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Free genealogy software

Posted: Sat Apr 23, 2005 7:15 am
by avedis
OK, I'll kick this one off with a few suggestions for software.

I tried one called PHPGedView, and I didn't like it very much. I forget what I didn't like about it. Now, I mostly use GeneWeb, and I sometimes use Lifelines, because it has a wide variety of report formats. Rather than enter data into two programs, I export a gedcom file from GeneWeb then import it into Lifelines to generate the reports.

All of the software I mentioned is free and is open source, and I think they all have versions for windows, macintosh and linux. You can download them from

Open source means that the program code is available, and if you are inclined to do so, you can write code to alter the programs. If you're not the kind of person to write code, you can just join the mailing lists and tell the developers what features you'd like to see, and maybe they or someone else will write the code for it.


Posted: Tue Apr 26, 2005 9:37 am
by Design_team
Hi Avedis

One of the areas that we are working on the main site is the ability to make your own family tree and have relatives log in and input their data.
I looked at the PHPGedView you mentioned I think that will work. We might need to modify it a little bit.
any ideas or suggestions on what kind of features we can include.
thanks for your suggestions.


Posted: Mon May 02, 2005 7:08 am
by avedis
That sounds like a good plan. Modifying the program is beyond my knowledge, but if you can do it, that would be great. I looked around at sourceforge, and I couldn't find anything that was designed for multiple databases with multiple groups of users.

I re-installed PGV to play with it. If you're thinking of adding features that it doesn't have, one thing that seems to be missing is a pdf report that shows all descendants of an individual, similar to the one that exists for showing ancestors.