Either my family has simply become too large to remember all their names, or I’ve become too old to remember all their names.
And I’m not just talking about immediate family, my daughters what’s-her-name, that-one, and squirt. After awhile the family tree branches begin to cloud the sun of my memory and I need help. Free help. Free genealogy tracking help.
Gramps Does The Family Tree
Enter Gramps. No, not the one who can’t remember where he put his glasses, or how to shave more than twice a week. Gramps the free Mac app that lets you research, organize and share your family tree.
There must be a dozen genealogy apps for Mac users to try.
Some are expensive, feature-laden, and complex.
Others are less expensive, have less features, of course, but give you what you need—a look into the family gene pool. Still, others are downright free. Gramps is free but comes with a surprising number of useful functions.
You’re required to do the research, but Gramps helps. It’s easy to list all your family members, including life details, birth and death dates (sounds gruesome). Then, you can click to create relationships for parents, siblings, spouses, and children.
Gramps doesn’t discriminate. Black sheep get the same treatment as heroes and angels. Add marriage dates, photos, and various notable events in Gramps’ straightforward database fields.
It’s like starting with a blank sheet and you fill in the names and dates and details, and Gramps simply stores it an makes it available in a nice, neat package.
There’s a built-in and totally interactive map to view where family members reside or moved. Another section holds all your research details and sources.
I Don’t Do Windows
As nice as Gramps is, and as useful as it can be to Mac users on a budget, it’s a decidedly Windows-like app that’s a bit clumsy to figure out (even for experienced Mac users).
Check out the Gramps Wiki for more details and screenshots and you’ll see the Windows influence everywhere.
For all of the built-in functions and features, and there are plenty, each screen is a mass of boxes icons that can be confusing to use and master.
Gramps is free for Mac and Windows users, focuses on research and information collection, and is developed by a community of users to be a cross-platform app that competes with the many commercial genealogy apps. Download it and give it a try. Then, compare with Is This The Best Way Ever To Track Your Family Tree?, or look at 6 Ways To Use A Mac To Track Family Genes.