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HtmlPedigree: Editing the chart pedigree

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The appearance of the chart pedigree can be edited in several ways. This can be done either when the web pages are initially created (before saving them to file) or by reading them back later, editing the chart and then resaving them.

These changes should be preserved when the web pages are subsequently updated, provided the program is successful in matching the records in the GEDCOM with those in the web pages.

To edit the chart pedigree, first display the relevant part of the chart using the alphabetical lists of links to individuals in the left-hand panel. (You can also navigate through the chart by clicking arrows or by using the "Chart format" menu, in the same way as for the web pages - see instructions here - or by using the "Back" and "Forward" icons, or the corresponding items in the "History" menu.)


By default, the first line of text in each box of the chart gives the individual's name, and the following lines give, in slightly smaller characters, the dates of birth (or baptism, or christening) and death (or burial, or funeral) where available. A date of marriage may also be shown, where available.

To edit the text, right click on the box in the chart, and modify the text in the dialogue box that appears. Any section of text can be split into more lines if required. You can also choose to prevent a marriage date being displayed. When finished, click "OK" to save the changes. (When the website has been saved, this will modify the text on the chart, but not on the other web pages.)

Children with only one known parent

In case there are individuals for whom only one parent is known, the program allows one parent in the chart to be hidden, to avoid a redundant blank box being shown.

To hide a parent, right click near one of the lines joining the parents together, or joining the parents to the children. Then select "Hide male" or "Hide female" as appropriate in the dialogue box, and click "OK" to save the change. Note that this option is not available if the couple has no children, or if the individual to be hidden has parents. The change can later be reversed by selecting "Show male" or "Show female".

Note also that if a family has only one spouse indicated in the GEDCOM file, the other will be hidden by default in the chart pedigree.

Doubtful and illegitimate connections

If a connection is doubtful or illegitimate, this can be indicated by a question mark or a zig-zag line in the chart pedigree.

To indicate doubt or illegitimacy for the parentage of an individual, right click on that individual in the chart and select the appropriate option in the dialogue box.

To indicate doubt or illegitimacy relating to a family, right click near the lines representing the family and select the appropriate option. This allows doubt or illegitimacy to be indicated collectively for all children of a couple, rather than for individual children.