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Newly Rediscovered: GEDCOM 4.0 (and a bonus!) - Blog entry by lkessler - 5 days ago

Trying to write a flexible GEDCOM reader to read in every flavour of GEDCOM back to the early days is rather difficult when the standards used prior to version 5.3 from 1993 just aren’t available anywhere. I have scoured the Internet and the Internet archives for that matter, to try to dig up some of the ...

Announcing GEDCOM File Finder - Blog comment by lkessler - 5 days ago

Thanks, Enno. The Geneanet article was Genealogy Software Updates of the Week 6 November 2014. It's good to know GEDCOM File Finder works on Wine. Would it be possible for you to add a software entry at WineHQ for it, sort of like my Behold entry?

Source-Based Thinking - Blog comment by lkessler - 13 Nov 2014

Are you sure people are listening, Tony?

Source-Based Thinking - Blog entry by lkessler - 11 Nov 2014

It’s time genealogists stopped their conclusion-based thinking and started going source-based. Source-Based Document Organization Source-Based Data Entry Standardizing Sources and now Repository-Based To Do Lists (Do you think there’s a not-so-subtle theme here?) I advocate that everything is better ...

What Do You Want _TODO? - Blog entry by lkessler - 9 Nov 2014

With the talk of a new GEDCOM standard, and my talk about the old GEDCOM standard, one item not yet considered has been To Do lists. Many genealogists seems to want some sort of method of tracking their goals and the information they plan to find. They feel that keeping track of what they want to accomplish ...

Announcing GEDCOM File Finder - Blog entry by lkessler - 5 Nov 2014

I am releasing a freeware program I am calling GEDCOM File Finder. You can find it at: It’s a nice little program that does just one thing: It finds and classifies all the GEDCOM files (or GEDCOM variants) on your computer. It is simple and only has one screen, ...

Genealogy and Programming: Both Challenging and Fun - Blog entry by lkessler - 27 Oct 2014

I’m very lucky, being both a genealogist and a programmer programming genealogy. The two tasks are similar in many respects. You run into problems that are difficult to solve, you need to prove if something is correct or why it isn’t, and some days you make lots of progress whereas other days… well, you ...

Gaenovium Final Thoughts - Blog entry by lkessler - 12 Oct 2014

I had a whirlwind 3 days in Leiden Netherlands to attend the one day Gaenovium genealogy technology conference. Gaenovium 2014 was the first time this conference was put on. It was intended to be small with a highly technical audience interested in getting together to discuss aspects of genealogy programming ...

#Gaenovium and #Famillement in Tweets - Blog entry by lkessler - 11 Oct 2014

I had a wonderful couple of days in Leiden, Netherlands. I live tweeted the two events I attended and included pictures of some of the people I had the pleasure to meet. Here are the highlights of Gaenovium on Tuesday through some of my tweets and tweets of others: Heading over to the Pviljoen in ...

A Bit of History as GEDCOM Approaches Its 30th Year - Blog comment by lkessler - 19 Sep 2014

Keith, Tamura Jones was the first one I checked with. All the specs that are available are at: Louis