Saturday, September 15, 2007

iFamily

I thought I would download the iFamily demo to try out a different genealogy software package. The website says it integrates well with iPhoto which is intriguing. It's a ten-day trial, and I will look at it some more tomorrow, but one of the first things I noticed was that they included an interesting sample GEDCOM with the package. The Royal family.

And I didn't know it was Prince Henry Charles Albert's 23rd birthday today. (Well, there's about 15 minutes left of it where I am, but if I were in England, I'd have missed it.)

Being familiar with Shakespeare and all, I did suspect Harry's first name was Henry, but there may be a character limit issue with the software, as the prince should have four names "Henry Charles Albert David," and his record only includes the first three.

I was a little disturbed that while it does mention that the Queen Mother passed away in 2002, it has Diana Spencer as living.

I also noticed that while the Romanovs are included in the name index, Vlad's family isn't, even though it has been recently claimed that Charles is descended from a brother of Dracula.

I guess asking for completeness in the sample GEDCOM is being a little too nitpicky.

1 comment:

Keith said...

John said:
"I was a little disturbed that .... it has Diana Spencer as living...... I guess asking for completeness in the sample GEDCOM is being a little too nitpicky."

Agreed - the ROYAL92 Gedcom file was, after all, created in 1992. Anyway it gives the user something easy to edit in the Demo. We did however fix a few obvious errors, for instance where Prince Charles was born before his mum and dad got married.

Keith