I made another Linux application discovery today. It was GRAMPS. Many years ago I had started working on my family tree. In all of the moves I have made from the US and within Panama, I lost the software that I had used to build my family tree.
Luckily I still had the file and it was in the universal GED format. For some reason today, I looked to see what genealogy programs were available for Linux and found GRAMPS (Genealogical Research and Analysis Management Programming System). I installed it and then opened my old file and voila, up pops my family tree. Of course it is out of date by several years, but it is not like starting over.
I don’t know why people sometimes recognize the importance of ones background when those that were a part of it are no longer around to ask questions. My grandfather lived past his 100th birthday and I bet he could have told me some stories, if I had been wise enough as a young child to have sat and listened to him.
Much of the information I have was compiled by one of my aunts that has passed on. I remember that I spent several weeks going through all the loose papers that she had given me. I always seem to be able to come up with new projects and I guess this is another of those times.
I wonder if I can get it up to date before I see Olivia and can point to branch on the tree that she is on. Maybe my daughter will be wiser than me and will keep it up and pass it on to Olivia when she is old enough to appreciate it.
GRAMPS is in the public domain and runs on Linux, MAC OS X, and Windows. It is never too late to record a family tree and it is easier if those with the information are still around. If you are looking for a task to fill some of your idle time, you might want to look at filling in the information on your family tree.