Eastman's Review

The following review was published in Eastman's Online Genealogy Newsletter

Vol. 3 No. 41 - October 10, 1998

Copyright© 1998 by Richard W. Eastman and Ancestry, Inc.  All Rights Reserved


- GenIndex

Staub & Associates has released GenIndex. They refer to the program as the "Everyname Indexer for Windows". The program produces an "everyname" or "back-of-the-book" index to assist in genealogical research. A trial version is available, so I took a look at the program this week.

GenIndex is a simple but useful program that maintains indexes. It doesn't do anything that you couldn't do manually; the program simply makes the task somewhat less tedious. If you have to index hundreds or even thousands of names, you probably will appreciate this program.

Once installed, you create a new title for an index, which is normally the same as the title of the book involved. Next, you
enter the first surname. After that, a new window appears for entry of first and middle names, prefix, suffix and the page
numbers where that name appears. You enter the information as appropriate. As the building of the index progresses, you can add additional surnames as well.

Once the data entry is completed, you can create indexes in several formats. Of course, the primary purpose is to create a
printed back-of-book index, and the program will print on most any standard Windows printer. It will also create disk files in a number of formats, including: Crystal Reports, Excel, Lotus 1-2-3, Quatro Pro, ASCII text, Rich Text Format (RTF), comma separated values (CSV), character separated values, data Interchange format (DIF) and tab-separated formats. Many of these file formats can then be imported into other programs, such as spreadsheet, database or word processing formats.

If you are facing a major indexing task, GenIndex may help.  GenIndex requires Windows 3.1, 95, 98 or NT and a video resolution of 800-by-600 pixels or greater. Its disk and memory requirements are modest, so it should run on any Windows system other than basic systems that only support 640-by-480 pixels of video.

GenIndex sells for $19.95 U.S. funds if you download it from the company's Web site. Add another $10.00 if you want a copy on CD-ROM or floppy disks. A free 15 day trial version can be downloaded online. I obtained my copy from CompuServe's Genealogy Techniques Forum (GO ROOTS), but it is also available on the Web at http://www.staubassociates.com/genindex/genindex.htm.


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