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Context Menu (L)

The Context menu provides actions that depend on an object and that will apply to it.

Most of these actions are not available in the menu bar, keyboard shortcuts, or the toolbar.

You access the context menu when you right-click an object, usually an entity (individual, family, source, etc.).


The context menu has a title and a list of action items.

The title is the name of the 'clicked' entity.

The list of action items depends on the entity you clicked on and the window it is in. That is why it is called a "context" menu. Each proposed action applies to the entity in its specific context. The example above is the Context Menu when clicking on an individual Entity in the Dynamic tree view.

Only certain views offer a context menu.

They are as follows:

  • The Dynamic Tree, for individuals and families. The right click must be made on an individual box or a family box.
  • The Entities Table, for all entity categories. The right click must be made on one of the cells, preferably in the column including the identification number.
  • The Cygnus editor, for the individual displayed. The right click must be made on the upper banner giving the full name of the individual.
  • The Gedcom editor, for all categories of entities and the information it contains. The right click must be made on any of the lines of the entity or on the lower panel where it displays the entity's description.
  • The Entity Card, for all entity categories. The right click must be made on the displayed area.
  • The GEDCOM Explorer, for all entity categories. The right click must be made on an entity.

Context menu actions

Below is a description of all the possible actions.

Change display of Individuals / of Families

Configures the layout and the data content of the entity's information to be displayed. This is done by creating or modifying a blueprint.

Cut, Copy, Paste

Cuts, copies or pastes the elements clicked.

Add property directly

Adds a property to the entity. Ancestris will only suggest Gedcom compliant properties to be added at the location clicked. You cannot go wrong there. Here is an example of properties than can be added to an individual.


Add property via the assistant...

Adds a property to the entity using the following window to guide you:


A list of possible properties is provided. The selection is made by clicking a property item in the left column. The description of this property appears in the right-hand side column.

To create a user-defined property, click on the corresponding radio-button, and enter its name as shown in the text field.

To automatically create sub properties to that property, check the corresponding box. For instance, a MAP property will automatically add the LATI and the LONG properties.

Propagate selected property...

Propagates the property on which you have right-clicked:

  • either, to all entities of the category in the whole genealogy
  • or, to a particular entity, to be selected from the drop-down menu that will appear.


The Propagate also the value of this property, check the box. It will automatically propagate the property and its value.

Add another individual or a family

AddsLinks an individual or a family to the selected entity.

Depending on the entity or on the property clicked, not all sub-actions will be available.

Here is the actions items when clicking on an individual:


  • Add a family of parents: adds the two boxes representing the locations of the two parents of the selected individual
  • Add a brother/sister/sibling: adds a brother or a sister to an individual
  • Add a spouse: adds a spouse to an individual.
  • Add a son/daughter/child:  adds a child to an individual or to a family. For individuals with multiple families, this should be done from the family. From the individual, the child is added to the first family.
  • Add an alias: adds an alias to the individual. An alias is another individuals who is supposedly distinct originally but who might designate the same person. 

When the context menu is on a property, the menu shows this:


  • Associate a person: adds a relationship person to the property, usually an event.

Add a media, a note, a source, etc.

AddsLinks an entity, new or existing, to the clicked entity.


These are the possible sub-actions, which depend from the category of the entity clicked:

  • Add a media: adds a new or existing shared multimedia element.
  • Add a note: adds a new or existing shared note.
  • Add a source: adds a new or existing shared source.
  • Add a submitter: adds a new or existing shared submitter.

Create a global entity

AllowsCreates addinga oneglobal orentity morethat entitieswill not be linked to the clicked individual. It will add an entity to your genealogy, without links to the one we right-clicked at.genealogy.


These are the possible sub-actions :

  • Create an individual: creates a new entity individual
  • Create a family: creates a new entity family
  • Create a note: creates a new entity note
  • Create a media: creates a new entity multimedia element
  • Create a source: creates a new entity source
  • Create a repository: creates a new entity repository
  • Create a submitter: creates a new entity submitter

Manage SOSA / d'Aboville numbering

Allows you to generate or erase genealogy numberings, starting from the individual on whom you right clicked.

The selected individual becomes the Sosa or d'Aboville number 1 of the genealogy and a new numbering of all the ancestors and descendants will be numbered from it.



This action is only available for properties related to another entity (associated persons, aliases, child in family, spouse in family, linked source, linked note, etc.).

Set places criteria

Opens a window allowing to change the places criteria.


This window is the same as the one used to define the default places format in File/Properties.

Encrypt the selected properties

Allows encryption of all information of the entity.


Do not loose the password used for the encryption, it will make it impossible to retrieve the information.


Opens the default editor on the selected entity or property. The default editor is defined in the preferences.

Delete the selected properties...

Deletes the selected properties.


For security reason, Ancestris will ask you to confirm.

Navigate to relatives

Navigates easily to close relatives of the individual.


Bookmark this entity in Dynamic tree

Create a bookmark for the dynamic tree so that we can, from the menu Bookmark of the Dynamic tree, directly see the individual or family on the the tree.

Make root

Rebuilds the dynamic tree for the entity on whom you right-clicked.

Run a report

Allows launching any possible report for the selected entity.

Choose as preferred family for Dynamic tree

Allows choosing the default family and spouse to show on the dynamic tree.

Swap spouses

If, by mistake, spouses were wrongfully entered, use this to correct it.

Register Photo : birth | marriage | death | misc

Allows you to display in the records viewer, the photo of the act corresponding to the name of the event, on an entity having a photo from an act statement.

This action appears only if the Registers Records tool is installed and not necessarily open.