In honor of Charlemagne\’s birthday…

Last Updated on October 2, 2010 by Dave Farquhar

I have posted my genealogy, including Charlemagne, online.

As for why a Scot is making a big deal about Charlemagne’s birthday, well, I’m descended from him. But I guess I could have said I did this to celebrate Walter Percy Chrysler‘s birthday. Or William Austin, but you probably haven’t heard of him.Actually I’m just being silly. I’ve had this running since this past weekend, but this is the first time I’ve gotten around to mentioning it.

You can view anything that happened prior to 100 years ago without a password. Stuff newer than that is protected, in order to protect privacy and protect my relatives from identity theft. As dead people’s birthdays come up, I may open their records, but I’m not going to sift through 2,300+ records all at once looking for people who have died since 1904 to open them up.

I used a program called GeneWeb, which comes with Debian but is available for other Linux distributions, Mac OS X, and Windows. It’s a nice package. In some ways it’s clunkier than Family Tree Maker, but for some things, like entering entire families, it’s much nicer and faster. There’s always a trade-off with software like this.

It’s a nice tool for online collaboration. Now my mom and aunt can enter information too, and all our stuff will be in sync, which has always been a major problem for us.

I don’t recommend leaving a package like this open to the world for modification just because a lot of people with nothing better to do like to vandalize public websites. (That’s why this site requires registration these days.)

Anyway, feel free to look around and play with it. I’m going to go back and finish entering the names of Charlemagne’s children.

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4 thoughts on “In honor of Charlemagne\’s birthday…

  • April 2, 2004 at 11:49 pm

    Do you believe that the Eve study, which examined mitochondrial DNA, proved we all descended from one woman?
    If one believes this, then one must believe we are all cousins.

    • April 3, 2004 at 10:03 am

      This study has been widely misrepresented by creationist apologists. For a brief scientific analysis of the various studies related to mitochondrial DNA see here.

      In short, it does not point to one common woman ancestor but the MRCA or Most Recent Common Ancestor.

      Dustin D. Cook, A+

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