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GeneWeb – genealogy software

GeneWeb is genealogy software with a Web interface. It can be used off-line or in a Web environment. It uses very efficient techniques of relationship and consanguinity computing.

GeneWeb is what is called a “daemon” (in the Unix world). It is a program that spends its time waiting for somebody to send it requests. The program is also able to record a log of the requests made to it.

GeneWeb does not use applets, Java, nor JavaScript, just simple HTML. All the computing is done by the home (server) computer.

The software still functions even if a web server has not been installed on the machine.

GeneWeb is used as the engine for several public genealogy websites, including GeneaNet, a collection of inter-searchable genealogical databases currently containing references to more than 225 million persons.

Features include:

  • Web interface.
  • High capacity:
    • GeneWeb can allow multiple wizards to manage the genealogical database.
    • GeneWeb can manage large databases: the Roglo database, for example, is managed by about 200 wizards and contains over 2.5 million entries.
  • Dynamic display – the pages that are displayed in GeneWeb are not created beforehand. Each request, even the simplest access to someone’s personal records, are created dynamically, at the time of the request.
  • Relationship and consanguinity computing.
  • Spelling correction.
  • Nobility titles.
  • Information update and protection.
  • Customization (background color, etc).
  • Miscellaneous Features: birthdays, last births, etc.
  • Import and export of GEDCOM files.
  • Polyglot – GeneWeb has been translated into a number of different languages. It is able to display pages in : Afrikaans, Bulgarian, Catalan, Czech, German, Danish, English, Esperanto, Spanish, Estonian, Finnish, French, Hebrew, Latvian, Icelandic, Italian, Dutch, Norwegian, Polish, Portuguese, Brazilian, Romanian, Russian, Slovenian, Swedish, and Chinese.

Support: GitHub Code Repository
Developer: Daniel de Rauglaudre
License: GNU General Public License v2.0


GeneWeb is written in OCaml. Learn OCaml with our recommended free books and free tutorials.

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