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Has anyone looked into the application of MindManager for genealogy application?

Depends a bit what you want to do with a family tree. But to some extend it could be a mindmap.

The advantage is that you can more easily arrange the topics to make a more concise map.

It shouldn't be too difficult to import a gedcom file, the exchange standard for genealogy porgrammes.
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Stefani Twyford

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The lack of a template to support a genealogy tree has been the most frustrating aspect of Mindjet. I have been asking for this for years and they keep saying you can use existing templates but there are none that map out relationships with two parents, four grandparents, etc.
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paul.arnest

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I' wrestling with uncles, in-laws, etc. also; trying to sort out a problem in Ancestry geneaologies.

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Lisa Jackson Pulver

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has this been solved yet - like you i have been seeking one for years....
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stwyford

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No! I wish someone at the company would actually read these threads.
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stwyford

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NO! Midjet people, can someone please look at this thread and work up a template for us!!
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Ary Velstra, Expert Trainer

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I personally never felt the need to to this...

However
If you share all examples you have already created in mmap format or at least images, someone may be able to help you.

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stwyford

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Ary Velstra,

Here is a screen shot of a typical genealogy tree. I find it impossible to create these types of connections in Mindmanager. The connector lines refuse to connect in a way to do this.
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In theory you can construct something like this by ignoring MindManager's tree structure entirely and using a concept map layout. 

In a concept map you add a floating topic every time you create an entry. These topics are linked by relationship lines which you can manipulate to look like your example. The details for each entry could be stored either as topic notes or properties (or both).

This is feasible at least in the latest Windows version (I'm not sure about the Mac). It's a lot of work, however as you would have to line everything up manually and there are none of the bells and whistles of dedicated genealogy applications. And while Corel are expanding MindManager's ability to create and manage free-form maps, it remains at heart a tree-based mind mapping program - and as you have found out, mind map trees and genealogical ones don't make a good mix, despite their similarities.
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Thanks Alex. Yes, for a tree that has maybe 1000 people on it, I think your suggested method is way too labor intensive. A .mmp template that would allow you to add say, a set of parents, or a child, or a second spouse and know where to put it would be amazing.
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I just had a quick look at reviews of some of the genealogy applications that are available. Obviously these lack MindManager's mind mapping capabilities but they offer a lot more features related specifically to genealogical trees and can import GEDCOM files from the online services like Ancestry. They're also not that expensive and I think would be a better option.