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LifeLines, second generation genealogy software
original author
Tom Wetmore

LINES-L discussion list established 1992 by Cliff Manis, now owned by Marc Nozell
FAQ for LINES-L by Marc Nozell

The official manual is now included in the distributions. Nonetheless, here are some snapshots:
3.0.2 Fran├žais RTF tgz or zip
3.0.5 (2000/03) online (3 formats)
3.0.7 (HTML only) (2001/11) (c/o Jens Arvidsson): online or tgz or zip
3.0.7 chm (Microsoft help file) (2001/11) (c/o David Johnson): zip
3.0.39 Manuals
emacs lines-mode.el by Marc Nozell
emacs gedcom.el by Stephen A. Wood
vim syntax highlighting by Patrick Texier

Updated report scripts are now included with the Lifelines kit.
Previous official repository at Genealogy Anonymous FTP Site by Stephen A. Wood the same via Web interface
the same in one .tar.gz file
copy of individual reports at Dan Hirschberg's site
copy of .tar.gz file at Dan Hirschberg's site
all reports posted on LINES-L by Vincent P. Broman
genealogical charts in PostScript by John S. Quarterman
LifeLines report programs by Robert Simms

previous versions
3.0.1 and 3.0.2 original Tom Wetmore's sources plus binaries for Solaris, Linux and MS-DOS at Genealogy Anonymous FTP Site by Stephen A. Wood
the same via Web interface
old repository at no longer works
Copy of Tom Wetmore's 3.0.2 docs: online or tgz
3.0.2 MS-DOS port by Dan Hirschberg
3.0.5 Windows95/NT port by Paul McBride
- description of changes
3.0.7 Windows Console version by Perry Rapp

GenWeb site by Scott McGee
WW-Person by Herbert Stoyan
theoretical article on WW-Person by Herbert Stoyan
GenServ home page by Cliff Manis

Dan Hirschberg
Denis Roegel
Petter Reinholdtsen
Franck Barbenoire

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Lifelines FAQ

Life Lines Installation

The project download page provides binary distributions of Lifelines for both Windows and Linux. It also provides source distributions. For other OS distributions, check out the links for those distributions on the LifeLines home page.

Windows Installation

Binary archives are prepared using the open-source program 7-zip for both the 7-zip and zip compression formats. Starting with version 3.0.50 there is a file named Install.LifeLines.Windows.txt included in the distribution with installation instructions. If you wish to see the instructions on how to install the software before you install the software, you can view the instructions using the Sourceforge Web interface to the LifeLines CVS archives by going here and clicking view under the most recent version.


For systems that support rpm's, download the rpm distribution and install it.

Other Systems

For systems other than these (and those listed under OS distributions on the Lifelines home page), you will have to download a source distribution and compile it. Extract the distribution in a convenient place. The files will be extracted into a directory like lifelines-3.0.49, where 3.0.49 is replaced by the version of the release. In this directory you will find a file named INSTALL. It contains instructions to build Lifelines and information about other tools required. You can view this file in the LifeLines CVS archive by here by clicking view under the most recent version. logo