The issue I have: people are often listed by their birth-names - but =
name represents those individuals only their first 20+ years in their =
all the other events and references are using other names. It's often
difficult to find these people in the database if you only have the =
name in the document.
A more flexible approach how to handle these optional names would be =
Here's the idea how I could imagine the use of optional names:
People may have names in different categories:=20
1. "birth-name" (only one)
2. "name after marriage" (could be a number of different names as people =
have several marriages over time)
3. "given name" (may be many) ...
As one additional setting within properties, the User may define a =
order, which of the names (by category) should be chosen for reports or
other list in case there are optional names defined.=20
For each person may one of the names be defined as standard name at the
individual data record (this function already exists in GRAMP 2.9). This
standard definition should replace the selection-order for this =
and enable that this name will always be used.
If a user would like to create lists/reports using the birth-names, =
just needs to make sure that the selection-order is set correctly. If =
is another need next day to create list or reports by their family-name,
user simply needs to change selection-order.
User should also have the option to select "display all optional names".
This would provide name list according to selection-order plus showing =
the optional names in the lists. These entries should be marked, maybe
dimmed or using any colour code to identify these entries as duplicates =
the list, that link directly to correct individuals...
Having the flexible selection-order would give the user a very flexible
option which names to be chosen for whatever purpose.
I'm sure that may users will like it.
I'm hoping that my explanation makes sense to you. Please don't hesitate =
contact me for further discussion.
Looking forward hearing from you.
Von: Douglas S. Blank [mailto:dblank@...
Gesendet: Dienstag, 20. November 2007 17:20
An: Eckhard Gen=DFmann
Betreff: Re: [Gramps-users] Use of otional names in GRAMPS
On Tue, November 20, 2007 10:26 am, Eckhard Gen=DFmann wrote:
> I=92m new to GRAMPS and it=92s mailing lists =96 hope this is the =
correct way to
> address a question:
> In case there are specialities related to operating system or =
> using GRAMPS on Windows Vista and have set Language to GERMAN.
Yes, you're asking in the right place and way. Your details shouldn't
matter on this question (on other questions that might be relevant so it
is good to always give as much detail as you can, including GRAMPS =
> Most of the females in my database do have 2 names =96 the birth name =
> the name after marriage. Is there a way to set a flag (or a sort =
> which names to be chosen as standard name for reports or web site
> I=92ve seen that I can set the standard for each person individually, =
> switching between optional setting in general would provide a lot of
The Calendar reports do respect Married Name on birthdays and uses =
name on anniversaries. As far as I know, there isn't a way to set =
names all at once for many people, but this is related to something that
we are discussing for the upcoming GRAMPS, version 3.0.
(We are thinking of a tool that can automatically add married names to
people based on their current spouse's surname. We could also make it so
that, at the same time, you could make that be the default name.)
One problem with changing their default name from their birthname is =
GRAMPS currently only lists a person under one name---not all of them. =
if you change their default name, they won't appear in the People List
View with their siblings and other relatives.
If you have ideas on better ways to handle this, please let the =
know. You can post a feature request here:
> Thanks for your help!
> Eckhard Genssmann