GenDetective is a genealogy software from RumbleSoft that’s different from most commercial databases on the market today.  It has been described as “a tool that analyzes your genealogical data to produce research recommendations based on missing or incomplete data”.  The software is planned to enable the genealogist to hone his/her research and actually points out additional areas to investigate.

According to Sandra Rumble, “While many software utilities for genealogy have been designed and written by genealogists who write software as a hobby, GenDetective was designed by a genealogy hobbyist who designs and writes commercial software.” Even if you currently use one of the leading genealogy software applications, this software does sound like a useful tool and warrants further exploration.

The following press release is about the Version 1.5 release:

Plumsteadville, Pennsylvania (May 7, 2012) – RumbleSoft Incorporated, supplier of innovative solutions for genealogists has released GenDetective® Version 1.5. NGS attendees will be able to view demonstrations of the new software at booth # 412. Additionally RumbleSoft will demonstrate GenDetective’s latest features on Thursday May 10th at 1:00pm and Friday May11th at 10:30am on Stage B.

GenDetective version 1.5 moves beyond the very basic “what data am I missing and where would I find it”, GenDetective is now a very useful way of looking for very particular items or issues in your database and helping you find and correct them.

New personal research goals, with user configurable parameters, identify the relatives where research opportunities exist. The Research Progress reports are very useful for seeing the possibilities for creating reports that would narrow your research efforts.

GenDetective is an effective tool and is particularly useful when you get to a stage in your research when you want to pause and take stock before beginning another serious bout of research. And if you are fussy with your data, it is a great tool for helping you to “groom” the data every once in a while. This new update also ads 18 more reports focused on personal research goals, working with birth and death indices, and a new census report. Additionally, l a source time line report has been added based upon user request.

GenDetective® is a software program that identifies the gaps in your genealogy research and can create research itineraries for either online or trip-based research. For more information visit the RumbleSoft Incorporated website at

Click on GenDetective to learn more about the software. You can also click on the graphic.

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