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Linux and Main: Climbing the Family Tree: Linux Genealogy Applications

Sep 25, 2002, 02:30 (2 Talkback[s])

"The Web is a tremendous source of information, and can prove highly satisfying to the armchair researcher-cum-detective. But as you gather information, what can you do with it?

"As you might imagine, the answer lies in a database of some sort, and no doubt the good database programmer could put together something that's more than adequate. But at best, it would fall short of GEDCOM, a standard that takes literally everything into account. The real beauty of GEDCOM is that it is an interchangeable format--almost all standard genealogy applications for any platform read and write it. What's more, GEDCOM files can easily be pasted together, so that you can find and drop in whole big sections of your family tree. This also means that as you develop a large database, you can send it to others so that they may add it to their databases or, even better, put it online so that others may find help in their research from your work. Genealogy is not possible without the kind of information sharing that is strived for in things like the GPL..."

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