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Overview of Ancestris
|Initial release||August 2, 1998|
Current: 0.9 (24 December 2016)
0.10 / 1 May 2018
|Operating system||OS X, Windows, Linux, Solaris, BSD|
|License||GNU General Public License|
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Ancestris is a free genealogy software. compliant with the 5.5 and 5.5.1 GEDCOM norms. It is a free software under GNU GPL 2.0, and is available for macOS, Windows, Linux and Solaris. It is written in Java and relies on the NetBeans platform from Oracle and the Apache Software Foundation.
Ancestris offers numerous features among wihich:
- Unlimited addition and modification of individuals, families, photos and other media, notes, sources, repositories
- Dynamic tree visualization and modification on the fly
- Customizable multi-windows environment
- Automatic imports from other genealogy software
- Several genealogies can be edited at the same time
- Several possible views of the genealogy: geographical, chronological, tables
- Two different levels of editors : easy and comprehensive
- Assistant editor to directly edit in GEDCOM format
- Places editor with automatic internet search of locations
- Mass update from civil and parish registers
- Web publishing
- Genealogical search among users
- No need for exports, except when customized
- Customized export to Geneanet
- General Reporting
- Tools: Sosa Daboville numbering, date calculation, family groups, duplicate detection and merge, etc.
|Type of format||Genealogy data exchange|
Ancestris directly edits GEDCOM files. This provides users with total control on their data, avoids the risk of loosing data during exports, and makes it easier to exchange genealogical data between people.
Ancestris offers a maximum of capacity to control and manage genealogical data:
- Data is always stored and only stored oin the GEDCOM files, making it accessible for ever and not dependent on any software
- 100% compliant with 5.5 and 5.5.1 GEDCOM norms
- Automatic import feature fixes potential GEDCOM anomalies
- Check of GEDCOM compliance
- Check of anomalies and inconsistencies in the data
- Ability to tag specific pieces of information
- Ability to encrypt pieces of information
- Compliant with Unicode
Ancestris offers access to a community of users and contributors with reactive support. This community is made of genealogy specialists, translators, coders, and regular users.
Contributions to science
In 2009 and 2010, the Ancestris team assisted Nadine Pellen, a researcher on cystic fibrosis. Thanks to a few algorithms built specifically as plugins to Ancestris, she could conduct her research in due course by consolidating 250 genalogical trees and 258 000 individuals. On March 18, 2013, she publishes « Cystic fibrosis in legacy »
Available in linux distributions
Ancestris is available in two Linux distributions:
- Haiku since April 22, 2016 (Ancestris is now available for Haiku)
- Emmabuntus since June 20, 2016: Release  and content 
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