2009/1/16 Emrys Williams <emrys.williams@...>
> Benny Malengier in the thread "How do I indicate a second marriage?"
> suggests adding existing children of a spouse to the second marriage.
> Mary marries George and they produce birth children Sam and Lilian.
> All this is just a conventional family, both children indicated as
> birth children of both parents.
> Tragically, George and Sam die.
> Widow Mary then marries Arthur. I create a new family, with Arthur as
> father and Mary as mother. Lilian is still at home, so I add her as a
> child to the new family. I list Mary as her birth mother and Arthur as
> her stepfather. No problems: all looks fine. I have only one identity
> for Lilian, and one identity for Mary, and two families.
> Except... when I create "reports->graphical reports->descendant tree"
> for Mary, I see Lilian listed twice. And, since Lilian has descendants
> too, all of those listed twice in the picture too. That doesn't seem
> right. Is it?
> When I create the same report for Arthur, I see Lilian just once. But
> she has a solid line to Arthur. Should stepchildren get a dotted line
> in a descendant report?
> When I create "reports->graphical reports->ancestor tree" for Lilian,
> it shows only birth parents Mary (just once) and George. Should it
> show a dotted line for a stepparent?
These are not really errors, but they would be improvements if implemented.
Craig is working on the descendent and ancestor graphs, so this is a good
time to make feature requests on the bug tracker concerning improvements in
the graphs, and reply here with the ticket numbers
Also, download his plugin and try these examples out on his new code:
Concerning your remarks, my take would be:
1/Not birth relation should be in a dotted line (i believe it is like that
in some places)
2/If a person is shown twice in a descendant graph, only the first time his
descendants are shown, the second time a visual indication is given that the
data is present already (eg a line that starts and goes to text 'see higher'
or a shaded box surrounding or something)
3/for ancestor graph one could include also not birth relations. Not sure
how to do this though, an ancestor graph is now a simple add 2 people up
kind of thing. This simple logic would be completely destroyed, and some
people will want to keep seeing the present form of the ancestor graph, so
it should be an option.
I think both of the graphs can have a logic of working only with the
principal family, or with all families, not sure they should however
All complications. The present des/anc graph are simple in logic to make
them not overly complex. It might me interesting to know how other genea app
show these kind of graphs. Any examples anyone?
> Thanks! Emrys Williams
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