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Mobile Monday – Gramps Portable for Windows

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The following post continues the Mobile Monday Series reviewing various apps for mobile devices that help doing genealogy while you are on the go. If you haven't been following this series be sure to check previous posts:

Gramps Portable for Windows

This Mobile Monday article is a bit different then most that are posted on the Find My Ancestor Blog. Usually I post articles talking about mobile apps for the iPhone/iPad and even some apps for Android devices, but the other day I read an article by Dick Eastman featuring a genealogy database program that you can install on your thumb drive and use on any Windows computer.

You may have heard or used the RootsMagic To Go or even the AncestryQuest 2 Go. This program is similar to those. The program is called Gramps. Gramps is a fairly new software that has been getting more and more popular over the past year it seems. I think one reason this software is becoming more popular is the fact that it is open source. For those of you who many not be familiar with the term open source, "Open source software is software whose source code is published and made available to the public, enabling anyone to copy, modify and redistribute the source code without paying royalties or fees." - Wikipedia

This pretty much means that the software is free and that anyone can modify the code to what they want. 

Dick Eastman's article talks about the software being available on Portable Apps, a software you can install onto your thumb drive and take a wide range of software packages with you wherever you go, enabling you to use it just about anywhere. To read more about Portable Apps, visit their website at

Check out Dick Eastman's article on Gramps Portable for Windows to learn more about the software.

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