Personalise the Past with these Excellent Open Source Tools


This article is a brief roundup of GEDCOM compatible software for tracing your ancestry. Dig up a few skeletons or surprises.

Tracing your ancestry is painstaking work, it can be very addictive and creates large amounts of data. Storing that information suggests using some form of database. However, standard relational databases lack the functionality that hobbyist genealogists typically need. This has led to the development of software which offers tailored functionality, to store data and relationships between parents, spouses and children, as well as handling additional events in an individual’s life, photographs, free-form notes, and other multimedia, and source citations. Moreover genealogy software can produce a variety of graphical charts and text reports, such as ahnentafel reports, pedigree charts, and Register reports.

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