GRAMPS – Another Linux Surprise

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 Of course it is out of date by several years, but it is not like starting over.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.

5 thoughts on “GRAMPS – Another Linux Surprise

  1. Don Ray, you’ve hit on an interesting issue: What to do with information that might have some genuine interest to people in later times, particularly those with ties to us. Years ago I put up a family tree in a popular software product, but haven’t updated either the software or the informatin in years. I also have two large filing cabinets packed full of family information and memorabilia. We all have our life stories and those we have known who are no longer around packed inside our skulls (while they last).
    Computers, the Internet and all the storage and promulgation systems associated with them seem to be becoming the mode that will allow information like this to continue on and to be available to those who may be interested down the line, but nothing appears to give strong assurance of the continuity of the information.
    Interesting. Thanks.

  2. Family History (or genealogy as it was formerly known) is a great hobby. In addition to the program you are using Don, there are many more available.

    I use Roots Magic to store and organize my information – much better than a shoe box. The newest and better written family history software packages are incredibly robust and clever at storing every kind of digital record including not only the facts and dates but also the photos, voice recordings and movies as well as scans of all the documents that help you chronicle a lifetime (yours as well as others).

    In addition, the internet has become incredibly useful in allowing one to access all kinds of private, organizational, educational, military and governmental records on your relatives and to tie them all together into a record that can be quite fascinating. Many of these programs will not only provide a pedigree chart showing the relationships but can also literally write a family history book for you.

    For many it becomes an engrossing hobby and one that is increasingly easy, in turn, to share with other family members because of the wide ownership of computer connected to the internet.

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