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ENGLISH / Tree appears sideways
« on: February 03, 2020, 15:07:59 »
For the first time in two years using Ancestris my family tree now appears sideways. I don't know what button I pressed and nothing I do will make it appear in the traditional top down format.

ENGLISH / Updating Ancestris
« on: January 04, 2020, 15:38:12 »
I have version 0.9 installed. I choose update and it seemed to complete successfully but when i close and reopen it still show 0.9 not 10.0 ...

ENGLISH / Not appearing in the tree
« on: October 02, 2019, 10:13:33 »
I have just started a new tree, add the parents of the first individual and then from them started adding other children. As you can see from the box on the right these children have seen recorded but somehow they do not appear on the tree on the left! What is going on?

ENGLISH / "This is probably you!"
« on: June 03, 2019, 16:41:00 »
Just a very small quibble but whenever you start a new genealogy you get a prompt for the first person and it always says "this is probably you".

No, I have to say that out of a dozen trees I have made this is the case in only two. I am sure this is the case with other people. One's does trees of different individuals one is related to or even of families that are historical and not connected to me personally. Only a few of my trees are centred on me.

Might be worth changing but it is a tiny quibble ...

ENGLISH / It is getting impossible to use Ancestris
« on: March 19, 2019, 12:07:26 »

I have been using Ancestris for about a year on a Linux system and am generally happy. However, I recently upgraded to the newest version of Linux Mint and consequently need to reinstall Ancestris. For various reasons this now seems almost impossible.

Firstly, according to the installation page I must not have the most recent version of Java running but the out of date 1.8. This is a serious security risk:

I am also wondering why a full release of 10.0 has never been made and why it is only available in the "Daily Build". I want to use the features of this version but I also want Ancestris to be properly installed with an icon on the start menu,



ENGLISH / How to cut and copy a section of a tree
« on: October 24, 2018, 14:53:26 »
I have a tree that begins with me and includes all my ancestors going back. I would like to cut and copy the section that includes my grandmother so I can send it to people who are related to me through her. How do I do this? I can't see any sort of cut or copy options and don't want to retype everything ...

ENGLISH / 'Ghost' entries
« on: October 22, 2018, 09:33:07 »
I added parents for a person in a pedigree. Then I realised that I had made a mistake and the record I found could not be for this person. So I 'deleted' the two parents. The problem is only the names disappeared and boxes remain empty on my family tree. What do I need to do to get rid of them?

ENGLISH / Fan chart
« on: October 19, 2018, 12:22:59 »
I am trying to output a family tree as a fan chart. I choose this option and when I press save the only format available is 'html'. That can't be right. Anyway, I save. What I find saved is actually in png format! And in any case it doesn't open and gives an error message ...

Can anyone explain what is happening and how to export a fan chart report?

ENGLISH / Most important small change you can make to Ancestris
« on: October 18, 2018, 14:52:37 »

At the end of the summer I sent out the first family tree I made with Ancestris to family members. They were all very interested to see it but every single person asked: "why are there no dates on the earliest generations? Do you know nothing about them?". And I had to explain I had their baptisms and sometimes their burials but that the computer program I am using can only show births and deaths.

It seems most of the developers of Ancestris are French and maybe you have civil records back to 1789 but in Ireland and England the civil records start in the mid-nineteenth century and parish registers are the most important source. The situation I describe is one I think ANY user from an English language speaking country will be in. So if you can change you code a little - if no birth then substitute baptism etc - this will make Ancestris much more functional.

Thank you,


ENGLISH / Heading on a Family Tree
« on: September 08, 2018, 10:30:03 »

I have a simple family tree done and ready to be sent to family members. I have got it in PDF format and did so by choosing "All in One Format". I choose not to have subject identity numbers as this is part of the Ancestris database and of no interest to the people I will send it to. But when I output the family tree a big heading appears saying "John Austin (00001)" (see PDF in link). This does not look very nice. So I want to know how to change the heading. I have looked everywhere in the options and can find none concerning heading. Ideally I would like it to say 'Descendants of John Austin and Mary Hogan" but if this cannot be done then for nothing to appear would be best. I can just cut off the heading but then there is no margin and that doesn't look good either.



ENGLISH / Some small problems
« on: April 03, 2018, 16:27:57 »
I am hoping to print a pedigree for a birthday on Friday but I have a few glitches I cannot solve:
- Is there anyway if I made a spelling mistake is a name (Millltownpass with three ls - easy to do) to change all of them at once or must I go through each instance?
- I am using the screenshot method suggested to make a printable file. The problem with this is that I have a tree where a key person married twice. How to make BOTH his marriages visible at once so the tree is complete?
- Pure pedanticness: how to make the months appear in full rather than as abbreviations (which seem to me a little ugly).
- How to allow more characters for occupation? I have some subjects with three occupations. There is space in the boxes as they stand for the full text but it cuts off after a certain number of characters mid-word.
- Also, I have looked at all the videos but still cannot see where it tells me how to make baptismals details rather than birth ones visible for all subjects before a particular date (i.e. the one when civil registratuon started in the UK and Ireland).


ENGLISH / Dates on the final/printed pedigree
« on: March 13, 2018, 17:01:49 »
I have a question about making dates appear on the final pedigree. I have many subjects who were born pre-1864 (beginning of Irish civil registration) or pre-1845 (beginning of British). For many I have  baptism. Is is possible for these subjects to show baptism instead of birth? Also for some I have a year of birth worked out on the basis of the death certificate. It doesn't seem to be possible to write 'c. 1840' or 'circa 1840' but simply to put in the year. Is it possible to somehow indicate that this is not an exact date?

I also want the address to show on the final pedigree. As it is now the box is there but blank. Is there something I need to do to activate it?


ENGLISH / Correcting marriages
« on: March 04, 2018, 11:25:35 »
I really am having a lot of problems with genders and marriages. The system previews so many options that the basic one seems hard to insert. I have thrown away twice a whole morning's work and started again. But now I find myself back with problems. For example, I have a man and his wife listed together. But three men I thought I had put in as their sons are listed independently of the mother. I try and delete the blank mother he is assigned and select the correct woman but nothing happens. The "add mother' box stays blank even when I press "Save" (which normally processes changes). Instead the subject changes from the man to his mother!

ENGLISH / Needs Gender to be Automatically Asked
« on: March 04, 2018, 09:28:43 »
I first used Ancestris to make a tree going back from me. Then I made one going down from an ancestor in the nineteenth century. I had filled in more than a hundred people when I somehow found out that everyone had been added as male. I tried to change the females to female but the marriages that I then added were all wrong and the surnames in marriages weren't right. I think you need a feature that forces the user to put in a gender before filling in any information about a person.

ENGLISH / How to output as wheel pedigree [Solved - RĂ©solu]
« on: January 23, 2018, 19:26:10 »

Can anyone tell me how I can print the data I have inputted as a wheel pedigree (that is, with the subject at the centre and all his ancestors arranged in expanding circles around him)?

Thanks you,


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