On SlideShare: 10 Things Genealogy Software Should Do

Monday, 12 Jan 2009 | by Mark Tucker
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In March 2008, I presented at the BYU Family History Technology Workshop.  The topic was: 10 Things Genealogy Software Should Do.  The presentation slides are now also available on SlideShare.


  1. Great comments, especially for a relative noob like me. I’m a developer just starting to develop a passion for genealogy, and especially how to use the internet more effectively.

    I recently posted some thoughts on what I’d like to work towards for online genealogy:

    Most of your wish list relates to the actual research process, which I don’t touch at all. My personal focus is on sharing / publishing all the data that’s already been compiled (scratching my own personal itch). But there’s plenty of work to go around…

    Comment by Jeremy — 12 Jan 2009 @ 3:09 pm

  2. A lot of the citation issues have been corrected in the new RootsMagic4 product that is currently in community preview. It is still extraordinarily hard to put together a proper citation using the EE or E! formats.

    Comment by Abba-Dad — 20 Jan 2009 @ 12:16 pm

  3. I have a more mundane Top Ten genealogy software wishlist:

    1. Include a process to easily identify potential duplicate marriages and merge them.
    2. Include a process to easily remove/delete a set of standard facts from the fact list — i.e., date imported, date updated etc. that occurs when you import others gedcoms.
    3. Ensure that when you create a gedcom that it also include photos, documents and other additions you’ve made so those are also imported into the other program.
    4. Create a one process option to easily find all locations with variations that include one or more common keywords. You’d use a checkoff to indicate which ones to change to the more correct common listing — Many locations are listed various ways and it would be great to create a single master for these.
    5. Have a process which tells you there is duplicate information in the same informational note and what the duplication is. Having an option to review and if you choose cut the duplicate material would be very useful in cleaning up such notes.
    6. Have a built in language translation component with specific modules.
    7. Have an easy conversion and import from PDF documents, MS word documents etc.
    8. Have a built in option to find appropriate illustrations, photos, maps etc. online linked by location, occupation, time period etc.
    9. Have a built in link for historical figures (individuals of note, royalty, biblical genealogy etc.) in one’s ancestry that with one click provides authoritative data on lives and careers of such people. One could use to authoritatively determine birth, death etc. dates and add in notes.
    10. Built in option to include audio/video documentation of relatives, plus high quality voice recognition to covert multiple peoples (theirs and your own) words as notes without typing.

    Comment by Richard Alan Nelson — 26 Jan 2009 @ 11:42 am

  4. Hi Mark, I like your “wish list.” It looks like you have it mind building a genealogy software program that works much like Photoshop Elements, organizing, tagging, editing with layers, etc. Great Idea!

    I am a longtime PE user, but am shifting over to Adobe Lightroom; perhaps it has some features that will be useful in your model as well.

    Comment by Denise Levenick — 9 Feb 2009 @ 12:18 pm

  5. Mark’s list seems very on-target. Now let’s get Legacy and other s/w makers to listen. Richard’s list is also on-target, but seems more like a set of macros that should be available after Mark’s list is implemented; some software already has Richard’s 1, 7, maybe parts of the others.

    Comment by Thomas Kohn — 27 Mar 2009 @ 12:11 pm

  6. with the advances of photo taking and location, I wish I could go to a cemetery take a photo of a grave stone and have attached to it its location in GPS or lat and long.
    Is there such an application and for what kind of device – Iphone…. ?

    Pierre in San Francisco

    Comment by Pierre M Hahn — 10 Mar 2010 @ 11:28 am

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