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Descendant report and Family Descendant report

Both of these two reports are group together here as their differences are all on the Tree tab.

Descendant report Tree tab

Descendant Options tab

Report for: option will select the center person for this report. The currently active person will be the default person displayed.

Start with the parent(s) of the selected first will display parents of the center person if the parents are known. As such any siblings of the center person will be displayed too.

Family Descendant report Tree tab

Descendant Options tab

Report for: option will select the center family (Father and Mother) for this report. The currently active family will be the default family displayed.

Choosing Start with the parent(s) of the selected first may display two sets of parents (if the parents of both the father and mother are known). One set of parents for the father, and another set of parents for the mother of the family (ie grandparents of the children). As such, any siblings of the father will be shown with the father and any siblings with the mother will be displayed with her. So the children of the center family will see their parents, uncles and aunts and even cousins if there are any.

Tree tab

Descendant Options tab

Both of the descendant reports share these features on the Tree tab:

The number of Generations to see on the report (from the center person/family). If Start with the parent(s) of the selected first is selected, this number is effectively increased by one.

Level of spouses specifies the how deep to display spouses.

For the example:

  • Abe is a direct descendant
    • Abe has/had married Barbra and had two children
    • Abe also married Bridget and had one child
      • Bridget has/had married Carl.
        • Carl and Denise had a child.

Given the above example, this is what will be displayed for the first three Level of spouses options.

  • 0 means that only direct descendants will be shown. Nothing on the Secondary tab will be shown (Spousal information or Marriage information). For the example above, only Abe will be shown with three children directly under him
  • 1 means that only spouses of the direct descendants will be shown. For the example above, Abe will be shown with two pieces of marriage information. Under the first will be two children and one child under the second.
  • 2 means that spouses of spouses are shown. Same as 1 but Bridget will also show her other marriage. If they had any children, they would be shown too.
  • 3 means that everyone in the example above will be displayed.

Any option above 1 is very hard to read on the report without the Indent Spouses option on the Secondary tab. And last but not least is the Compress Tree option which tries to move everyone up as far as they can go (compress) and still have a readable report.

Display tab

Descendant Display tab

Display Format gives you the opportunity to change the default settings for the displayed entries (see Substitution Values). The default is:

b. $b
d. $d

And the check box Bold direct descendants can also make the report easier to read.

Secondary tab

Descendant Secondary tab

Use seperate display format for spouses allows you to have a different display for spouses. This is useful for including marriage information or just displaying spouses differently. You can set the display format in Spousal Display format(see Substitution Values). Indent spouses will offset spouses a little from each other making it easier to know who has married who. Include marriage information will display a separate box on the report for marriage information. The display for this box is set in Marriage Display format.

Replace tab

Descendant Replace tab

This allows you to put in pairs of strings separated by '/' that state what you want to replace and what you want to replace it with. Example:

The United States of America/USA
United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland/UK

Every column width is defined by the widest box in the report. So if one box happens to be a lot wider than all of the others, a lot of space will be wasted. This option allows you to remove or abbreviate parts of the string that is not needed or can be cut down so the amount of space wasted is minimal.

Print tab

Descendant Replace tab

The first two options (Scale report to fit and one page report) are better described in Page size options with tips for making nicer reports. Report title allows you to choose a title for the report.

  • None
  • Descendant
  • Family (Family descendant report only)
  • Cousin (Family descendant report only and if Start with the parent(s) of the selected first is chosen)

And this tab also includes check boxes for Print a border, Print page numbers, and Include blank pages.

Note tab

Note tab

This tab allows you to add a note to one of the corners of the report.

“$T” within the report will display the day that the report was made. Regular date formatting (see Substitution Values) applies.

Currently a note will be attached to a corner. If a person box writes over it, the note box will not move. Select another corner to see the note tab if this happens.