Chapter 3. Usage

Table of Contents

Starting a New Database
Opening a Database
Saving Changes to Your Database
Importing Data
Exporting Data
Exporting into the GEDCOM format
Export into GRAMPS formats
Export into other formats
Entering and Editing Data: Quick Start Overview
To Add or Edit a Person
To Specify a Relationship
To Specify Parents
To Specify Children
Adding Photos and Other Media Objects
To Edit Events, Sources, Places, and Repositories
Entering and Editing Data: Complete Description
Editing Information About People
Editing Dates
Editing Information About Relationships
Editing Information About Sources
Editing Information About Places
Editing Information About Media Objects
Editing Information About Events
Editing Source References
Merging records
Using the People View
Using the Family View
Using the Pedigree View
Setting the Home Person
Using history-based tools
Bookmarking People
Finding records
Generating Reports
Substitution Values
Code Generators
Graphical Reports
Text Reports
View Reports
Web Page
Running Tools
Analysis and Exploration
Database Processing

Now we turn to a detailed exploration of the day-to-day use of GRAMPS. First, we should point out that GRAMPS often offers more than one way to do the same task. We'll try to point out some of these alternatives where appropriate.

Starting a New Database

To start a new database, choose FileNew or select the New button from the toolbar. You will then be asked to give the new database a name.

[Note]GRAMPS databases

GRAMPS stores your data in a Berkeley database, sometimes known as BSDDB. These files have ".grdb" as their default extension. The extension is automatically added to your filename.