GenScriber is a transcription editor for genealogical, historical and other records.
The interface is comprised of several resizable windows within a single main window.
A register image can be viewed in the top window while data is input in the bottom window.


There is a choice of data input types. A spreadsheet style grid, or a wordprocessor style text editor. Both types of input provide stable, non-volatile editors, designed for genealogical data input.
There are several different layout options.


The problems associated with spreadsheets do not apply here. The worksheet is not a spreadsheet. It will not change dates or numerical input. All cell inputs are alphanumeric. No assumptions are made about the data type. Dates and values remain exactly as you entered them.

The sort functions are safe and non-destructive. Columns have fixed titles.

The worksheet and textpad work independently. They can be used to edit different data by switching between the tabs. It is of course possible to copy/paste data between the editors.

GenScriber is free for non-commercial use.

Versions for Linux and Windows are currently available.

GenScriber for Windows

GenScriber for MacOS

GenScriber for Linux
Linux users don't forget, after download you will need to set execute permissions on the downloaded file.

Many thanks to Daniel Durand for the French language translations  in the genscriber application and on the website.

Many thanks to Oscar Mira for the Spanish translations in the genscriber application.

If you have questions please email me:

 Les Hardy


The SE version is for coordinators needing to create a customised version for their transcribers.
In the SE version the user still has full control over worksheets and templates created by themselves, but the coordinator can add predefined master templates and protect them from alteration.
The template system is designed to allow coordinators to provide transcribers with predefined templates in a none volatile way.

GenScriber by default protects the column names(titles) and positions in predefined templates.
The user may change most other settings, including hiding columns that get in the way. The user can also turn off protection to change a template, but remember the protection is about preventing accidents, not restricting the user.

The coordinator can also turn off many of the features and options that are not needed.

The coordinator pack contains versions for Linux and Windows.
At this time, the MacOS version does not work with the coordinator pack. Hopefully this will be fixed soon.

Help files are in the pack. Please feel free to ask questions.