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JerryMcFarts 09-18-2006 07:41 AM

Wiki => Family Tree?
Hi, I have just started my search, but I am wondering if there is a Family tree Webapp that will allow people to join and add to the family tree.

I really like how wiki works, people add their 2 cents and I was wondering if there was a program/webapp that already did this function or I should look into altering the Wiki itself and try to program it into a family tree app. (I am a novice programmer)

tronayne 09-18-2006 08:32 AM

Not a specific family history Wiki, but there is rootsweb (and others) with specific family interests as you probably already know.

You might want to look at LifeLines, You can import GEDCOM files, create reports, etc., etc. There are a couple of Java-based applications that are getting there if you look around -- I seem to remember one that let folks from the outside world access (sorry, I don't remember what it is; Google is your friend).

Give some thought to starting your own Wiki -- you can get the software, build and install it, and roll your own Wiki.

Go look at, which is the software for Wikipedia that you can download and install on your own system and set up a Wiki for whatever purpose you may have in mind.

JerryMcFarts 09-18-2006 09:08 AM

hello What I have found is this:
It is built with PHP and a nice layout. I am not much of a programmer, so unless i find something better phpgedvew seems pretty nice.

also I am looking at this:
But its java based, and I find java to be to be bulky and crash/freeze at times.

php IMO is more of a stable enviroment.

I will now go look at the wiki plugins, thanks you for your post

tronayne 09-18-2006 09:51 AM

Ah-ha! That's the one I was thinking of... thanks for the reminder.

Installing MediaWiki doesn't require "programming;" read and follow the directions carefully and you've got the basis of Wikipedia to play with. If you want to set up a web page of any kind, you'll need to be familiar with configuring Apache, PHP and other things (it's not that hard, just takes a while to "get" it). If you got PHPGedview going, you're already half-way there.

crabboy 09-19-2006 07:39 AM

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