Lightroom: Tagging People / Geneaology

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I use lightroom to manage 20,000+ photographs and am starting to digitize and archive images for my extended family. Lightroom is great for organizing and searching thousands of images but falls short of some of the capabilities needed for organizing large numbers of people.

People ultimately form a network, rather than a hierarchy, so for instance I have a Mother, Father, Brother, Wife, In-Laws, Cousins, Friends, Colleges, etc. This simply cannot be represented cleanly in a keyword hierarchy. For small numbers of people (~100) that I am familiar with the hierarchy isn't so much a challenge. However when I am adding larger family networks and organizing other family members photos data this becomes necessary.

Secondly, As the data set grows, I would like to be able to put a bounding box on a person in the photograph they are being tagged in so that I myself and future generations might remember who more distant relatives are in group photos.

Both requests are very involved from a metadata standardization perspective and user interface perspective, but I thought I would throw this out there and see if anyone else uses Lightroom for these types of tasks.
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Re the tagging of faces: See this topic: