Gramps 4.2 Wiki Manual - Categories

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Genealogical information is very broad and can be extremely detailed. Displaying it poses a challenge that Gramps takes on by dividing and organizing the information into a series of Categories, each with their own Views. Each View displays a portion of the total information, selected according to a particular category. This will become clearer as we explore the different Categories.

Contents

Categories of the Navigator

The different Categories of the Navigator: The navigator is located at the left of the window and allows selection of the different categories.

  • Gramplets Dashboard: Displays different general purpose Gramplets, small widgets that can help in your genealogical research.
  • People People: Displays the people in the family tree without their connections. This Category contains the PeopleListView and the PeopleTreeView.
  • Relationships Relationships: Shows the relationships between the Active Person and other people in a textual way. This includes parents, spouses, and children.
  • Family Families: Shows the families in the family tree.
  • Ancestry Charts: Displays graphical trees for the selected person.
  • Events Events: Displays the events in the family tree.
  • Places Places: Displays the places in the family tree.
  • Geography Geography: Displays data of your family tree on a map.
  • Sources (v3.4.x) Sources: Displays the sources in the family tree.
  • Citations Citations: Displays the citations in the family tree.
  • Repositories Repositories: Displays the repositories in the family tree.
  • Media Media: Displays the media objects in the family tree.
  • Notes Notes: Displays the notes in the family tree.

The categories can contain several ways of presenting the data. Each specific way is called a View. For example:

  • Categories
    • View (1)
    • View (2)

For each category you have a number of ways to switch between Views:

  1. by selecting the relevant icon from the toolbar
  2. from the menu View > ...
  3. Via keyboard shortcuts See the shortcuts for Changes the view to view number 0/1/2/../9 in this view category

The following sections provide a brief description of each category and the view's within.

Dashboard Category

Fig. 4.1 Dashboard Category view

This contains the Gramplets Dashboard, which shows a number of widgets, called Gramplets, that can help you in your research. Two Gramplets are shown by default on start-up (the Welcome and Top Surname Gramplets). By right-clicking on the Gramplet View, a popup menu is shown that list the possible Gramplets you may add and use.

  • Age Stats Gramplet - list age span statistics in a number of graphs
  • Age on Date Gramplet - list the people alive and their ages on a particular date
  • Calendar Gramplet - see people's events on a particular date, or in a month in the past
  • FAQ
  • Given Name Cloud Gramplet - most popular given names
  • Quick View - run a Quick View on the current person
  • Records Gramplet - see world's records of your data
  • Session Log Gramplet - keep track of what you have done, and what records you have visited
  • SoundEx Generator
  • Statistics Gramplet - see stats on the database
  • Surname Cloud Gramplet - most popular surnames as a "text cloud"
  • To Do Gramplet - a notepad to keep tabs on your research
  • Top Surnames Gramplet - top 10 most popular surnames
  • Welcome Gramplet - a Gramps welcome message
  • What's Next Gramplet - what needs to be done next

In addition, there are a number of Third party Gramplets that you can easily install and use. These include:

  • Headline News Gramplet - current, breaking news from Gramps
  • Data Entry Gramplet - edit active person's name, birth date and place, death date and place, and add people
  • Python Gramplet - a Python shell
  • FAQ Gramplet - frequently asked questions
  • Note Gramplet - see and edit active person's primary Person Note

and many others. See Third-party Addons for more details.

For more detailed information on using the installed Gramplets, see Gramplets.

People Category

In the People Category the People List view or Grouped People(default) views display a list of all people in the database. From this view, you may add, edit, remove, or merge people. Each view (List or Grouped) display several columns of information about each person by default the following columns are shown Name, ID, Gender, Birth Date, Death Date and by configuring the active view you may show/hide or change the order of additional columns from the following selection Birth Place, Death Place, Spouse, Number of Parents, Number of Marriages, Number of Children, Number of To Do Notes, Private, Tags, Last Changed.

See also

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For Information displayed in the columns

Some of the column selection types require that the event being shown has the Role type of Primary eg Birth and Death Dates. This is set via the Event Reference Editor dialog's General tab.


Tree View - Grouped People

Fig. 4.2 People Category - Tree View - Grouped People

People are grouped according to their family names. To the left of each family name is typically either an arrow or some other type of indicator (eg: +). Clicking it once will reveal the entire list of people sharing that name. Clicking the indicator again will "roll up" the list and show only the family name.

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Configure the view limitation

For the Group view the first column "Name" cannot be changed as the view is based on showing grouped surnames.


Tree View - People List View

Fig. 4.3 People Category - Tree View - People List View

List of all the people in the database, sorted by first column which by default is the Name column.


People Category Bottombar tabs

Both Tree Views (Grouped People/People List View) share the following Bottombar tabs.

Details

See Details Gramplet

Gallery

See Gallery Gramplet

Events

See Events Gramplet

Children

See Children Gramplet

Citations

See Citations Gramplet

Notes

See Notes Gramplet

Attributes

See Attributes Gramplet

References

See References Gramplet

People Category Sidebar tabs

Both Tree Views (Grouped People/People List View) share the following Sidebar tab by default.

Filter

See Filter Gramplet

Relationships Category

Fig. 4.4 Relationships Category view

The Relationships Category shows the default Relationships Category view which displays all the relationships of the Active Person (the selected person). Specifically, it shows the parents, siblings, spouses, and children of that person.

The Relationships Category is designed to allow for quick navigation. You can quickly change the Active Person simply by clicking the name of any person listed on the page. Each name is actually a hypertext link, similar to a web page.

The name of the Active Person is in bold style. Other names are shown either with or without bold and italic emphasis depending on whether certain relationships exist for the named person. For a person listed as a parent or spouse of the Active Person, the name is emphasized if that person has a parent family. For a person listed as a sibling or child of the Active Person, the name is emphasized if that person has children.

Dates are normally in regular style, and in italic style if the displayed event is a fallback event, i.e., a substitute event for another missing event. That may be christening event for birth event, burial event for death event, etc.

Relationships Category view

For the Relationships Category views via the menu or toolbar you may select:

  • Edit>Edit... or the Edit the active person icon - opens the Person Edit dialog
  • Edit>Add New Parents... or the Add a new set of parents icon - to create a new family with the Active Person listed as a child.
  • Edit>Add Existing Parents... or the Add person as child to and existing family icon - which opens the Select Family selector allowing you to choose from a list of existing families, and then add the person as a child to that family.
  • Edit>Add Partner... or the Add a new family with person as parent icon -
  • Edit>Reorder... or the Change order of parents families icon - to open the Reorder Relationships dialog

The following sections are available:

Active Person

  • At the top of the screen, name, ID, birth, and death information, as well as the calculated age of the Active Person is displayed.
  • On the right hand side a photo of the person if available, will be shown. This photo shows the first image available in the Gallery tab of this person (if any exist). You can click on the photo to open it in the default picture viewer.
  • Next to the person's name is a symbol indicating gender, and an Gramps-notes.pngEdit button. Clicking the Gramps-notes.pngEdit button will allow you to edit all of the person's individual information in the Edit Person dialog.

Parents

The Parents section, displays the families in which the person is a child. Since it is possible for a person to have multiple sets of parents, it is possible to have several Parents sections.

You may edit an existing parents by selecting the Gramps-notes.pngEdit button next to the parents. If you select the - button next to a set of parents, then the Active Person will be removed as a child from the parents. This button does not delete the parents' relationship.

See the Configure Relationships section to configure what details to show or hide etc...

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Warning

If you are not careful, it is possible to create multiple families with the same parents. This is rarely what the user wants to do. If you attempt to add a new family that has the same parents as an existing family, Gramps will issue a warning dialog. If you get this dialog, you should probably Cancel the edit, and then use the Select button to select the existing family.

Select Family selector
Fig. 4.5 Select Family - selector

The Select Family selector dialog allows you to link to an already existing Family.

You may use the Find button to filter the list based on one of the options from the drop down list:

  • ID contains (default)
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Siblings

The Sibling section show the active persons brothers and sisters.



Family

Similar to the Parents section is the Family section, which displays families where the Active Person is a parent. Because it is possible to have multiple families, it is possible to have multiple Family sections. Each family section displays the spouse and any children.

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Spouse

We use the term spouse for sake of simplicity. However, please note that spouse may in fact be a domestic partner, a partner in a civil union, or various other similar relationships between two people. Spouse relationships are not required to be only between a male and female.

You may add a family by selecting the Add Spouse button in the toolbar. This will create a new family with the Active Person listed as a father or mother.

Selecting the Gramps-notes.pngEdit button next to the spouse will allow you to edit the displayed family. Clicking the - button will remove the person from the displayed family.


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Removing a person from a family

Removing a person from a family does not delete the family. The person is removed as the father or mother, and any other relationships in the family continue to exist.

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Note

We use the terms father and mother for the sake of simplicity. Even if there are no children in a family, the father and mother terminology is still used. In the case of male/male or female/female relationships, the father and mother labels should be considered to be convenience labels.


Select the Change order of parents families button to display the Reorder Relationships dialog that will allow you to reorder the families.

Reorder Relationships dialog

Select either the menu Edit > Reorder or the Change order of parents families icon button to display the Reorder Relationships dialog that will allow you to reorder the families. This option will only be enabled if more than one set of parents or more than one set of spouses exists for the Active Person.

Fig. 4.6 Reorder Relationships


Children

The Active persons children.

Configuration

Fig. 4.7 Configure Relationships Category - Content (tab)

You can control how much information is displayed by using the View -> Configure... menu or click on the toolbar Configure the active view... button.

The following options are available:

  • On the Content tab
    • Show Details (checkbox checked by default) show or hide the birth and death information (All except the Active person)
    • Show Siblings (checkbox checked by default) show or hide siblings.
  • On the Layout tab
    • Use shading (checkbox checked by default)
    • Display edit buttons (checkbox checked by default) - show or hide the Gramps-notes.pngEdit button shown next to each person.
    • View links as website links (checkbox unchecked by default)


Relationships Category Bottombar tabs

The Relationships Category view by default displays no Gramplets in the Bottombar tab. You may add them as required.

Relationships Category Sidebar tabs

The Relationships Category view by default displays no Gramplets in the Sidebar tab. You may add them as required.

Families Category

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Remove button

Unlike the Relationships Category, clicking the Remove button in this view will remove the family from the database. All people will remain, but all relationships between the people in the family will be removed.

Fig. 4.8 Families Category - (List) View

In the Families Category the Families List view displays a list of all families in the database(see Fig. 4.8). From this view, you may Add a new Family, Edit the selected family, Delete the selected family, Merge the selected (2) families from the list, or Tag the selected rows. The default display lists the ID, Father, Mother, Relationship and Marriage Date. If you configure the active view you can, hide existing columns, show additional columns like Private, Tags, Last Changed, or rearrange the column order.

If you can also right-click on a family and from the context menu, select "Make Mother Active Person" or "Make Father Active Person"

See also

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Children cannot be displayed on the screen in this list view.

The children can be viewed in the associated Children tab in the bottombar or sidebar and Family Editor's Children tab.


Families Category Bottombar tabs

The Families Category shows the following Bottombar tabs as default.

Gallery

See Gallery Gramplet

Events

See Events Gramplet

Children

See Children Gramplet

Citations

See Citations Gramplet

Notes

See Notes Gramplet

Attributes

See Attributes Gramplet

References

See References Gramplet

Families Category Sidebar tabs

The Families Category shows the following Sidebar tabs as default.

Filter

See Filter Gramplet

Charts Category

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Want more Chart Views?

Installation of additional downloadable addons contain extra views. See Third-party Addons


The Charts Category shows several graphical representations of the ancestry or descendants of the active person.

By default Gramps shows the Pedigree View. With the Fan Chart View and Descendant Fan chart View being selectable from the toolbar or menu via View > Name of Chart View

Pedigree View

Fig. 4.9 Pedigree view 1 (Default) horizontal to right
Fig. 4.10 Pedigree view 2 - horizontal to left
Fig. 4.11 Pedigree view 3 - vertical and up
Fig. 4.12 Pedigree view 4 - vertical and down
Fig. 4.13 Configure Pedigree view layout
Fig. 4.14 Children menu

The Pedigree View shows up to five generations, depending on the size of the window. Each person is indicated by a box labeled with his or her name, birth information (indicated by an asterisk * sign), death information (indicated by a plus + sign), a black stripe across the top left corner of the box if the person is deceased (or determined by Gramps to be no longer alive) and optionally an image if available. Two lines branch from each box. The top one shows the person's father and the bottom one the mother. Solid lines represent birth relations, while dashed lines represent non-birth relations such as adoption, step-parenthood, guardianship, etc.

To the left of the Active Person is a left arrow button. If the Active Person has children, clicking this button expands a list of the Active Person's children. Selecting one of the children makes that child the Active Person.

The appearance of the children's names in the menu differentiates the dead ends of the tree from the continuing branches.

Children who have children themselves appear in the menu in the boldface and italic type, while children without children (dead ends) appear in a regular font. If the Active Person has only one child, no menu will be displayed (since there is only one choice) and the child will become the Active Person when the arrow button is clicked.

The right-hand side of the window shows two right arrow buttons. When the top button is clicked, the Father of the Active Person becomes the Active Person. When the bottom button is clicked, the Mother of the Active Person becomes the Active Person.

Fig. 4.15 Personal context menu

Right-clicking on any person's box in the Pedigree View will bring up the "context menu".

Among other useful items, the context menu has sub-menus listing Spouses , Siblings , Children , and Parents of that person.

"Greyed-out" sub-menus indicate the absence of the data in the appropriate category. Similar to the children menu above, Childrens' and Parents' menus distinguish continuing lines from dead ends.

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Screencasts

You can see videos for adding or editing a family (parents, children, siblings) from Pedigree View. Both videos show Gramps 3.2.5 so the current version of Gramps may be slightly different.



Fan Chart View

Fig. 4.16 Fan Chart View - full circle

This view shows the ancestry but as a pie chart. Clicking on a name in the chart will double the section of the pie allocated to that person. A second click brings the chart back to the original form. Right click brings up a context menu like in the pedigree view, allowing to navigate to other people.

This view enables to see large ancestries in a more compact manner, and to see very quickly which parts of an ancestry need further research.

You can rotate the view by click and drag outside the fan chart. You can move the view by click and drag inside the inner (white) region.

  1. The view can be a circle, a halfcircle or a quadrant of a circle. The last are always attached to the bottom or side of the view
  2. Children of the center person are shown with a nice children ring at the center
  3. Drag and drop people to the center to change the active person
  4. Color options
  1. Colors of the boxes based on the age of the people
  2. Colors of the boxes depending on the time period the person lived in
  3. White, classic, gender based, and user defined colors
  1. Filtering: use the person filter in the sidebar to quickly obtain insight in the people shown. For example: which people have birth events, who has the attribute blue eyes, ... . Filtered results have bold font, the ones that don’t satisfy the filter are shown transparent
  2. Show up to 11 generations in the view.
  3. Print the view from the toolbar. The view as you see it (after rotating, expanding, changing color) can via the print button be printed or saved as svg (to edit further in Inkscape and view in eg Firefox), pdf or ps.
  4. The font used can be selected and becomes automatically smaller to fit the boxes. On a dark color, the font is white, otherwise black

To understand all, watch the screencast


Descendant Fan View

Fig. 4.17 Descendant Fan Chart View - full circle
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Charts Category Bottombar tabs

The Charts Category by default displays no Gramplets in the Bottombar tab. You may add them as required.

Charts Category Sidebar tabs

The Charts Category shows the following Sidebar tabs.

Filter

Only the Fan Chart View and Descendant Fan View have a Filter shown by default.

See Filter Gramplet

Events Category

Fig. 4.18 Events Category View - sidebar and bottombar hidden

The Events View lists the all the events recorded in the database. Events can be shared between multiple people and multiple families.

See also:


Events View

From the Events View list the following columns are available for display: Description , ID , Type , Main Participants , Date , Place and Last Changed.

The default view displays the Description , ID , Type , Date and Place of the event. The Column Editor dialog can be used to add, remove and rearrange the displayed columns. This can be accessed from the Configure View... button on the toolbar.

The list of Events can be sorted in the usual manner, by clicking on the column heading. Clicking once sorts in ascending order, clicking again sorts in descending order.

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Use meaningful event descriptions

Because events can be shared, you should take the extra time to give each event a unique and meaningful description. This will help you find the correct event when you share events.


Events Category Bottombar tabs

The Events Category shows the following Bottombar tabs.

Gallery

See Gallery Gramplet

Citations

See Citations Gramplet

Notes

See Notes Gramplet

Attributes

See Attributes Gramplet

References

See References Gramplet

Events Category Sidebar tabs

The Events Category shows the following Sidebar tabs.

Filter

See Filter Gramplet

Places Category

The Places Category holds two views that show places grouped or ungrouped. Each view lists the geographical places in which the events of the database took place. These could be places of birth, death, and marriages of people, as well as their home, employment, education addresses, or any other conceivable reference to the geographical location. The Places View lists the places' Name , Title , ID , Type , Code , Latitude , Longitude , Private , Tags , and Last Changed . All of these columns can be used for sorting by clicking on a column heading.

Clicking once sorts in ascending order, clicking again sorts in descending order. The Column Editor dialog may be used to add, remove and rearrange the displayed columns.

Places List View

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Fig. 4.19 Places Category - Place (List) View - sidebar and bottombar hidden

The Place List View on the other hand just shows all the places in one long list.

Places Tree View

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Fig. 4.20 Places Tree View

The Place Tree View groups the places in a hierarchy: country, county, ... .


Map Service

If a place has been highlighted, you may select the Attempt to see selected locations with a Map Service (OpenstreetMap, Google Maps, ... button to attempt to display the place in a web browser.

Your default web browser should open, attempting to use either the longitude and latitude coordinates or the place name to display the location using the Maps provider web site. Different map services might have different requirements for the location description.

From the Select a Map Service drop down list you can choose the map service you want to use from the following three options:

  • EniroMaps - Valid for places within Sweden and Denmark, only if longitude and latitude are available, otherwise uses city and country, or uses description of the place.
  • GoogleMaps - Uses longitude and latitude coordinates if present, otherwise uses city and country, or uses description of the place.
  • OpenStreetMap(default) - Uses longitude and latitude coordinates if present, otherwise uses city and country, or uses description of the place.
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This feature is limited

And may not always produce the results you desire.


Places Category Bottombar tabs

The Places Category shows the following Bottombar tabs.

Details

See Details Gramplet

Location

See Locations Gramplet

Gallery

See Gallery Gramplet

Events

See Events Gramplet

Citations

See Citations Gramplet

Notes

See Notes Gramplet

References

See References Gramplet

Places Category Sidebar tabs

The Places Category shows the following Sidebar tabs.

Filter

See Filter Gramplet

Geography Category

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Note

The Geography category is only present if the prerequisite program OsmGpsMap is present that Gramps can use.


Fig. 4.21 Geography Category - "All known Places" View - sidebar and bottombar hidden

The Geography Category shows place event data visually on a map. It contains many Geographic Views, which allows you to see the people and their events placed on a map via an internet map provider (OpenStreetMap, Google maps ...).

The following Geographic Views are available:

  • Show all places in your family tree
  • Show all places connected to the active person
  • Show all places connected to the active family
  • Show all places connected to all events
  • Show all places connected to a filtered selection of events
  • Show if two people have been able to meet
  • Show if two families have been able to meet
  • Show all displacements or moves for one person and their descendants

These views are accessible via the buttons on the toolbar. To filter on places or events, activate the filter sidebar via the menu View->Filter Sidebar

To have these Geographic views work correctly, you need:

  • To have events related to places.
  • These places must have coordinates : latitude and longitude.
  • If one place has no coordinates, it will never appear on the map.
  • If you have an active internet connection, for all moves on the map, all zoom ... all tile maps are saved.
    • When you are without an internet connection, all tile maps are cached from the previous session and can be used.
    • So, the map can be used without an internet connection and all already visited places can be shown again.
    • The only thing to do is for each place or area you want to use without an internet connection is to select them, zoom into these places. You'll be able to use them again without connection.
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BE CAREFUL

it can takes gigabytes. If you use several maps, you need to have this same gigabytes size multiply by the number of map used.

The different views

All known places for one person
Fig. 4.22 The person

This view show all places visited by one person during that persons life.

This view is not connected to filters. It only depend on the active person and the history.

If you want to use the animate functionality, click on the right button of the mouse. You'll get a popup menu. From the menu popup, you can select 'animate' to see the life way of the current person:

If the active person has several related events, you can see a virtual move between those markers. The move is related to years or distance and can be modified in the person map preferences. If the distance between to markers is greater than a value in tenth of degree, we show moves depending on distance instead of years. In these case, the number of steps between these two markers can be modified. You can modify the animation speed between steps. The moves start at the first event year until the last event year.

Fig. 4.23 The animation

In the configuration menu The animation parameters tab, you can change the following:

  1. A slider to set the Animation speed in milliseconds(big value means slower:) (default: 100)
  2. A slider to set the How many steps between two markers when we are on large move?: (default: 20)
  3. A slider to set the The minimum latitude/longitude to select large move. The value is in tenth of degree. (default: 5)


All known places for one person with graphical information (KML files)
Fig. 4.24 One person with 3 KML files

If you added KML files in the media tab for one event, this view will show one path or one surface for each KML file.

In the following example, you see 3 KML files :

  • The farm for the birth of this person.
  • The path used to go to school (school event).
  • The limits of the parish or municipality (baptism event).
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Keyhole Markup Language


All known places for one family
Fig. 4.25 The family

This view show all places visited by all family members during their lives.

This view is not connected to filters. It only depend on the active family and the history.

You have no extra option in the configuration menu.

Have they been able to meet ?
Fig. 4.26 Persons meeting?

This view is used to show if two persons were able to meet during their life.

You must select one reference person :

  1. From the menu popup : Choose the reference person
  2. From the toolbar

When the reference person is active, you'll see its life way. For each known place with coordinates, you'll see a circle or an oval depending on the longitude.

The circle radius can be tuned in the configuration view. This value is defined in tenth of degree.

Fig. 4.27 The selection


Have these two families been able to meet ?
Fig. 4.28 Families meeting?

This view is used to show if two families were able to meet during their life.

You must select one reference family :

  1. From the menu popup : Choose the reference family
  2. From the toolbar

When the reference family is active, you'll see all its member's life way. For each known place with coordinates, you'll see a circle or an oval depending on the longitude.

The circle radius can be tuned in the configuration view. This value is defined in tenth of degree.

Fig. 4.29 The selection


All displacements for one person and their descendants
Fig. 4.30 Moves

This view is used to show all descendant's life ways.

They are displayed by generation. You can change the delay between the generation display in the view configuration.

This view is not connected to filters. It only depend on the active person and the history.

In the configuration menu for The parameters for moves tab, you can change:

  1. A slider to set The maximum number of generations. to show. (default: 20)
  2. A slider to set the Time in milliseconds between drawing two generations. (default: 500)
Fig. 4.31 Parameters for moves


All places related to events
Fig. 4.32 Events

This view is used to show all places related to events. It can take some time to show when we have many events.

from 4.2.2, for performances reason, by default, the view show only the place related to the events history or the filtered events. If you really want to see all events, you need to select the popup menu from the right button and select "show all events".

You have no extra option in the configuration menu.

All known places
Fig. 4.33 Places

This view show all places with coordinates in the database.

from 4.2.2, for performances reason, by default, the view show only the place related to the places history or the filtered places. If you really want to see all places, you need to select the popup menu from the right button and select "show all places".

You have no extra option in the configuration menu.

Usage

The configuration

Via the toolbar Configure View... button (or via the menu View)

All views
Fig. 4.34 The map

On the The map tab

  1. Where to save the tiles of the tiles for offline mode. (default is $HOME/.gramps/maps). If required you can change the directory where map tile files are stored on your computer. Be careful, it can take several gigabytes, and if on a metered internet connection may result in a monetary cost to you..
  2. A slider for Zoom used when centering: (default: 12). The zoom level for when we center the map or when we select one marker. Every time the Geographic View redraws the map, this zoomlevel will be used.
  3. A slider for The maximum number of places to show: (default: 5000). Reducing this number for faster map drawing but with less life ways.
  4. Use keypad for shortcuts: Either we choose the + and - from the keypad if we select this or we use the characters from the keyboard. - checkbox selected by default.


Specific views

See the description of the view.

How to zoom and move around the map ?

Zoom in and Zoom out the map

To zoom, you can use :

  1. The +/- buttons on the top left of the map
  2. The scroll mouse.
  3. The "+" or "-" key on the keypad (default).

You can replace the numeric keypad by the alpha numeric keyboard in the configuration view.

Move around the map

To move around the map, you can :

  1. Click on the map, then drag it.
  2. Use the arrows.

The mouse actions on the map

The right button below is for one right handed person. This will be the left button for one left handed person.

button 1 ( left button )

You have two usages for the button 1 :

  1. The marker selection.
  2. Valid the region selection
button 2 ( middle button )

The only usage for this button is to select an area on the map.

  1. when pressed : start the region selection
  2. when released, end the region selection.

You must use the button 1 to validate the selected region when finished.

button 3 ( right button )

Only one usage for this button.

  1. show the menu popup.
The mouse over a marker

When the mouse is placed over one marker, we display the place name in the status bar.

The menu popup

From this menu, you have the following functions available for views :

  1. hide or show the crosshair
  2. lock or unlock the zoom
  3. change the default map (provider)
  4. add a place and link a place at the mouse position
  5. add a place from kml file
  6. center the map at the mouse position.
  7. center the map depending on a place from sub menu.
  8. remove all tiles already uploaded for the current provider
  9. "show all places" or "show all events" for the "all known places" view or "all places related to events" view.

Click on a marker

We have two cases :

  1. events : For each event, we can edit this event or center the map on this place.
  2. places : For each place, we can edit this place or center the map on this place.

When centering the map, the zoom used is defined in the geography preferences.

We may have several markers in the click area depending on the zoom. In this case, We show for each marker all related events and/or places. We obtain a mix between the two cases described above.

Adding or Linking to a place

For this, click on the right button of the mouse, you'll get a popup menu. In this menu, you can select Add place or Link place

When you add a place or try to link a place to the position of the mouse, you'll get a place selection in a region. You'll see on the map a circle in which you may choose markers place names. You can adjust the circle size with the cursor. Depending on the diameter of this circle, a list is created. If the place has already some filled fields, you'll see these values in a green color row. If you agree, you double click on this row. if you don't agree, you can choose another row.

Another way to set latitude and longitude :

Adding places from KML files

For this, click on the right button of the mouse, you'll get a popup menu. In this menu, you can select Add place from KML

You will get a file chooser. Select the file you want to add. If you have several places in the same KML file, you will get one place editor for each place. Be careful.

How to change the map provider ?

Several map providers are available in Gramps.

Click on the right button of the mouse, you'll get a popup menu.

In the bottom of this menu, you can select a new provider.

The following providers are available :

  1. OpenStreetMap (default) : The advantage of OpenStreetMap is that it is a free project, so you can update the maps yourself with missing information via their website.
  2. Maps For Free
  3. OpenCycleMap
  4. Public Transport
  5. Google street
  6. Google sat
  7. Google hybrid
  8. Virtualearth street
  9. Virtualearth sat
  10. Virtualearth hybrid
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Some maps are not free, please read the map provider Terms of Service :

Google street, Google sat, Google hybrid, Virtualearth street, Virtualearth sat, and Virtualearth hybrid

Note that Virtualearth is now Bing maps


Can we change the marker's color ?

We can't do that. The marker's colors are hard coded in Gramps.

The colors are green for the following renderers:

  • Openstreetmap
  • Maps for free
  • Opencyclemap and Public transport.

All other marker renderers are red.

How to get/remove the crosshair ?

It can be useful to have the crosshair visible to see the center of the map. This functionality is available with the right button of the mouse. you'll get a popup menu. Select Add or Remove cross hair. This is useful to add or link places to the correct latitude-longitude coordinates

How to lock/unlock the map ?

When we change the map ( person to family, ... ), the zoom is recalculated. It can be useful in some case to keep the same zoom and position when we change the map provider. For this, click on the right button of the mouse, you'll get a popup menu. In this menu, you can select lock or unlock zoom and position.

Prerequisites to see the geography view

For Gramps 4.x, you need to install osmgpsmap version 1.0 and above and the associated gir package.

For example on ubuntu, you must have: gir1.2-osmgpsmap-1.0 and libosmgpsmap-1.0-0

Possible problems

  1. No view : do you have osmgpsmap installed ? (gramps -v from the command line may help you)
  2. No tiles : do you have an internet connection active ?
  3. No tiles for one provider : if other providers are OK, file a bug
  4. Missing tiles : you have no internet connection and it's the first time you try to show the current place.
  5. Missing tiles : this can be the same as no tiles for one provider if they modify the access rules (i.e user-agent)
  6. Other : Report a bug

Geography Category Bottombar tabs

The Geography Category by default displays no Gramplets in the Bottombar tab. You may add them as required.


Geography Category Sidebar tabs

The Geography Category shows the following Sidebar tabs.


Filter

The filter type may change depending on the view selected.

See Filter Gramplet

Sources Category

The Sources Category shows two views (Citation Tree View and Sources List View) that list the sources of certain information stored in the database.

Sources can include various documents (birth, death, and marriage certificates, etc.), books, films, journals, private diaries, - nearly anything that can provide genealogical evidence. Gramps gives you the option to provide a citation to a source for each event you record (births, deaths, marriages, etc.). The Sources View lists the Title , ID , and Author of the source, as well as any Publication information that may be associated with it.

The list of Sources can be sorted by clicking on a column heading.

Clicking once sorts in ascending order, clicking again sorts in descending order. The Column Editor dialog can be used to add, remove and rearrange the displayed columns.

Citation Tree View

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Fig. 4.35 Sources Category - Citation Tree - View - sidebar and bottombar hidden

The default (Citation Tree View) shows all the sources, and for each it allows the user to see the Citations associated with that source by clicking on the disclosure triangle.

Sources List View

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Fig. 4.36 Sources Category - (List) View - sidebar and bottombar hidden

The alternative view only shows the Sources.

Sources Category Bottombar tabs

The Sources Category shows the following Bottombar tabs.

Gallery

See Gallery Gramplet

Notes

See Notes Gramplet

References

See References Gramplet

Sources Category Sidebar tabs

The Sources Category shows the following Sidebar tabs.

Filter

See Filter Gramplet

Citations Category

The Citations Category shows the Citation list View that show the citations for certain information stored in the family tree.

Citations specify which parts of a source are relevant to the information in the database. For example, a Source may be a book, and the citation may be a particular page in the book. Gramps gives you the option to provide a citation for each event you record (births, deaths, marriages, etc.).


Citations List View

Fig. 4.37 Citations Category - (List) View - sidebar and bottombar hidden

The Citations List View shows the Volume/Page , ID , and Date of the citation, as well as any Confidence in the evidence.

The list of Citations can be sorted by clicking on a column heading.

Clicking once sorts in ascending order, clicking again sorts in descending order. The Column Editor dialog can be used to add, remove and rearrange the displayed columns.


Citations Category Bottombar tabs

The Citations Category shows the following Bottombar tabs.

Gallery

See Gallery Gramplet

Notes

See Notes Gramplet

References

See References Gramplet

Citations Category Sidebar tabs

The Citations Category shows the following Sidebar tabs.

Filter

See Filter Gramplet

Repositories Category

The Repositories Category shows the Repository List View. A repository can be thought of as a collection of sources. Each source in the family tree may be a reference to a repository (such as a library) in which it belongs.


Repository List View

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Fig. 4.38 Repositories view


Repository Category Bottombar tabs

The Repository Category shows the following Bottombar tabs.

Details

See Details Gramplet

Notes

See Notes Gramplet

References

See References Gramplet

Repository Category Sidebar tabs

The Repository Category shows the following Sidebar tabs.

Filter

See Filter Gramplet

Media Category

The Media Category shows the Media List View, which list the Media Objects stored in the family tree.

Media Objects are technically any files that relate somehow to the stored genealogical data.

Most frequently, these are images, audio files, animation files, etc.

Media List View

Fig. 4.39 Media Category - (List) View - sidebar hidden

The Media List View shows the following columns for the list Name , ID , Type, Path and Date of the Media Object.

The Column Editor dialog may be used to rearrange the displayed columns, which obey usual sorting rules.

Media Category Bottombar tabs

The Media Category shows the following Bottombar tabs.

Preview

In the "Preview" tab you can double click on the media/photo to open it in the default picture viewer.

See Preview Gramplet

Citations

See Citations Gramplet

Notes

See Notes Gramplet

Attributes

See Attributes Gramplet

Image Metadata

See Image Metadata Gramplet

References

See References Gramplet

Media Category Sidebar tabs

The Media Category shows the following Sidebar tabs.

Filter

See Filter Gramplet

Notes Category

Fig. 4.40 Notes view

The Notes Category shows the Notes List View, which list text note (either pure text or preformated), as stored in the other objects.

Notes List View

The Notes List View shows a list of text notes.

The functionality of the notes View is similar to the other views. The view lists all Notes stored in the Family Tree.

Using the menu View ->Configure View... you open the Column Editor and you can change the displayed columns. The possibilities are Preview, ID, Type, Private, Tags and Last Changed.

The Type can be (amongst others): Event Note, Address Note,Source text, Place Note

Double-clicking on a Note in the list will bring up a window where you can edit the Note. You can change fonts, font color and background color. A spellchecker is available for English and your local language.

Notes Category Bottombar tabs

The Notes Category shows the following Bottombar tabs.

References

See References Gramplet

Notes Category Sidebar tabs

The Notes Category shows the following Sidebar tabs.

Filter

See Filter Gramplet

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