The Aries editor is one of the three main editors of Ancestris.
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.
|Focus||The individual and his close environment||The Gedcom standard||
|Ease of use||++||+++||+|
|Coverage of needs||80%||100%||100%|
|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.
The Aries editor offers a group of buttons in the Toolbar of the main window, for greater efficiency.
The first button is a shortcut to open an Aries editor on the current 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.
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.
The Sex drop-down menu allows you to enter one of the values Unknown, Male and Female.
The Name tab contains the following fields:
- Name type: leave blank or choose one of the items from the drop-down list.
- First name: choose from a list of first names already known in the genealogy.
- Family name: choose from a list of names already known in genealogy.
- Nick name: type in a nick name for the individual if he/she has one.
The Display Prefixes and Suffixes check box displays the following 3 fields you can also fill in:
- Name Prefix
- Family name prefix
- Name Suffix
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 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:
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.
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
The Add Event drop-down menu offers a choice of events to add to the list underneath
The menu lists the most common types of events, both those that can happen only once in a person's life (such as birth or death...) and those that can happen several times (such as occupation, residence or union).
If you don't find what you are looking for, choose the Event type. It is generic and allows you to add a category of events not provided for in the menu. Next, specify the nature of the event in the Event drop-down menu located on the Details tab below.
The list of events displays the different events of the individual, but does not display those of his family, which are in the Family entity.
- Clicking on an event selects it and displays its details on the right.
It displays the details of the selected event in the event list.
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.
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.
- Source Events: this is the type of event mentioned in the source.
- Source Description: This is the name of the referenced Source entity.
- Page(s): The number of the page in the referenced source.
- Has multimedia object(s): "yes" if a media is attached to the source.
- Has Note(s): "yes" if a note is indicated with to the source.
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:
- Role in event: this is a free text but roles such as husband, wife, father, mother, wife, child are proposed.
- Certainty assessment: qualifies the quality of the information according to the following predefined criteria:
- Recording date: date when the vent was recorded, and therefore not necessarily the date of the event of the individual we have been talking about since the beginning.
- Text from source: extract of the source text justifying the individual's event.
- If the text of the source has already been transcribed in the Source entity, it is not worthwhile to put it here.
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.
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 can be added to an individual's event using the Notes Tab.
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.
Media can be added to an individual's event using the Gallery Tab.
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.
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.
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.
The notes created or attached qualify the selected event.
We can see that there can be two types of notes in the list:
- Notes Entities, therefore shareable with other entities of the genealogy, identified by an ID number.
- Specific (embedded) notes, not shareable, without ID number. See shared information for more details.
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).
The References tab is described below.
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.
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.
Their identification numbers are different
Their names may or may not be identical, indicating that there is a possibility that these two individuals are in fact one and 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.
- If later it turns out that the two individuals are two distinct physical persons, the alias must naturally be removed.
- If, on the contrary, it is proven that the two individuals are one and the same natural person, the two records must then be merged.
The deletion does not remove the individual itself but the link between the two individuals.
An alias is a reciprocal link between two individuals. Consequently, the deletion of an alias from the first individual, induces the automatic deletion of the same alias from the second individual.
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.
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:
- Either by using the Associate a person to this event button on the Event Details tab of the associated person.
- In the example above, it is therefore by editing the individual Caroline Lee, selecting her blessing event, clicking on the association button, choosing the individual Jacqueline Bouvier and specifying "Informant".
- Either by using the Add Association button in this tab:
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.
- Either we start from the event that took place, and we go and look for the individual involved,
- Or we start with the individual involved and point out the event of the other.
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.
Before the couple, at the top right, the family ID number is displayed.
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:
- Last and first names
- Date of birth
- Date of death
Depending on whether this description is occupied by an individual or not, the following buttons appear.
- The Add button creates an individual, male or female, in order to add him/her to the selected family.
- The Link button allows you to select the person you are looking for from the list of individuals already registered in the genealogy.
- The Modify button modifies the description of the couple's individual. Aries opens the edit window for an individual, as described above.
- The Delete button removes the individual from the family. It does not delete the individual, it simply removes him/her from the family.
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.