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LifeLines – Second Generation Genealogy Software

Latest Version: v3.0.48 (Sep 29, 2005)
Added: Formatted dates now display GEDCOM date phrases raw
Fixed: Use cursesw where available, to work correctly with UTF-8 locales
v3.0.47 (Sep 21st, 2005)

Developer’s Notes:

    * Lifelines was written by Tom Wetmore circa 1991-1994 and he has now placed it under an MIT-style license. Tom no longer works on lifelines, but does occasionally participate on the LINES-L mailing list.
    * The original website is and contains the original documentation and other useful information. Ignore the parts where it mentions getting the kit or how to subscribe to the mailing list, it is outdated.
    * The long running mailing list for Lifelines is To subscribe, send a message to and put in the body of the message SUBSCRIBE LINES-L Your Name
    * Information is stored in a GEDCOM format. If you don’t know what that is, you may have a little difficulty getting started. I’d recommend that you export a GEDCOM file from your existing genealogy software pagage and import it into lifelines.
    * IMHO, the real power of lifelines is its scripting ability. There are a number of lifelines reports (aka scripts) that generate all manner of output — Ahentafels, ancestor/descendant reports, groff formatted ancestor reports, beautiful LaTeX books of all ancestors, PostScript fans of ancestors, vital records of all individuals in a format suitable for importing to palm pilot databases (specifically DB which is also hosted here on sourceforge). All the reports are included in the kit.
    * As an open source project, full source is available. The files may be browsed directly on the web (via CVS link at top of page), or an entire copy may be downloaded via anonymous cvs download.

O/S Specific Notes/Versions:

For information on Perl Scripts/Modules for LifeLines, please see the GSG Perl page

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