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Overview

You may add a Descendant Lineage item to the Person Entry list to add a lineage value to the person entry.

A lineage value shows the sequence of ancestors who lead from the current person to a designated ancestor called the progenitor. A lineage value may be a number that follows one of the supported numbering systems or a sequence of names in one of several formats. Each item may optionally be a link to the indicated ancestor.

For examples of lineage values, see the Format section below.

Properties

Title

Enter the title for the item. The title appears as a label of the lineage value in the person entry.

Progenitor ID

Specify the ID number of the progenitor. The person entry of any descendant of the progenitor will show the lineage value between the progenitor and the subject.

Picklist

Use the Picklist button to open the Picklist, a dialog window where you can select a person by name. If you use the Picklist button, GedSite will set the ID to the selected person's ID number.

Format

The Format determines the content of the lineage value. There are several available formats as described in the table below.

In the descriptions, the subject refers to the person whose person entry is being constructed when the Descendant Lineage item is creating a value.

Format Description
d'Aboville System The d'Aboville System is a descending numbering method named for Jacques d'Aboville. The lineage value begins with a "1" which represents the progenitor. Successive numbers, separated by periods, indicate the birth order of the descendant relative to that descendant's parent.

Example

1.2.10.1

d'Aboville System (dash) This is a variation of the d'Aboville System where the numbers are separated by dashes in place of periods

Example

1-2-10-1

Henry System The Henry System is a descending numbering method created by Reginald Buchanan Henry. The lineage value begins with a "1" which represents the progenitor. Successive digits indicate the birth order of the descendant relative to that descendant's parent. If the birth order is ten or higher, the digit is replaced by a letter where ten is "X", eleven is "A", twelve is "B", etc.

Example

12X1

Modified Henry System The Modified Henry System is a descending numbering method based on the Henry System created by Reginald Buchanan Henry. The lineage value begins with a "1" which represents the progenitor. Successive digits indicate the birth order of the descendant relative to that descendant's parent. In the Modified Herny system, birth orders higher than nine are wrapped in parentheses.

Example

12(10)1

First name The lineage value shows the first names of the ancestors of the subject beginning with the subject's parent and continuing through to the progenitor.

Example

MaryC, SarahB, GeorgeA

First name, surname on change The lineage value shows the first names of the ancestors of the subject beginning with the subject's parent and continuing through to the progenitor. If a parent does not have the same surname as his or her child, the parent's full name is shown.

Example

Mary Graham2, Sarah Bezanson1, George0

Full name The lineage value shows the full names of the ancestors of the subject beginning with the subject's parent and continuing through to the progenitor.

Example

Mary Graham2, Sarah Bezanson1, George Bezanson0

Link Ancestors

If Link Ancestors is checked, the ancestor names or numbers in the lineage value are links to that person if the person is included in the site.

Generation Format

The Generation Format determines if the lineage value includes a generation indicator superscript following the lineage value of each ancestor.

Generation Format Description
Omit generation The generation indicator is not included in the lineage value.

Example

1.8.1.1

Alphabetic generation The generation indicator is a letter. By default, the lineage values range from "A" to "Z", where the progenitor is assigned "A". The letters may be customized by editing the Strings.Generations.Alphabetic Values property via the Utilities > Edit Strings command. The letter assigned to the progenitor may be adjusted via the Generation Offset property.

Example

MaryC, SarahB, GeorgeA

Numeric generation The generation indicator is a number. By default, the progenitor is assigned zero, but the number assigned to the progenitor may be adjusted via the Generation Offset property.

Example

Mary Graham2, Sarah Bezanson1, George0

Generation Offset

The Generation Offset determines the starting generation number of the progenitor. The default is zero.

If the Generation Format is numeric, and the Generation Offset is zero, the progenitor will have the generation indicator "0" (zero). If the Generation Offset is one, the progenitor will have the generation indicator "1", etc.

If the Generation Format is alphabetic, and the Generation Offset is zero, the progenitor will have the generation indicator "A". If the Generation Offset is one, the progenitor will have the generation indicator "B", etc.

Output Type

The Output Type includes two choices as described below. The default is "Field".

Output Type Description
Field The title and the lineage value are added to the Person Entry. The Format chosen in the Format Section determines the exact output, but the typical output includes is the title in column one and the lineage value in column two.

Example

Lineage: 1.2.10.1

Prefix The lineage value is added to the Person Entry as text. The text floats to the left. If you place the Descendant Lineage item above the Subject Name item, the lineage value will be appear as a prefix to the name.

Example

1.2.10.1  John Doe

Prefix Example

The Prefix option for the Output Type property is intended to be used with the Subject Name item as shown in the screenshot below. The Descendant Lineage item has been added above the Subject Name item.

screenshot of Descendant Lineage item showing options set for use as prefix to subject name

When arranged as shown, the output will look like this:

screenshot of Descendant Lineage output with lineage text prior to subject name
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