Comparison of genealogy software

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This page will try to illustrate some of the features of genealogy database programs other than Gramps. It will serve to allow Gramps users who do not have access to these programs to understand those programs.

Lets start off with PAF 5.2 (www.familysearch.org) and Ancestral Quest 11 (www.ancquest.com). AQ has been updated within the last 6 months to AQ 12 but there seems to be little difference in appearance. If the two programs seem to be very similar that is because (as I understand it) the LDS Church bought the source and developmental rights to AQ 3 a long time ago. PAF 5.2 has been around for many years. These programs have only Windoze versions although they run reasonably well on Wine.


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These are the Family View: 
  • Note the upper-right-hand corner of some individual display blocks - that indicates that there is further information available, either sources, notes ...
  • Note the filled and unfilled arrows associated with the name blocks - open indicates a dead end while filled arrows point to further family information regarding that person. Obviously, pressing the arrow moves the display to another family view.
  • An edit screen is available for each individual and the marriage either as a menu choice or by double clicking.
  • Multiple spouses are indicated:
    • in PAF by a action bar above the base person's block- click to select the spouse from a list
    • in AQ in text above the spouse's block choose the spouse with an arrow to the right
  • Ordering of children is done through an edit menu.