jennythereader: (Flying Owl w/Full Moon)
Does anyone know if it's possible to pull some data out of a family tree?

I'm especially interested in a way to automatically count what first names have been used most often, and in tracking lifespans and how they change over time. At the moment I'm keeping track manually in a Google spreadsheet, but that's kind of cumbersome.
jennythereader: (* Books 001)
By the time I went to bed last night I was too tired to post, so I'm doing it now.

Yesterday I found and downloaded a free genealogy program called Legacy. It's gotten very good reviews from both genealogists and computer people.

Now, I'm not very interested in researching my own family. My mother and grandmother both have that fairly well covered, and anytime I get curious I can just ask them. I use this sort of software for two separate projects:

1) Tracking the families in complicated, multi-generation novels. Currently I'm reading The Witching Hour by Anne Rice, which follows one family over the course of 300+ years. As relationships between characters are revealed I'm entering them into a family tree.

2) Tracking connections between historical figures. Before my computer died, I had a family tree that showed the connections between about 1000 years worth of European nobility. I lost it in the crash, but I'm going to try to re-create it with this new program.
jennythereader: (* Books 001)
By the time I went to bed last night I was too tired to post, so I'm doing it now.

Yesterday I found and downloaded a free genealogy program called Legacy. It's gotten very good reviews from both genealogists and computer people.

Now, I'm not very interested in researching my own family. My mother and grandmother both have that fairly well covered, and anytime I get curious I can just ask them. I use this sort of software for two separate projects:

1) Tracking the families in complicated, multi-generation novels. Currently I'm reading The Witching Hour by Anne Rice, which follows one family over the course of 300+ years. As relationships between characters are revealed I'm entering them into a family tree.

2) Tracking connections between historical figures. Before my computer died, I had a family tree that showed the connections between about 1000 years worth of European nobility. I lost it in the crash, but I'm going to try to re-create it with this new program.

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