Louis Kessler's
Genealogy Software Links


Feel free to use this complete list of genealogy software and genealogy program websites.
Included is my brief subjective opinion about each of them.

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Last update: Friday April 08 2005

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Contents

  1. The 4 Contenders for the Best Genealogy Program
  2. The 3 Most Popular Genealogy Programs
  3. Other Full Featured Genealogy Programs (English Websites)
  4. Other Full Featured Genealogy Programs (Non-English Websites)
  5. Online Genealogy Programs
  6. Utility Programs for Genealogists
  7. Utility Programs to Produce Web Pages from Genealogical Data
  8. Genealogy-Related Programs
  9. Programs for Palm Organizers
  10. Programs for Pocket PCs or Psions
  11. Independent Comparisons of Genealogy Programs
  12. Software Repositories
  13. Newsgroups and Maillists
  14. Periodicals all about Genealogical Programs
  15. Other Lists of Genealogical Programs on the Web

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1. The 4 Contenders for the Best Genealogy Program

Listed here are the best (in my opinion) computer programs for genealogy. If you are looking for the best, I recommend: (1) The Master Genealogist (the most powerful), (2) RootsMagic (very easy to use and best liked) (3) Reunion (if you use a Mac), or (4) Lifelines (if you use Unix).

The Master Genealogist
by Wholly Genes, Inc. (Bob Velke)
A powerful program with many features that include a powerful report writer and excellent source referencing. For Windows or DOS.
http://www.whollygenes.com/
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Product Comparisons
Wholly Genes' comparisons with Ultimate Family Tree (now discontinued), Family Tree Maker, and Generations is a downloadable file with comparisons in over 300 categories.
http://www.whollygenes.com/compare.pdf
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TMG United Kingdom User's Group Web Site
by Paul Featherstone
Designed to support users and potential users of TMG. Lots of info here about The Master Genealogist.
http://www.featherstone-society.com/tmg/
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TMG Companion Programs
by John Cardinal
Lists several supplementary programs available for TMG users.
http://www.johncardinal.com/tmg/
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TMG Utility Review
by Dick Eastman
Reviewed on May 9, 2001.
http://www.ancestry.com/learn/library/article.aspx?article=3862
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Second Site for TMG
by John Cardinal
Creates web pages directly from your TMG database.
http://www.johncardinal.com/ss/
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Second Site for TMG Review
by Dick Eastman
Reviewed on Sept 11, 2002.
http://www.ancestry.com/learn/library/article.aspx?article=6319
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PathWiz
by Bryan Wetton
A presentation tool which allows you to access and organize the paths stored in your TMG database to and from information attached to exhibits stored anywhere on your PC.
http://www.sceya.com.au/pathwiz/
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PathWiz 4.0 Review
by Dick Eastman
Reviewed on Jan 2, 2005.
http://eogn.typepad.com/eastmans_online_genealogy/2005/01/pathwiz_utility.html
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RootsMagic
by RootsMagic, Inc. (Bruce Buzbee)
A new program, from the makers of the very popular Family Origins. Complete and easy to use with extensive reports.
http://www.rootsmagic.com/
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RootsMagic 2 Review
by Mark Lang
Reviewed on June 20, 2004.
http://eogn.typepad.com/eastmans_online_genealogy/2004/06/rootsmagic_2.html
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Reunion
by Leister Productions, Inc. (Frank Leister)
Reunion is one of the easiest-to-use programs with superb charting capabilities and many many features. Only available for the Macintosh.
http://www.leisterpro.com/
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Reunion 7
The newest version of Reunion became available in May 1999. Its many new enhancements are listed here.
http://www.leisterpro.com/doc/version7.html
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Product Comparisons
Leister's comparisons of Reunion with Family Tree Maker, Ultimate Family Tree, PAF, and Gene.
http://www.leisterpro.com/doc/Comparisons.html
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ReunionTalk Mailing List
Information about Reunion's mailing list.
http://www.leisterpro.com/doc/RT/RT.html
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Reunion Review
by Larry Naukam
Reviewed on Jan 1, 2001.
http://www.ancestry.com/learn/library/article.aspx?article=4400
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Lifelines
by Marc Nozell
Made for the Unix environment, this may be the most powerful program available, with a programming language that allows custom reports and complete extendibility. It is free, and has become Open Source - meaning that programmers all over the world are working together to enhance it. The original author was Tom Wetmore.
http://lifelines.sourceforge.net/
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Project Info - Lifelines
This is where you go if you want to help with the development of Lifelines. It is written in the language C.
http://sourceforge.net/projects/lifelines/
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Cutting edge Windows Console versions of LifeLines
This is a Windows 32-bit version of LifeLines this runs in a commandline shell, like a DOS program.
http://lifelines.sourceforge.net/Ethel/
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jLifelines
by Chris Eagle
This project was created as a translation of LifeLines from C to Java. This is an Open Source project and is free.
http://jlifelines.sourceforge.net/
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Project Info - jLifelines
This is where you go if you want to help with the development of jLifelines.
http://sourceforge.net/projects/jlifelines/
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Other Ports of Lifelines
by Dan Hirschberg
Ports for various Unix systems, and the original 16-bit DOS port.
http://www1.ics.uci.edu/~dan/genealogy/lines/lines.html
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2. The 3 Most Popular Genealogy Programs

With wide distribution, these programs are very popular and are very deserving of your consideration. They each have large support groups and you should be able to find other users in your area using them. Included are: (1) Family Tree Maker, (2) Brother's Keeper, and (3) Personal Ancestral File (PAF)

Family Tree Maker
by MyFamily.com
A quality product available on more store shelves than any other program. Produces a wide variety of reports and charts. Every version of this program has been getting better, and it is now has most of the features you would expect in a top program.
http://www.familytreemaker.com/
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Family Tree Maker Online
The Web site of Family Tree Maker is an online magazine, with news, how-to guides, classified, and online databases available.
http://familytreemaker.genealogy.com/
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Family Tree Maker Online User Home Pages
Home pages for registered users of Family Tree Maker Online - along with the tools for the users to work on the page.
http://familytreemaker.genealogy.com/users/
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Family Tree Maker 2005 Review
by Dick Eastman
Reviewed on Aug 29, 2004.
http://eogn.typepad.com/eastmans_online_genealogy/2004/08/family_tree_mak_2.html
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Family Tree Maker 11 Review
by Barbara Schenck
Reviewed on July 1, 2004.
http://www.ancestry.com/learn/library/article.aspx?article=9291
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Family File Saver
by Pearl Street Software (Cliff Shaw & Chris Cooper)
A program that secures your Family Tree Maker data by backing up your Family Tree Maker files over the Internet, secured with encryption and stored on a server that only you have access to.
http://www.familyfilesaver.com/
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Family File Saver Review
by Dick Eastman
Reviewed on Dec 5, 2004.
http://eogn.typepad.com/eastmans_online_genealogy/2004/12/keep_your_famil.html
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Brother's Keeper
by John Steed
The most respected and successful shareware genealogical program. Has been around a long time and has many dedicated users. Both Windows and DOS versions available.
http://www.bkwin.org/
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Brother's Keeper Norwegian Homepage
by Otto Jorgensen
A Norwegian site representing Brother's Keeper. With information, tips and hints. The site is Norwegian but many pages are also in English.
http://home.online.no/~otjoerge/bk/indexe.htm
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Personal Ancestral File (PAF)
by The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints
PAF is a very popular genealogy program that has been available for many years. It has been updated and has many fine features. PAF is now free. It is also available for the Macintosh
http://www.familysearch.org/eng/paf/
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Online Distribution Centre
Download PAF (and other family history stuff) for free from here. To get to the PAF download, click on "Software Downloads - Free" in the "Family History" section of the page.
http://www.ldscatalog.com/
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Personal Ancestral File Lessons
An excellent set of online lessons on how to use Paf.
http://www.familysearch.org/eng/paf/lessons/paf5.html
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Personal Ancestral File Version 5.1 Review
by Dick Eastman
Reviewed on April 4, 2001. Also Version 5.0 Review from Jan 3, 2000
http://www.ancestry.com/learn/library/article.aspx?article=3673
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Personal Ancestral File Companion
by The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints
A utility program for Personal Ancestral File. It is designed to print a variety of high-quality genealogy charts and reports from Personal Ancestral File files.
http://www.familysearch.org/Eng/Home/FAQ/frameset_faq.asp?FAQ=faq_paf_comp.asp
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Personal Ancestral File Companion Version 5.1 Review
by Dick Eastman
Reviewed on Nov 3, 2002.
http://www.eogn.com/archives/news0244.htm#PAFCompanion
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PAF Insight for Windows
by Ohana Software LLC
Provides database synchronization, advanced merge, and multiple pedigree view and cleanup functions for PAF datasets.
http://www.ohanasoftware.com/
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PAF Insight for Windows Review
by Dick Eastman
Reviewed on Apr 7, 2003.
http://www.eogn.com/archives/news0314.htm#PAFInsight
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Paf Pal
by Pal Software
Adds additional features that are not available in the PAF software.
http://www.cannonfam.org/pafpal/
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PAFWiz
by Incline Software
Reporting, Web Generation and other Utilities to enhance PAF 5. Incline Software are the developers of Ancestral Quest.
http://www.pafwiz.com/
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PAF Review - Home Page
by Mike St. Clair
An electronic newsletter for genealogists who use PAF. Includes reviews of all known PAF or GEDCOM-related utilities.
http://www.paf-review.com/
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Pafutils File Repository
by Mike St. Clair
You can download any of the PAF utilities from here.
http://www.saintclair.org/ftp/pub/pafutils/
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Kinwrite
by LDB Associates (L.D. Bond)
A shareware program to create books directly from PAF files.
http://www.kinwrite.com/
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Kinwrite Review
by Betty Clay
Reviewed on Oct 1, 2002.
http://www.ancestry.com/learn/library/article.aspx?article=7924
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The Silicon Valley PAF Users Group Home Page
One of the largest PAF Users groups, with a lot of resource material for the PAF User, including "PAF Documentation Guidelines" - an essential document that is even useful for non-PAF users.
http://www.svpafug.org/
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Utah Valley PAF Users Group - Home Page
The PAF User group with direct access to the facilities of the LDS in Salt Lake City.
http://www.uvpafug.org/
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List of PAF User Groups worldwide
A listing of the PAF user groups, collected by the Family History Department of the LDS.
http://www.familysearch.org/Eng/Home/FAQ/PAFUG.htm
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3. Other Full Featured Genealogy Programs (English Websites)

There are probably about 100 full-fledged programs written for the Computer Genealogist. Many of them are shareware and can be tried, and every one of them has their own unique style and set of extra features. Try them. You may find the one that best meets your likes and needs.

Agelong Tree
by Genery Software Inc
An easy-to-use yet powerful computer program for building family trees, storing and displaying information about people and key events in their lives.
http://www.genery.com/
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Ages
by Jom Daub
The "comfortable" genealogy program, with a nice tree-drawing capability. Multi-lingual in 11 languages. From Germany.
http://www.daubnet.com/english/ages.html
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Ancestors and Descendants
by Adventures in Ancestry, Inc.
No longer for sale, but the complete website describing the program is still up. A full featured DOS program designed by genealogists for genealogists with over 100 standard reports.
http://www.hancockonline.net/AnD/
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Ancestral Quest
by Incline Software
A Windows program designed specifically for PAF users who wanted a much easier-to-use Windows interface for their PAF developed-data.
http://www.ancquest.com
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Ancestral Quest 11 Review
by Elissa Powell
Reviewed on Oct 1, 2004.
http://www.ancestry.com/learn/library/article.aspx?article=9304
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Ancestry Family Tree
A full-featured genealogy program designed to integrate with the Online Family Tree databases on Ancestry.com. Ancestry.com members may find such integration features useful. Ancestry appears to be preparing to market this program as a free version of Family Tree Maker.
http://landing.ancestry.com/family_trees/family_tree_maker_free.aspx
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Ancestry Family Tree Review
by Dick Eastman
Reviewed on Dec 12, 2001.
http://www.ancestry.com/learn/library/article.aspx?article=5001
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BirthWrite
by Richard McDonald
A shareware genealogy program for windows that includes website publishing. The author also wrote the program Ilanot (see below).
http://www.birthwrite.com/
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Cognatio
by Christoffer Owe
A modern application for genealogical research and presentation. It is based on an advanced data model. This is replacing the Norwegian freeware program: Slekten.
http://home.c2i.net/cowe/cognatio/
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Cumberland Family Tree for Windows
by Cumberland Family Software (Ira Lund)
A Windows shareware program centered around creating your very own family book, with an emphasis on event-based genealogy.
http://www.cf-software.com/
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DoroTree
by DoroTree Technologies Ltd
A Jewish Genealogy Software program with capabilities for English and Hebrew data entry, and other features useful for Jewish Genealogy.
http://www.dorotree.com/
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DoroTree Review
by Gary Mokotoff
Reviewed on Oct 1, 2000.
http://www.ancestry.com/learn/library/article.aspx?article=4373
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Dynas-Tree
by Gerhard Bauch
A personal ancestral database for Windows 95 and NT where all major activities are carried out "on tree".
http://www.dynas-tree.de/gb/index300.html
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Embla Family Treasures
by Embla
A free fully-featured program designed to combine genealogy and family history.
http://www.embla.us/
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Embla Family Treasures Review
by Dick Eastman
Reviewed on June 7, 2004.
http://eogn.typepad.com/eastmans_online_genealogy/2004/06/embla_family_tr.html
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Ezitree
by Rex Toomey
An event-based Family History program from Australia.
http://www.ezitree.com.au/
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Family Base
by Mike Parsons
An inexpensive shareware program from the UK with excellent GEDCOM capability.
http://ourworld.compuserve.com/homepages/mikeparsons/fambase.htm
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Family Historian
by Calico Pie (Simon Orde)
A new kind of family tree program with a design with strengths in its user interface, use of GEDCOM, graphics and picture handling.
http://www.family-historian.co.uk/
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Family Historian User Group
This site is run by users of Family Historian.
http://www.fhug.org.uk
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Family Historian 2.2 Review
by Paul Milner
Reviewed on July 1, 2004.
http://www.ancestry.com/learn/library/article.aspx?article=9293
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Family Historian 2.2 Review
by Mark Lang
Reviewed on Jan 19, 2004.
http://www.eogn.com/archives/news0403.htm#FamilyHistorian
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Jane's GEDCOM Utilities
by Jane Taubman
Three free programs designed to help people converting from Family Tree Maker, Legacy and Generations to Family Historian.
http://www.taubman.org.uk/gedcom/
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RJT Family Historian Converter
by Jane Taubman
Works in conjunction with IrfanView to convert both images and a Family Historian GEDCOM file to a format suitable for use with a variety of other Family History programs including PhpGedView, RootsMagic and Heredis.
http://www.taubman.org.uk/fhc/
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Family Matters
by MatterWare (Ray Nicklas)
A very easy and intuitive Windows shareware program that includes Website generation. It is a multi-user Microsoft Access application. Microsoft Access programmers would be able to add their own extensions to it.
http://www.matterware.com/
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Family Origins
by Genealogy.com / FormalSoft Inc.
An excellent and very popular program available for 12 years. But as of June 30, 2003 it will no longer being supported by Genealogy.com. FormalSoft Inc has become RootsMagic Inc and produces RootsMagic.
http://www.familyorigins.com/
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FormalSoft's Viewpoint
by FormalSoft Inc.
Formalsoft was the original creator of Family Origins. They describe the history of the program, and their decision to write a new program, RootsMagic.
http://www.formalsoft.com/newsltr.htm
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Family Origins FormalSoft Pages
These pages are still available at FormalSoft about the program.
http://www.formalsoft.com/
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Family Origins Version 10.0 Review
by Dick Eastman / Pam Clark
Reviewed on Sept 12, 2001.
http://www.ancestry.com/learn/library/article.aspx?article=4550
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Family Software
by FAMware
A Windows 95 program designed for ease and simplicity of use. Formerly called Family Reunion.
http://www.famware.com/
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Family Treasures
by Embla (Larry Ledden)
This program specializes in its full-featured book report. New version is easy to use and includes many types of reports.
http://www.embla.us/
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Family Tree Detective
by genealogy.com
A commercially-sold program designed to allow easy access and interface to the www.genealogy.com and www.genealogylibrary.com online resources.
http://www.familytreedetective.com/saleinfo.html
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Family Tree For Dummies
by Anuman Interactive
If you like the For Dummies books, you'll like their For Dummies software. It is, like their books, quite well designed.
http://www.dummies-software.com/produit.php?prod=4
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Family Tree Journal
by Rick Cherry
One of the first genealogy shareware programs, first released in 1987. Won a Shareware Industry Award in 1993 as the Best Home and Hobby Software.
http://www.cherrytreesoftware.com/
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Family Tree Legends
by Pearl Street Software (Cliff Shaw & Chris Cooper)
A genealogy application with Internet integration, it is tightly integrated with the online GenCircles genealogy program.
http://www.familytreelegends.com
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Family Tree Legends 4.0 Review
by Dick Eastman
Reviewed on Oct 5, 2004.
http://eogn.typepad.com/eastmans_online_genealogy/2004/10/family_tree_leg.html
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Family Tree Publisher
by Advanced Digitek Inc.
Commercial software. Called "The way to organize and record your family history".
http://www.adigitek.com/Family%20Tree%20Publisher/
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Family Trees Quick and Easy
by Individual Software
A simple inexpensive commercial family tree program widely distributed for the mass market.
http://www.individualsoftware.com/new/consumer/details/qe_ft_details.htm
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Family Trees Quick and Easy 5.0 Review
by Barbara Schenck
Reviewed on Oct 1, 2002.
http://www.ancestry.com/learn/library/article.aspx?article=7925
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Famtree
by Phil Sapiro
Easy to use family tree software for Windows.
http://www.famtreesoftware.com/
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Ftree
by Clive Stubbings
A free X-windows program to store and display family tree genealogy information designed to run under Linux.
http://www.vjet.demon.co.uk/ftree/
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Fzip Family Tree
by Andrew Croft
A highly featured, fast and easy to use genealogy package. The software allows a person to view, search, maintain genealogy details and report on family trees. (Was formerly called Genea)
http://members.ozemail.com.au/~acroft/
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GEDitCOM
by John Nairn
A customizable genealogy application for the Macintosh for editing and viewing GEDCOM files.
http://www.geditcom.com/
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GEDitCOM Review
by Dick Eastman
Reviewed on Nov 17, 2003.
http://www.eogn.com/archives/news0346.htm#GEDitCOMforMacintosh
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GenealogyJ (in short GenJ)
by Nils Meier
A full-featured standalone Java application that can handle all of your genealogic information (GEDCOM compliant). It provides different graphical components for working on your Family Tree. This is an Open Source project and is free.
http://genj.sourceforge.net/
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Project Info - GenealogyJ
This is where you go if you want to help with the development of GenealogyJ. It is written in the language Java.
http://sourceforge.net/projects/genj/
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Genbox Family History
by Thoughtful Creations (William Flight)
A complete genealogy software package. It will help you organize your research, store your data, enter proper source citations, and produce professional-quality charts and reports that you can preview and modify, then print or publish on the web.
http://www.genbox.com/
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Genbox Compared to Other Genealogy Products
This is a feature matrix comparing Genbox to TMG, Legacy, PAF, RootsMagic and Family Tree Maker.
http://www.genbox.com/comparison.htm
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Genbox FAQ
by Michel Vuijlsteke
A collection of Frequently Asked Questions about Genbox put together by a Genbox user.
http://genbox.zog.org/
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Genbox Family History 3.0 Review
by Gordon Gray
Reviewed on April 1, 2004.
http://www.ancestry.com/learn/library/article.aspx?article=9293
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Genbox Family History 3.0 Review
by Dick Eastman
Reviewed on Feb 17, 2003.
http://www.eogn.com/archives/news0307.htm#Genbox
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GenDesigner 3.0
by PolishExpress, Inc.
An easy-to-use application for creating, editing, and distributing family trees on the Internet. Available currently in Czech, Dutch, English, Finnish, French, German, Hebrew, Italian, Norwegian, Polish, Portuguese, Russian, Spanish, Swedish, and Turkish.
http://www.gendesigner.com/
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GenDesigner 3.0 Review
by Dick Eastman
Reviewed on August 7, 2002.
http://www.ancestry.com/learn/library/article.aspx?article=6167
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Gene Macintosh Genealogy Software
by Diana and David Eppstein
A shareware program for the Macintosh noteworthy for its clean user interface.
http://www.ics.uci.edu/~eppstein/gene/
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Genealogia
The first Italian program for genealogical and historical studies. Has a tree structured database. Works directly with GEDCOM and handles pictures. The program has a choice of either an English or an Italian interface, but the documentation is only in Italian.
http://www.genealogica.it/genealen.htm
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Genealogical Information Manager (GIM)
by D. Blaine Wasden and Brian C. Madsen
A DOS shareware program that organizes your family data like a traditional database.
http://www.gimsoft.com/
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Genealogy for Windows
by Deltadrive Limited
A special purpose software database program for researching family history, recording your ancestors and creating your family tree.
http://www.deltadrive.co.uk/
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Generation X
by Chris Hagedorn
An OpenSource genealogy tool for Mac OS X
http://homepage.mac.com/nowhereman77/GenX/
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Generations (Mike Hobart's Generations Tips Series)
by Mike Hobart
Generations was a popular program that Sierra stopped marketing. Sierra no longer has anything on its website about it, but Mike Hobart was actively involved from its beginning and still maintains info about it.
http://users.sisna.com/mhobart/Generations/Generations%20Tips.html
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Generations Deluxe DVD Review
by Dick Eastman
Reviewed on May 2, 2001. Also Generations Grande Suite 6.0 Review from July 9, 1999.
http://www.ancestry.com/learn/library/article.aspx?article=3823
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Genes
by Sean Lambo
A personal genealogy application for use on (primarily) Linux systems. Data is read from a GEDCOM file and shown in a GUI. This is an Open Source project and is free.
http://genes.sourceforge.net/
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Project Info - Genes
This is where you go if you want to help with the development of Genes. It is written in the language C++.
http://sourceforge.net/projects/genes/
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Genesis
by Paul de Valmency
A genealogy program using the Microsoft Access database engine for its database. If you have a copy of ACCESS you can load Genesis databases and create your own reports or analysis if desired.
http://www.logicshopltd.co.uk/genesis/
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Genius Family Tree
by Genius Solutions (Peter Resch)
An easy to use Windows program with a graphic visual display and simplicity of operation.
http://www.gensol.com.au/
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GENP
by GENP (Peter Evans)
A Windows program featuring multiple databases each with their own theme combined with extensive sourcing of data. Language support is externalised.
http://www.genp.com.au/
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GenTree
by Arnaud Aurejac
A program for Windows from France - available in French or English with an easy to use graphical interface. It features an events journal and a document library.
http://arnaud.aurejac.free.fr/ukgentree.htm
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GHOSTS (Genealogy Helper Open Source Tracking Software)
Open-source software designed for Linux with full GEDCOM support for data browsing and editing and a clear presentation of genealogy data.
http://www.nongnu.org/ghosts/
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Gramps (Genealogical Research and Analysis Management Programming System)
by Don Allingham
GRAMPS is a GNOME genealogy program for Linux and FreeBSD that allows you to easily build and keep track of your family tree. This is an Open Source project and is free.
http://gramps.sourceforge.net/
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Project Info - Gramps
This is where you go if you want to help with the development of Gramps. It is written in the language Python.
http://sourceforge.net/projects/gramps/
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Great Family
by Great Progs (Morten Salthe)
Graphically design your family tree and generate web pages. This easy-to-use program approaches family tree making from the user's point of view. Shareware.
http://www.greatprogs.com/greatfamily/
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Heredis
by BSD Concept (Philippe Ramona)
The best selling Genealogy program in France now has an English program for the Mac X.
http://www.myheredis.com/
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Heredis 7.2 Review
by Mark Lang
Reviewed on July 1, 2004.
http://www.ancestry.com/learn/library/article.aspx?article=9292
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Heredis for Mac X Review
by Dick Eastman
Reviewed on Oct 20, 2003.
http://www.eogn.com/archives/news0342.htm#HEREDIS
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Heritage Family Tree
by Individual Software
A program with some unique features: Web Collaboration, Bow Tie Chart, Source Citation Engine and Research Manager.
http://www.individualsoftware.com/new/consumer/details/fd3_details.htm
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Heritage Family Tree Deluxe Review
by Barbara Schenck
Reviewed on Oct 1, 2003.
http://www.ancestry.com/learn/library/article.aspx?article=8868
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Ilanot
by Beth Hatefutsoth
A genealogy program from Israel with some features for Jewish Genealogists.
http://www.bh.org.il/Shop/ilanot.aspx
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KinQuest
by Orelle Corporation
An MS-DOS based lineage-linked database program for holding the names you collect, the relationships to other people and references to the documentary evidence you keep.
http://www.orelle.com/Kinquest/kinquest.htm
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Kinship Archivist
by Singularity Solutions (Daniel Evjen)
Provides a user-friendly method for entering and changing genealogical relationships and information. Has GEDCOM input/output, and can create html pages for the web.
http://www.kinshiparchivist.com/
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Kith and Kin
by SpanSoft (Nick Hunter)
A Windows shareware program popular in the United Kingdom. Also known as "Of that Ilk" in Australia.
http://www.btinternet.com/~spansoft/kkpro.htm
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KK-Genealog
by Kaarle Kailan
A program widely used in Finland. In Finnish the name is Sukuohjelmisto. As Finland is a bilingual country the software is also delivered in Swedish using the name Släktprogrammet. Uses Microsoft Access as its database format.
http://www.kk-software.fi/
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Leaf's of the Family Tree
by L'Soft (Carson White)
A multifunctional database management information system. Your entire family is presented using a standard hierarchical and indexed Windows tree view, arranged in a genealogical perspective by century.
http://www.winloft.com/
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Legacy
by Millennia Corp (Dave Berdan and Ken McGinnis)
A comprehensive Windows shareware program with many features, nicely described on their web site. It has a standard version that is free, and is one of the best free genealogy programs available.
http://www.legacyfamilytree.com/
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Legacy Comparisons
Legacy compares itself with PAF, Family Tree Maker, and Family Origins
http://www.legacyfamilytree.com/compare.asp
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Legacy Family Tree Deluxe 5.0 Review
by Mark Lang
Reviewed on Jan 1, 2004.
http://www.ancestry.com/learn/library/article.aspx?article=8893
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Lifelinks
by Lifelinks International
A Windows program that concentrates on medical genealogical history. Illnesses and health related events can be assigned World Health Organization's classification codes giving unique medical history reports.
http://www.lifelinks.mb.ca/welcome.shtml
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MacFamilyTree
by OnlyMac Software
A very nice program for the Macintosh. Available in English, French, Spanish, German, Swedish, Italian, Danish and Norwegian, Finnish and Dutch.
http://www.onlymac.de/html/stammbaum4en.html
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MacFamilyTree 4.09 Review
by Nancy Gravley
Reviewed on Dec 29, 2004.
http://www.macobserver.com/columns/firstmac/2004/20041230.shtml
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My Family Tree
by HuhnWare
A multimedia computer application designed to easily document your family's history.
http://www.huhnware.com/genealogy.htm
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Parentele
by Alsyd Multimedia
Parentele is aimed at beginners interested in exploring their roots, as well as expert genealogists wishing to take advantage of todays' technology to manage, present, communicate, and exchange the results of their research with family as well as other genealogists around the globe.
http://us.parentele.com/
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Parentele Review
by Dick Eastman
Reviewed on Jan 24, 2001.
http://www.ancestry.com/learn/library/article.aspx?article=3245
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Parents Genealogy
by NickleWare (Bradley Nicholes)
A good basic Windows family tree program.
http://www.nickleware.com/
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Pedigree
by Pedigree Software
A DOS program whose strengths are compact storage, indexing of very detailed records of People, Marriages and Sources such as Census records and other record types that you can create yourself.
http://ourworld.compuserve.com/homepages/pedigreesoftware/
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PediView and PediTree
by Pedigree Software
Windows versions of Pedigree. They are designed to update an existing database created and updated in DOS Pedigree or in PediView or PediTree themselfs.
http://ourworld.compuserve.com/homepages/pedigreesoftware/pediview.htm
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Pro-Gen
by Johan Mulderij and Dinant Scholte in't Hoff
A Dutch shareware program that has many European users.
http://www.pro-gen.nl/gbhome.htm
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Pythian Family History
A full feature shareware genealogy program stored in a MySQL database.
http://members.shaw.ca/pythiangenealogy/
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Relatively Yours
by Computability Pty. Limited (Greg Morgan)
A complete system, designed and programmed in Australia, so that all the information you can research about your family history can be recorded, displayed and reproduced in a meaningful fashion. Has some very interesting and unique reports.
http://www.relativelyyours.com/
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Relatively Yours 3 Review
by Mark Lang
Reviewed on Oct 1, 2004.
http://www.ancestry.com/learn/library/article.aspx?article=9305
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The Roots Story
Commsoft was the original producer of Roots, and led the development of Genealogical computing in the 80's and early 90's. Here is their story.
http://www.sonic.net/~commsoft/rstory.html
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WinFamily
by Winfamily.com
A full featured Windows program with charting and Html generation now sold from Norway. This program was originally developed by JamoDat of Denmark.
http://www.winfamily.com/
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4. Other Full Featured Genealogy Programs (Non-English Websites)

Many countries have authors who have developed Genealogy programs. If your primary language is not English, you may want to try one of these. I have found it difficult to personally analyze these programs due to the foreign languages, so I apologise for my descriptions (or lack thereof)

Adam
by Roland Kloepfer
A full-featured German shareware program with an interface to Microsoft Office and direct scanning tools. Website is in German.
http://www.use-adam.de/
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Ahnen-Cronik
by Hans Hennes
German Genealogy program with high-quality graphics using Microsoft Access for its database. Website is in German.
http://www.ahnen-chronik.de/
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Ahnenforscher
by Remo Schlauri
Website is in German.
http://www.ontec.ch/ahnenforscher/
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Ahnengalerie
Website is in German.
http://www.ahnengalerie.com/
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Aldfaer
by Anne van der Ploeg
A free program written in Dutch. The website is in Dutch.
http://www.aldfaer.nl/index.html
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Ancestor Data
by Holger Koetting
A DOS program from Germany that has been available for over 10 years. Website is in German.
http://www.student.informatik.tu-darmstadt.de/~koetting/ahndata.html
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Ancestor Sheet
by Dirk Boettcher
Website is in German.
http://www.ahnenblatt.de/
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Ancestra
by Franke
Ancestra is a French genealogical software program for Windows. It allows you create databases, manage them effectively and integrate them with other tools and resources (GEDCOM, GeneaNet). Website is in French.
http://membres.lycos.fr/franke/ancestra/ancestra.htm
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Ancestrologie
by Philippe Cazaux-Moutou
A free full-featured program from France. The website is in French.
http://www.ancestrologie.com/
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Basgen98
by Arthemes
A full-featured French program for Genealogy. Website is in French.
http://members.aol.com/basgen98/
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DISGEN
by Foreningen
The most sold genealogical software in Sweden. Program menus are in Swedish, but printouts can be made in English and other languages. Website is in Swedish.
http://www.dis.se/dgeindex.htm
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Familienstammbaum
by Genealogie-Service.de GmbH
Website is in German.
http://www.familienstammbaum.de/
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FamTree
Website is in German.
http://www.bst-soft.de/fam.htm
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GAOPerso 2000
by Genealogie Assistee par Ordinateur (GAO)
A French program for Genealogy. Also a utility program named GAOActes is available. Website is in French.
http://www.gao.asso.fr/
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Geneaal
by Bruikbare Software (G. vanBinsbergen)
A freeware program written in Dutch. The website is in Dutch.
http://www.gvanbinsbergen.org/VBUS/Geneaal.html
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Geneal
by Triatel
A simple, fast and complete French Genealogy program. Website is in French.
http://www.geneal.com
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Genealogos
by Editions Profil
A full featured French program for the Macintosh. Available in essentiel and expert versions. Website is in French.
http://www.genealogos.com/
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Geneatique
A comprehensive and well-rated program with many features written in French. Website is in French.
http://www.cdip.com/geneatique_2004/
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Genmaster
Formerly called Win-Elke. Website is in German.
http://www.genmaster.de/
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GenPlus
by Gisbert Berwe
A DOS program. Website is in German.
http://www.genpluswin.de/
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GensDataPro
by the Netherlands Genealogical Society
A Dutch program. Website is in Dutch.
http://www.gensdatapro.nl/
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GensData for Windows
by Frans Berkhof
Another Dutch program, most likely the predecessor to GensDataPro. Website is in Dutch.
http://web.inter.nl.net/hcc/F.Berkhof/gd-win.htm
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GD90 for Windows
by Jules Lauwerier
A free Dutch program that is compatible with the GensData/D90 (a DOS program). Website is in Dutch.
http://www.geocities.com/lauwerier/GD90_WIN.HTM
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Ges 2000
by Hans Knoll
Website is in German.
http://www.ges-2000-knoll.de/
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GFAhnen
Website is in German.
http://www.gf-franken.de/gfahnen_frm.html
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Griot Alternative
A DOS program, written in French, that includes source handling, statistical functions, and booklet generation. Griot Alternative was integrated into the new version of Heredis. Website is in French.
http://www.chez.com/griot3/
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Hazadata 21
by Telapas Software (Hans van der Zanden)
The new Windows version of Hazadata. Currently only a Dutch version is available. Website is in Dutch.
http://www.hazadata.com/haza21.htm
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Hazadata
The older DOS version is now free. This webpage is in English.
http://www.hazadata.com/engdoc.htm
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Heredis
by BSD Concept (Philippe Ramona)
The best selling Genealogy program in France with many innovative features not seen in other programs. Website is in French.
http://www.heredis.com/
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Heredis Review
by Dick Eastman
Reviewed on Dec 19, 2001.
http://www.ancestry.com/learn/library/article.aspx?article=5036
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Meinstammbaum
Looks like it could be a German version of the Generations program. Website is in German.
http://www.mein-stammbaum.de/
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Oedipus
by Leen Lamain
A program written in Dutch, but with language modules. It is free and Open Source (written in C/C++). Website is in Dutch.
http://www.lamain.nl/oedipus.htm
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Omega
by Boris Neubert and Ulrike Volmar
A German program that works with family cards and produces local family albums. The German site no longer appears to be there. This site is for the French version. Website is in French.
http://www.geneamosellest.net/articles.php?lng=fr&pg=207
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PC-Ahnen
by Guenther Black
A DOS program. Website is in German.
http://www.pcahnen.de/
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Pro Ancestor
by Dieter Coors
A system of programs for ancestor research. Website is in German.
http://www.ahnenforschung-programm.de/
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R-S ancestor
by Karsten Rudorf
Website is in German.
http://home.t-online.de/home/karstenrudorf/rsahnen.htm
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StaBa
by Jochen Herz
Website is in German.
http://www.kalorio.de/ffstaba.html
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Stammbaum
by Arnold Willemer
Website is in German.
http://home.t-online.de/home/willemer/stammbaum/
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5. Online Genealogy Programs

Another possibility is to do everything online. Here are some programs that allow you to record, preserve, and share your family tree on the Internet without any additional software other than a web browser.

Exum
by Michael Hendricks
An online Genealogy problem finder. Upload your GEDCOM file using the form on the page and a report of possible research errors and interesting tidbits will be displayed for you. You can also download the Perl program itself and run it on your computer.
http://www.palmcluster.org/exum/
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GedLink Editor
by Infoduc
A simple and practical program to create and edit family trees in the GEDCOM format designed for use with the online GedLink information service by people who don't use any other genealogy program.
http://www.gedlink.com/gedlink-editor-en.asp
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GenCircles
by Cliff Shaw
Accepts GEDCOMs into a global tree, and provides clubs and a tree matching service. Really nice interface and well designed.
http://www.gencircles.com/
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GeneWeb
by Daniel de Rauglaudre
GeneWeb is not specifically online software, but it is a program that has a web interface that can act as a webserver for Genealogy data. GeneWeb is free and can be used off-line or as a Web service as on GeneaNet. It is available for Unix and Windows and Mac (OS X), in at least English and French.
http://pauillac.inria.fr/~ddr/GeneWeb/en/
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GeneaNet
The huge and free GeneaNet site has its goal to be a universal register of all the world's genealogical resources. Known as the Genealogical Database Network, it uses GeneWeb as its primary tool for the users of its service.
http://www.geneanet.com/
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GeneWeb Review
by Dick Eastman
Reviewed on Dec 16, 2002.
http://www.eogn.com/archives/news0250.htm#GeneWeb
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The GNTP Developers Page
GNTP is a free worldwide peer-to-peer network that allows you to publish your GEDCOM files to the entire world directly from your own computer. It works just the way Napster used to work, but it is unhindered by the legal issues associated with music. In contrast, Genealogists love to share information and knowledge with each other. GNTP is OpenSource, which means it is looking for programmers willing to help develop it. Here is where you go to contribute to the project as a developer. However, the actual GNTP Site at http://genealogy.byu.edu no longer seems to exist.
http://sourceforge.net/projects/gntp/
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MyTrees Online
by Kindred Konnections, Inc.
A free, full-featured, online genealogy program, You can input your family history directly from home or office
http://www.kindredkonnections.com/cgi-bin/genealogy/new/tupage?-1+0+000000+English+0-0+loginf+editfile*
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One Great Family
by OneGreatFamily.com
Features what they call an Online Genealogy Browser. There is a free version and a subscription version.
http://www.onegreatfamily.com/
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One Great Family Review
by Dick Eastman
Reviewed on June 21, 2000.
http://www.ancestry.com/learn/library/article.aspx?article=1718#1
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Online Family Tree
by MyFamily.com, Inc.
You can record names, dates, places, events, and notes as you would in a software program. All of the information is stored on secure servers at Ancestry.com, where it is accessible to you from anywhere in the world, 24 hours a day, seven days a week. Can import GEDCOMs, too.
http://www.ancestry.com/oft/login.asp
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Online Family Tree Review
by Dick Eastman
Reviewed on June 6, 2001.
http://www.ancestry.com/learn/library/article.aspx?article=3994
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TribalPages
A free online Genealogy service dedicated to creating your Family Tree website effortlessly and quickly. Very nice looking with many features plus a Forum.
http://www.tribalpages.com/
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6. Utility Programs for Genealogists

Most of these programs will work with any other genealogy program. This is often done using a GEDCOM file that is exported by the genealogical program and imported into the utility program. Some of these programs can read Next to do: http://www.eogn.com/archives/news0333.htm

All In the Family Tree!
by Frans Berkhof
A very easy to use chart drawing tool, which supports GEDCOM import. The program is available in English and Dutch.
http://www.all-in-the-family-tree.com/
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Ancestral Author
by Ancestral Softworks
A program that constructs hyperlinked Adobe Acrobat PDF files from GEDCOM files, text files, images, and other sources of user input
http://www.ancestralauthor.com/
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Ancestral Author 2.3 Review
by Dick Eastman
Reviewed on Dec 2, 2004.
http://eogn.typepad.com/eastmans_online_genealogy/2004/12/publishing_your.html
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Behold - A New Concept for Genealogy - A New Era for Genealogists
by Louis Kessler
This is the program I am working on. I promise great things from it. The first version will be a Utility program to produce a unique "Everything Report". If I can get that released, then we'll see where it can go from there. Please visit my Behold page and fill out my survey there.
http://www.lkessler.com/behold/
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Charting Companion
by Progeny Software
Allows you to produce more charts from your genealogy program? Acts as an add-on for PAF, Legacy, Ancestral Quest and Ancestry Family Tree.
http://www.progenysoftware.com/chartingcompanion.html
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Family Tree SuperTools
by Wholly Genes, Inc. (Bob Velke)
Offers powerful wall charting features and many other exciting add-ons to users of many popular family tree programs. It works directly with the data from many programs without the need of an intermediate GEDCOM file.
http://www.whollygenes.com/supertools.htm
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Family Tree Super Tools Review
by Sandra Clunies
Reviewed on Oct 1, 2002.
http://www.ancestry.com/learn/library/article.aspx?article=7917
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Family Tree Super Tools Review
by Dick Eastman
Reviewed on Oct 31, 2001.
http://www.ancestry.com/learn/library/article.aspx?article=4811
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FamilySearcher
by Kevin Owen
A windows program that can read a GEDCOM file and display a list of all names contained in the file in a spreadsheet format. It is then possible to search the Internet IGI (International Genealogical Index) and the other resources at the LDS FamilySearch web site for any matching entries.
http://myweb.cableone.net/kevinowen3/familysearcher.htm
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Family Searcher Review
by Dick Eastman
Reviewed on Jan 5, 2004.
http://www.eogn.com/archives/news0401.htm#FamilySearcher
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FamilyView
by Garry Ringer
Displays person records, marriage records, family groups, sibling groups, as well as pedigree, relationShip charts, box charts and more. It contains a photo album that you can link family view person records to.
http://ca.geocities.com/familyview2003/
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GCFiler
by Orelle Corporation
A utility program that will take a file in GEDCOM format and convert it to comma-delimited ASCII for importing into spreadsheets and databases.
http://www.orelle.com/Kinquest/kinquest.htm
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GDBI - Gedcom DataBase Interface
by Daniel Kionka
A genealogy program integrator. It includes an editor and the lifelines report language. It interfaces to 3 GEDCOM databases: phpGedView, GenJ, and jLifelines. At the core is a common Java API to simplify adding more databases and editors. This is an Open Source project and is free.
http://gdbi.sourceforge.net/
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Project Info - GDBI
This is where you go if you want to help with the development of GDBI. It is written in the language Java.
http://sourceforge.net/projects/gdbi/
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Ged2Csv
by Infused Solutions (Keith Morrison)
A a Windows utility that converts a gedcom file to a set of comma-delimited files, to an MS Access database, or directly into MySQL.
http://www.infused-solutions.com/software/ged2csv/
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Ged2Csv Review
by Dick Eastman
Reviewed on Jan 9, 2005.
http://eogn.typepad.com/eastmans_online_genealogy/2005/01/ged2csv.html
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GedClean
by Tom Raynor
A free utility to remove personal information about living people from a GEDCOM file
http://www.raynorshyn.com/gedclean/
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GEDCOM Estimator
by Vegard Brox
A program that estimates missing dates in a genealogical database. It writes the output to a new GEDCOM file.
http://home.no.net/gedcom/
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GEDCOM Estimator Review
by Dick Eastman
Reviewed on Oct 20, 2004.
http://eogn.typepad.com/eastmans_online_genealogy/2004/10/gedcom_estimato.html
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Gedcom.pm
by Paul Johnson
A module written in Perl for the manipulation of GEDCOM files. This is an Open Source project and is free.
http://homepage.hispeed.ch/pjcj/perl.html#Gedcom.pm
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Project Info - Gedcom.pm
This is where you go if you want to help with the development of Gedcom.pm.
http://search.cpan.org/dist/Gedcom/
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GEDCOM Utilities
by Randy Winch
Several tools for GEDCOM files including: "GEDSplit" to split a GEDCOM file, "Analyze" to display unconnected individuals, "GEDPlace" to edit the places, "Addnote" to add a note to every individual, "Addsour" to add a source to every individual, "GEDCaps" for name and place capitalization fixing, and "GEDLivng" for removal of living individuals.
http://www.rootsweb.com/~gumby/ged.html
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GEDCOM Viewer
Opens and displays your GEDCOM file as a full family tree with all people connected - allowing a number of viewing options.
http://users.northnet.com.au/~generic/gedcom/
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GedCom Vision
A French GEDCOM viewer utility by the makers of Geneatique. Website is in French.
http://www.cdip.com/gedcomvision/
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GEDmark
by Progeny Software
A free program that will attached a source to every person in your GEDCOM file to indicate your author information and help prevent unauthorized use of your research.
http://www.progenysoftware.com/gedmark.html
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GEDmark Review
by Dick Eastman
Reviewed on April 28, 2003.
http://www.eogn.com/archives/news0317.htm#GEDmark
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GEDPrivy
by John Goodwin
A program to create privacy for data in genealogy files (GEDCOMs).
http://members.aol.com/gedprivy/
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GedReader
Reads sets of GEDCOM files and displays the whole data read in as a table with the column headings, eliminating duplicate entries of events.
http://www.yate74.freeserve.co.uk/GedReader/ged_read_faq.htm
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GedSmart
by J. Fens
A unique shareware tool that can compare two GEDCOM files and find matches based on an applied ruleset.
http://www.jipjip.com/gedsmart.htm
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GedView
by Mark James
A freeware GEDCOM viewer and navigator with a modern Windows interface.
http://www.geocities.com/Athens/Acropolis/4317/GedView.html
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Gen-book
by Rex Clement
An excellent utility program to let you generate a genealogy book from GEDCOM or PAF.
http://www.foothill.net/~genbook/
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Genealogy Research Organizer
by Chris Mosher
A program for Windows that lets you manage your genealogy data. Family relationships become clear with GRO's intuitive drop-line chart.
http://go.to/gro
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Genedraw
by Philippe Puech
A French Genealogy chart drawing program for the Macintosh. Website is in French.
http://genedraw.online.fr/
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Genelines
by Progeny Software
A timeline charting companion for Family Tree Maker, PAF and GEDCOM files. The program lets you place the names and lives of your family's past into historical context.
http://www.progenysoftware.com/genelines.html
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Genelines 1.3 Review
by Dick Eastman
Reviewed on June 13, 2001.
http://www.ancestry.com/learn/library/article.aspx?article=4038
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GENMatcher
by MudCreek Software Inc. (Luc Comeau)
GENMatcher quickly compares two genealogy files for matches, or one genealogy file for duplicates. It can show the comparisons side by side and save your work from session to session.
http://www.mudcreek.ca/genmatcher.htm
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GENMatcher 1.03 Review
by Dick Eastman
Reviewed on Feb 23, 2004.
http://www.eogn.com/archives/news0408.htm#GENMatcher
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GenMerge
by PSD (Pleiades Software Development), Inc.
A stand-alone software utility that finds and merges duplicates in GEDCOM files.
http://www.genmerge.com/
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GenScribe
by Peter Sherman
A family history research tracking and recordkeeping program for the Macintosh, designed to help you plan and manage your genealogical research.
http://users.rcn.com/psherman/genscribe.html
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GenScribe Review
by Dick Eastman
Reviewed on June 20, 2001.
http://www.ancestry.com/learn/library/article.aspx?article=4079
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GenSmarts
by Underwood Innovations, LLC
Works with your existing genealogy file and produces research recommendations. It helps you generate and track to do lists, print worksheets to record your search results, and plan research trips to libraries, court houses, etc. For online research sites, GenSmarts produces links that already have your ancestors name and specifics embedded - making it much easier to perform online record lookups.
http://www.gensmarts.com/
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GenSmarts Review
by Dick Eastman
Reviewed on Dec 19, 2004.
http://eogn.typepad.com/eastmans_online_genealogy/2004/12/gensmarts_a_gen.html
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GenSmarts Review
by Linda Geiger
Reviewed on Oct 1, 2004.
http://www.ancestry.com/learn/library/article.aspx?article=9306
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GenTools
by H. G. Schloeder
A Windows program handling Calendars, Soundex and conversions of interest to Genealogists. The program and the Website are both in German.
http://www.schloeder.net/downgt.php3
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GENViewer
by MudCreek Software Inc. (Luc Comeau)
A Windows based application that is used to view and analyze GEDCOM, PAF, TMG, Legacy and Family Tree Maker genealogy files.
http://www.mudcreek.ca/genviewer.htm
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GENViewer Version 1.8 Review
by Dick Eastman
Reviewed on Feb 6, 2002.
http://www.ancestry.com/learn/library/article.aspx?article=5241
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John Smith's Home Page
John has a number of utilities he makes available free including Gensrch (a package of programs to emulate Cliff Manis's Genserv server), and a number of GEDCOM, HTML, and PAF utility programs.
http://www.savoury.net/johns/
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KinAlbum (x)
by Tom Miles
A database designed to hold your genealogical data, for Windows 95/98.
http://ourworld.compuserve.com/homepages/kinwiz/
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LDS Companion
by Steve Archer
A program designed to enhance the functionality of the various CD-ROM databases published by the LDS Church. Its main function is file conversion, allowing you to build databases and spreadsheets, but it also includes report printing and GEDCOM export facilities
http://ourworld.compuserve.com/homepages/steve_archer/ldsc01.htm
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LDS Search
by Bob Holloway
Provide a searching mechanism for information that has been extracted from various data sources created by the LDS Church. It requires LDS Companion (from Steve Archer) to convert the extracted data into dbase format databases.
http://members.aol.com/aisling13/ldssearch/
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PED
by Hansjoerg Plendl
Pedigree drawing software. Uses standardized human pedigree nomenclature.
http://www.medgen.de/ped/
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PowerGED
by Infoduc
A French program to build a customizable and nice looking family tree chart from your GEDCOM data, with printing services for very large size charts.
http://www.powerged.com/infoduc/en/
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PRFMagnet
by Pedigree Magnet
A program that accesses the Pedigree Resource File at the LDS FamilySearch.com site. It can navigate using pedigree charts, retrieve family groups, and export GEDCOM files.
http://www.pedigreemagnet.com/
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Res Privata
by Naiborly
An easy to use application for filtering private data from your genealogy database (GEDCOM) files.
http://members.ozemail.com.au/~naibor/rpriv.html
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3D Family Tree
by Gross Computing
Allows you to view your family tree in ways that show how people are connected through their relationships
http://www.3dfamilytree.com/
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Tree Draw
by SpanSoft (Nick Hunter - the author of Kith and Kin Pro)
TreeDraw is a specialized graphics editor for creating high quality genealogical drop-line charts.
http://www.btinternet.com/~spansoft/treedraw.htm
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US Cities Galore
by Frustration Solutions, Inc.
Quickly find U.S. cities, towns, townships and counties. Copy and paste results into your genealogy program. Reads and writes GEDCOM.
http://www.uscitiesgalore.com/
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US Cities Galore Review
by Dick Eastman
Reviewed on Jun 30, 2003.
http://www.eogn.com/archives/news0326.htm#USCitiesGalore
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VisuGed
by Jean Chabaud
A French program that imports one or more GedCom files and to offer various functions including a consistency check, visualization, analysis, export, comparison, fusion, indexing and more. There are two other utility programs at this site: TransGed translates flat files into GEDCOM. AnniGed pulls anniversaries out of GEDCOM files. Website is in French.
http://www.visuged.org/
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WinAhnen
by Robert Mundt and Olaf Schilling
A German shareware program available since 1995 with nice graphics. Website is in German.
http://www.winahnen.de/
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WinGed
by Bo Ekelund
A free Windows based application from Denmark that is used to view GEDCOM files.
http://www.bo.suite.dk/winged.htm
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WinGenea
by Dave Risley
A shareware program to produce a true dropline chart. Can be used on its own or can read in GEDCOM files from other programs.
http://freespace.virgin.net/dave.risley/
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World Place Advisor
by Progeny Software Inc.
Automatically check your genealogy database for place name typos, missing counties and other inaccuracies. Finds place names from around the world. Shows who lived where. Has a unique "Geo-Tree" view.
http://www.progenysoftware.com/placeadvisor.html
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World Place Advisor Version 1.2 Review
by Mark Lang
Reviewed on June 27, 2004.
http://eogn.typepad.com/eastmans_online_genealogy/2004/06/world_place_adv.html
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7. Utility Programs to Produce Web Pages from Genealogical Data

Some full-featured genealogy programs have this capability, but these programs are specifically designed for this purpose, and give you a variety of formats to choose from.

Advanced Website Genealogy Software
by NetProFX.com
Free software written for two web-based languages: PHP and ASP. It has some advanced features and allows you to send and can send an index of your ancestor information to ancestorforest.com
http://www.netprofx.com/genealogy/
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Ahn
by Helmut Braess
A free Java program that can show genealogical data, stored in gedcom files, at your local PC or in the internet as descendent tree or ancestor tree without modifying the data in the file.
http://www.braess.de/ahn/en/pgrAhn.htm
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Dynamic Family Tree (International)
by Michael Horey
Displays a fully graphical interactive family tree on a web browser using a Java Applet. Supports many languages.
http://www.dftcom2.co.uk/
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Familia
by DrAlex Software
Web publishing of family tree and photo album. Converts Family Tree Maker Outline Descendant Tree to web pages
http://www.dralex.com/
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Family Album
by G. Pierce
A shareware program which will read GEDCOM files and display them over the Internet using a Java applet. The applet will also read a specially modified GEDCOM file which allows inclusion of related pictures or histories with the names in the file.
http://members.tripod.com/gppierce/
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GED Browser
by Matt Misbach
A free simple-to-use program to convert your genealogy to HTML from GEDCOM. Includes a unique "site map" view and is multimedia enabled.
http://www.misbach.org/gedbrowser/
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Gedail
by Jean-Francois Baquet
Generates a web site using GEDCOM data. Simultaneous indexes by name, by location, by descendancies and by generation, with smooth navigation across the whole database without boring restart at the beginning, a global view for each person of marriages, parents, grand parents and children, with options to access photos, and an entirely customizable web site look.
http://jfbaquet.free.fr/outils/fonc_en.html
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GEDCOM-XML Utilities
by Software Renovation Corporation (Jerry Fitzpatrick)
Windows command-line utilities for converting GEDCOM to XML and back. Also includes a powerful XSL stylesheet for displaying the XML output as an HTML web page. The utilities may be downloaded and used at not cost.
http://www.igenie.org/
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GED-GEN
by Mike Voisin
Short for "GEDCOM Web Page GENerator", it generates web pages in family group sheet format.
http://home.hiwaay.net/~mvoisin/gedgen.html
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GedHTree
by Gary Welker
GedHTree is a program for Windows 95/98 users that processes GEDCOM files to generate ancestor tree pages, family group pages, index pages, note pages, source pages and photo links in HTML format.
http://www.gedhtree.com/
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GedHTree Review
by Dick Eastman
Reviewed on Sept 18, 2002.
http://www.ancestry.com/learn/library/article.aspx?article=6350
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Gedpage
by Rob Jacob
A program to build a totally interlinked set of family tree web pages from a GEDCOM file. Available for Windows or the Macintosh.
http://www.frontiernet.net/~rjacob/gedpage.htm
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GedReporter
by Doug McMartin
A free tool for generating reports and web sites from your genealogy database using GEDCOM files. A scripting language similar to Visual Basic allows for complete customization.
http://www.webpan.com/doutberg/software/gedreporter/
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GeDStrip
by Dave Naylor
Creates formatted and indexed HTML web pages from a standard GEDCOM. It excludes all data about living individuals from those pages, as well as all links for the remaining individuals.
http://freepages.genealogy.rootsweb.com/~hotrum/gedstrip.htm
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GedTree
by Mark Otway
A free utility to generate nice looking family tree websites utilizing JavaScript.
http://www.otway.com/family/docs/gedtree.html
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GEDVisual
by Henry van Vugt
A program that converts any GEDCOM file into a complete website with just one push of a button. GEDvisual presents the genealogical data in a graphical way (1 family per page).
http://piazza.iae.nl/users/hvvugt/GEDvisual/
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Ged2html
by Eugene Stark
A popular GEDCOM to HTML translator.
http://www.starkeffect.com/ged2html/
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Ged2Ped
by Randy Wilson
A free utility that creates ancestor overview pedigree charts in html format of someone in a GEDCOM file.
http://axon.cs.byu.edu/~randy/gen/ged2ped/ged2ped.html
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Ged2web
by Helen Oram
A free program from the U.K., first developed in 1997, for generating a set of web pages from a GEDCOM file.
http://www.wtoram.co.uk/ged2web/ged2web.htm
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Ged2www
by Leslie Howard
A free simple utility for DOS or UNIX to convert selected parts of a GEDCOM file to HTML.
http://www.lesandchris.com/ged2www/
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The Ged2wwwf page
by Jean-Baptiste Fahy
This is the international version of the Ged2www program of Leslie Howard.
http://home.nordnet.fr/~jbfahy/ged2wwwe.htm
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Ged4Web
by Anthony Papineau
GEDCOM to Html conversion genealogy web page software. A French version is available
http://www.ged4web.com/
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GenaToile
by Jean-Baptiste Fahy
A French conversion program written in Java based on Ged2wwwf but simpler to use and with some extra features. Website is in French.
http://home.nordnet.fr/~jbfahy/Genatoile/
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GenoPro
by Daniel Morin
Allows you to view and edit your genealogy tree within a browser. You can then publish your genealogy tree directly on the Internet. Freeware.
http://www.genopro.com/
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GenoPro Gold
by Daniel Morin
The shareware version of Genopro, with added features.
http://www.genoprogold.com/
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Gen Viewer Applet
by Chris Stillwell
A Java applet which will allow browsing of a GEDCOM file from the web.
http://mysite.verizon.net/chris.stillwell/roots/genviewer/genvinfo.htm
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HtmlPedigree
by Chris Phillips
A program that creates web pages presented in two text frames on the left hand side, with a chart pedigree on the right. Links in the text frames can be used to navigate through the pedigree. The web pages are very well layed out and nicely color coordinated.
http://www.htmlpedigree.com/
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HtmlPedigree Review
by Dick Eastman
Reviewed on Oct 23, 2004.
http://eogn.typepad.com/eastmans_online_genealogy/2004/10/htmlpedigree.html
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HuMo-gen
by Huub Mons
A freeware program to make a "HTML Database" for your website using a GEDCOM file. Website is in Dutch.
http://move.to/gedcom-html
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IGMMak
by Randy Winch
This free program that runs on web-servers is also known as the "Indexed GEDCOM Method". It uses Pearl scripts (web server programs) to produce dynamic web output from a GEDCOM file.
http://www.rootsweb.com/~gumby/igm.html
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kStableau
by Tom de Neef
A very powerful utility that can generate HTML files for the display of a unique and very nice looking graphical family trees. Also has a unique analysis of inbreeding/kinship. This program is free.
http://www.home.zonnet.nl/KStableau/
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The Next Generation of Genealogy Sitebuilding
by Darrin Lythgoe
Produces really nice looking dynamically creating web pages from information stored in mySQL database tables using PHP scripting on the Web site.
http://lythgoes.net/genealogy/software.php
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The Next Generation of Genealogy Sitebuilding, Version 4 Review
by Dick Eastman
Reviewed on June 20, 2004.
http://eogn.typepad.com/eastmans_online_genealogy/2004/06/the_next_genera.html
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Oxy-gen
A program to convert GEDCOM files into HTML, CSV (for input into Access or Excel), PHP (for MySQL) and XML to put on the Internet. Also available in a French version.
http://oxygennet.free.fr/index_en.php
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phpGedView
by John Finlay
Parses GEDCOM 5.5 genealogy files and displays them on the internet in a format similar to desktop programs. All it requires to run is a PHP enabled web server and a GEDCOM file. It is easily customizable. This is an Open Source project and is free.
http://phpgedview.sourceforge.net/
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Project Info - phpGedView

http://sourceforge.net/projects/phpgedview/
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phpGedView Review
by Dick Eastman
Reviewed on Feb 16, 2004.
http://www.eogn.com/archives/news0407.htm#phpGedView
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phpGene
by Infused Solutions (Keith Morrison)
A freeware set of HTML and PHP scripts which dynamically create genealogy web pages from data stored. A commercial version to be called phpGene Pro is under development.
http://www.infused-solutions.com/software/phpgene/
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phpmyfamily
by Simon Booth
A dynamic genealogy website builder which allows family members to maintain a central database of research which is readily accessable and editable. By having a central repository, family members can contribute as and when information becomes available. This is an Open Source project and is free.
http://www.phpmyfamily.net/
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Project Info - phpmyfamily
This is where you go if you want to help with the development of phpmyfamily. It is written in the language PHP.
http://sourceforge.net/projects/phpmyfamily/
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RootsView Review
by Dick Eastman
Reviewed on Aug 16, 2000.
http://www.ancestry.com/learn/library/article.aspx?article=2168#3
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Sparrowhawk
by Bradley D. Mohr
A GEDCOM-to-HTML conversion program for the Macintosh. It is based on Gene Stark's GED2HTML program.
http://www.bradandkathy.com/genealogy/sparrowhawk.html
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uFTi
by Oughtibridge Ltd (Nicholas Oughtibridge)
A freeware GEDCOM to HTML translation program that supports frames.
http://www.ufti.com/
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UncleGED
by Mike DeBacker
A nice freeware program that that produces beautiful well laid out web pages. It can compile your web pages to a single HTML help file (.chm) for enhanced viewing and portability, and uses a cascading style sheet (.css) to further customize the look of your web pages.
http://gatheringleaves.org/uged/
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UncleGED Review
by Dick Eastman
Reviewed on Nov 14, 2004.
http://eogn.typepad.com/eastmans_online_genealogy/2004/11/uncleged.html
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WebGED: Progenitor
by Tom and Caral Giammo
A website generator and Java-based viewer. No longer available as of Aug 2002. But the authors are considering the development of a new Progenitor-like product not based on Java.
http://www.mindspring.com/~giammo/webged/
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Putting your Surnames Online
A nice article about the various programs to generate web pages from GEDCOM files with links to sample outputs.
http://www.searchforancestors.com/webpage/gedcom.html
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Richard Wilson's Comparison of Genealogy Web Pages
by Richard Wilson
Here Richard compares the web pages produced by many programs. He also gives samples of the web pages produced.
http://www.cagenweb.com/rwilson/compare.htm
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8. Genealogy-Related Programs

These are programs for specific tasks such as recording cemetery data, logging your family research, etc.

Bygones
A free Genealogical Note-keeping System designed to record your genealogical research notes on your laptop computer as you do your family history research. For Windows or Macintosh.
http://home.utah-inter.net/bygones/
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Bygones Beta Version Review
by Dick Eastman
Reviewed on Aug 9, 2000.
http://www.ancestry.com/learn/library/article.aspx?article=2118#1
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Census Tools
by Gary Minder
A free set of spreadsheets to help you record, archive and permanently organize you United States Census research.
http://www.censustools.com/
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Clooz
by Ancestor Detective (Elizabeth Kerstens)
A graphical database for systematically storing all of the clues to your ancestry that you have been collecting.
http://www.clooz.com/
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Clooz Version 1.21 Review
by Dick Eastman
Reviewed on July 26, 2000.
http://www.ancestry.com/learn/library/article.aspx?article=2029#2
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Custodian
by P.A. and S. Smith
A series of databases with pre-defined forms, specially designed to store genealogical information.
http://www.custodian3.co.uk/
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DateCalc
by Jane Taubman
This free simple date calc program will assist in calculating dates from ages and vice-versa.
http://www.taubman.org.uk/datecalc/
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Ellis Island Database Name Permutation Generator
by Edward Rosenbaum
A shareware program that will help you find and search alternative spellings at the Ellis Island Online Database.
http://erosenbaum.netfirms.com/eidb.shtml
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Family History CD
by The Jefferson Project, LLC (Loretta, Jon & Jefferson Shupe)
A software package specially designed to produce a Family History CD. Add any files you have to your CD project (documents, pictures, video, audio, PAF, timelines, charts, etc). Especially powerful picture handling.
http://www.familyhistorycd.com/
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Family History CD Review
by Dick Eastman
Reviewed on Jun 16, 2003.
http://www.eogn.com/archives/news0324.htm#FamilyHistoryCD
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Family Reunion Organizer
by RootsMagic, Inc. (Bruce Buzbee)
Provides a step by step check list to help you organize your reunion guest list, finances, schedule, and assignments. It will also create a family reunion web page for you.
http://www.family-reunion.com/organizer/
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Family Reunion Organizer Review
by Betty Clay
Reviewed on July 1, 2000.
http://www.ancestry.com/learn/library/article.aspx?article=3264
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Family Reunion Organizer Review
by Dick Eastman
Reviewed on Feb 16, 2000.
http://www.ancestry.com/learn/library/article.aspx?article=59#1
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Genealogy Detective
by Harris Digital Publishing Group
Genealogical research software that includes user tutorials in genealogy, guides to genealogical resources on and off-line, as well as search tools.
http://www.genealogydetective.com/
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The Genealogy Timeline
by Computer Management Corporation of the South (Mary Parker)
A genealogical / historical event and research organizer.
http://home.netcom.com/~genealogy/
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Geneweaver
by Genes & Things, Inc.
A tool for creating an maintaining your family health history. Imports GEDCOM files.
http://www.geneweaveronline.com/
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Geneweaver 1.1 Review
by Richard S. Wilson
Reviewed on July 1, 2003.
http://www.ancestry.com/learn/library/article.aspx?article=8479
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Geneweaver 1.1 Review
by Dick Eastman
Reviewed on March 10, 2003.
http://www.eogn.com/archives/news0310.htm#Geneweaver
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Genogram-Maker
by Genoware, Inc.
Quickly creates professional-looking, well-spaced genograms. For Windows or Macintosh.
http://www.genogram.org/
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SmartDraw
by SmartDraw.com
A powerful charting program that also draws genealogy charts, family trees, pedigree charts, genograms, ecomaps, and more. Does not import GEDCOM.
http://www.smartdraw.com/specials/genealogy.asp
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9. Programs for Palm Organizers

The latest craze is to carry your computer with you. These devices have a large following, and genealogy programs for them are now appearing.

GedStar
by GHCS Software (Doug Gordon)
A Genealogy Browser for PalmOS Handhelds. Formerly called GedPalm. Comes in Basic, Plus and Pro editions.
http://www.ghcssoftware.com/
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GedStar Version 4 Review
by Dick Eastman
Reviewed on April 18, 2001.
http://www.ancestry.com/learn/library/article.aspx?article=3748
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GedWise
by Battery Park Software Corporation
Allows you to transfer a copy of your genealogy data from your personal computer to any handheld device running the Palm Operating System. You can then view your data on your handheld device using the GedWise Viewer application.
http://www.batteryparksoftware.com/
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John One One Graphics
by Don Keiffer
This author's set of inexpensive Palm applications for genealogy.
http://www.keifferusa.com/
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Cemetery
Keeps a record of information found while visiting a cemetery.
http://home.flash.net/~dkeiffer/Palm%20Apps/Cemetery.html
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Crspndnc
Keeps a record of your genealogy correspondence.
http://home.flash.net/~dkeiffer/Palm%20Apps/Crspndnc.html
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Gen2Do
Keeps a list of things to do (and results) in your genealogy research.
http://home.flash.net/~dkeiffer/Palm%20Apps/Gen2Do.html
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GenRes
Keeps track of resource information you have found during your genealogy research
http://home.flash.net/~dkeiffer/Palm%20Apps/GenRes.html
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MySearch
Keeps track of your genealogy research.
http://home.flash.net/~dkeiffer/Palm%20Apps/MySearch.html
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My Roots: The Genealogist's Notepad
by Tapperware (Thomas Ward)
For Palm OS Handheld Computers. Lets you import data from or export data to standard GED files and can display ancestor and descendant trees for any person. It also offers searching, sorting, filtering, and many other features.
http://www.tapperware.com/MyRoots/
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My Roots 3.0 Review
by Dick Eastman
Reviewed on December 15, 2003.
http://www.eogn.com/archives/news0350.htm#MyRootsVersion3
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PalmGear Genealogy Software
Descriptions and downloads of many of the programs available for palmtops. Some are free and some are shareware which you can buy from this site.
http://www.palmgear.com/index.cfm?fuseaction=software.answernew&keyword=genealogy
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10. Programs for Pocket PCs or Psions

The alternative to Palms for those who like the Windows CE Operating System or want a miniature full keyboard.

CE My Family
by on eMan software
Consists of a Pocket PC component and a Desktop component, which allows you to make a significant part of your current genealogy work available for referencing and editing on a the Pocket PC.
http://www.cemyfamily.com
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CE My Family Review
by Dick Eastman
Reviewed on Jan 3, 2003.
http://www.eogn.com/archives/news0301.htm#CEMyFamily
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Gedfried
by Rolf Aeschbacher
A freeware GEDCOM browser for the Psion.
http://rolf.aeschbacher.name/gedfried.html
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kGene
by Kevin Groves
A freeware browser for the Psion that allows data editing.
http://www.cix.co.uk/~kgroves/kgene/
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Pocket Genealogist
by Northern Hills Software
Allows you to take your genealogy data with you on your PocketPC or other Windows Powered mobile device.
http://www.northernhillssoftware.com/
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Pocket Genealogist Version 2.80 Review
by Dick Eastman
Reviewed on June 7, 2003.
http://eogn.typepad.com/eastmans_online_genealogy/2004/06/pocket_genealog.html
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11. Independent Comparisons of Genealogy Programs

These are where you want to go if you want other people's opinions of the various programs.

Genealogy Software Reviews
by ConsumerSearch
These are reviews about other published reviews of genealogy software in various magazines and periodicals. They compare and rate the each review and the selections with each other.
http://www.consumersearch.com/www/software/genealogy_software/
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Genealogy Software Review
by TopTenReviews
Detailed comparisons and reviews of many top programs, as well as a lot of information to help you decide which program is best for you.
http://genealogy-software-review.com/
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Family Tree Software Comparison
by My History
A useful comparison table for prospective purchasers of family tree software, comparing many different features about a number of programs.
http://www.my-history.co.uk/acatalog/compare.htm
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Genealogical Computing's 2004 Family History Software Directory
by Mike Dickson
Genealogical Computing Magazine maintains a list of genealogical software, and gives specs and lists the features of each.
http://www.ancestry.com/learn/library/article.aspx?article=8882
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Genealogical Computing's 2004 List of Research Tools
by Mike Dickson
A continuation of their Software Directory, this list includes research tools.
http://www.ancestry.com/learn/library/article.aspx?article=8885
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Genealogical Computing's 2004 List of Add-on Utilities
by Mike Dickson
A continuation of their Software Directory, this list includes add-on utilities.
http://www.ancestry.com/learn/library/article.aspx?article=8887
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A Genealogical Software Report Card
by Bill Mumford
A comparison of numerous features of some popular programs in an attempt to fairly evaluate one against another.
http://www.mumford.ca/reportcard/
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Genealogy Today's Genealogy Software Guide
by Software Wonders of NJ
Info about over 200 programs. Users are invited to rate the software they've used.
http://www.genealogytoday.com/software/guide.html
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La page des logiciels
by Philippe Ramona
A page in French with comparisons and some good comments about individual programs.
http://www.es-conseil.fr/pramona/outils/outils1.htm
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Choosing Genealogy Software
by Jim Byram
This Family Chronicle article from March/April 2000 compares the strong and weak points of the major genealogy programs.
http://www.familychronicle.com/software.html
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Comparing Genealogy Software Programs
by Richard Wilson
Compares many different features for 8 of the most popular programs.
http://www.cagenweb.com/rwilson/comparison.htm
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Comparing Genealogical Software
by Juliana Smith
An article from The Family History Compass of Aug 28, 2000.
http://www.ancestry.com/learn/library/article.aspx?article=2252
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What Genealogy Software Should I Buy
by Betty Clay
A very good article of things to consider before buying from Genealogical Computing, Oct 1, 1999.
http://www.ancestry.com/learn/library/article.aspx?article=1661
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Genealogical Software: The Next Generation
by George G. Morgan
An article from October 1999 with the author's personal ideas about what he would like to see in Genealogy Software in the future. Very interesting.
http://www.ancestry.com/learn/library/article.aspx?article=1611
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12. Software Repositories

These are places you can find collections of many of the programs and utilities available. You will not find commercial programs here - only freeware, shareware and demos. For commercial programs, check out the developer's web sites.

C/Net Download.com Downloads
by C/Net Networks, Inc.
Genealogy reviews with user ratings and user reviews and free downloads.
http://www.download.com/3150-2127-0.html?tag=stbc.gp
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ZDNet Downloads
by Ziff Davis Publishing
A great selection of up-to-date genealogical shareware, with file dates, a star rating comparison, download counts, and useful descriptions.
http://downloads-zdnet.com.com/3120-20-0.html?qt=genealogy
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MacUpdate: Home & Personal: Genealogy
Here you can find programs for the Mac.
http://www.macupdate.com/personal.php?sub=3
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SourceForge - Topic Genealogy
The world's largest Open Source software development website. These programs range from those just beginning development to those that are well developed and can compete in quality and features with any program. All programs are free to use and are looking for users and developers to help them advance.
http://sourceforge.net/softwaremap/trove_list.php?form_cat=284
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Penn State University's collection
Penn State at one time supported the archiving of any and all Genealogical materials on their web servers. Once this got too large they had to cut back, but they still maintain the best genealogy program archives of programs from the early 90's, and many of them are still useful. Check out the subdirectories: programs, windows, mac, otheros, paf, and utils as well as any others that might interest you.
ftp://ftp.cac.psu.edu/pub/genealogy/INDEX.html
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Rootsweb's Mac Archives
An excellent collection of genealogical shareware and demos for the Macintosh.
ftp://ftp.rootsweb.com/pub/mac/
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Simtel Genealogy Programs
Simtel was a distribution network for shareware back in the early 1990's. They are now back with a new interface. Their Genealogy programs are sparse, but here you may find that very old DOS-based Genealogy program you can't find elsewhere. They only have a handful of old Windows programs in other categories. Search using "Genealogy" if you want to find them.
http://www.simtel.net/pub/msdos/genealgy/
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13. Newsgroups and Maillists

soc.genealogy.computing
This is where to go with your questions on computer programs for genealogy. It has a newsgroup that can also be accessed through a mailing list, and you can search its archives.
http://homepages.rootsweb.com/~socgen/Compute.htm
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Genforum's Genealogy Software Discussion Forums
Here you can find active discussion groups for several different programs, including: Family Tree Maker, Family Origins, Family Tree Creator, Family Tree Detective, Ultimate Family Tree, Ancestral Quest, Brother's Keeper, PAF, Reunion, and The Master Genealogist
http://genforum.genealogy.com/general/#computers
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Software Mailing Lists
by John Fuller
Lists and describes the mailing lists available on the internet for specific genealogical software programs, with instructions on how to subscribe.
http://www.rootsweb.com/~jfuller/gen_mail_software.html
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Software Lists Hosted by RootsWeb
RootsWeb is the internet's oldest and largest free genealogy community. They host many software mailing lists. You can subscribe to them from this web page.
http://lists.rootsweb.com/index/other/Software/
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14. Periodicals all about Genealogical Programs

Eastman's Online Genealogy Newsletter
by Dick Eastman
Dick Eastman's excellent free Online weekly newsletter, that always contains all the latest news of interest for genealogists using computers, and often has detailed reviews of genealogical software.
http://www.eogn.com
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MacGenealogy.org
by Chad Osten
Genealogy news and information for Macintosh users with comprehensive information about Mac genealogy software. Excellent site. RSS newsfeed available.
http://macgenealogy.org/
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Genealogical Computing
by MyFamily.com, Inc.
A quarterly publication full of news, reviews, and how-tos about computer programs for Genealogy. I have been a subscriber for several years. Has about 4500 subscribers.
http://www.ancestry.com/learn/publications/gencomp.htm
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Genealogical Computing Archive
Most of the articles from Genealogical Computing are available online from here.
http://www.ancestry.com/learn/library/archive.aspx?type=gencomp
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GC Extra
A free weekly online column by the editor of Genealogical Computing with a different news items each week. This link is to their archive of articles that ended in 2001.
http://www.ancestry.com/learn/library/category.aspx?category=&type=18&page=1&bydate=1
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Victorian GUM - Genealogists Using Microcomputers Newsletter
An Australian publication of a group designed to assist members with information about hardware and software packages that can aid family history research.
http://www.vicgum.asn.au/gumnews.html
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Computers in Genealogy
by the Society of Genealogists
A British quarterly publication devoted to helping genealogists in the use of computers. Their web site lists the contents of their current and back issues.
http://www.sog.org.uk/cig/
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CIG On-Line
Some of the CIG articles from back issues are online. Here is an index and links to them.
http://www.sog.org.uk/cig/online.html
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Australian Family Tree Connections - Computers and Genealogy
This is a monthly Australian Genealogy magazine with a regular section on Computers and Genealogy.
http://www.aftc.com.au/Computers/Computers.html
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15. Other Lists of Genealogical Programs on the Web

I tried to pick out what I thought were the best programs for you to choose from, but there are even many more than listed here. If you need more, more, more, ... then try:

Cyndi's List of Genealogy Sites - Software & Computers
by Cyndi Howells
If you want completeness, Cyndi has the most up-to-date and comprehensive list of links available anywhere. If you want more than this, Cyndi has a section on this page titled "Miscellaneous Download and Reference Sites" that will take you everywhere else (including back to my page).
http://www.cyndislist.com/software.htm
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About.com's Genealogy Software Pages
A fairly good list of categorized links and short descriptions of each program is available here.
http://genealogy.about.com/od/family_tree_software/
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Creer sa base
by Guillaume Roelly
A list in French of many programs, their languages, licenses, and their sites.
http://www.roelly.org/~genealogie/logiciels/lgcreebase.htm
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Les logiciels de Genealogie
by Gilles Amiel
A list in French of many programs, including many programs that are written in French.
http://gilles.amiel.free.fr/gen1.html
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Of Apples and (Family) Trees
by Dirk Haun
Listings of Genealogy Programs for the Macintosh as well as links where available.
http://www.haun-online.de/Genealogy/e_genmac.html
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Help! How Do I Use These Links?

I have never really been happy with most of the other web-link pages that are out there. I have tried to make my links more useful with a number of differences. I hope you like what I have done:
  1. I link to individual pages, not just to home pages of sites. My links will identify good pages that are buried deep in a site.
  2. I have organized my links by site, and sub-site. This way you can see at a glance what a particular site has to offer.
  3. I set up a "Contents" and have navigation hot-links to make it easier to get between sections.
  4. I display the web addresses (also known as URLs). It is nice to know where you are going.
  5. I give a brief description of what I think is generally useful on each page.
And, for quick pigeon-holing, I classify each page into one of seven types as follows:

Home These are home pages of a web site or sub-site. Generally they act as a table-of-contents, containing mostly local links to the rest of the site.

News Up-to-date information about current activities and events. These pages are changed quite often, so check them regularly.

How to These pages give instructions on how to go on in your information quest, where to look next, and increase your level of overall expertise.

Tool A web page that is designed to help you find or do something. It may be an index, guide, or even an online program.

Data The pages most researchers get really excited about. This is real data that has been made available online.

Files Collections of files, not designed to be looked at online, but made for downloading (using FTP) to your own computer. May often contain useful software.

Links Pages with the best collections of links to the multitude of other web sites. If you want to, you can follow all these until the wee hours of the morning.

Finally, you may see the following codes:

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