I cannot find a Genealogy programmer Forum.
My wife recovered medically to where she wants to add another generation, so I got her Ancestry searches back, but her CLAN program instances are full and will corrupt data if she tries to add more she finds on line.
The genealogy of the gulf coast from 1699 to date and from west Florida to east Texas (before casinos) is on four instances of CLAN 5 software.
It was originally CLAN for the TRS-80 Model one with updates.
Clan 5 software for the PC is written in MS BASIC 6 - NOT VISUAL BASIC.
I purchased the source code and tried to use FreeBasic a few years ago to upgrade the program. At age 73, I am no longer able to concentrate long enough to finish the job.
Three other programmers have failed because the genius who wrote the program used direct addressing on a file system with multiple file formats.
Each upgrade (TRS-80 Model 3, Model 4, and the IBM PC Windows 95) to the program came with added capabilities.
The 16 bit addressing is the limiting factor.
Each instance of the program can only hold 10,000 people.
The objective is to save the data.
1. Reuse Original Program - Modify the addressing and add modern printers and an option to output a common-format genealogy file (Gedcom??)
2. Files - write a program to read the files and reformat the data into a common-format genealogy file (Gedcom??).
3. Files - write a program to read the files and load a database.
4. Super-fast touch typist to learn the keystrokes to get data and load data into a new program ?
The budget for the job is our savings. I punched a time clock all my working life, so option 4 is probably too expensive.
Please, if you are interested, I can give you some input to see and base a cost estimate on.
Patrick Hamel For Melany Hamel
email pehamel @ cableone.net