Genealogy Blog

26 June 2008

MacFamilyTree 5.2.1

MacFamilyTree 5.2.1 has been released.


• Several fixes in the GEDCOM importer.
• GEDCOM Merge improved.
• PDF files are now generated correctly under Mac OS X 10.4 Tiger.
• Virtual Globe rendering issue on older systems resolved.
• Fixes for upload.

LongFamilyHistory 1.6.0

LongFamilyHistory 1.6.0 has been released.


• New chart added: "Ancestors and their families".
• New options added: you can choose which parts of the places should appear.

25 June 2008

Create a forum for your surname

You can easily research and connect with other users around specific surnames in the GeneaNet forums.

GeneaNet - les forums patronymiques
Forums are a great way of conversing with many people on the same topic. People researching particular surnames are the best people at looking after, and encouraging debate in, a forum.

GeneaNet - les forums patronymiques

If you need a forum for your surname, we can create one for you.

Just enter your surname and, if needed, the similar sounding surnames.

GeneaNet - les forums patronymiques
Your forum will be created in the next days.

Note: The messages posted in these forums will not be indexed in the GeneaNet database.

24 June 2008

The Next Generation of Genealogy Sitebuilding (TNG) 7

The Next Generation of Genealogy Sitebuilding (TNG) 7 has been released.

To get the upgrade from v5 or v6, just go back to your previous TNG downloads page ( or There is no direct upgrade from v4 or earlier. To upgrade from one of those versions, you must first upgrade to v5 or v6.

Changes :

• Administration: Many improvements in the administrative area make online site management a lot easier than before (smaller forms, fewer page refreshes, no more popup windows, and many more "Web 2.0" enhancements).
• PDF Reports: Create PDF documents directly from pedigree, descendancy and individual charts.
• Albums: Albums can now be linked directly to individuals and families, and Web 2.0 administration makes it easy to group your photos and other media items.
• Media: More robust online management, and you can now create your own media types.
• Most Wanted: Dynamically create a list of the people or photos you're interested in the most.
• Look and Feel: Several pages have been restyled for easier use and a nicer appearance (Cemeteries, Surnames, Places).
• Faster Upgrade: Coming from an earlier version of TNG? No problem!
• Security: Enjoy stronger protection against the latest malicious influences.
• Search: Searchable columns make lookups easier and more informative.
• Search Engines: A few key changes should make your pages more visible.
• Google Maps: The new "Default Zoom" setting will save you time when you're pinpointing your locations.
• Places: A few popular 3rd-party GEDCOM conventions are now supported, allowing many of you to import latitude and longitude data already in your file.
• TNG Network: A direct link to this surname lookup site makes it easier for you to index your own data there.
• Plus many more improvements! See a complete list of all changes here.

iFamily for Leopard 2.394

iFamily for Leopard 2.394 has been released.


• Copy Person from Another Database - A new Active Source is now created for each copy/merge session. Each new person or event that is added to the Target Database is referenced to the Active Source. The Notes for the Active Source contain the complete log of the merge process.
• Copy Person from Another Database - Fixed an occasional hang at the end of the merge process. This mainly occurred on large databases on heavily loaded machines.
• Merge Source Fields from another Database - Added a new menu option under File -> Compare and Merge to compare and merge Source fields from another database.

MacFamilyTree 5.2

MacFamilyTree 5.2 has been released.


• See beta releases history.

The Complete Genealogy Reporter 2008.1 build 80623

The Complete Genealogy Reporter 2008.1 build 80623 has been released.


• "Ignore OBJE tags" option (Data Filters section) to ignore all image records within the GEDCOM file. This is provided for users with files containing a large number of image tags who wish to produce text-only reports; it removes the overhead associated with processing the images.


Genota has been released.


• Fixed problem returning 'error #10023 invalid field specified in the index 'title' for the table 'GenSrc'.
• Pre 4.2 releases of Genota permitted the Subject field to be empty causing issues for some users. This build forces the literal 'NEW SUBJECT' as the Subject where the field has been left blank, and assigns the default value of 'NEW SUBJECT' to all new Notes.
• Corrected the TAB order on the Notebook Header.
• The FILE NO. field has been extended to 250 characters.

20 June 2008

Transcript 2.3.1 build 72

Transcript 2.3.1 build 72 has been released.


• In certain cases, when pressing the ALT key, parts of the text in the options and special character dialogs could disappear on Vista.
• Updated the missing parts of the French translation with the help of Google Translate.

Pocket Genealogist 3.21

Pocket Genealogist 3.21 has been released.


• Device/Desktop: Fix to "Direct" RootsMagic import and display of birth/death dates on 3-gen and other views. (this error was introduced with 3.20).
• Desktop: Initial support for "PhpGedView" GEDCOM Import profile.
• Device: Support for Smartphones (non-touchscreen) with 320x320, 400x240 and 440x240 screens. Also PocketPC's or Smartphones (touchscreen) with 240x400 and 480x800 screens. Pocket Genealogist is not yet "optimized" for these resolutions (There will be wasted space on the screens), but the program will run. We will add better support on request.
• Desktop: Change to GEDCOM import to work with GEDCOM files that have inconsistent line end sequences. (Rare Situation, this has only been reported a half dozen times over the last 9 years).
• Device/Desktop: Danish and Portuguese update.

Geves 1.3.18

Geves 1.3.18 has been released.


• Improved printing of Source Documents.
• Improvements to Baptism forms.
• Put baptised dates on charts if born date is blank.

Bug Fixes:

• Multiple source properties for events cannot be edited in properties window.
• Person dropdown in BMD index does not update properly.
• Fix problem where person becomes unlinked from event.


GenSmarts has been released.


• Added suggestion logic for many new US & Canada databases.
• Fixed "all displayed" bug when printing To Do List reports from Research Locations tab.

18 June 2008

Manage Your GeneaNet Profile

Managing your GeneaNet profile is very easy!

Click on the "My GeneaNet" button to go to the account section.
GeneaNet - Mes informations personnellesProfile:

Change your details, your password, your email address and your langage preferences. Subscribre to the GeneaNet newsletters. Close your account.

Club Privilege:

Subscribe to the GeneaNet Club Privilege or renew your subscription.

Public Contact Page:

Set your contact details, enter a welcome message and upload a profile picture.


'Recommendations' is a fully featured rating system that show replies from your online family tree visitors.

Ticket Contact:

'Ticket Contact' allow you to contact us quickly and easily (only for GeneaNet Club Privilege members).

Forums Preferences:

Edit your forums preferences: signature, privacy, moderation, etc.

Search Preferences:

Set the default country code that will be automatically added to your database search requests and exclude some account usernames from your queries.

16 June 2008

Family Tree Magazine has launched a Podcast

Now you can hear about the best genealogy tools and tips by tuning into the free, monthly Family Tree Magazine Podcast.

In this online radio show, host Lisa Louise Cooke — creator of the popular Genealogy Gems podcast — takes you behind the scenes to learn more about the topics covered in Family Tree Magazine. Each 30-minute episode features interviews with genealogy experts and Family Tree Magazine editors on using genealogy Web sites, records and resources. Plus, editor Allison Stacy gives you sneak previews on upcoming issues and managing editor Diane Haddad delivers the scoop on the latest genealogy news.

You can listen whenever it’s convenient to you by visiting the podcast page at

Times Online archive offers 20m articles for free

Times Online has rolled out an elaborate digital newspaper archive stretching back more than 200 years.

The archive includes more than 20m articles from every edition of the Times, bar a small number of damaged issues, from 1785 to 1985.

It includes the Thunderer's coverage of events such as the Battle of Waterloo, the first convicts arriving at Botany Bay and the execution of Marie Antoinette. Other issues cover the 1851 Great Exhibition, the Jack the Ripper murders in 1888 and Amelia Earhart's solo flight across the Atlantic in 1932.

The archive also includes letters to the editor, photographs and adverts, with each page presented as it was printed in the paper on a parchment-coloured screen.

13 June 2008

Legacy Charting - Important update instructions

The following announcement has been posted on the Legacy blog:

As you may know, Legacy Charting's Pre-Release Edition will expire on June 15, 2008. When you installed Legacy 7.0 Deluxe edition, Legacy was supposed to "override" the Pre-Release edition of Legacy Charting with the Deluxe edition of Legacy Charting. didn't. We've identified the small glitch and have corrected it.

Therefore, if you installed both the Pre-Release Edition of Legacy Charting AND you installed Legacy 7.0 Deluxe Edition, you will need to download a special update.

Before June 15

If you do this before June 15, all you need to do is open Legacy Charting, click on the Tips & Updates tab, and click on the button in the Updates section to download and install the new update.

June 15 or after

If you do this on or after June 15, when you try to run Legacy Charting, you will receive a message that directs you to the Legacy Charting website. There you will find a link to download the update. Or, just click here to download and install the update.

SmartDraw 2008.37

SmartDraw 2008.37 has been released.


• Increase or decrease the granularity of your chart through the new "tick mark" controls. Or change where and how the legend is displayed.
• ImageCharts have been improved too. Now you can tell SmartDraw exactly how many images you want repeated in each section of your chart.
• SmartDraw 2008.37 includes over a thousand new symbols and over a hundred new SmartTemplates.

RootsMagic 3.2.6

RootsMagic 3.2.6 has been released.


• Changed support links to the new RootsMagic support site.
• Added new LDS temples to the temple list.
• Other minor tweaks.

MacFamilyTree 5.2 beta 7

MacFamilyTree 5.2 beta 7 has been released.


• Vastly improved alignment in the Virtual Tree.
• Spacing between parents and children can be customized in the Virtual Tree.
• Gender symbols can be displayed in the Virtual Tree.
• Editing date formats in the preferences and date parsing improved.
• Fixes in the Fan Chart.
• Minor bug fixes.

LongFamilyHistory 1.5.1

LongFamilyHistory 1.5.1 has been released.


• New function added: Check DataBase.
• New fields: cause of death, place of wedding.
• Search function added to the "language edit" window.
• New chart options added (extra large boxes).
• Chart drawing function of the application has been speeded up.
• LongFamilyHistory is now localized to German.

Brother’s Keeper 6.2.78

Brother’s Keeper 6.2.78 has been released.


• Sometimes on Ancestor chart, File, Create RTF file, made the location names too short.
• Fix Overflow error on GEDCOM import if source Text or Comment is over 32,000 characters long.
• Source grid screen is larger if screen is 800x600 or larger, bigger fonts, etc.

FotoTagger 2.11

FotoTagger 2.11 has been released.


• Organize images into user-defined albums.
• Adding image to album is easy: just select one or many desired images and choose Add to Current Album or Add to Album from the context menu.
• Move and publish albums almost instantly from Albums tab in Organize mode.


Genota has been released.


• Fixed the buttons on the exit dialogue.
• Restored the capability to view the text of the Information Required field in the Research Log when in a list view.
• Fixed the icon on the Address Book > Edit Resources button.
• Fixed an issue causing the labels for the boxes on the Notebook > General page, to not appear when not configured for the Notebook.
• GIF image support in the Notebook.
• Ability to view locations in the Address Book on Google Maps.
• Updated Help.

Genota 5 is on the drawing board. A number of new features have been designed and tested, however if you would like to see something specific added, or something changed please describe in detail on Wish List section of the Genota Forum.

Pocket Genealogist 3.20

Pocket Genealogist 3.20 has been released.

Changes :

• Device/Desktop: Support for Legacy Family Tree Version 7.
- "Direct" imports for Legacy V4 have been discontinued.
- Reworked "Customize" screen on import to better support those installations that use more than one version of Legacy.
- Added "Events" to the "Notes" section for the Legacy Customize dialog. (This allows you to turn off importing of event notes if necessary).
- 2-way synchronization option now selectable from the "Customize" screen to allow selection or deselection as the default.
• Device/Desktop: Support for The Master Genealogist Version 7.
- Support for TMG 7.01 HVR3 field with mtDNA.
• Device/Desktop: Support for FTM 2008 via GEDCOM import or "Direct" using optional PAF/FTM add-on.
- PAF/FTM Add-on needs to be re-installed.
- Fact/Name Notes not yet supported with PAF/FTM Add-on import.
• Device/Desktop: Support for Ancestral Quest 12 Build 12.
- Support for Phonetic and Romanized Names.
- Fixed issue where source type list could be incomplete on direct AQ imports.
• Device: Reworked the "Name" tab and added "Custom" name fields (AKA, Married Name, Phonetic Name, Romanized Name, etc.) in support of PAF, AQ, Progen and Family Historian. "Nickname" added as separate field.
• Device: Increased the width of the drop down lists on the Name and Event tabs.
• Device: DNA screens completely reworked to add better support for AQ, TMG and Legacy including support for mtDNA.
• Device: "Find by" dialog reworked for PocketPC's.
• Device: Changed the "Find by" dialog, Names tab and Individual View to use new "markers" to tell if the name is an AKA, Alias or Legacy Married name. It now uses ~ for AKA's/Aliases and § for Married Name.
• Device: Relationship calculator changed to display list of individuals that are the ancestors/descendants between the two selected people.
• Desktop: Reworked the Create list and find list on the desktop. (Added Version and Size columns, allow sorting by columns and double clicking to select among other changes).
• Desktop: The "Data Entry may be very slow for Storage Card" message now allows for "Don't show this prompt again".
• Device: Added support for selecting font size for non-touchscreen smartphones. (Same as other devices now).
• Desktop: Added new option on "Advanced" options screen - "Synchronize to location with most free space". With initial sync of a database, the location (memory, file store or storage card) with the most space will be selected as the target of the sync. (Which can be overridden).
• Desktop: Automatically try the "Use TCP/IP" option if synchronization fails without it. (And turn it on automatically if it works).
• Device: Support for 480x272 screen resolution devices. (Widescreen GPS devices for example).
• Device: Support for 320x320 screen resolution devices.
• Device: Support for 176x220 smartphones (Windows Mobile 5 and higher).
• Desktop: The installer will now warn user if database layout changes have occurred with the new install.
• Desktop: Fix for 2-way Legacy Synchronizations. (It could terminate the 2-way Sync under rare situations thinking that changes occurred both on the desktop and device).
• Desktop: Fix to GEDCOM imports for PAF (When "Divorced" flag is set).

Transcript 2.3.0 build 71

Transcript 2.3.0 build 71 has been released.


• The presence of GhostScript was not always detected and Transcript was then unable to convert PDF files to JPG.
• When opening the autoreplacements dialog, then minimizing the main Transcript window and then closing the autoreplacements dialog, there was an exception.
• In certain cases when switching projects the autoreplacements did not work until restarting Transcript.

11 June 2008

New: surnames and places discussed in the forums are now indexed in the GeneaNet database

The surnames and places discussed in the regional and surname forums are now indexed in the GeneaNet database and will appear in the search results lists.

Search results will be easily recognized by a new icon icon:
GeneaNet - indexation des forums

To search only for surnames and places discussed in the forums, go to the "Search by Place" page and enter "forum" in the "Limit the search to a username" field:

GeneaNet - indexation des forums
To compare your data to the surnames and places discussed in the forums, go to the "Cross-Database Search" page and enter "forum" in the "Compare my data against any user" field:

GeneaNet - indexation des forums
In the search results list, entries will be recognized by the "forum" link or the following icon for Club Privilege members: ).

Clicking on the link or the icon will open a list of all available discussions:

GeneaNet - indexation des forums
Remember that you can change your forum preferences (signature, avatar, etc.) on the "Account > Forums Preferences" page:

GeneaNet - indexation des forums

5 June 2008

Legacy Family Tree 7

Legacy Family Tree 7 has been released.

New Features & Updates:

• Mapping – Use Microsoft Virtual Earth to automatically pinpoint and plot important locations in ancestors’ lives from within Legacy. See 3-D, satellite and bird’s eye images of where your ancestors lived. Now it is easy to track your ancestor’s migration.
• Wall Charts – Experience the enjoyment of showing off your family tree by producing stunning full-color wall charts – ancestor, descendant, fan, hourglass, bow tie, and even DNA charts. Use them for your next family reunion or for a deserving wall in your home.
• SourceWriter – Cite your sources easily and correctly with the new SourceWriter. SourceWriter makes it simple for you to select the correct input screen so that you enter all the pieces needed to correctly cite any source of information in the thousands of formats that exist for them. The information you enter is correctly and precisely formatted to match the genealogy industry standards for source citations when printing footnotes, endnotes, and bibliographies. Multiple citations for an event can be combined into one paragraph, thus avoiding a long string of superscripted numbers within the report body.
• Interview Reports – Choose from over 1,200 carefully pre-written interview questions and memory triggers to help you capture your family’s memories before it is too late.
• Guided Setup Wizard – Getting started with Legacy is even easier now. The new guided setup wizard takes you by the hand and guides you through the setup process in an easy-to-understand way.
• New Relationship Calculator - See how any two people are connected, not only through direct blood relationships but also by marriage. A person might be the "great-grandfather of the wife of your 2nd great-grandnephew. You can also specify how many of these non-blood relationships you want to see.
• More Powerful Searching – Searching your Legacy data is easier than ever before. You can now search for individuals that are missing parts of names, birth or death information, marriage information and much more. You can also search for missing source citations as you document your family files.
• Now Attach Any Document to Individuals and Marriages - Along with attaching pictures, sounds, and video to individuals, events, locations, and sources, you can now also attach any other kind of document (PDFs, Word files, etc.).
• Enhanced Backups - Legacy can now backup your family file and multimedia files at the same time, making it easier to transfer everything to another computer.
• Edit Records from the "Used By" Lists - All of the master lists in Legacy have an option to view the individuals who use the items in the list. You can now edit those individuals right from the list instead of having to exit the list and edit them separately.
• Standardization Tips – New alerts will appear if something questionable has been entered in the Individual's Information screen. This helps users keep their data standardized.
• Privacy – enhanced privacy options ensure that only the information you want to share will be visible to others.
• Best Fit Child Columns - The new Best Fit option in the Family View expands or contracts the child list columns to fit the number of children for the current couple. No more trying to guess the optimum number of child columns. Legacy does it for you.

4 June 2008

New: Sosa-Stradonitz numbering system

GeneaNet now use the Sosa-Stradonitz System, also know as Ahnentafel or Kekule, for numbering ancestors on your online family tree.

GeneaNet - les numéros Sosa

Your family tree root (Sosa 1) has been automatically calculated but you can easily change it.

Then, just select the D, F, H or I online family tree template to show Sosa-Stradonitz numbers on your family tree pages.

2 June 2008

JGen (Joomla Genealogy Database) 0.9.74

JGen (Joomla Genealogy Database) 0.9.74 has been released.


• Installed work-around for missing images when using Joomla 1.5.x Current solution requires setting of the Joomla-version in the config-screen.
• Danish language-file updated.


Genota has been released.

New Features & Changes:

• Added new sidebar menus to the Notebook and Address Book to facilitate the adding and maintaining sub-sections of a each module.
• Added to the Notebook sub-sections the ability to display an item's detail by double clicking on the items when displayed on a grid.
• Added functionality to put the Notebook in 'Add Note' mode when the Note Details button is selected when no Notes exist on file.
• Added functionality to put the Notebook in 'Edit Note' mode when the Note Details button is selected on selection of an item when in any of the primary Views.
• Added functionality to autmoatically assign the literal 'NO SUBJECT ASSIGNED' to all Notes within a Notebook on opening where a subject has not been applied.
• Normalised all dialogs to use the style of the underlying Windows version.
• Added file checking routines to automatically update all data tables when Genota is started.


• Fixed an issue in the Address Book caused when saving a Repository without a value in the COUNTRY field. This is a mandatory field.
• Fixed the access violation arising from selecing the RELATED NOTES option in the Categories module under Windows Vista.

Bee Docs’ Timeline 2.1.1

Bee Docs’ Timeline 2.1.1 has been released.

New Features:

• French and German localizations.

MacFamilyTree 5.2 beta 5

MacFamilyTree 5.2 beta 5 has been released.


• New Event Selector: you may now specify which events are shown in the Ancestor Chart, Descendant Chart, Genogram, Person Report and Timeline.
• New black & white theme for Ancestor and Descendant Chart.
• Virtual Tree: you may now color generations alternatingly for better navigation.
• Improved overall performance and memory management.

The Complete Genealogy Reporter 2008.1 build 80531

The Complete Genealogy Reporter 2008.1 build 80531 has been released.


• Catalan language reports.


• Error with respect to incorrect references of NOTEs attached to OBJE records used by Family and Source records.