Start with Genealogy

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How do I add start with Genealogy using Gramps?

Preparation

If you never did genealogy, the best is to begin with yourself, and adding other people as they connect with you. The most important thing in genealogy is that you record how you found/deduced the information. This is needed as you want

  1. to remember in the future how you found information
  2. create trust with other researchers

So, if you begin with yourself, you are interviewing yourself, which is a primary source on the subject. From this primary source you obtain events such as birth day, baptize day, graduation, ... . The source of the events allows you to deduce a person existed, as part of a family. With this, we have our main terms for genealogy: sources, events, persons and families. Apart from these, Gramps allows you to store Notes, Places, Media (pictures, movies, documents), and Repositories.

So, let's now start with adding information into Gramps.

Create a Family Tree

As a first step, in the toolbar click on the family tree icon to open the family tree manager. Create here a new Family Tree, and click on Load to open the family tree. The window of Gramps contains of a menu, a toolbar, a left sidebar allowing you to navigate different view categories into your data, and a view area showing the data. Using the View menu, you can activate in most views a bottom pane and a right sidebar. Let's leave that for later.

Create a Source

As you start with yourself, and the source is the interview with yourself, in the left sidebar called Navigator click on the source icon. In the toolbar click on {man label|Add} (or CTRL+INSERT on the keyboard) to open the source editor.

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