I am looking for a simple genealogy package that will run on a Chromebook.

The package only has to be able to display a GEDCOM file in a tree format on the Chromebook when disconnected from the internet. I don't require full family tree editing facilities as that can be done when online through web services or on a separate Windows PC.

Cross-platform java-based viewers such as StarkEffect don't work on my Chromebook. Although, something similar would be ideal.

  • Maybe a converter from GEDCOM to HTML would suffice? (not that I know of one)
    – unor
    Sep 13, 2014 at 10:57
  • @unor; Nice idea. I've used GEDCOM to PDF in the past but the output has always left a lot to be desired for several reasons. HTML may be better.
    – Chenmunka
    Sep 13, 2014 at 11:21

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Dick Eastman in his Online Genealogy Newsletter wrote a post: Why Use a Chromebook?

In it he said:

For a genealogist, a major disadvantage of a Chromebook is the lack of a good genealogy program. A few, small genealogy utilities are available but nothing that approaches the capabilities of RootsMagic, Legacy Family Tree, The Master Genealogist, Reunion, Heredis, MacFamilyTree, Ancestral Quest, GRAMPS, Family Tree Maker, or the other popular genealogy programs available today for Windows and Macintosh. However, when connected to the Internet, a Chromebook works well with most all the online genealogy applications, such as The Next Generation (TNG) and PhpGedView. It also works well with almost all the genealogy web sites, including FamilySearch, MyHeritage, WeRelate, Ancestry, Geni, WikiTree, and many, many more.

There are several online sites that will do what you want. But you want to do it when disconnected from the internet, so it sounds like you'll need a native Chrome application for that.

Unfortunately none of the Chrome genealogy applications (6 at the time I'm writing this) listed in the chrome web store will do what you want, so you may be out of luck.

  • Your first link seems to link to the wrong URL.
    – unor
    Sep 13, 2014 at 10:57

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