I have long felt the need for such software, which I think would be useful for
historians, biographers, family historians, local historians and others.
I tried to develop such a database in MS Access, and hoped that people who
were more into softwere development would help me refine and test it, but i
couldn't find anyone else who was interested.
I've discussed it in the past in soc.genealogy.computing.
The database has three main tables -- Events, People and Places.
Events are entered so that they can be sorted chronologically, with a brief
The Places database could show what events took place in a particular place.
The People database would show people involved in the event, and in what
capacity they were involved -- participant, witness, host, guest etc.
I still feel the need for such a program, and I'm sure many others would find
it useful too, but I'm not a software developer, so I can just describe the
kind of thing I want.
In the absence of that, however, I've found askSam to be a useful program for
It can be done, provided one remembers to enter dates in a TEXT field (and not
as dates), in the format yyyy-mm-dd.
That means that if the month and day are not known, on can enter 1347-00-00,
for example, and it will still sort correctly.
Most spreadsheets cannot correctly handle dates in the date field for more
than a centurry ago, and they have problems with dates like c1500.
I have revived discussion of this in the genealogy software discussion forum
Try Legacy genealogy software:
If you have also places involved Legacy can show it in map.
You shoud enter events (in random order) to one person (doupleclick person
You can also add "overlay" into txt-files C:\Legacy\Timelines\English
Born and Died dates control what timeframe will be visible.
If this suit to you but want different wording maybe you could join
translation teams ;)
... and make your own version.
>So I gather that there is no tools at the moment for serious academic
>work in this category? Yes, I think probably write something myself.
If you are going to write something yourself, please look at the discussion
I feel the need for such software, but I've given up trying to write it myself
because I'm a slow learner, and no sooner do I learn how to write it in one
database program than the program becomes obsolete and one has to start
learning again from scratch.
Doesn't a lot of project management software do that? The very
old version of MS Project I have (for MacOS 7) does most of it.
I thought of using it to plan out a cast-of-thousands historical
novel once, and it looked to be up to the job.
Or just do it in Prolog. There's a tiny example in Clocksin and
Mellish's book which could easily be expanded.
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>Or just do it in Prolog. There's a tiny example in Clocksin and
>Mellish's book which could easily be expanded.
What Prolog compilers are available these days?
Last one I saw was TurboProlog, about 20 years ago.
I think I still have it somewhere, and TurboPascal, but programs written in
the latter crash on computers with high clock speeds.