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Switch the Parents

Switching the Parents

Sometimes you discover that the mother of a family is displayed as the father and and vice versa. This will happen when you add a husband for a woman. Both the woman ánd the husband didn't have their gender set however, so Genbox will then put her in the ‘husband’ position and him in the ‘wife’ position of the relationship.
You've corrected the gender of both individuals afterwards but that will not change these positions. This only becomes obvious though when you link children to the family. You will find mother in the father-box and father in the mother-box.

It doesn't matter what you do, it will be very difficult to persuade them to change positions. Hopefully Bill will design a "reverse parents" feature someday but untill then, you will have to do the following.


Step 1
Select the Summary-tab of ‘Wife of Family’.


Step 2
Go to Select in the menubar > choose "Mark subrecords", confirm the dialog. You will see that the events for ‘Wife of Family’ will become red.
image step 2


Step 3
Go to Data > choose "Extract Marked subrecords", confirm both dialogs. This will create a new Individual with the name ‘Extracted Individual’. ‘Wife of Family’ doesn't have any events or children or parents left. They are moved to ‘ Extracted Individual’.
image Step 3


Step 4
Go to ‘Extracted Individual’ (it's the last one in the database, you can click on the 'last record' [>|] button in the toolbar). In the Header-box of this individual, you will see ‘Extracted Individual’, in the Name-box you will see the ‘Wife of Family’.


Step 5
Select ‘Husband of Family’ in the spouse-box but do not double-click on it. Right-click instead and choose "Delete". Confirm the dialog.
image Step 5


Step 6
‘Extracted Individual’ will now have an ‘(unknown spouse)’. Double-click on it.
image Step 6


Step 7
Select ‘Wife of Family’ from the list. It will appear that you're going to link the parent to him- or herself but don't worry, you don't. Click select and confirm the dialog.
image Step 7


Step 8
Double-click on ‘Wife of Family’ in the spouse-box, she will become the focus individual.


Step 9
Select ‘Extracted Individual’ in the spouse-box but again, do not double-click on it. Right-click and choose "Delete" (see image from step 5). Confirm the dialog.


Step 10
Double-click in the now empty spouse-box and select ‘Husband of Family’ from the list, click Select and confirm the dialog (see image from step 6).
The family-events plus links to the children are now restored for both parents.


Step 11
With ‘Wife of Family’ still having the focus, go to Data > choose "Merge Individuals".
image Step 11


Step 12
Select ‘Extracted Individual’ from the List (last entry), click Select and confirm both dialogs.
image Step 12


Step 13
The parents and individual events of ‘Wife of Family’ are now restored too. Furthermore, she is now in the correct parentsbox for he children, as you can see below.
image Step 13


Step 14
The only things you need to do now is do now is some cleaning. Their might be an extra marriage-event for ‘Wife of Family’ (during my testing, in one case it was created, in another case it was not). It's the one that is "unmarked" (i.e. not red), delete it.

On the Identifier-tab, delete the extra name for ‘Wife of Family’.


Step 15
To finish this project, go to Select > choose "Unmark subrecords" for ‘Wife of Family’.


If you want to see this  in action, I have captured this tutorial as a flash-animation. It starts with creating some ‘gender-insecure’ parents which shows how the parents ended up in the wrong fields (and what you should do to prevent it)


Posted by Wim Prange on June 24, 2005 at 05:08 PM in General Use | Permalink | Comments (3) | TrackBack

Attributes and Flags

The Attributes page contains information on individual attributes. An attribute is usually a characteristic of a person that can persist over an extended period of time, such as sex, physical description, national origin, and occupation.

Individuals View - Attribute-tab

An attribute doesn’t have to be unique, an individual can have several occupations or change his or her religious affiliation. An attribute doesn’t have to have persisted over and extended period of time as well, e.g. a cause of death.

Attributes in Genbox are divided into two groups:
Text attributes have a type and a text value. Text attributes are linked to a defining event. Text attributes (from now on “attributes”) are defined in Event Templates.
Flag attributes are named check boxes. A check indicates the individual "has" the attribute identified by the flag name. Flag attributes (from now on “flags”) are defined in Data Setup.

Define a Text Attribute.

  • View > Event Templates > General tab
  • Highlight "Death"
  • Put a check in the Attribute box at the bottom middle of the Event Templates window
  • In the Detail Label field (bottom right), put "Cause of Death"
  • Close the Event Templates window
    Event Templates View - General-tab

Assign a Text Attribute to an Individual

  • Go to someone with a Death Event for whom you know cause of death
  • Go to their Events Tab and view their death event
  • Just above the Witnesses box, there is a "Cause of Death" field
  • Enter the cause of death (e.g., myocardial infarction).
  • Go to the attributes-tab, "myocardial infarction" has appeared as a cause of death.

Define a Flag Attribute

  • View > Data Setup > Individual Flags-tab
  • Enter a Tag and a Name (plus a Description if you wish). Here I have created three Cause of Death-attributes: Cardiovascular; Cancer; and Unnatural.
    Data Setup View - Individual Flags-tab

Assign a Flag to an Individual

  • Just tick the box;
  • or, in List-view: copy and paste an individual on the flagname;
  • or, in List-view: drag and drop a group of individuals on the flagname.

Flags are handy for selecting a group of individuals that have a certain characteristic in common. Suppose you know the causes of death for a lot of people and you have recorded these in the Cause of Death-attribute of the Death-event.
At one point you notice that in a certain branch, a lot of people had died of cardiovascular (heart/bloodstream) diseases. There are several diseases associated with this so everytime you need the entire “Cardio” group for some reason (e.g. a chart), you would need to do several searches to find “myocardial infarction”; “heart attack”, “congestive cardiac failure”; or “heart failure”. You could create a Saved List for this group, another approach could be to use a flag.

Find all your individuals with cardiovascular causes of death and flag them.

  • Click on the Search-icon (binoculars) on the toolbar
  • Go to the Attributes Tab
    Attribute Type = Cause of Death
    Attribute Value = *cardia*

    The * before and after cardia means “any character(s)”. In our example, this will find “myocardial infarction” and “congestive cardiac failure”
    Search Window - Attributes-tab
  • Hit Search and go to List-view
  • Select “Query Results”; right-click and choose “Copy”
  • Select “CoD – Cardiovascular” under Flags > Individuals; right-click and choose paste

    List View
  • Instead of Copy and Paste, you can also use drag and drop. Select Query Results, keep the left-button pressed, drag the Query Results to the Cardiovascular flag. When that flag is highlighted, release the mouse-button.

    List View


  • In the Paste List to Flags-dialog, choose “Merge”
  • Repeat the entire process with Attribute Value = *heart*

After you have assigned the cardio-flag to every individual who has died of some cardiovascular disease, you can use this flag for several purposes. One example is for charts, you can use this flag to define a different box-style (e.g. red boxshading).

Chart Options - Style-tab


Download this manual as pdf-file

Posted by Wim Prange on June 6, 2005 at 02:42 AM in General Use | Permalink | Comments (4) | TrackBack