This page is used to update information recorded about an individual.
Note that hovering the mouse for more than 2 seconds over an input field or button, on any of the dialogs in this application pops up a text bubble that explains the purpose of the field and describes the values that may be entered into the field.
When you have completed making all of the desired changes to this form, apply the changes to the database by clicking on thebutton or using one of the keyboard short-cuts: ctrl-S or alt-U. Note that the initial letter 'U' in the button label is underlined to remind you of the option to use alt-U as a keyboard short-cut.
If the individual has no family connections: That is the individual is neither a spouse in a relationship, nor a child belonging to a family, then abutton is displayed giving you the option of deleting the individual from the database altogether. You may either click on this button with the mouse, or use the keyboard short-cut alt-D to perform this function. Note that the initial letter 'D' in the button label is underlined to remind you of the option to use alt-D as a keyboard short-cut. There is no method for deleting an individual that has a family connection: You must remove all such connections before deleting an individual. However you always have the option of merging an individual with another existing individual.
A Merge Individuals web page. Note that the initial letter 'M' in the button label is underlined to remind you of the option to use alt-M as a keyboard short-cut.button is presented at the top of the page to enable you to merge the current individual with another individual in the database that you have determined is a duplicate reference to the same individual. Clicking on the button with the mouse, or using the keyboard short-cut alt-M invokes the
The family tree database manager assigned the IDIR value. It is a unique numeric key for this individual that is used to reference this individual from other records in the database. This is separate from the preceding field to permit renumbering individuals. If the database is loaded from a GEDCOM file then the IDIR value matches the numeric portion of the index of the INDI record. This cannot currently be changed.
You may edit the surname of the individual. Note that changing the surname causes a number of other fields and records to be updated. In particular the readonly Soundex value is updated in this dialog. The surname field in all marriages of which this individual is a partner is changed. If the traditional western rule that the wife took her husband's surname was followed then the married surname of all wives are changed. And appropriate changes are made to the entries for this individual in the "Alternate Names" table, 'tblNX'. Also if the surname does not already appear in the database, a record is added into the surname table, 'tblNR'.
You may edit the given names of the individual. The given names field in all marriages of which this individual is a partner is changed, and the appropriate entries in the alternate names table, 'tblNX' are updated.
The dialog that provides the ability to add further information about the name into the database. In particular this includes textual notes, for example explaining where the name came from, such as being named after an uncle or grandmother, the name prefix and suffix if applicable, and any alternate names by which the person was known. The dialog also provides the ability to cite sources for knowledge of the name.button following the "Given Names" field pops up a
You must specify the gender of the individual. For the 100 most common female given names in the 19th century the gender defaults to female.
If this dialog is invoked from the list of children on a marriage, either through clicking on thebutton, or the button, then an additional section appears in this web page to permit describing in more detail the role of the child in the family.
The "Status" selection list is used to describe the child's status as a result of the birth.
For each of the parents there is a selection list to define the relationship of the child to that parent, and a check box to specify whether or not the information about that relationship is to be revealed to casual viewers. For example some families are uncomfortable about advertising adoptions.
All of the recorded events or facts for this individual are presented in this dialog in a consistent way so they can be added, modified, or deleted using consistent actions. An event is an action that took place at some specific moment in time and at some specific location although the exact date and place may not be known. An event changes the status of the individual. Death is an example of an event that changes the status of the individual from living to dead. A fact is an attribute of the individual which persists for some period of time but may be observed at some specific time and place. For example the fact that the individual was working as a Carpenter in a particularly community may be observed at some specific time, but was true both before and after the observation. Each row of the list of events and facts contains six elements.
The first row in the events display specifies the date and location where the individual was born. This row is always present even if the information is unknown.
The second row specifies the date of and location where the individual was christened. This row is always present even if the information is unknown. Note that because of the key contributions to genealogy by the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints (LDS), the term "christening" is specifically used to describe a baptism in a trinitarian Christian church. On the other hand the term "baptism" is used exclusively for the LDS sacrament.
If the individual has been baptized by the LDS then that information appears in the next row. This row is present only if information about the LDS baptism has been recorded. The location information for a baptism, which is usually the name of the temple, cannot be modified on this page. Click on thebutton.
If the individual has been endowed by the LDS then that information appears in the next row. This row is present only if information about the LDS endowment has been recorded. The location information for an endowment, which is the name of the temple, cannot be modified on this page. Click on thebutton.
If the individual has been confirmed by the LDS then that information appears in the next row. This row is present only if information about the LDS confirmation has been recorded. The location information for a confirmation, which is usually the name of the temple, cannot be modified on this page. Click on thebutton.
If the individual has received initiatory by the LDS then that information appears in the next row. This row is present only if information about the LDS initiatory has been recorded. The location information for an initiatory, which is the name of the temple, cannot be modified on this page. Click on thebutton.
If there are any individual event records in the event table these are displayed in subsequent rows according to their defined order. The fields in which the information is displayed can be modified, and any changes entered will be applied to the events when you click on thebutton, or using the keyboard combinations Ctrl-S or Alt-U. The individual event records may be reordered by date by clicking on the button, or using the keyboard combination Alt-O.
After the individual event records the next row in the events display specifies the date and location where the individual died. This row is always present even if the information is unknown.
The next row in the events display specifies the date and location where the individual was buried. This row is always present even if the information is unknown.
The next row after the events list contains two buttons.
The General Notes field contains extended textual notes about the individual. This information, and associated citations, can be viewed and edited by clicking on the Edit General Notes dialog.button, or using the Alt-N keyboard shortcut. This displays the
The Death Cause field is used to enter information on the cause of death, typically as reported on the death certificate, although also sometimes reported in obituaries, or even on grave markers. This information may include the duration of the final illness. It also may contain multiple causes, particularly if the death certificate reports both an immediate cause of death, and contributing illness information.
The dialog that provides the ability to add further information about the cause of death into the database. In particular this includes textual notes, and citations to sources supporting the conclusions.button following the cause of death information field pops up a
Thebutton on this row just blanks out the death cause, for consistency with the way that events are handled.
Clicking on the list of sets of parents dialog that permits selecting from or adding to the sets of parents for this individual. As an aid to understanding the purpose of this button, if there are no existing sets of parents for this individual the text on the button reads . Do not use this button if your intention is to add the current individual as a child of an already existing family, as the dialog this button invokes can only create completely new families. Instead go to one of the partners in the family that you wish to add this individual to, edit that parent and click on the button of that parent.button, or using the alt-P keyboard shortcut, opens a
Clicking on the list of families dialog that permits selecting from or adding to the list of marriages and other relationships for this individual. As an aid to understanding the purpose of this button, if there are no existing families to which this individual belongs as a partner the text on the button reads .button, or using the alt-F keyboard shortcut, opens a
Clicking on the list of pictures dialog that permits editing or adding to or deleting from the images associated with this individual. Note that you also have the option of associating images with the family rather than the individual. The images here should be those in which the individual is the principle subject.button, or using the alt-I keyboard shortcut, opens a
An individual may have an associated address record which provides more detail about how to contact the individual, which may include a detailed surface mail address, phone numbers, an e-mail address, and a web page URL. If such a record already exists for this individual the dialog displays an edit address dialog.button for the address. If the address does not already exist the dialog displays an button. Clicking on this button with the mouse, or using the alt-A keyboard shortcut displays an
The Research Notes field contains textual notes about your research on this individual. This information, and associated citations, can be viewed and edited by clicking on the Edit Research Notes dialog.button, or using the Alt-R keyboard shortcut. This displays the
The Medical Notes field contains textual notes about the medical history of this individual. This information, and associated citations, can be viewed and edited by clicking on the Edit Medical Notes dialog.button. This displays the
On the next row of the dialog you can control the visibility of information about the individual to casual visitors. Note that all individuals less than 98 years old are treated as private. That means their name is visible to visitors but no other information. By setting Private to "Yes" you can designate that an individual older than 98 is to be handled the same way. By setting Private to "Invisible" the very existence of the individual is not revealed.
If the "Never Married" checkbox is selected then the report on the individual will include a note that they were never married. Note that this checkbox cannot be selected if the individual is a spouse in a family.
The "User Reference" field is typically used to contain an identifier that is significant to the author of the tree. For example it may indicate the relationship of the individual to the author.
The "Ancestral Reference" field is set to the unique identifier for the corresponding individual in the Ancestral File database maintained by the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints (LDS) and viewable on its website www.familysearch.org.
The "Ancestor Interest" selection list is used to indicate how much interest you have in adding information about the ancestors of this individual.
The "Descendant Interest" selection list is used to indicate how much interest you have in adding information about the descendants of this individual.
If you are sharing the research and maintenance of a portion of the family tree with other family historians, you can grant them permission to update the family tree by clicking on the dialog is displayed that asks you to select the other user to whom you wish to grant this authority to update the current individual, and the current individual's ancestors and descendants.button. When you click on this button a