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Alternative software to generate family tree like Descendant tree in Gramps?

I am not sure if you are looking for a horizontal descendant tree or just alternatives to printing out a descendant tree other than using Gramps itself. I am going to focus on alternatives to built in ...
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Using absolute vs relative paths for Gramps media?

Absolute and relative pathnames are used in many different types of software. I found a good explanation of the difference in the Help of ArcGIS Desktop (a specialty of mine) on a page titled Paths ...
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what data will be lost when exporting from "gramps database model" to "gedcom database model"?

Gramps 5 allows you to adjust the content of the GEDCOM to suit the intended use (identified by the software to receive the file), so the precise answer to your question will depend upon the option ...
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Format a large amount of dates

A GEDCOM file is a text file. You can open it up in a text editor and do "search and replace". I would suggest 12 different replacements; one for each month. For example, replace " juni ...
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Recording census as event or source in GRAMPS?

Part of the reason for confusion here may be that genealogy software tends to be very person-centered, and it's easy to fall into a person-centered workflow. We tend to think of gathering information ...
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Gramps on Linux cannot read BDDB from Windows

TL;DR export your family tree in XML format in windows version and import it in new family tree in linux version. I quoted this from gramps bugtracker where I reported this 'feature' 2 years ago, ...
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Proper way to record mother's maiden name in Gramps 5?

I'm a new Gramps user and had this same question. After much searching I concluded that the best way is to add multiple names under the 'Names' tab: Unfortunately this requires retyping the given ...
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Properly displaying the gender of a nonbinary individual in Gramps

The Gramps Wiki includes the page: GEPS 027: Gender as an Entry Field. It address the exact issue you are bringing up with Gramps, i.e. that the categories of Female, Male and Unknown do not allow ...
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Recording census as event or source in GRAMPS?

There are several ways you can approach this. You can consider a census as an event, even though it was not an important life event. Since it was not an important event, you would also not be wrong to ...
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Should I mark a divorced family as Married or No-married?

Yes, this is a bit of a point of confusion. Currently in Gramps, I would list the Marriage Type/Status of a family as the last known status. You can create Marriage and Divorce events for the Family, ...
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Gramps syncing with Dropbox or via second Genealogy program?

It can be dangerous. For example, on Linux, you might get an automatic update of the low-level BSDDB database library. This can make it so that you can no longer open the file on the other OS (or even ...
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Gramps' Prolog Export Function: fancy filter or statistical tool?

It is a sophisticated method to explore your tree. Prolog is great for asking questions like those in the blog post. It is very powerful, and can concisely represent complex ideas. But it isn't very ...
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How to get birth place in Gramps 4.2.1?

You can look up a place, given a place handle: place = db.get_place_from_handle(place_handle) print(place.name.value)
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Directly access Berkeley database for faster editing/updating than via Gramps?

I don't think that will be very easy to do because most of the data in the database is stored as serialised python data structures, rather than easily readable fields. There is work ongoing to add ...
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Link trees on different genealogy softwares

First of all, I second the recommendation offered by @HarryVervet in comments: Don't consider it as "redoing the work". Think of it as verifying and correcting other people's research! It may seem ...
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What are some of the main conventions used in Gramps?

I suggest that you start at our portal: https://gramps-project.org/wiki/index.php?title=Portal:Using_Gramps There's a lot to read over there, including suggestions on how to record data in various ...
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Editing/fixing mispelled custom type in places menu of Gramps?

You can, but it is a bit convoluted: Export your tree in Gramps XML Change the extension from .gramps to .gz Unzip the file Edit the XML to remove the misspelled type Save the file Rename it back to ....
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Sharing GRAMPS database between 2 computers

There are two ways. The simpler way is to create a new, empty tree then import your existing database into it. You should then be able to save the tree and convince Gramps to use the existing file ...
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Is there a semantic description of gramps data.xml?

One idea is to view how Gramps writes its own XML file Another is to join the Gramps developers mailing list and ask. I don't believe many of the developers are here Also see: RDDL Directory for ...
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Alternative software to generate family tree like Descendant tree in Gramps?

I am not a Gramps user and am trying to get my head around the chart that you are showing. I cannot see how Allan Davies links to anyone on that chart. Perhaps you can explain it and explain exactly ...
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How to transfer data between different versions of gramps?

Although it's not obvious on our download page, we always try to release a Gramps version for all platforms at the same time. You can download version 3.4.8 for Linux, Mac OS X, and Windows here: ...
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Changing "skin" and fonts in Gramps Windows All-In-One (AIO)?

You cannot customize the fonts and appearance within Gramps itself, but it is quite straighforward to modify the GTK theme settings. For the latest version for Windows (4.2.1), find the config file. ...
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Accessing data 'natively' in Gramps?

Here's my solution that works on Ubuntu 15.04 using python3. #!/usr/bin/python3 import sys, os # Add the home directory to sys.path sys.path.append('/usr/lib/python3/dist-packages/') from gramps....
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Media links broken after migration from PC to PC with GRAMPS

You can reset the base path for media to whatever directory you want, as shown in the Gramps 4.1 Wiki Manual - Settings. The setting is found in: Preferences > General > Base path for relative media ...
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Older version of Gramps for OSX

Yes, this is a serious problem with the current Gramps file format. (We are switching databases in Gamps 5.0 to prevent this from happening again.) If you can't find a version that will open it, you ...
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Making family chart with everyone in it?

Did you try Gramps' relationship graph (reports/graph/relationship graph)? If you want to see everybody in your database ("select all") make sure you set filter to "entire database" in the report ...
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Finding old gramps data on my computer

This could be tricky if you do not have a version of gramps running on your current computer, and it likely is going to be different for different operating systems. On my windows system I have a ...
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Setting event date as "preferred" in Gramps

In Gramps you can create a custom event type. I have created, alongside the built-in Birth type, a custom Alt-birth type. By adding the details of your preferred record to the Birth it will always be ...
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Should I mark a divorced family as Married or No-married?

My understanding (FWIW) is the family Type isn't really intended to record the current state of the relationship, it's more describing the circumstances by which that family unit came about. Current ...
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Direct editing of underlying database for Genealogy program?

Gramps offers a few options. The first is a Spreadsheet Import/Export. You can export your data as a Spreadsheet (CSV), edit the data, and then import it back in. Also, Gramps 5.0, due out around ...
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