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Comment GRAMPS, and maybe PhpGedView (Score 3, Informative) 292

GRAMPS is the best OSS piece of software I've found so far. You can also export it to PhpGedView (a very nice OSS web-based application)

Pro tip: *Always* record your sources, for every scrap of info (GRAMPS lets you do this), that way when (Not "If") you have conflicting pieces of information, you can figure out which one to trust. GRAMPS also lets you assign a 'reliability' to each piece of information.

The only problem is that exporting to GEDCOM format loses a lot of this kind of 'extra' data. (IE, exporting is a lossy process, so use GRAMPS as a master, and if you want to put your tree online, use that as a secondary source for family members to add to.)

As far as resources go, Ancestry.com has a bad habit of suggesting that they have a ton of matches in all these different databases, when in fact most of the matches returned don't have any relation to the names you entered. Don't base your decision to subscribe solely on that.
That being said, many public libraries offer free access to some, or many, census records and other public databases.

If you have Swedish ancestors, GenLine is EPIC: Digitized church records (Swedes often had data recorded annually instead of every 5 or 10 years, and also recorded moves into and out of parish districts.)

Comment Re:Huh? (Score 1) 742

Printing calculators were awesome toys, I can attest to that. Later on, when it didn't work anymore, I disassembled it to see how it (used to) work.

Reader Rabbit, Math Blaster, etc were all epic learning games.

Of course, the first thing I had to be taught was how to start programs from the 5 1/4" floppies. (Stuffing carts in the back of VIC-20s came earlier.. Required less setup :P insert cartridge and joystick, flip RF converter to 'computer', turn on, play whack-a-mole, etc.) but I digress.

Comment Tweets (Score 1) 131

"There's even additional bonus points on offer if a demo's code can fit inside a single tweet."

So that kid that made the self-posting Twitter worm the other day wins by default?

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