Events in Gramps
Here an overview of the predefined events in GRAMPS are given, with their meaning.
- 1 Events and event types
- 2 Event types available in GRAMPS
- 2.1 Adopted
- 2.2 Adult Christening
- 2.3 Alternate Marriage
- 2.4 Annulment
- 2.5 Baptism
- 2.6 Bas Mitzvah
- 2.7 Bar Mitzvah
- 2.8 Birth
- 2.9 Blessing
- 2.10 Burial
- 2.11 Cause Of Death
- 2.12 Census
- 2.13 Christening
- 2.14 Confirmation
- 2.15 Cremation
- 2.16 Death
- 2.17 Degree
- 2.18 Divorce
- 2.19 Divorce Filing
- 2.20 Education
- 2.21 Elected
- 2.22 Emigration
- 2.23 Engagement
- 2.24 First Communion
- 2.25 Graduation
- 2.26 Immigration
- 2.27 Marriage
- 2.28 Marriage Settlement
- 2.29 Marriage License
- 2.30 Marriage Contract
- 2.31 Marriage Banns
- 2.32 Medical Information
- 2.33 Military Service
- 2.34 Naturalization
- 2.35 Nobility Title
- 2.36 Number of Marriages
- 2.37 Occupation
- 2.38 Ordination
- 2.39 Probate
- 2.40 Property
- 2.41 Religion
- 2.42 Residence
- 2.43 Retirement
- 2.44 Will
- 3 Event types not available in GRAMPS
Events and event types
Events form a core concept in genealogical research. It is important therefore that the terminology and usage is consistent and well defined, so as to allow for optimal communication, translation and portability.
An "event" is an umbrella term, and is used loosely to denote a fact about an individual, an event proper that occurs in his or her life, or an attribute. As examples, every individual has a birth event, and eventually a death event. Children being born to the individual would also be events. Being childless however is an attribute or fact about that individual.
In GRAMPS you define an event as belonging to a event type. This is useful as it allows the grouping of events under a common denominator, the event type. When creating an event, you must first select the event type. This can be any of the predefined events, or you can create a custom event just by typing a name.
Let us first provide an overview of the predefined events types available in GRAMPS, and then later mention event types that are not in that list.
Event types available in GRAMPS
This type is for events related to childhood adoption. Typically the event is added to the individual being adopted, with this person playing the primary role. Administrators, civil servants and parents can be added to the event with different event roles
On adding the person to the family he is adopted into, one should also set his relationship with his adoptive parents to adopted. This doubles the event information somewhat, but is used in some reports.
The religious event (not LDS) of baptizing and/or naming an adult person
Declaring a marriage void from the beginning (never existed)
The event of baptism (not LDS), performed in infancy or later
The ceremonial event held when a Jewish girl reaches age 13, also known as "Bat Mitzvah"
The ceremonial event held when a Jewish boy reaches age 13
The event of entering into life
A religious event of bestowing divine care or intercession. Sometimes given in connection with a naming ceremony
The event of the proper disposing of the mortal remains of a deceased person
Cause Of Death
A description of the cause of death
The event of the periodic count of the population for a designated locality, such as a national or state Census
The act of baptizing and/or naming a child
The religious event (not LDS) of conferring the gift of the Holy Ghost and, among protestants, full church membership
Disposal of the remains of a person's body by fire
The event when mortal life terminates
An event of dissolving a marriage through civil action
An event of filing for a divorce by a spouse
Indicator of a level of education attained
An event of leaving one's homeland with the intent of residing elsewhere
An event of recording or announcing an agreement between two people to become married
A religious rite, the first act of sharing in the Lord's supper as part of church worship
An event of awarding educational diplomas or degrees to individuals
An event of entering into a new locality with the intent of residing there
You should hence use this event typically as the 'official' starting event of the family unit in GRAMPS, that is, use it as a family event, with event role family.
To indicate an offical end of a marriage event, on should use the Divorce event.
An event of creating an agreement between two people contemplating marriage, at which time they agree to release or modify property rights that would otherwise arise from the marriage
An event of obtaining a legal license to marry
An event of recording a formal agreement of marriage, including the prenuptial agreement in which marriage partners reach agreement about the property rights of one or both, securing property to their children
An event of an official public notice given that two people intend to marry
Number of Marriages
Event types not available in GRAMPS
The documents pertaining to these lotteries form an useful source of genealogical information, as all boys of a certain age were required to participate.
This event type should be used for all the events/attributes relating to a Draft Lottery, for example:
a) the lottery itself. This is associated with a place, and a specific date.
b) legal documents relating to the lottery. Boys from rich families who were selected to join the army by the lottery process frequently paid commoners to take their place. Legal contracts were drafted for this.
c) desertion documents concerning the lottery. Many selected individuals emigrated abroad so as to avoid their draft, with the consequence that they were recorded as deserters in their home country. In genealogical research this event can prove very difficult to trace, as deserters often changed their name to evade detection.