I certainly agree that the chart format is easier to work with.
It leaves plenty of room for hand-written notes about things like tracing the
transmission of specific traits. All of my pedigree notebooks contained
Many years and a number of computers ago, I wrote some programs to program
to generate up to five-generation pedigree charts from a
database. Then all I had to do was enter the names or seedling numbers of
the pod parent and pollen parent and, if they were in the database, the program
would prepare a chart using all available pedigrees. This
made it easy to analyze a lot of "what if" crosses as well as evaluate potential
A commercial package became available in the 1990s, so I switched over
to it rather than devote time to maintaining my own. I think someone
was trying to develop another one in the late 1990s. Just wondering if
anything equivalent is available now....