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About Rodovid / Features

Rodovid has all the essentials to work on the creation and development of a person's family tree. Every record about a person in the Rodovid database contains basic data about the person and his/her family tree rendered graphically, with the use of colors to distinguish between different lineages. Rodovid supports the upload of GEDCOM files from external databases and has interlinked internal databases in more than a dozen languages. Rodovid is powered by special software that allows users to edit pages and monitor changes. Have a look at Rodovid's features in greater detail:


[edit] Easy to start

To create a new genealogical record about a person just click Add a person in the navigation bar on the left. You will be taken to a new page to start your work. Fill in the fields which are known there, preview and save your work. This is it! A new record will be created. You will be able to return to it later at any time to make edits.

NOTE: In order to avoid double records about the same person, please, check the database for a record about a person you are going to add BEFORE starting your work. Use different languages when searching. If a record is already there, you will be able to access and edit it.

[edit] Adding relatives

To add parents, brothers and sisters, and spouses just type in their name into the search bar and click on the Go or Search button: if a record of them has already been created by other users, they will appear in the search results page as links and you will only need to click on the links to access those records. In case there is no record in Rodovid's database yet, an option will be given to create such an entry.

[edit] Automatic tree generation

A family tree is automatically generated in a graphical form on every person's page. All the family trees are colored and show people belonging to the same lineage in the same color. This revolutionary feature greatly simplifies reading the trees.

Every genealogical record in the database can be viewed as a Web page. The page contains all the basic information about a particular person and his or her family tree showing ancestry to two generations and descendants to two generations (grandparents to grandchildren), with their siblings and spouses as well. You can also view a full version of the tree (showing all generations), and additionally create a version optimised for printing. This full tree can also be viewed for relatives by clicking on the sex mark (♂ for a man and ♀ for a woman) next to every person's name.

[edit] GEDCOM file support

This feature is currenly disabled for development purposes
Rodovid supports the import of entries into its database using GEDCOM files, the internationally recognised genealogy standard. Nearly all family tree programs will allow you to save a tree in this format. To import a GEDCOM file visit the GEDCOM file upload page by clicking on GEDCOM Parser link in the toolbox on the left.

[edit] Availability in different languages

Rodovid is a multilingual portal. It is currently available in 18 languages: Dutch, English, Finnish, French, German, Hebrew, Indonesian, Italian, Japanese, Polish, Portuguese, Romanian, Russian, Serbian, Spanish, and Ukrainian. Every language version of Rodovid is called a localization. Different localizations of Rodovid are not identical as they were translated and modified by different users at different times. All the localizations can be accessed from the start page, also called the Front Gate, at You can also access the start page at any time by clicking on the Front gate link in the navigation bar on the left.

[edit] Multilingual database

All the localizations of Rodovid uses the same genealogical database, so records added in one localization will appear in the others. If you add a record about a person in the English localization of Rodovid, it will also appear in all the other localizations (with the context words 'lineage', 'birth' etc. translated). For example, this entry, which was created in Ukranian, is also viewable in English as this entry.

Every new genealogical record in Rodovid is automatically assigned a new number, under which it is stored in the genealogical database. When viewing or editing a record in any localization of Rodovid, you will be working with the record that has the same number. This means that the record about a John Smith will have the same number in all the localizations of Rodovid.

[edit] Users can edit pages

Rodovid is powered by an open-source Content Management System (CMS), which is called MediaWiki. MediaWiki was originally written for Wikipedia. The MediaWiki CMS is one of the CMSs that support the wiki technology. A wiki is a website that allows the visitors themselves to easily add, remove, and otherwise edit and change available content, typically without the need for registration. This ease of interaction and operation makes a wiki an effective tool for mass collaborative authoring.

What does it mean for users of Rodovid? It means that every user can edit pages and genealogical records created by other users to add additional or more accurate information and to remove mistakes if any. The users can also create their own pages. To top this all off, the users can track all the recent changes on Rodovid by going to the Recent changes page, which is accessible from the navigation bar on the left.

NOTE: If you come across a mistake on this very page or on any other page on Rodovid, you can correct it by clicking on the Edit tab on the top of the page.

[edit] Testing and development

Rodovid has got a separate section for testing and development purposes. Visit the Rodovid Engine to report bugs, request new features, add comments and much more.

[edit] License

Rodovid operates under the Creative Commons Attribution License as genealogical data are mainly facts that are not subject to copyright.

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