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To me the whole question of how much to cite is an artifact of trying to use lineage-linked software as a tool for recording what we find in evidence. It took me years to figure out that these programs are designed to keep track of the material which we have already 'proven' or at least have concluded belongs to the same person. This may sound obvious, but ...


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The short answer is that you cannot create a "correct" citation because you have nothing to cite. The purpose of a citation is to allow another researcher to identify, locate and re-examine the evidence that you have used. Obviously no-one else will be able to present on the exact car journey where you had the conversation (which is now in the past). The ...


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Absolute and relative pathnames are used in many different types of software. I found a good explanation of the difference in the Help of ArcGIS Desktop (a specialty of mine) on a page titled Paths explained: Absolute, relative, UNC, and URL, but it should apply equally to Gramps: Absolute, or full, path An absolute, or full, path begins with a ...


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It is all about proof or lack of it. Personally I record them all. If you record every piece of information it will help others later to confirm your research and it will also enable you to identify any possible errors. In my experience our ancestors were often 'mistaken' as to their age particularly on census records. I have some whose age varies by 20 ...


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Gramps 5 allows you to adjust the content of the GEDCOM to suit the intended use (identified by the software to receive the file), so the precise answer to your question will depend upon the option you choose. Some targets will involve more 'loss" than others. If you intend to use (plain vanilla) GEDCOM 5.5, then anything not specified in the standard (see ...


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I am not sure if you are looking for a horizontal descendant tree or just alternatives to printing out a descendant tree other than using Gramps itself. I am going to focus on alternatives to built in charting like what would be in Gramps, FamilyTreeMaker, Mac FamilyTree, etc. as well as point out which ones do horizontal trees. Depending on which platform ...


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Part of the reason for confusion here may be that genealogy software tends to be very person-centered, and it's easy to fall into a person-centered workflow. We tend to think of gathering information about a person, then adding it to our database, then attaching the source citation as an afterthought. It's natural to take a person-centered approach as we are ...


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TL;DR export your family tree in XML format in windows version and import it in new family tree in linux version. I quoted this from gramps bugtracker where I reported this 'feature' 2 years ago, the answer was: To use databases like that you need to have same version of db library and their python binding on both system or they can be of newer ...


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The Gramps Wiki includes the page: GEPS 027: Gender as an Entry Field. It address the exact issue you are bringing up with Gramps, i.e. that the categories of Female, Male and Unknown do not allow you to catalog some people. This is addressed as "a mistake which continues to invisiblize and alienate people". This page includes a proposed solution (...


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I suggest that you start at our portal: https://gramps-project.org/wiki/index.php?title=Portal:Using_Gramps There's a lot to read over there, including suggestions on how to record data in various forms. On the subject of marriage, Gramps is not much different from other GEDCOM based software, in the sense that you can follow what I think is common. You ...


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It is a sophisticated method to explore your tree. Prolog is great for asking questions like those in the blog post. It is very powerful, and can concisely represent complex ideas. But it isn't very good at doing stats or general queries. If one knew the power of Prolog, then you could apply those ideas to a tree. Probably only useful for special-purpose ...


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I don't think that will be very easy to do because most of the data in the database is stored as serialised python data structures, rather than easily readable fields. There is work ongoing to add support for additional database backends in the next major release, such as sqlite or postgres, but currently that still stores most of the data as blobs of ...


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It can be dangerous. For example, on Linux, you might get an automatic update of the low-level BSDDB database library. This can make it so that you can no longer open the file on the other OS (or even under Linux for that matter). Good news: Gramps 5.0 (later this year) will allow you to use a real database server, or a better DB file (sqlite) so these ...


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The top surnames gramplet can be configured to display this. Take note of the total number of surnames and navigate to ~/.gramps/Gramplets_grampletview_gramplets.ini in your file browser. Open the file and scroll to the Top Surnames section. On the data[0]=10 line, change the 10 to the number of surnames that there are. Save and exit the file. The ...


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I am sorry I can't help with a method of doing it in Gramps. However, Gramps can create a Gedcom file. There is a free on-line utility called Ged2Wordle that will do what you want. It is available here. Disclaimer: I wrote this utility for someone else and it is my website.


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Try this for the export part: Index: src/plugins/export/ExportGedcom.py =================================================================== --- src/plugins/export/ExportGedcom.py (revision 23370) +++ src/plugins/export/ExportGedcom.py (working copy) @@ -634,7 +632,7 @@ key = str(attr.get_type()) value = attr.get_value().strip()....


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As asked for above, here's what worked for me using gramps 3.4 The problem is in the GEDCOM interpreter, (libgedcom.py), which is located in the $(GRAMPS)/plugins/lib directory. Gramps does not have a specification for the _FSFTID flag in this file. What I did, (which as far as I can tell doesn't break anything), is as follows: Added a TOKEN__FSFTID ...


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Yes, this is a bit of a point of confusion. Currently in Gramps, I would list the Marriage Type/Status of a family as the last known status. You can create Marriage and Divorce events for the Family, but I would put the Family Type as "Divorced".


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There are several ways you can approach this. You can consider a census as an event, even though it was not an important life event. Since it was not an important event, you would also not be wrong to only consider a census a source. In Gramps, one way of doing it is: Add the census as an event from the Person's main page: On the census event, go to the ...


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You can, but it is a bit convoluted: Export your tree in Gramps XML Change the extension from .gramps to .gz Unzip the file Edit the XML to remove the misspelled type Save the file Rename it back to .gramps Import the file into a new tree


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First of all, I second the recommendation offered by @HarryVervet in comments: Don't consider it as "redoing the work". Think of it as verifying and correcting other people's research! It may seem laborious at the time, but you'll be thankful in the long term that you didn't import possibly incorrect data into your tree wholesale. I also do not ...


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Here's my solution that works on Ubuntu 15.04 using python3. #!/usr/bin/python3 import sys, os # Add the home directory to sys.path sys.path.append('/usr/lib/python3/dist-packages/') from gramps.gen.dbstate import DbState from gramps.gen.db import DbBsddb import gramps.gen.db.read as read from gramps.gen.lib import Person def callback(value): pass ...


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You can simply record the whole conversation as one source (optionally with multiple EVEN structures for multiple distinct topics) and cite it as such: Source: 1 @Sn@ SOUR 2 AUTH myself 2 TITL Stuff I talked about with Jim while in the car last Wednesday optionally: 2 DATA 3 EVEN which event types were talked about 4 DATE date period when the events took ...


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Although it's not obvious on our download page, we always try to release a Gramps version for all platforms at the same time. You can download version 3.4.8 for Linux, Mac OS X, and Windows here: http://sourceforge.net/projects/gramps/files/Stable/3.4.8/ For Linux, you need the .deb file from the list, and not the latest version recommended by SourceForge ...


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You cannot customize the fonts and appearance within Gramps itself, but it is quite straighforward to modify the GTK theme settings. For the latest version for Windows (4.2.1), find the config file. Go to the base path for Gramps in Program Files > etc > gtk-3.0 > settings.ini Open up the settings.ini and add or change a line: gtk-font-name = Arial 8 (or ...


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You can look up a place, given a place handle: place = db.get_place_from_handle(place_handle) print(place.name.value)


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Yes, this is a serious problem with the current Gramps file format. (We are switching databases in Gamps 5.0 to prevent this from happening again.) If you can't find a version that will open it, you might try: see if you can "dump" the data with a command-line db-dump command (probably will have to download Berkeley DB tools) see if you can find someone to ...


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You can reset the base path for media to whatever directory you want, as shown in the Gramps 4.1 Wiki Manual - Settings. The setting is found in: Preferences > General > Base path for relative media paths You should copy everything to the new PC before making any changes to settings. There shouldn't be any need to copy, move, or edit the config file ...


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One idea is to view how Gramps writes its own XML file Another is to join the Gramps developers mailing list and ask. I don't believe many of the developers are here Also see: RDDL Directory for GRAMPS XML format 1.7.1


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