6 of the Best Free Linux Family History Software
Family history (or genealogy) software is computer software
used to record, organise and publish genealogical data.
Genealogy, the study of one’s ancestry, continues to grow in
popularity. Radio and TV programmes such as the BBC's Family History
and Who Do You Think You
Are? have encouraged a growing band people to trace their roots. There
is a huge raft of
sources available to trace ancestors including the General Register of
Births, Marriages and Deaths, Census Returns, International
Genealogical Index, National Burial Index, Parish Registers, Wills and
Other Probate documents. These traditional sources are often
available to peruse over the net, although there is typically some
charge to access these records. Not all records are online
(particularly those prior to 1837) so visiting local records offices,
churches, graveyards or libraries can help in the quest. Huge online
databases also help people discover their history.
Tracing your ancestry is painstaking work, can be extremely
addictive and creates large amounts of data. Storing that
information suggests using some form of database. However,
standard relational databases lack the functionality that hobbyist
genealogists typically need. This has led to the development of
which offers tailored functionality, to
store data and relationships between parents, spouses and children, as
well as handling additional events in an individual's life,
photographs, free-form notes, and other
multimedia, and source citations. Moreover genealogy software
can produce a variety of graphical charts and text reports, such as
ahnentafel reports, pedigree charts, and Register reports.
Most genealogy programs can import and export using the GEDCOM
standard. GEDCOM is an acronym for GEnealogical Data
COMmunication. It is a specially organized text file for organizing
This article highlights the best genealogy software that runs
under Linux. Although there is not a wide selection of Linux
native clients, we have also identified the best web based and
Java software, so there is still a good range to choose from.
Now, let's explore the 6 genealogy software at hand. For
each title we have compiled its own portal page, providing a screenshot
the software in action, a full description with an in-depth analysis of
its features, together with links to relevant resources and reviews.
||Genealogical Research and Analysis Management
based genealogy software to help with family history research
||Web-based genealogy viewer and editor
software in PHP / MySQL
||Uses very efficient techniques of relationship and
||Full-featured viewer and editor for genealogic data
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Last Updated Monday, February 06 2012 @ 04:01 AM EST