The Next Generation genealogy software

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I saw a brief presentation at RootsTech yesterday by John Sumsion regarding The Next Generation (TNG) genealogy software. It is very similar to the open source PHP software which we are already using at http://halefam.org/FamilyHistory/. He mentioned that he had recently installed it and uploaded a GEDCOM file and within seconds he had a nice looking, dynamic web site with all of his genealogy data. $30 seems like a very reasonable price for what it seemed to give him. (He didn’t have time to go into very many of the features)

I’m not ready to rush out and replace our own software, but I find it interesting to see new and improved offerings in the market, whether open source or for a fee… much more than what was available when I searched through the options and chose PhpGedview for our own Hale Family Organization. I don’t know how many of you might remember that our first web site had static HTML pages that were generated from PAF.  It was such a pain to work with and had to be recreated each time that the data changed. Things have certainly improved, but still have room for improvement.

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2 Comments

  1. March 1, 2011 Allan Hale

    David

    It was good to read your post. I wish that I had known that you were attending RootsTech as I only live in Orem and would have made a concerted effort to make it.
    If any one is interested in learning how to use modern technology in Family History try https://fch.ldschurch.org/WWSupport/23things/ . This was tailored to family history use by one of the pros at the Family History Library and is a self learn about web 2.0 technology like the RSS you mention. I think it is a great idea to use this so our dues go to research efforts rather than postage etc.
    The web site I mention in my profile is my effort to inform my descendants about interesting family tidbits.

  2. March 1, 2011 David N. Hale

    Thanks for the link, Allan. The “23 Things” are a great start to help you understand how to use new technology with genealogy work. A few of the “things” mentioned in this list is a mountain of resources in each one that are great to use when looking for specific data on an ancestor. Others are more general purpose for communicating with family members or others who are working on the same family lines that you are.

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