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Computer Genealogy

Genealogy - the study of family history and lineages - used to be an arcane hobby, pursued by people with an accountant's craving for detail, and an affinity for dust. The personal computer has transformed this into an exciting reason to get together with your distant cousins. All the dirty, boring recordkeeping on little 3"x5" index cards that would always get mixed up, has given way to hyperlinked databases that show lineage relationships graphically and allow easy searching.

The Mormon Church (see below) has many great resources.

Family Tree for Lars Poulsen

This covers myself, my daughter and my wife's family, so I have picked a couple of different starting points, allowing you to quickly get to each major section.

Tools for Family Trees

If you want to work on this, you will need some tools, living on either your computer or on the web. Probably both.

Tools to run on your computer

As with all other computer related questions, the best tools last year are probably not the best tools next year, as computers evolve, companies go out of business, and new tools become available. Here are some of the ones that I know of:


What is this with Mormons and Genealogy ?

The Church of Latter-Day Saints of Jesus Christ (popularly called the Mormon Church) pursues family history research as a religious duty; Mormon doctrine states that families can be together in Eternity, but only of they are baptized into the Church. Mormon doctrine allows baptism by proxy of dead ancestors under certain conditions. It is thus incumbent on the faithful to identify ancestors who may qualify. To aid in this mission, a huge historical research effort is sponsored by the LDS Church, and the research libraries supporting this effort are available to other genealogists, who are encouraged to share their data. The entry to this fountain of information is the "International Genalogical Index" (IGI) published on a set of about a hundred CD-ROM discs, available for searching at each of several hundred Family History Centers worldwide and on-line at FamiliSearch.Org.
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