Working on Lineascope 2.0

by bsayer on September 19, 2010

You may have noticed that what was a constant stream of regular improvements to has ended. Here’s why: I leaned a ton about how you do your research and how you use (and want to use) Lineascope. So, I’m re-writing it. The next release will be a 2.0 version with a simpler workflow that’s even more focused on information and evidence collection followed by analysis and proof writing.

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John Sapp September 19, 2010 at 2:43 pm

A general comment/question: Will Lineascope 2 be able to ‘import’ data from earlier versions of it? If so, fine. If not, that would be a good addition.


bsayer September 19, 2010 at 8:38 pm

Hi, John. Lineascope 2 for Mac and PC will absolutely import data from Lineascope 1. Lineascope 2 for web will convert existing evidence chains automatically.



testuser42 November 22, 2010 at 5:44 pm

Hi Ben,

I stumbled upon your site following a link in a comment at The Ancestry Insider. I’ve no Google account and haven’t tried Lineascope yet, but it looks very promising to me. I will definitely try the desktop version in the future!

Have you heard of the “Build a Better Gedcom” effort? It’s at
The name says it all, mostly. The aim is to define _the_ new standard data format for genealogy, so that people can share their whole work including sources, evidence and conclusions.

Maybe you would be interested to join the effort or just give your insights and wishes for a “better Gedcom”. There are a lot of interesting discussions going on at the moment with a lot of smart people contributing.



Denise Levenick January 9, 2011 at 11:46 pm

As a new PC to Mac convert, I have just discovered your websites and Lineascope. This sounds fascinating! I have been looking for a linear research protocol to help organize my efforts with challenging problems. Do you have any news of when version 2 might be available? I am especially interested in offline use — great idea.


bsayer January 17, 2011 at 10:59 pm

Hi, Denise. No, I haven’t any news on version 2 availability yet. It’s on hold as I finish the first phase of another project. I’ll update this site when I resume work on Lineascope 2.

Mark Tucker has done some great work on a genealogy process that you may be interested in. See his site,



Rick June 19, 2013 at 5:24 pm


Just wondering how version 2 of Lineascope is progressing. If you need beta testers, I’d be willing to help. Thanks for a really great product. It has helped me organize my research and maintain a record of what I have done.



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