Gramps 3.4 Wiki Manual - Preface

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Gramps is a software package designed for genealogical research. Although similar to other genealogical programs, Gramps offers some unique and powerful features which we'll discuss below.

Gramps is an Open Source software package, which means you are free to make copies and distribute it to anyone you like. It's developed and maintained by a worldwide team of volunteers whose goal is to make Gramps powerful, yet easy to use.


Why use Gramps?

Most genealogy programs allow you to enter information about your ancestors and descendants. Typically, they can display family relationships through charts, graphs, or reports. Some allow you to include pictures or other media. Most let you include information about people even if those people are not related to the primary family you happen to be researching. And they may include features that let you exchange data with other programs and print different types of reports.

Gramps has all these capabilities and more. Notably, it allows you to integrate bits and pieces of data as they arise from your research and to put them in one place -- your computer. You can then use your computer to manipulate, correlate, and analyze your data, rather than messing with reams of paper.

Typographical conventions

In this book, some words are marked with special typography:

  • Applications
  • Commands you type at the command line
  • Filenames
  • Replaceable text
  • Labels for buttons and other portions of the graphical interface
  • Menu selections look like this: Menu -> Submenu -> Menu Item
  • Buttons you can click
  • CTRL+D Key combinations you can press on your Keyboard.
  • Anything you type in


The manual also provides assorted bits of additional information in tips and notes as follows:

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Example Tip

Tips and bits of extra information will look like this.


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Example Note

Notes will look like this.


Finally, there are warnings, notifying you where you should be careful:

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Example Warning

This is what a warning looks like. If there's a chance you'll run into trouble, you will be warned beforehand.


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