Family Tree

Choice of software: doesn’t matter as long as it includes GEDitCOM data (I want to call it GENDATA, but it is usually called a GEDCOM file) (but see the foot of this page, please). It looks as though a GEDCOM file can be quite easily converted to html and uploaded that way. I’m using – when writing this– an Apple G4 (big enough to go under a desk, not on it) using OS X 10.7.x (Lion, not Mountain Lion) and is an dual-core Intel machine; I use dual 23” screens.

How to display this stuff? We will see what happens as I work through one of the Mac-based s/w packages – I’m looking at what is offered as free download, but most of those turned out to be demo packages.

Heredis(Mac) [free download turns out to be not supported, new version (Lion) not yet released]
Reunion [looks quite good and flexible, but $100 and $60 for upgrades]
(Mac)Family Tree [$60].

I refused to pay that sort of money and went for Gramps from SourceForge. Some of the input techniques are a bit irritating, but:
• it costs nothing
• it works
• it allows a lot of input possibilities
• it allows many input & output transfers, with only a little likely loss of info.

Problem of security: no living family members can be included in stuff for general access. That requires sensible suggestions to be made as to how—as a family—we can record additions. Supplying someone’s mother’s maiden name to outsiders is not a good idea (thinking of security questions for other systems’ access). Sharing should be within the family. Obviously, any Scoins should have access; it seems to me that most non-Scoins shouldn’t have access. I don’t know how to do that sensibly and I’d like some helpful suggestions. What I’m going to do is leave out a lot of data for the live (dates, addresses, jobs, etc) and only supply names and (implied) relationships.

I have, in 2014, two suggestions to include thumbnail photos.
I have no suggestions what to do about the living, yet there is interest within the (very much) extended family. Perhaps the problem only arises when publishing?


Files: label by oldest relative with birth year. Runs up to but not including those still alive. I show below the separated stubs of the tree:

John 1789                      showing 4/8 generations                                    John 1789
Richard 1799                 showing 5/9 generations                                    Richard 1799
Robert 1820                   showing 4/7 generations                                    Robert 1820


In the middle of 2015, while the spouse was in China, I had a bit of a blitz on the data, with huge help from the family Scoins FB group page. This makes my mass of collected data rather firmer and I report that it is a great assist to have people to ask and to share questions. Sometimes they’ve answered this, sometimes you raise a question that resolves an issue they have been having. I have a very much larger database than I am prepared to show on here, in line with the issues raised above.

However, the wider we confirms belief that Onesimus Skoines (Onn-EE-sih-muss) is as far back as we can go with any reliability, and that the others pooh-pooh my suggestion of Huguenot escape, pointing to the large numbers of Skoines around when Onesimus left traces.

So I could publish that earliest part….
Sources of information:

1        mostly the extensive work Eric Stanley Scoins [ESS] did in the period 1975-1990 while we corresponded together.
2         other members of the extended family who are interested, met via a closed group on Facebook
2.1      Mabel Scoins, Redcar, Cleveland, 1982 (the family came to visit)
2.2      Oh, I wish people would communicate.



DJS 20120824

Picture is of ESS and DJS; 1988

Minor edits 20141105 
Repost with minimal edits 20171113


Interaction with the Facebook group has enlarged the information, denying some points I had held to and confirming others I had disregarded. So there is the link back to Onesimus to declare here, not yet done.

2017 still not yet done, on the list for 2018. I note here that when I tried to load Gramps to check the state of the files, not only did Gramps fail to load, there was nothing at all of the data files. Perhaps they are on a different computer (and its accompanying disks). Considering how many hours I put in for the small return of having the filers printed in the next three pages, this is disappointing.

This means that I have lost the GEDCOM file until such time as I can wind up the older machines and see if something survives.

Since 2014 I have used three screens, though the centre one - and the driving CPU  - have changed more than once.

© David Scoins 2017