Genealogy + Mac + Palm OS Handheld

If you have a Palm OS Handheld (PalmOne, Sony Clie, etc.), you might want to check out a genealogy program for Palm OS called My Roots that has Mac support. It is a genealogy application that can import/export GEDCOM files to and from your Mac and your Palm OS Handheld through a conversion utility. You can view or change any data in My Roots on your PDA, and the changes can be exported back to your Mac.

Census Information – Spreadsheets

Two sites that maybe of interest (they do both want e-mail address though..). They deal with spreadsheets created to work with census information.
Check them out if your curious how others are using spreadsheets to track census data (genealogy programs aren’t always the best bet for this).

Census Tools Electronic Spreadsheets“35 spreadsheets available covering the U.S., Canada, England, Ireland and Scotland” Also “spreadsheets for all federal records as well as the states of Iowa, Kansas, Massachusetts, Minnesota, New Jersey, New York and Wisconsin.”

They have a Mac downloads page as well. They are compatible with most modern spreadsheets, so shouldn’t be a problem to use. works with pre-1850s census data, with a lot of clear examples of it works and how you can use it to generate timelines and the like. A “Worksheet for Genealogy and Family History” and “Use this TimeLine Format to find ages, names, and birthdates from 1800 to 1850 US Census Data”.

If you know of any others, please contact us.


Upgrade – Adobe Photoshop Elements 3.0 for Macintosh

Adobe Photoshop Elements for Macintosh is going to be released this October for around $90. Many genealogists work with old photos and this upgrade has some features that may appeal to them. It offers a healing brush feature, more “one-step” fixes, better file browsing and printing capabilities, as well as better scanning features (scanning multiple photos at once, etc.).

Requirements: PowerPC� G3 or higher, Mac OS X v.10.2.8 or higher, 256MB RAM, 200MB HDD space

Overview New Features

Update: It is available at Amazon (Mac version) on October 12th.

Update: A special site has been set up by Adobe – Photoshop Elements Users – “Home of Photoshop Elements Techniques Magazine”.

New – TREEFIC looking for beta testers

TREEFIC is looking for beta testers. Official Site –

TREEFIC draws/builds family trees online, allows people to collaborate online, you record as much info as you like per person (including photos), it can read/write GEDCOM files, and you and your family can work/edit entirely online with no downloads or installs and no Java. You can also zoom in and out in regards to what is displayed to you.

Also – The software has a PDF printing function that can allow family members to print from the tree.

Demonstration: British Royal Family, The Archers (BBC Radio Show)

Beta testers sign up here

Looking for Information

Looking for information on the following application :

GENContacts – An application that managed genealogy-specific communication. The original site was (no longer active) and was produced by “Family History Network”. May have been an OS 9/Classic application. Sounded interesting.