User Guide

How to use Ancestris to develop genealogies.
2020-09-13 - THIS GUIDE IS CURRENTLY BEING TRANSLATED FROM FRENCH TO ENGLISH (pages marked (SL) or (L) are not fully completed yet)

Install Ancestris

Install, re-install or update Ancestris on MacOS, Windows and Linux. Java pre-requisite. Files lo...

Discover Ancestris (L)

Guided tour. Start a new genealogy or migrate an existing one from another software product.

Master Menus and Windows (SL)

Description of all menus and windows. Views, editors and tools.

Main Window (L)

Ancestris's Main Window is the one you see when the software opens. In case no genealogy is open...

Workspace and windows (L)

Our workspace is organised in one or more windows groups. Windows groups In the example below, ...

Relation between windows (L)

A series of windows for each genealogy When you open a genealogy in Ancestris, probably several ...

Menu Bar (L)

The Menu Bar on Ancestris's main window gives access to every available command. Logic for men...

File Menu (L)

This menu allows generating genealogies, change file properties and quit Ancestris. Each of th...

Edit Menu (L)

This menu displays the actions used to modify your genealogical data : undo / redo, cut / copy / ...

View Menu (L)

This menu gives access to the views and editors for the selected Gedcom file. Each of these ac...

Tools Menu (L)

This menu gives access to all tools available on Ancestris. Each of these actions is described...

Window Menu (L)

This menu gives access to certain special windows and manages windows generally. Each of these...

Options Menu (L)

This menu allows to customise Ancestris. Each of these actions is described below. The action...

Help Menu (L)

This menu allows access to help functions and gives us information about the current version and ...

Context Menu (L)

There is yet another way of executing an action without going through the menu bar, keyboard shor...

Toolbar (L)

The Ancestris Main Window Toolbar is a horizontal bar displaying a number of tools in the form of...

Navigation Bar (L)

The navigation bar allows you to navigate forward and backward in the list of all the entities su...

Search Bar (L)

The Ancestris general search bar allows you to find any type of information anywhere in open gene...

Create a genealogy (L)

This action launches the wizard for creating a genealogy. This is the first page of the wizard. ...

Open a genealogy (L)

This action launches the opening of a file in Gedcom format. Ancestris asks you for the name of ...

Import (L)

This action imports a Gedcom file. It is only possible to import a file in Gedcom format. Ances...

Merge genealogies (L)

This tool combines two genealogies into one. It does not merge duplicates that might appear. S...

File Properties (L)

This wizard allows you to modify the characteristics, or properties, of each genealogy file, whic...

Save as (L)

The Save as function allows you to save all or part of your genealogy in another Gedcom file, usi...

Export (L)

This function allows you to export all or part of a genealogy in order to use it in another softw...

Find / Replace (L)

This tool allows you to find or replace any text present in the genealogy. Description The wi...

Delete (L)

This function allows you to delete a type of data present in your genealogy. Description Your...

Generate Sosa numbers (L)

This functionality makes it possible to manage the genealogical numbering of individuals in a gen...

Generate ID numbers (L)

This function renumbers the entities of your genealogy by redefining their identification numbers...

Mark special individuals (L)

This feature marks or displays certain special individuals in your genealogy such as implex famil...

See modifications history (L)

This function gives the history of modifications made to a Gedcom file. Description If you wa...

Entity card (L)

The Entity File is one of the views of Ancestris allowing you to view the list of properties of t...

Entities table (L)

The Entity Table is an Ancestris view allowing the consultation of genealogical data organized in...

Dynamic tree (L)

The Dynamic Tree, or the Genealogy Tree, or more simply the Tree, shows a genealogy in the form o...

Timeline (L)

The Chronology makes it possible to compare the life periods of individuals in relation to each o...

Geographic map (L)

The Geographic Map is a view of Ancestris displaying all genealogy events at their location on a ...

Graph (L)

The Graph allows you to create views of your genealogy in the form of graphs where all individual...

Cygnus editor (L)

The Cygnus editor is one of the three main editors of Ancestris. The philosophy of the Cygnus ...

Gedcom editor (L)

The Gedcom editor is one of the three main editors of Ancestris. The philosophy of the Gedcom ...

Aries editor (L)

The Aries editor is one of the three main editors of Ancestris. The philosophy of the Aries ed...

List of places (L)

The List of Places allows you to edit all the places in a genealogy, geolocalize them, merge them...

Table of places (L)

The Place Table gives a structured list of all the places in a genealogy, which you can then edit...

Places editor (SL)

The places editor is an editor dedicated to adding or modifying places, by standardizing their na...

Simple navigator (SL)

The Simple Navigator is a view that allows you to navigate efficiently through the family nucleus...

Extended navigator (SL)

The Extended Navigator is an Ancestris view that allows you to navigate efficiently and quickly i...

Advanced search (SL)

The Advanced Search is an Ancestris function that allows you to select any information or entity ...

Genealogy Search (SL)

The Ancestris Genealogy Search feature allows you to identify individuals who share a common ance...

Registers records (SL)

The Record Entry and Statement tool is designed to develop your genealogy from records entered by...

Registers records - Appendix (SL)

Correspondence between survey data and Gedcom data Case of a birth Birth certificate Individua...

Datulator (SL)

The Datulette makes it possible to carry out a conversion of dates. This utility will make you...

Calculator (SL)

The Calculator is a simple pocket calculator. This saves you the trouble of having to find whe...

Validate Gedcom compliance and data consistency (SL)

This tool allows you to check your genealogy data for anomalies, in terms of incompatibility with...

Merge duplicates (SL)

This tool detects duplicate entities and allows you to merge them. Description This tool give...

Common ancestors (SL)

This tool identifies the common ancestors of two individuals in the genealogy and displays the co...

Lists and reports (SL)

This function launches the reports available in Ancestris. There are reports directly accessib...

Information Sheets of Individuals/Families (SL)

This report produces summary sheets of individuals or families, trees, narrative sheets, in a tot...

Web book (SL)

The Web Book or WebBook, makes it possible to generate Web pages, from a genealogy file to be pla...

Web Site (SL)

The Website generates a mini site allowing you to browse your genealogy to be place...

Print of current view (SL)

This function prints the active view. Currently only the Dynamic Tree View can be printed. If...

Welcome Page (SL)

The Home page helps you get started with Ancestris as well as in its daily use. Description The...

GEDCOM Explorer (SL)

The Gedcom Explorer is a special Ancestris window dedicated to the exploration of each open Gedco...

Preferences (SL)

This action allows you to choose a large number of options for using Ancestris. This is what one...

Update Ancestris (SL)

This action checks if the version of Ancestris that is already installed on your computer is up t...

Manage extensions (SL)

This feature allows you to force an update of Ancestris, set the way to review them, and customiz...

Contact Ancestris Support Team (SL)

This feature allows you to contact the Ancestris support team by email, describing your problem a...

Make a donation to Ancestris (SL)

Ancestris does not have any specific funding since we are all volunteers and your donations pay f...

Customize Ancestris (SL)

How to customize Ancestris. How to add or remove modules.

Control the quality of your genealogy data (SL)

GEDCOM standard, structure of genealogy data. Data management and control.

Develop your genealogy

How to use Ancestris in various genealogy situations : know your genealogy status, search for off...

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