of data within my genealogy program?

I wish to find a program which will allow me to pose certain specific questions and have my genealogy program answer them such as: What is the average age of a named person's direct male ancestors? ...
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Web site or other means for collaborative annotation of photographs and documents?

A relative has hundreds of photographs and other documents which he would like to make available to our fairly large number of known relatives. Presumably a web site would be the best way to do this (...
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Organizing ancestors' “circle of cousins”

Background: I would like to focus on the set of people who are first cousins of (my) ancestors at each available level of the hierarchy. This helps me check contemporary family activities, vetting ...
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Is there any program that automatically imports sources attached to the FamilySearch tree?

There are lots of programs that can import new persons from the shared tree on FamilySearch. I know most of the FamilySearch features of Ancestral Quest, Legacy, and RootsMagic, but they all lack one ...
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Creating and improving family tree online with help from relatives?

I know of Publishing family tree online? but my requirements are different. I would like to have my family tree online to create and improve it with relatives. I'm looking for a tool to share my work ...
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Software/tool to generate 'trial' family trees?

During my research, I often want to 'rough out' simple multi-generation family trees (based on birth/bap/mar/death/bur) to explore, for example, how a bunch of entries in the parish registers on a ...
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How do I create a list of my most distant ancestors online or with a Mac?

I want to create a list of my most distant ancestors (= ancestors without known parents) of each family branch from a Gedcom file. We call them Spitzenahnen in German and some applications can create ...
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Website software that will display 'stories' as well as traditional lineage-linkage

I've a need to set up a website for a bunch of cousins who (maybe) share a common ancestry but who all definitely descend from people with the same surname in the same small village around 1800 and ...
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Making it easier to read scans of records when other side of page bleeds through?

Sometimes the scans of parish registers and other old records show “bleed-through” from the other side of the page. Is there something I can do to make these images easier to read? Here are some ...
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Template or Tool for Comparing Y-DNA Results

I am looking for a tool, preferably an excel template, I can run on my computer that I can use for comparing Y-DNA results across multiple types of Y-DNA tests. I realize some version of this exists ...
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How to split up the disconnected trees in a GEDCOM forest into separate files?

I have a increasingly growing GEDCOM file and know I have many islands in it, some intentional and some not intentional. So I basically view the GEDCOM as a whole as a forest and I know I have many ...
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Seeking Photo Management Software for genealogical research?

I am searching for a photo management software to help organize and tag all the photos gathered for my genealogical research. I know that there is a lot of software that allows me to edit the Meta-...
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Fractal display of a family tree on a computer screen

Is there a computer program that allows you to see a whole family tree, on screen, and expand, compact and shift, vertically and horizontally, just as you can in Google Earth?
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How to list GEDCOM events with missing sources?

Is there a way to generate a list of events in a GEDCOM file without a source, maybe sorted by person or surname?
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What tools are available to support transcription on Mac OS X?

I am looking for software that helps me to transcribe scanned documents. I am aware of two solutions, GenScriber (Windows, Linux) and Transcript (Windows). Is there something like that for Mac OS X? ...
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How could I automaticaly analyse relationships in large set of vital records?

My family research right now is based on digitalized 19th century vital records. These, of course, are scans of the original, not text. There is, though, a third party project where people have ...
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Seeking software which displays (yet) unrelated persons and family trees for overview

I am searching for a software, which displays several (yet) unconnected family trees and unrelated persons. Right now I have 200 people found in old church books with all the same last name over 200-...
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How to generate a report of ancestors by generation?

Somehow years ago I generated a report (a text file) that listed every person in a Personal Ancestral File (PAF v5) or GEDCOM file by their generation. I only had PAF to work with (and was also ...
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Is there an application that searches for common ancestors of three or more individuals

I've been mapping my DNA for about two years now. Part of the process is finding the common ancestors between three or more DNA donors that match a segment of shared DNA. I spend an enormous amount ...
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I have a ged file with 44k entries - what is a good program which will handle it? [closed]

I began using the free software, Simple Family Tree, to enter my information. Three years later, I have over 44,000 people entered. The program crashes all the time. Can anyone recommend a good ...
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What can analyze a tree and suggest what your next research goal(s) should be?

I've been wishing that a program/website existed that would look at my tree and tell me what I should research next. Should I try to find the birthdate of my great-grandfather, or should I try to find ...
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What software can reliably store and manage non-linear (eg non-blood or remarried) relatives?

In follow-up to this answer on How to handle indirect family?, what software tools can reliably manage "non-traditional" relations (remarriages, adoptions, step-relatives, etc)? As a part B to this ...
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How to upload a “stripped” GEDCOM to DNA sites

I want to find a simple little app/software that would strip my GEDCOM of any non-blood relatives (plus spouses) and eliminate any non-vital data (only include birthdates, birthplaces, deathdates, ...
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Printing (or pdf) of FULL report including all jpg files

I have My Heritage on my laptop and have done a lot of research over the years. Have stored a lot of jpg files of census reports, draft registrations, new paper articles etc. under the appropriate ...
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Tree layout printing software for continuous sheet paper

Is there any software other than Swift Family tree that will print to a continuous sheet (banner paper)? I find trying to fit many sheets on to a small desk hard to follow.
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Is there a space to collaborate to create a single family tree (for a surname)?

There seems to be many sites whereby you can search for records or even share each others family tree. But what I would like is a site that contains family trees (perhaps broken down by surname) where ...
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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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Choosing non-cloud software to transition to from Family Tree Maker 2012? [duplicate]

I am a newbie and just learned here that Family Tree Maker has been discontinued What do Family Tree Maker users do, now that FTM has been discontinued?. What non-cloud software is the least painful ...
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Free/open software or method to convert PAF file to GEDCOM?

I know someone who has a PAF file he wants to use but can no longer access because Personal Ancestral File is gone from his computer. It's been discontinued, so he needs to move to something else and ...
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DNA Features of Genealogy Software

Have any traditional genealogy software programs that people use for recording their genealogy research added any features to support DNA research? I know there are a lot of DNA utility programs out ...
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Personal family history website with rich media support?

I have some family members who have been asking for a family website wherewith they can assemble both family history information and upload pictures (sometimes with stories) and so forth in a friendly ...
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Software/service for informal genealogy book?

Can anyone recommend a means of informally publishing a short family history that includes text, charts, and photos, for a non-family-researching audience? This would be intended for an 80th ...