Software I Use For Genealogy

I use PHPGedView for my family tree website.

PhpGedView is a free, collaborative genealogy program that allows you to view and edit your genealogy online. PhpGedView has full editing capabilities, full privacy controls and support linking to multimedia files such as images and videos. Your latest genealogy information is always available online for others to see.

This blog is made using the WordPress blogging software.

WordPress is web software you can use to create a beautiful website or blog. We like to say that WordPress is both free and priceless at the same time.

The core software is built by hundreds of community volunteers, and when you’re ready for more there are thousands of plugins and themes available to transform your site into almost anything you can imagine.

Although I used Blogger for many years I actually find WordPress easier to use as the WordPress dashboard has ALL the configuration settings there in the one place.  It’s also easier to teach new bloggers how to use it too.



Picasa is an image organizer and image viewer for organizing and editing digital photos, plus an integrated photo-sharing website.

I use Picasa to download the photos from my phone and digital camera, it has some quick and easy photo editing options which I like and I can upload to my Picasaweb albums too. I currently have two Picasaweb albums of headstone photos. If you scroll down the page you’ll see the links to these albums in the right hand side column.


I’ve written about Billion Graves and Family Bee before, these are both apps I use on my Android mobile phone.


The Gimp

GIMP is the GNU Image Manipulation Program. It is a freely distributed piece of software for such tasks as photo retouching, image composition and image authoring. It works on many operating systems, in many languages.

I use GIMP for many graphics tasks – repairing old photos, pasting screenshots, editing scanned photos, creating graphics for web pages and this blog, and experimenting with pictures and photos for my art work.


PHPGedview, WordPress and The GIMP are all what is known as free and open source software or FOSS.  FOSS is also sometimes called freedom software too.  Users of FOSS are encouraged to use, modify, copy and distribute the software. This differs greatly from proprietary software where it is illegal to do those things with it.  In genealogy, as in all things I do, I want to use software which has similar ethics to mine.  I encourage people to freely share their genealogy knowledge, databases, and time as much as possible.  We are stronger and more effective when we work together!!

2 thoughts on “Software I Use For Genealogy

    • May 15, 2012 at 6:06 pm

      I searched on your blog but couldn’t find the post can you give me the url please.


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