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Overview

A Relationship Chart is a User Item that creates a chart that shows how two people are related. You specify the subjects of the chart and GedSite finds the lineage between them and shows each relative in that lineage.

If one person is an ancestor of the other, the chart will have a single column of boxes, with each row representing a generation between the ancestor and the descendant. If neither person is an ancestor of the other, then the chart will show lines of descent from their nearest common ancestor.

For people in the chart who have a person page entry, the chart entry links to the person page entry and vice-versa.

If the two subjects you designate are not related, the Make Site process will fail.

Examples

Example 1

screenshot of relationship chart with one column

Subject 1 Is Ancestor of Subject 2

Example 2

screenshot of relationship chart with one column, spouses included

Subject 1 Is Ancestor of Subject 2 (includes spouses)

Example 3

screenshot of relationship chart with two columns

Subject 1 and Subject 2 Are Related via a Common Ancestor

Example 4

screenshot of relationship chart with two columns, spouses included

Subject 1 and Subject 2 Are Related via a Common Ancestor (includes spouses)

Example 5

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Subject 1 and Subject 2 Are Related via Different Spouses of a Common Ancestor

Edit Relationship Chart

The Edit Relationship Chart window controls the properties of a Relationship Chart.

Shared Properties

Chart colors are determined by the Theme but can be changed by the user via the properties in the Theme.Chart section. Other stylesheet options are controlled via the subsections under the the Styles.Charts section.

Chart Tab

Title

The Title property identifies the User Item in the User Items list.

Enabled

See Enabled in the Common Properties section of the User Items help page.

Subject 1

Specify the ID number of one of the subjects of the chart in the Subject 1 textbox.

Subject 2

Specify the ID number of one of the subjects of the chart in the Subject 2 textbox.

Picklist

You may use one of the Picklist buttons to select a subject. THe Picklist button changes the value of the subject textbox that is above it.

Include Spouses

If the Include Spouses property is checked, the Relationship Chart will include the ancestor spouses of the direct line ancestors.

Use Spouse Style

If Use Spouse Style is checked, spouse boxes will use the Chart Spouse Box style. If Use Spouse Style is unchecked, the spouse box will be styled based on gender.

Legend

Person Legend

The Person Legend property determines whether GedSite adds items that explain the entries in the chart that are colored by gender, and if so, where they will appear:

  • None – not added to the legend
  • Top – added to the top legend only
  • Top, Bottom – added to both the top and bottom legend
  • Bottom – added to the bottom legend only

Accent Legend

The Accent Legend property determines whether GedSite adds items that explain the entries in the chart that are colored by an Accent, and if so, where they will appear. The choices are the same as listed above.

Legend entries are mixed together. The subject item appears first, then accent items, if any, followed by the person items.

screenshot of chart legend

Example Legend

In the example, the "Direct Ancestors" item was created with an Accent Item.

Class

The Class textbox allows you to specify the name of a CSS class that will be added to the chart's container. To alter the appearance of every chart that shares the class name, define the class using a User Style.

Add References

If Add References is checked, GedSite will add a chart-type reference to each person who is included in the chart.

Add Spouse References

If Add Spouse References is checked, GedSite will add a chart-type reference to each spouse who is included in the chart. Add Spouse References is disabled if Add References is not checked.

Name and Date Tab

Name Format

The Name Format pull-down menu controls the format of names in the chart. The choices are "Full Name" and "Name w/ Middle Initials". The default is "Name w/ Middle Initials".

When Name Format is set to "Name w/ Middle Initials", GedSite transforms the given name field into a first name and middle initial.

Given names that include any of these characters are not changed:

" ' , ; : ( ) [ ]

For example, "John (Jack)" will appear as "John (Jack)", i.e., it is unchanged.

If a given name begins with one or more initials, the first non-initial middle name is retained. For example, "J. William Henry" will appear as "J. William".

If a given name includes more than one middle name, only the initial for the first middle name is retained. For example, "John Jacob Jingleheimer" will appear as "John J.".

When a chart includes a shortened version of the given name, the visitor may hover over the chart entry to see the person's full name.

Date Format

The Date Format pull-down menu controls the format of dates in the chart. It has the same choices as the date formats property described in the Dates section. The default is "Aaa yyy".

Lifespan Format

The Lifespan Format determines the format of lifespans in the chart. The default value is "(b. birth, d. death)".

The tooltip that is visible when a visitor hovers their mouse over a chart entry shows a lifespan will full dates.

Boxes Tab

The Boxes tab includes several properties for managing the layout of the chart.

The Width and Height properties control the size of the boxes.

The Row Leading, Connector Offset, and Connector Width properties control the spacing of the boxes in the chart.

Box Spacing (w/o spouses)

Box Spacing Adjusted for Spouses

When the chart includes spouses, they are nested inside the box of their partner. The width of the partner box is expanded by the connector-offset to provide some spacing around the nested box.

Accents Tab

Use the Accents tab to add Accent Items to highlight selected members of the chart.

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