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The Family Browser

The Genealogy Pro version 3.0 the family browser features a split view - a table and a tree.

The upper view depicts exactly one family or individual in a table. The lower view depicts all families in the database in a tree. All families at the top level of the tree are families in which the parents of that family themselves have no parents, that is, they are the deepest level of ancestor in that line.

Components of the Family Browser

The image below shows a Family browser of the file named 'McLaughlins.gpro'. This window features a focal person of the browser. The focal person has his or her name in large bold letters at the top left side of the window. It is "Margaret McLaughlin" in the example below.

The lower view show the focal person in a tree.

The toolbar has four pop-up menu items that forms the Navigation menus. You can choose to navigate to either parent, any spouse, sibling or child by choosing the menu item for that person. That person will then become the new focal person of the browser. The new person will automatically be selected in the tree.

You can also select a new focal person by clicking on any individual in the tree.

The toolbar also displays access items to access the Field Editor, the Source Editor, and the Note Editor.

The "Parents" tab displays data for the individuals, such as name, date of birth. The "Family" tab lists all data for the family, such as date or place of marriage.

Components of the Family Browser

There are three columns in the 'Parents' tab. The first (left most) column are all the fields that are present in this database. Most documents will have a 'Name', 'Date of Birth', Date of Death', 'Gender'. Additional name, place, date, text, image or photo album fields may be created using the "Document->Define new field" menu. The second column comprises rows for field data for the focal person of the window. The third column comprises rows of data for the spouse of the focal person in the currently selected family.

If there is greater than one spouse for the focal person, a menu at the top of this third column will allow toggling between spouses.

note: Functions that apply to individuals (eg adding a new spouse) will always apply to the focal person.

Navigating in the Family Window

There are two basic ways to navigate through the genealogy database.

1. Navigating using the Navigation menus in the toolbar

Use one of the the four Navigation menu's in the toolbar to navigate to either one of the current focal persons parents, a spouse, a sibling, or a child. When one of these retlations is chosen, this relation now becomes the focal person.

Choosing an item from the navigation bar will cause the selected person to become the focal person of the window. In the example below the chile "Adelaide" has been selected, and the window will now have "Adelaide" as the focal person. Note that the Tree view in the lower half of the window automatically updates to select Adelaide.


An example selecting a person in a Navigation menu

The selected person is now the focal person of the window

2. Navigating using the Tree view

Move to a different family or person in the lower "Tree" view, by clicking on a family or person with the mouse or using the arrow key to move up or down. The upper table is filled with the new family and/or person. The selected person or one of the persons from the selected family will now become the new focal person.

For example, clicking the mouse onto Adelaide in the Tree view would have produced an identical result, making Adelaide the focal person as above.

Some tips for Navigating in the Tree View

  • Simple mouse click without any control keys pressed will make the selected person or family the new focal person and family.
  • Double clicking on the person or family in the Tree View will also make the selected person or family the new focal person, and will additionally open the field editor (if it is not already open) and make the field editor the active window.
  • Pressing the Command key while clicking on a family will make the spouse of the family the focal person of the window. If the spouses parent family also exists in the database, tthis family will exist in two locations in the Tree View (as a family "child" each parents family). This family is displayed under the spouses parents family will be selected.
  • Pressing the Shift click on a family will select the "Parents" table (if not already selected) and goes to the name field.
  • Pressing the Shift + Command click on a family selects the parent tab (if not already selected) and goes to the spouse person.
  • Pressing the Option key while clicking on a family will make the family tab the active tab.

Changing the order of children in a Family

To change the order of children for a family, click the mouse on a person or family in the Tree View. Hold hold the mouse down and drag the child in the view to the new desired position within the family and release the mouse. The child is updated in the database to the new position within the family.


Changing the order of spouse in a Family

To change the order of a spouse of a person, press the Command key while clicking and holding the mouse down on a person where greater than one spouse exists for that person. Drag the family with the spouse to the new desired position for that spouse. The order of the spouse is updated in the database


Searching in a Family

Use the "Find" menu to go to an individual with a specified value in a field. The first item found will be selected in the Tree View and the person become the focal person. Using "Find next" will sequentially traverse the Tree View for the next person matching the search.