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Rodovid logo.png
Web address
Slogan The world is closer than it seems
Commercial No
Type of site
Family history
Registration Yes
Available in 22 languages
Users 12,634 in English localisation (August 2013)[1]
Content license
Creative Commons Attribution License
Created by Jarosław Boychuk
Launched 20 May 2005; 11 years ago (2005-05-20)
Alexa rank
Increase 250223 (May 2013)[2]
Current status Active

Rodovid is a free online collaborative family tree portal. Originally a Ukrainian project, as of 2012 it had active communities in 21 languages.[3][4] It provides a web service built using MediaWiki and its own Rodovid Engine software to help store and visualize family relationships.[5][6]

About the project[edit]

Rodovid was founded in September 2005 by a group of developers and genealogy enthusiasts in Kiev, Ukraine.[3] The name comes from the Ukrainian word rodovid, meaning "lineage" or "genealogy".[3] As of 2015, Rodovid had over 980,000 total records for individuals and families across all languages, including over 290,000 in Ukrainian and Russian, making it the second largest free genealogy service online, and the largest in any language other than English.[7][8][9]

Data storage and export[edit]

It has experimented with supporting imports of GEDCOM files.[10] Its Engine software is proprietary, but there have been discussions of releasing it openly.[11] It supports layouts of family trees optimised for browsing and for printing, and claims it can generate trees of thousands of people in seconds.[12]

The Rodovid project's data and descriptions are stored on servers in Kiev, and available under the Creative Commons Attribution license where not already in the public domain. Its data is periodically archived by the WikiTeam project at the Internet Archive.[13]


  1. ^ "Statistics". Rodovid. Retrieved August 26, 2013. 
  2. ^ " Site Info". Alexa Internet. Retrieved 26 August 2013. 
  3. ^ a b c Rodovid website and Credits
  4. ^ (Ukrainian) Pravda Life article, September 30, 2009. Retrieved October 7, 2009
  5. ^ Discussion about the engine
  6. ^ Ancestry Magazine, June 2007, pg 53
  7. ^ The Rodovid statistics page
  8. ^ (Russian) Russian Main Page
  9. ^ "Collaborating on the Internet using a Wiki", Solveig Quass, Foundation for On-Line Genealogy
  10. ^ GEDBot discussion
  11. ^ Opening Source? FAQ
  12. ^ Beagle portfolio page about the site.
  13. ^ See the repository. Last updated August, 2012. Retrieved April, 2013.

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