GenDetective™easily creates targeted research itineraries that you can print or view on an iPod, iPhone, PDA, Droid smart phone or tablet (XOOM), Kindle™, ebook reader, netbook (mini), or laptop.

Up until now genealogy programs only told you what information you have. GenDetective™’s powerful reporting features will tell you what you DON’T KNOW, and what you need to FIND, focused by criteria you select for easy, organized research. More than 170 reports allow you to easily create research itineraries for Genealogy trips whether local or long distance to:

  • Court House
  • Cemeteries Societies
  • Library of Congress
  • State Archives
  • National Archives
  • Salt Lake City Genealogy Library
  • Targeted reports for borrowing microfiche from libraries
  • View sample reports

Designate "Family Line" People. Relationships to Family Line people are automatically calculated when analyzing your genealogical data and are instantly available in reports. Additional Family Line people can be added on the fly.

Powerful, easy to use filtering allows you to pick from a list of YOUR data locations:

  • All People
  • By relationship to a person (only include people / families who are closely related to a selected person
  • By geographic location: country, state/region/territory, down to county level

The GenDetective™ people reports identify ancestors without parents, missing birth and death dates, never married (or at least your data doesn’t record a marriage), missing emigration and immigration data. Have you ever attempted to identify which people were alive during the short run of a local newspaper? What about those relatives who may be identified in a county history book? The people reports help you identify this information and much more. View sample reports

Census reports covering national, state, and territorial censuses, detailing the missing census records for your family. Look for your family in censuses ranging from Quebec to Florida, the U.S., to Canada, England and other countries with national censuses. Quickly answer questions like: Who should I be looking for in the 1885 New Jersey Census? Take advantage of additional data that is contained in census records already located! GenDetective™ Reports understand what data is contained in each census record, by year, and allow you to quickly determine which information hasn’t been recorded in your data! View sample reports

Research itineraries help you organize and plan your research trip, from courthouse to historical society, to genealogy library to local cemetery. View sample reports

The GenDetective™ event reports allow you to identify missing events as well as locate events that detail vital information. Do you record valuable information such as farm schedule in the occupation event? If so, quickly identify this data allowing you to create a farm schedule research itinerary. Have you ever wondered if a particular disease runs in a family? If you record illnesses or cause of death in your family data, this question can be answered in mere seconds. View sample reports

Family reports detail family definitions and their relationships, missing marriage dates, families with only one parent, and reports detailing family locations and chronological and geographic locations. View sample reports

Statistical reports provide unique insight into your data, using histograms and statistical averages that detail the distribution of your family members through the centuries, birth, death and child statistics, military service, census statistics (missing and located), and source usage statistics. View sample reports

Cemetery markers and obituaries provide such valuable clues in our family research. GenDetective™ reports identify people missing both obituaries and markers as well as creating reports to aid your cemetery searches. View sample reports

The geographic reports provide geographic (national, state or regional) mappings of your data. These breakdowns enable you to identify the locations where your family was concentrated, suggesting areas to focus local research on. View sample reports

Source reports help you identify events, people or families that are missing sources. In addition, they support identifying events that reference a specific source as well as detailing how many source references each person or event has. View sample reports

The multimedia reports allow you to determine what files you have on disk but don’t reference in your family tree, which files you reference which are missing, as well as all of the references to each file. View sample reports

Military reports enable you to determine who may have been eligible for military service, helping you to focus your research efforts on the relatives most likely to have participated in a conflict. These reports allow you to quickly answer questions like: Do you know who was eligible to enlist in the War of 1812? What about the Civil War or World War I? View sample reports

Easy Customization

GenDetective™ contains definitions for various censuses, military conflicts as well as countries. These definitions are part of the GenDetective™ analyzer. GenDetective™ uses these definitions when analyzing your family tree data! If you know of a source that GenDetective™ isn’t aware of, simply define it and re-analyze your data! No waiting for product updates to be released when a new research source is discovered or made available; take advantage of it immediately!

Census definitions in GenDetective™ are summarized by country and year. For each year you record the individual pieces of data that are defined in the census. All census reports will immediately incorporate the census definition identifying people likely to be found in the census as well as valuable data available in each census year.

Miltary conflicts are defined by each participating country. Definitions include eligible service ages as well as war years. Military conflict definitions will be immediately incorporated into the GenDetective™ military service reports identifying relatives that were age eligible for service!

Country definitions are available for tailoring by you the genealogist. If you use abbreviations to identify countries, states or regions, you can alter the basic definitions to conform to your data entry.

6 Responses to Features

  1. Rosemary says:

    Can you give an example of how I would define the Australian Electoral Rolls. They are used as a Census Alternative (no census data will be available for at least another century), starting in 1903 through 1980. Of course no one under 21 could be in the rolls until the voting age was lowered to 18 in the 1970’s.

    • GenDetective says:

      Hi Rosemary,

      In the Analyzer, cancel out of the Wizard, and pick a GEDCOM file to load. It will not be analyzed or saved. Move down the left hand side of the pictures and pick Census Definitions (next to last). Many Australian Electoral Rolls are already defined, but I sure there are more than I found listed online.
      1. Select Queensland Voters Registration Lists (Or any provice)
      2. The Census Year will default to the first year, 1903. Use the drop down to pick from defined years
      3. Scroll down the list of census data attributes to see the checked pieces of information that were recorded in the year’s registration list.
      4. To add a new year, select the Add Year button and check of the pieces of information that were recorded.
      5. Make sure you use the Save Changes button.

      The downside, is that in GenDetective 2011 census definitions are at a “state” or “national” level, which means there are pre-definied substitutes for all of the provinces, but you can define a substitute at a more granualar (city or county level). Examples of a finer level would be a town or city phonebook, or county tax list.

      If have any additional questions, or if you add additional Voters Registrations please contact me at techsupp@rumblesoftinc.com and I will help out. There is a way to export your definitions and email them to us, so that we can include them in later releases, sharing your definitions with others and ensuring you won’t have to re-add them each time you get an update of the software.


  2. Rosemary says:

    Thank you Sandy. I’m always interested in new tools to help make some sense of what I’ve got but often find (after I’ve bought them) that no matter what is said they end up being overwhelmingly US centric, and don’t handle the UK well much less places further afield.

    • GenDetective says:

      Hi Rosemary,
      As a software developer I try to keep an open mind and be flexible. I can’t begin to understand all of the record sources available to genealogy researchers in every country .. Instead in GenDetective we have provided a mechanism so that you can define the record collections that you can research for any country. Once you have saved your changes, reanalyze your GEDCOM file, you should see GenDetective use the new sources that you have defined.

      The same process applies to military service. The world has seen a lot of conflict, and knowing which conflicts have personnel records that genealogists can access is a monumental task. In GenDetective conflicts are defined on a single country basis. To define a conflict between two different countries you would have two definitions of the war. One from country A with their particular service ages, and then country B with their potentially different service ages.

      As with Census definitions, the military service definitions can be exported to share with other genealogists.


  3. Let’s say that my tree consists of 3800 individuals from the heritage of both myself and my wife and her family. I want to reduce the size of the tree to include only parents, grandparents (all generations), aunts, uncles, first and second cousins. Is it possible to designate the list of relationships to include and then have gendetective reduce the tree to those relationships for both my side and my wife’s side?

  4. GenDetective says:

    Hi Ronald,

    you can exclude the people that are not in the listed relationships from the reports, but they are never removed from the tree itself.


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