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  • The timeline lists the years and for each of them, marks its exact time with a grey cursor.
  • The timeline also displays blue markers: these are the important events that occurred in the countries of the Ancestris' almanacs.

Below the timeline, the view offers two modes of displaying events over time.

  • Individual mode: themode: events are grouped bywithin individuals,individuals' lifespans, these being arranged in a horizontal genealogical tree: the ascendantsancestors on the left, the descendants on the right.
  • Event mode:mode: events are listed in bulk from the oldest to the newest, and packed vertically to take up the least amount of space possible.

    Individual mode

    All individuals in the genealogy are displayed, which is not the case infor the Dynamic Tree view.

    For each individual, the sequence BirthBirth, /Marriage, Marriage /and Death isare displayed.

    The other events are not displayed.

    Individuals are listed in a genealogical order.

    Representation of an individual

    In the following picture, we see 4 individuals :


    Women are represented by a red line, men by a blue line. If the gender is unknown, the line is grey.

    • The line begins on the left with a small triangle marking birth, then follows a diamond marking marriage, and finally an end triangle indicating death.
    • If dates are unknown, an approximation is used and the line is dotted over the uncertain period.

    Above the line is the individual's picto and full name.

    The individual in yellow is the individual selected in Ancestris.

    Order of Individuals

    Individuals are listed one below the other in chronological order of births and in genealogical order.

    This presentation is an Ancestris invention. It is a succession of deep tree courses.

    As the set of individuals is displayed, you will find individuals from the same family as well as individuals from more distant branches.

    Ancestris therefore lists the individuals in order of births, and for each individual, scrolls through all the branches of his tree of descent, then moves on to the next individual in the births.

    If the next individual is part of another tree, a line is skipped.

    The descending branches of each individual's tree are traversed by the descendants in chronological order. As soon as the youngest descendant is reached, the display resumes from the next siblings. As soon as all siblings have been displayed, the display goes back to the siblings of the parent already displayed, then the spouse, descendants, siblings, etc.

    This implies that:

    • below an individual is usually his descendants or siblings in the descending direction (to the right), or his uncles and aunts or other relative in the ascending direction (to the left)
    • if there is a line break, it means that you are in another tree
    • two spouses are separated by all their descendants


    Event mode

    All the events of the genealogy are displayed.


    For each event a diamond is displayed showing the date of the event, the picto of the type of event and the name of the individual to whom the event relates.

    The events are listed in chronological order vertically. As soon as there is enough space to display another event to the right of an event already displayed, a column starts again. This results in the following type of display:


    Of course, it's a bit "cramped". You will then understand the usefulness of the Zoom button, which allows you to stretch the timeline and put a little space between each event.



    The toolbar presents the following tools :

    Zoom slider

    The zoom slider allows you to vary the degree of zoom of the display area by dragging the mouse:

    • Towards the left, the display moves backwards: more individuals are seen in the display area.
    • To the right, the display moves forward: we see fewer individuals but the information is more readable and likely to display more information.

    Hovering over this cursor displays a tooltip giving the scale of the current area in number of centimeters per year.

    With this slider, the user can instantly adjust the scale of the display area to suit his or her activity, tastes and view, as many times as he or she wishes, and in a very precise manner.

    Display Mode Button

    This button toggles between the two display modes :

    Refocus Button

    This button refocuses the display by placing the individual or event selected in Ancestris in the center of the display area.

    Changing the root of the timetreetimeline Button

    This button allows to rebuild the tree starting from the individual selected as root.

    The structure of the displayed tree can completely change.

    This button can be used only in the individual display mode.

    Screenshot Button

    This button allows you to make a screenshot of a part of the display, to put it in the clipboard or in a file.

    In the example below, the captured part will be the green area, and it will be put on the clipboard. This green area can be moved and edited with the mouse (drag and drop or stretch lower right corner).


    Name of the root individual

    This part of the toolbar displays the current name of the time tree root, whether the mode displayed is individual or event mode.

    Configure view Button

    This button displays the settings window. Its use is described in the Customization section.


    The Chronology view is used to compare the life periods of individuals in relation to each other.

    To do this it is necessary to navigate through the view and customize it.

    Navigation and selection

    To move around in the display, simply click and drag the mouse over the display area or use the scroll bars in the window.

    To select an individual, simply click on it, it then appears in the other views of Ancestris.

    This view can be used in parallel with the Dynamic Tree view. If you want to rebuild the dynamic tree with a new root individual, just double-click on an individual in the Chronological view and it becomes the root individual of the Dynamic Tree view.

    It is possible to choose the events to display or to add a grid in the display area for a better identification. See the customization section.

    Display of the almanac

    To display the important events that have taken place during the life of an individual in the history of his country, simply hover over the blue markers of the chronological frieze. A window appears listing the most important events recorded by Ancestris in the language of their country.

    Here is an example where the mouse hovers over the marker of the year 1917. The blue window displays the different historical events in the almanacs selected by the user in customizable colors.


    Customizing the display area and the almanacs is described in the next section.

    Almanac Utility

    There is also an Almanac utility available from the menu bar Tools > Lists and Reports > Utility > Almanac.


    The output of this report is a text file to be saved. An option allows to have the results grouped by years.

    If you launch this report from the menu, the result will contain all the events between the two extreme dates of the genealogy.

    If you launch this report with a right click on an individual, from the contextual menu, the result will contain all the events between the birth and death dates of this individual.


    It is possible to customize the display area, the almanacs and the colors.

    Choice of events and display settings


    This tab allows you to choose the events to be displayed in the two display modes knowing that only birth, marriage and death are possible for the Individual mode.

    It also allows you to choose other aesthetic or practical parameters to improve the visibility according to your needs.

    Choice of almanacs


    The left column allows you to select the almanacs to be used in Ancestris, including the Almanac utility. The "All" checkbox allows you to select them all at once.

    The right column allows you to select the categories of events to remember, among the selected almanacs. The checkbox "All" allows you to select them all at once.

    The number below on the right is the level of importance of the events to be selected.

    • 0: Only the most important events will be visible.
    • 9: all events will be visible

    The two buttons at the bottom left allow you to add or delete an almanac.

    The files are placed in the User Directory. When they are deleted, they are permanently deleted.


    Creation of an almanac

    It is possible to add an almanac of one's own creation.

    To create your almanac, you will need to create a list of events for a given country.

    There is a certain format to be respected so that Ancestris can read the list of events.

    To respect this format, we suggest you use the spreadsheet fr-modele-almanach.ods which is a free office file.

    This will help you to enter the events and create the file for Ancestris in the right format.

    Once downloaded, open this file by activating the macros (guaranteed virus-free), follow all the instructions in sheet 1 "Parameter" to complete sheet 2 "Events".

    Once completed, you click on the Validate button in the sheet and this will copy your data in text format to the clipboard.

    The text looks like this :

    1110;;fr;;;4;a;fr=Le sarrasin est ramené d'orient par les croisés. On appellera cette plante aussi, improprement, blé noir (biéna);;;;
    1636;;fr;;;4;a;fr=L'évêque de Rennes, Pierre CORNULIER, possède dans son jardin de son manoir de Saint-Armel en Bruz, 15 variétés de poiriers. On peut penser que parmi celles-ci figure la variété Bon Chrétien, obtenue dès le XV° siècle;;;;
    1649;1652;fr;;;3;a,h,g;fr=Mauvaise récolte de grains. Disettes et épidémies. La population rurale diminue.;;;;

    Paste this text in a file you will call pays.nom.almanac where pays is the country corresponding to your almanac (it can be French, so fr for France), nom is a specific name you give to your almanac, and 'almanac' must stay written like that. For example, you can call it fr.perso.almanac.

    Then open the almanacs tab in the settings, click on the Add almanac button, use the file manager to select your almanac. It then appears in the list of almanacs that Ancestris can use.


    Choice of colors


    This tab allows you to choose the color of the almanacs and the color of all the elements in the chronology display area.

    Four tabs are available to help you choose your colors in classic color modes.

    Did you know that?

    The swatches mode allows you to choose a color according to a color palette.

    The HSV model (Hue Saturation Value in English, TSV in French for Teinte Saturation Valeur) is a computer color management system.

    The HSL model (Hue Saturation Lightness in English, TSL in French for Hue, Saturation, Brightness) are the three parameters for describing a color in a psychological approach to this perception.

    The RGB model (Red Green Blue in English, RGB in French for Red, Green, Blue) is the computer color coding system closest to the hardware.

    The CMYK model (in English for Cyan, Magenta, Yellow, Key or CMYK in French for Cyan, Magenta, Yellow, Black) is a process of quadrichromy of printing making it possible to reproduce a broad range of colors starting from three elementary colors.