PDA Genealogy Software

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PDA Genealogy Software

Genealogy software for PDAs, whether the Palm or Windows operating system, is relatively new. With each software package, you maintain your genealogy records on your desktop or laptop computer, then synchronize those records with the data on a PDA.

Palm Operating System

bulletGedStar ( www.ghcssoftware.com/ ) The software is available in basic, plus, and pro versions. The basic version accepts genealogical data from GEDCOM files. The plus version is identical to the basic version, except that import is direct from Legacy or The Master Genealogist databases. The pro version offers an expanded display of your genealogical data. The pro version imports genealogical data directly from a database of The Master Genealogist. Direct import by the pro version of other application databases is planned. The pro version supports databases containing 45,000 individuals, plus associated data.
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GedWise ( www.batteryparksoftware.com/ ) Syncronizes data from your PC based genealogy database to your Palm PDA using a GEDCOM file. Accepts up to 65,000 individuals, plus events and other data. The web site contains extensive screen samples. Includes a note taking feature that exports from your PDA.

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HandyTree ( www.arkansoft.com/HandyTree.html ) Accepts new records, or permits editing of existing records, with the transfer of new data back to your PC database. Accepts sketches for such as maps to cemeteries, grave locations, tombstones, even to ancestor farms. Requires SmartList To Go from DataViz.

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My Roots ( www.tapperware.com/MyRoots/index.html ) Supports both PC, MacIntosh and Unix. Works with GEDCOM files from major genealogical applications. Limits genealogy to 10,000 individuals. Accepts new individuals or editing existing records, with the transfer of new data back to your PC database.
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Offers two e-mail user groups through Yahoo! Groups, an announcement list (myroots-announce at http://groups.yahoo.com/group/myroots-announce/) and a user list (myroots at http://groups.yahoo.com/group/myroots/ ).

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PAF Data Viewer ( www.familysearch.org, click Order/Download Products > Software Downloads – FreeThe PDA Data Viewer (paf.prc - 52 kb) is available from the download page for Personal Ancestral File (PAF). The PAF Data Viewer works directly with a PAF database.

 

Windows PocketPC Operating System

bulletMy Roots ( www.tapperware.com/MyRoots/ppc/index.html ) A version of the My Roots application designed specifically for the PocketPC. See the listing in the Palm OS section for additional information.
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Two Yahoo! Groups offer e-mail user groups for My Roots PDA software. See myroots - announce ( http://groups.yahoo.com/group/myroots-announce/ ) for announcements for the software. See myroots - My Roots Forum ( http://groups.yahoo.com/group/myroots/ ) for a discussion list that includes the developer. Both lists are identified as Palm, however that may not have been changed after the company's release of their PocketPC OS version.

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Pocket Genealogist (http://www.northernhillssoftware.com/ ) Offers direct synchronizing with databases maintained by Legacy, Personal Ancestral File (PAF), and The Master Genealogist (TMG), along with GEDCOM files produced by 15 different genealogical applications. To select a specific GEDCOM type to import, select Options > Advanced and then pick from the GEDCOM Profiles drop-down list box on the Advanced Program Options dialog box.
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Two e-mail user groups Yahoo! Groups are available, a newsletter from the Pocket Genealogist developer (Pocket_Genealogist_Newsletter at  http://groups.yahoo.com/group/Pocket_Genealogist_Newsletter/ )  and a user list (Pocket_Genealogist http://groups.yahoo.com/group/Pocket_Genealogist/ ).

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