software for biographies

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Gerben
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Wed Nov 14, 2007 2:38 pm Post

Hello,

I am just curious what kinf of system/software people here use to deal with biographical information? I am a historian and need to deal with a lot of biographical information. Right now I have information in an Excel sheet but I see several other ways of doing it as well:
- using Filemaker to create a database
- use Devonthink Pro (for example the sheet function; if DTPO 2 will feature links this might become interesting)
- using genealogy software (some programs, though not made for this specifically, seem suitable)

Would be grateful for any suggestions!

thanks,
Gerben

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Wed Nov 14, 2007 3:54 pm Post

Historical fiction contains much biographical data, whether the characters are imaginary or based on fact. I have used DevonThink Pro for my main database and Reunion 9 for genealogy. Reunion is very good for exploring generational descent: you can make all kinds of charts and lists that depict people and their timelines.

For database, I prefer either DTP or Panorama, which is fast, easy to set up and to edit. Another possibility is EndNote, for storing notes from books or articles and generating a list of sources.

Reunion: http://www.leisterpro.com/
Panorama: http://www.provue.com/
EndNote: http://www.isiresearchsoft.com/

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Sat Nov 17, 2007 7:22 pm Post

Thanks druid for the suggestions. I tested Reunion but it is not really suited for my needs although it looks very solid.

Gerben

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Sun Nov 18, 2007 1:54 am Post

Hi Gerben.

This link to history writing has a lot of related stuff that might be helpful - oh, and try typing history into the search function at the top of this page - it reveals even more interesting stuff you might be able to adapt to your needs.

http://www.literatureandlatte.com/forum ... =biography

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Tue Nov 27, 2007 8:28 pm Post

Just seeing this after a small break, thanks! I am going to check it out,

best,
Gerben