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Gramps software

Posted: 28 Jul 2010 8:35PM GMT
Classification: Query
Has anyone heard of or uses the Gramps genealogy software? My husband is wanting me to try this, but I have never heard of it. I would appreciate any information about it!

Re: Gramps software

Posted: 29 Jul 2010 1:07PM GMT
Classification: Query
Googling will bring up the software's web site and lots of other informative web sites.

Re: Gramps software

Posted: 31 Jul 2010 3:22AM GMT
Classification: Query
I was really hoping for some first hand views on this software. I wanted to hear from someone who actually uses it, whether they like it, etc.

Re: Gramps software

Posted: 3 Aug 2010 2:46PM GMT
Classification: Query
I haven't used much genealogy software, so I can't say how it compares to them. It runs on Linux, which was my primary requirement.

1 - Finds Possible Duplicate People, allows you to review and merge or not merge.
2 - Import and export GEDCOM
3 - Useful reports - Ahentafel, etc.
4 - Generates websites and booklets

Check their website to see what all the features are. I haven't been using it long enough to give a full review.

SUPPORT: For glitches with the software itself is good. For genealogy in general, there isn't a lot of hand-holding. If you know what you are doing and just need the software end of it, it's excellent.

Re: Gramps software

Posted: 3 Aug 2010 2:58PM GMT
Classification: Query
Edited: 3 Aug 2010 6:48PM GMT
I moved to a Linux (Ubuntu) operating system a couple years ago and tried Gramps last November. My view as follows:

Transferring my rather large data file (23,000+ names) using Gedcom was relatively easy and I could even transfer my photographs into Gramps with little difficulty.

Gramps, however, is without a doubt the strangest genealogy software I've ever used. Nothing is intuitive and moving through the files feels oddly convoluted. I spent a month trying to acclimate myself and, at the end of that month, I was no more comfortable with it than when I installed it.

In frustration I finally dumped Gramps and went back to Legacy using Virtualbox. I'm still a Linux user but I boot into a Windows XP virtual machine to do Legacy.

The bottom line is, for some, Gramps might work fine but it in no way compares with most of the Windows application. Try it and I think your experience will be the same as mine.

Re: Gramps software

Posted: 3 Aug 2010 8:46PM GMT
Classification: Query
Not intuitive often means "doesn't work like the stuff I dued to used".

If you have never used any genealogy software before, it will seem just fine.

Re: Gramps software

Posted: 3 Aug 2010 9:25PM GMT
Classification: Query
Yeah, if you'll read my post - that's what I said.

Re: Gramps software

Posted: 5 Aug 2010 1:14PM GMT
Classification: Query
Thanks for the reply. I have always used a genealogy software (Generations, then Family Tree Maker). I really like that the Family Tree Maker can link to the Ancestry media. So far we have not made the switch. It is still up in the air, but I wanted to see what others had experienced with it.

Re: Gramps software

Posted: 27 Aug 2010 3:33AM GMT
Classification: Query
Amelia, You might also try contacting some of the people who have used Gramps and posted their family trees on the website. There is at least one page of listings of family trees. In addition, on the website, you can post queries about the software to those who are using it. This might give you some additional information.

Re: Gramps software

Posted: 20 Sep 2010 3:24PM GMT
Classification: Query
Edited: 20 Sep 2010 4:30PM GMT
I switched to Linux (Ubuntu) about 3 years ago and have no Windoze software on my sytem any more. I have about 30K names in my repository. I use a combination of Ancestry.com and GERAMPS to maintain the trees. I use Ancestry as a collarboration tool and allow my other family members to see my data and download. I download to GED and update my GRAMPS on a regular basis and to have with me when I travel. I love the find duplicate and similar Gramplets. I have used PAF, MFT, and many others through my 30 years of research and every one has its advantages and disadvantages. If you would like to play with dome of them, I suggest you try your local LDS location, they usually have most of them installed and will let you explore. Bring your GED on a thumbdrive and enjoy.
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