LeafSeek is a new tool that helps you turn your genealogical or historical record collections into searchable online databases. Combine multiple datasets of different types — such as birth, marriage, and military records — into one unified searchable website. Find inter-connections in your data that you never noticed before.
With great features like built-in geo-spatial searches, pop-up Google Maps, Beider-Morse Phonetic Matching, name synonyms, and language localization, LeafSeek can help you turn your spreadsheets of names and dates into a full-featured genealogy search engine. It’s designed for researchers and genealogy societies alike.
Oh, and one more thing: LeafSeek is free and open source. No strings attached.
Genealogists and historians already have many ways to view their family trees, publish their family trees, share their family trees, print their family trees, etc. But what about publishing and sharing the actual underlying data -- the forest, rather than the trees? How do you do that?
LeafSeek lets groups and individuals publish their data online with a simple unified search schema, even if the underlying data sets have very different types of fields. Now genealogy societies, graduate students, and research groups can publish and search their data using the power of Apache Solr.
Opening records, finding connections
Having access to open and accessible historical records, including genealogical records, is and ought to be a right of all peoples. Unfortunately, many areas of the world, large and small, are cut off from information about their own history.
Sometimes this is due to overly restrictive governmental policies. But sometimes the barrier is one of technology, not ideology.
LeafSeek's developer believes that information ought to be free and open to all -- which is why she chose to develop LeafSeek as a free, open source project, using open source technologies that anyone can use, without needing to pay a fee or buy a subscription.
Recent Blog Posts
The new All Israel Database, powered by LeafSeek Introducing the new All Israel Database, presented by IGRA, the non-profit Israel Genealogy Research Association. It's a genealogical and historical records database, with searchable data and an interface that are both fully in Hebrew *and* English. There are more than 105,000 records so far and many more coming soon...
LeafSeek gets published in “Avotaynu” I was asked by the editors of the quarterly genealogy journal "Avotaynu" to write a piece for them about the genesis and development of LeafSeek, and I'm pleased to say that it was published as the lead article in their spring issue. Here's the text...