By David Knight
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Family tree research is becoming an ever more popular past time. Normally all of your genealogy information is locked away on your computer at home which isn't much use when you are out and about researching local records, or visiting locations such as graveyards, ancestral homes, or family reunions.
This is where GedView comes in. Carry around your entire family tree on your iPhone, iPod, or iPad and have all the data about your ancestors and even current descendants at your fingertips.
You can quickly check up on family relationships, dates / locations of events, and record new information. Despite the name GedView is not just a viewing tool. This includes taking photos, or video anywhere and anytime you like without needing to worry about a potentially costly internet connection. If using an iPhone, or a cellular enabled iPad you can even record your current location to add to any event.
If your tree contains lots of images you can even use GedView as a slideshow, showing all the pictures related to a given event, person, source, family. You can also play back any home movies you have in your tree. Media support is not limited to photos/video. Support is also included for any other file type your iPhone, iPod, or iPad is capable of opening. This may be PDFs, Word documents, Excel spreadsheets, mp3 files. If you have an app installed that supports a specific document type and have a document of that type in your tree you will be able to view it via GedView.
Do you have some separate branches in your tree that you haven't connected yet? GedView allows you to store multiple trees so you can easily switch to view distinct branches.
Unlike other apps no specific computer application is required, nor is a subscription to any website. Instead standard GEDCOM files can be imported, These can be encoded as ASCII, ANSI, ANSEL, UTF-8, or UTF-16 and can be added to GedView via WiFi, downloading from a website, via iTunes, or even opened from other apps such as Mail, Safari, Dropbox etc.
While GedView is targeted towards GEDCOM 5.5.1 it will read in any version, and will also support many custom extensions used by other genealogy applications, and because GEDCOM hasn't been added as an after thought imports are fast and efficient.
You can even export GEDCOM files for sharing with family members or other researchers, or to transfer new information to your main computer.
A sample family tree containing the British monarchy is included.
If you have any problems, or suggestions please get in touch via the support email address.
What's New in Version 3.4.1
Basic supported added for shared events / facts as used by RootsMagic. GedView will load the event/fact and copy it to the individuals who share it. Changes made in GedView to one will not have any effect on the others.
Fixed support for _PLAC from RootsMagic. GedView will now correctly read the longitude / latitude for places if present.
Fixed intermittent crash when selecting a tree and the upload server is enabled.
Fixed pedigree tree crash.
Fixed details view title position
This is a high performing family history mobile software, that is much more than a viewer. I converted a FTM 2006 version 16 file running on Windows XP to a GED format, and transferred it to an iPAD 2 wireless via a Windows 7 based wireless laptop. This used the "upload to device" wireless server method built into GedView. No problems. My file is a text only format with a large number of notes, and it all transferred. GedView appears to have all of the editing/revision tools that would be needed to maintain a working family history. I have only taken a quick look at the family tree graphs, and the traditional genealogical display seems limited to a "pedigree" chart, and this is generation limited. This is noted in the user manual as having a memory constrained limit. Perhaps an iPad is less memory constrained than some of the other portable devices, and could have a more graphic features version. Thanks for this great app and its very reasonable pricing.
I have used this for 5 years. Originally it was just a viewer, but extremely handy to have my family history information with me all the time. It does a lot more now, including being able to add information. Those who rated it low must not understand what it is for, and failed to take the time to figure it out. Their loss.
Best genealogy app I've used
Admittedly, I haven't used many, but GEDview does what I need. I can carry my GED data with me, update and add records, and it's pretty easy to use. I can even add photos and take notes while in the field. Works offline, which is important. Imports GED files easily. What more do you need? :-)
- Category: Reference
- Updated: Oct 21, 2012
- Version: 3.4.1
- Size: 6.4 MB
- Language: English
- Seller: David Knight
- © 2009-2012 David A Knight
Compatibility: Requires iOS 5.1 or later. Compatible with iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch. This app is optimized for iPhone 5.