GeneWeb, free open source genealogy software

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GeneWeb is a free open source genealogy software written in OCaml by Daniel de Rauglaudre (INRIA).

It is supported on Unix, Linux, Microsoft Windows and Mac OS X and distributed with GNU General Public License.

Supported languages are Danish, Dutch, English, Finnish, French, German, Italian, Spanish and Swedish.

Roglo logo, a tree with flags
Roglo uses GeneWeb and contains more than 6  millions individuals.

GeneWeb uses a very light web service that can support any number of genealogy databases. Its multilingual interactive user interface supports unlimited entry of individuals, families and events through any web browser including Chrome, Firefox, Internet Explorer and Opera. Like a HTTP server, it creates new HTML pages from its databases for each request. It can be installed on a local computer or a distant web server to share over the Internet your genealogy.

Global and individual notes uses wikitext and allow internal links between individuals, extra images or HTML documents.

GeneWeb can import and export genealogy database in its own GW format or in GEDCOM file format. Data not compatible are preserved in notes.

GeneWeb is one of the few genealogy softwares that comes with an efficient relationship and consanguinity rate calculator. It can help to understand inbreeding in families.

Passwords secure databases for both wizards and friends accounts. Privates datas can be protected with a customisable configuration file, for example to hide people born less than 100 years ago. Access to each individual page can even be filtered one by one.

Other features:

  • GeneWeb searchs with spelling variations. Woman can be searched by their maiden name.
  • Titles of nobility can be searched and displayed in a timeline.

User-Defined Interface

You can change many of the UI parameters such as background color, background image, text colour and default language using the gwsetup web interface.

For more global changes in the UI, a "template" mechanism provides a choice of UI style and content directly accessible from the URL.

The even more adventurous programmer can customize, with a GeneWeb specific programming language of sorts, the various files of a template and build his own.

Events

GeneWeb displays todays and upcoming birth, death and wedding anniversaries. It also shows some statistics about the base: oldest persons, and recent weddings or deaths.

This information can be viewed by 'Wizard' and 'Friend' users.

GeneWeb version 6.08 and later maintains a list of personal and family events with dates, witness, notes and sources for each event.