Frequently Asked Questions

What is an events based genealogy program?

When a program is events-based, it means that it stores historical events, usually associated with people lives. This is more flexible than the individual-based program where a set of 'fields' are stored about a person. It also relates better to the family history information that you find.

What is a source document?

A source or a source document is the (usually) written information which is the origin of the genealogy information you are collecting. Typical examples would be a birth certificate, a census return, a letter, or an entry in a parish register, but could be any source of historical information.

What is GEDCOM?

GEDCOM is a standard file format used to transfer information between different genealogy programs. Most genealogy programs will support it. Unfortunately it is not always possible to transfer all the information from one package into another, because of the restrictions of each program, but is saves a significant amount of data re-entry.

What is the difference between a chart and tree?

In Geves, a chart has different generations going across the page, whereas a tree, like a 'family tree', has generations going down the page. The terms are often used interchangably though.

What do I need to run Geves?

A PC running Windows XP, Windows Vista, Windows 7 or WIndows 8. We recommend a minimum of 1GHz processor speed, 2GB RAM and 20GB Hard Drive. All new PCs should meet this requirement.