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GEDScope is a new project that’s goal is to provide a toolkit for doing better search and analysis of genealogical data, inspired by the idea of using a microscope for the fine details.

The data contained within a GEDCOM file – the de facto specification for exchanging genealogical data between different genealogy software – contains very useful information that is under-utilized. To that end, I intend to build this library, and a companion website, to allow researches to:

  • View a confidence rating of an individual.
  • Find individuals by date of birth or death, or occupation, or location.
  • Generate a heat map to show the migration of ancestors.
  • Analyze variations in the surnames of a line of descendants.

That’s just a few of the ideas. The project is very young, but you can find the project on Github, where you can contribute code or just ideas for what you’d like to see in a tool like this.