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Family Tree
« on: April 04, 2020, 10:48:37 am »
My last uncle died in November, aged 99. Many years ago he compiled a massive family tree, beginning with an ancestor who was born in 1720. I copied it into an obscure database and then forgot about it. Now I have managed to re-export it as a 50kb indented list, but there will be quite a bit of work before I can get it into a format that I can share with the rest of the family for the next 300 years.
I'm thinking of keeping things simple and making it available as a Google doc so that others can view, print and update it.

Any problems I should know about?
Jennifer - Walker of hills

Re: Family Tree
« Reply #1 on: April 04, 2020, 11:07:56 am »
Ideally you should try and save the tree in GEDCOM file format which is commonly used by most/all  the Geneology sites. There is a free GEDCOM reader available from the MS shop in Windows. So you can save,  read off line and then email the GEDCOM file to others which they can then also read off line.  You could prehaps use a free account period on Ancestry or some such?
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Re: Family Tree
« Reply #2 on: April 04, 2020, 12:02:43 pm »
I use the Legacy software (free version) to work on mine, then export to Gedcom for uploading to a Website for sharing.


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Re: Family Tree
« Reply #3 on: April 04, 2020, 12:08:29 pm »
Or try Gramps. It is free, and can import/export in a variety of formats.


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Re: Family Tree
« Reply #4 on: April 05, 2020, 10:40:02 pm »
+1 for Gramps. Had started everything off with FTMaker, but Gramps is a bit addictive.
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Re: Family Tree
« Reply #5 on: April 11, 2020, 10:36:25 am »
Gramps looks good, and I'll certainly use it for recording in the future, but I'm halfway through making a readable text now, so I think I'll continue.
Jennifer - Walker of hills


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Re: Family Tree
« Reply #6 on: April 11, 2020, 12:58:34 pm »
I think if you're looking for reliable long term storage you should think about baked clay tablets. Cuneiform is optional.  :)
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