Aries editor

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

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The philosophy of the Aries editor comes from the need for ergonomy and exhaustiveness.

The possibility of being able to provide all the information allowed by the Gedcom standard.

In a user-friendly interface with ergonomic windows

The advantage is to be able to do everything, from A to Z, from Alpha to Omega.

Did you know? Its name comes from the constellation of Aries, the first constellation of the zodiac, crossed by the sun in spring. The horns of Aries, in the shape of spirals, also symbolize the impulse towards life, the eternal restarting or rebirth of life, of light, also corresponding to the beginning of spring in the cycle of seasons.

The possibilities of Aries are numerous and cover 100% of the needs.

The compromise is that adding the same information can be done in several ways and you will have to choose your most efficient mode.

There is something for everyone, and Ancestris users often choose to use two main editors: Aries + Gedcom, or Cygnus + Gedcom. Some prefer to use only the Gedcom editor. Here is a comparison of the 3 editors if you still had to make a choice.

  Cygnus Gedcom Aries
Focus The individual and his close environment The Gedcom standard

Completeness of
information

Ease of use ++ +++ +
Ergonomics +++ + +++
Coverage of needs 80% 100% 100%
Data Transparency + +++ ++
Efficiency +++ + +
Editable Gedcom entities Many All All
Compliance with Gedcom standard 100% 100% 100%

 

 

Description and Usage

The appearance of the Ares Editor depends on the entity category selected.

The following therefore describes the Aries Editor for editing each of the 7 existing entity categories in the Gedcom standard.

For each of these categories, Aries uses editing features such as lists, edit buttons and tabs that are used in the same way. These common editing devices are described only once.

Aries toolbar

The Aries editor offers a group of buttons in the Toolbar of the main window, for greater efficiency.

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The first button is a shortcut to open an Aries editor on the current entity.

The other buttons open an Aries editor to create an entity of each of the corresponding entity.

Individual Entity

When the selected entity is an individual, the Aries Editor is divided horizontally into two areas: its description at the top, events and relationships at the bottom, with tabs.

Description of the Individual

The upper area is dedicated to the description of the individual.

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Photo

On the left, you find a placeholder to associate an image with the selected individual.

Click on the image to edit it, or on the blank placeholder to load one.

Right-click on the picture to add one. The photo displayed here will the first one found in the entity. To change the order of the photo in the entity, use the Gedcom editor and move the corresponding property with the mouse. To delete a photo, delete it from the Gedcom editor as well.

Right-clicking under the photo displays the Context Menu for that individual.

 

Sex

The Sex drop-down menu allows you to enter one of the values Unknown, Male and Female.

ID number

On the top right corner, you will find the identification number of the selected individual, possibly preceded by his/her Sosa number if it was generated.

Padlock

At the top right is also a Padlock button EditeurAries_cadenas.png. It marks the entity as confidential if pressed.

Name Tab

The Name tab contains the following fields:

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The Display Prefixes and Suffixes check box displays the following 3 fields you can also fill in:

Notes Tab

Notes can be added at the individual's name level.

This tab is used in a similar manner throughout the Aries Editor. Apart from this difference in name attachment, you will find its use in the Notes Tab of an individual.

Sources tab

Sources can be added at the level of the individual's name.

This tab is used in a similar manner throughout the Aries Editor. Apart from this difference in name attachment, you will find its use in the Sources Tab of an event.

Other names tab

This is a list to add alternative Firstnames and Lastnames to the selected individual. Here is an example:

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Editing other names is done with the Edit buttons and brings up a window similar to the whole Name tab already seen above, with three tabs (name, note, sources).

 

Events and Relationships with the Individual

The lower area is dedicated to the events of the individual, and to the relationships of this individual with other entities.

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Events tab

This tab allows you to manage a list of events. It is displayed above.

It has a drop down menu and a list of events on the left, and the description of each event on the right with several tabs: Details, Sources, Notes, Gallery.

The separation bar between the two can be moved and its position is remembered from one time to the next.

List of events

 

 

Details tab

It displays the details of the selected event in the event list.

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Sources Tab

Sources can be added to the selected event using the Sources Tab.

This tab is used in a similar manner throughout the Aries Editor. It is described here.

It is in the form of a selection list with the Edit buttons.

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Each line corresponds to a source citation. A source citation usually refers to a shared source and specifies one of the events, its date and the individual's role in the event.

The 5 columns' values are derived from the source citation information window that appears when you click on the edit buttons.

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The two buttons at the top right are the Edit buttons:

The source needs to be attached at the event level, via these 2 buttons. You can attach for example birth and death certificates, after having previously entered and documented them in Source Entities.

The other fields are:

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The Notes Tab and Gallery Tab of the window modifying the quotation characterize the source quotation. These tabs are used throughout the Aries Editor like the other Notes and Gallery tabs.

Apart from this difference in how they are attached to source citations, you will find their use in the Notes Tab and Gallery Tab of an individual.

Regarding the photos of the sources (deeds, certificates, etc.), they'd rather be put in the gallery of the source than the gallery of the individual.

Notes Tab

Notes can be added to an individual's event using the Notes Tab.

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This tab is used throughout the Aries editor. Apart from this difference in the attachment to events, you will find its use in the Notes Tab of an individual.

Gallery tab

Media can be added to an individual's event using the Gallery Tab.

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We will put here, at the level of the event, the photos of the individual at the time of these events.

This tab is similarly used throughout the Aries editor. Apart from this difference in the attachment to events, you will find its use in the Gallery Tab of an individual.

 

Parents and Siblings tab

This tab manages the parents and siblings of the selected individual.

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This tab is in the form of a Tree list with Edit buttons. Their principle is the same as described in the corresponding paragraph, namely :

Spouses and children tab

This tab manages the different spouses of the selected individual as well as the children he or she has had with each of them.

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This tab is in the form of a Tree list with Edit buttons. Principles are the same as the tab described above.

Sources Tab

Sources can be added to the individual directly through a Sources Tab.

This tab is used throughout the Aries Editor. Apart from this difference in the attachment to an individual, you will find its use in the Sources Tab of an event.

Notes Tab

This tab is in the form of a selection list with the Edit buttons.

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The notes created or attached qualify the selected event.

We can see that there can be two types of notes in the list:

With the create button EditeurAries_Boutons_Edition_Créer.png it is possible to create a shared Note Entity or a note specific to the event (therefore embedded) as indicated by the check mark in the window that appears.

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With the edit button EditeurAries_Boutons_Edition_Modifier.png it is possible to modify a note.

In this case, if the References tab is visible and if the window shows an identification number for the note, it is a shared note (window below). Otherwise it is a specific note (similar to the window above).

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The References tab is described below.

Gallery tab

This tab is in the form of a selection list with the Edit buttons.

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The media created or attached qualifies the individual independently of any event.

We will put here, at the level of the individual, and not at the level of the events, the pictures of this individual that will be displayed in the Dynamic tree.

Note here the blue star EditeurAries_Boutons_Edition_Préférer.png which allows you to specify the media to be displayed by default in the family tree, in case there are several media to choose from for the individual.

The buttons for creating, linking or editing a media displays the media editing window.

Aliases Tab

This tab manages the different aliases of the selected individual.

An alias is a relationship between two individuals who are supposedly distinct a priori but who perhaps designate the same person. 

When such a possibility exists, the user can create an alias in order to bring the two individuals together, so that the Aliases tab of the first individual will mention the name of the second, while, conversely, this same tab of the second individual will mention the name of the first.

The presence of an alias expresses a simple hypothesis.

The Alias tab is presented in the form of a selection list with the Edit buttons.

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Associations Tab

This tab manages associations between the selected individual and other individuals in the genealogical.

An association is a link put between two individuals to indicate that one has been involved in one of the other's events. Example: the godfather of a baptism, the witness of a groom.

An association is a separate link from parental relationships or aliases.

The Association tab is in the form of a selection list with the Edit buttons.

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This list of associations contains the events of people in which the edited individual has been involved and the role of the edited individual in these events.

In the example above, if we assume that the individual referenced being edited is called Jacqueline Bouvier, this means that Jacqueline Bouvier was witness of Caroline Lee's blessing (and not that Caroline Lee was informant of Jacqueline Bouvier's blessing).

The associations listed here have therefore been added:

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As you can see, it's the same window and only the person's name changes. It is therefore the starting point that indicates the meaning of the involvement of an individual in the event of the other.


 

Family Entity

When the selected entity is a family, the Aries Editor is divided horizontally into two areas: the description of the couple at the top, and the events and relationships of the family at the bottom, with tabs.

Description of the couple

The upper area is dedicated to the description of the two individuals of the couple currently selected in Ancestris.

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ID number

Before the couple, at the top right, the family ID number is displayed.

Privacy padlock

There is also a Padlock button EditeurAries_cadenas.png. It marks the family as confidential if pressed.

The couple

The husband is on the left and the wife on the right. For each of them there is a description, which can be modified with the Modify button:

Depending on whether this description is occupied by an individual or not, the following buttons appear.

Buttons

 

Events and relations with the Family

The lower area is dedicated via tabs to the events of the Family entity, and to the relationships of this family with other entities.