Gramps is one of the most popular genealogy software around, with good reasons. It’s free, and there are many advanced features that are comparable to those of paid genealogy apps. Simply put, the software is a great way to collectively store family history.
The program’s strength lies in its ability to let you enter numerous details about a person’s life. Gramps allows you to record a person’s relationship with regards to events, places and people. All the information you enter is searchable and always well arranged.
The following are just some of its impressive features. There is an interactive map showing the places associated with an individual, a group of individuals or everyone on your genealogy record. A database stores all the places in your record. Names of places and specific details can be stored. For events, Gramps lets you enter data including places, dates, event types and various descriptions. The ancestry section shows a graphic representation of an individual’s ancestry. Dates of birth and death and photos can be included.
When recording relationships, Gramps will present a summary of an individual’s children, spouses, parents and siblings. Family lists can display marriage dates (if applicable), relationship status and name of parents. The People section contains a database of birth/date records for every person.
If that isn’t enough, Gramps has widgets that help you assess information. A dashboard assists in your work. While the program is powerful, the interface is intuitive. It will only take a while before you become accustomed to it.
Gramps is designed primarily for Linux and UNIX-like systems. But it can also work with Mac OS X and Windows XP/2003/Vista/Server 2008/7.