Welcome to the third edition of the GenoPro Newsletter. If you missed our previous newsletters they are available online.
This video shows you how to insert a divorce and a second spouse on your genogram, as divorce and re-marriage are a common family situation. It also shows you how to enter display information over the union line to indicate the time frame of the union (date of marriage and date of divorce).Video: Divorce and adding a Second Spouse
This video teaches you all about table layouts. Table layouts diplay the entire content of your family tree in a grid format and can be useful for sorting data, finding information, compiling statistics, navigating in your family tree, and finding errors and replacing them.
The various features of the table layout can help you save time and energy, as all the information is located in one place and any column of the table can be sorted for easy navigating. You can also copy the information of the table layouts into spreadsheets for sharing with others.
Video: Customizing your HTML Report
This video teaches you how to customize an HTML report by editing the report skin. In this example, you will learn how to add a report title, a report description, and a picture on your home page.
This video is a bit more advanced as it shows you how to modify code to make HTML markers live in the report. This allows you to insert media files without having the codes appear as text.
Have you ever put down a book without finishing it simply because you could not keep the characters straight from one reading to the next? Or maybe you have a book report to write, but you just do not know where to start? Or maybe you are a teacher and you would like to get your students interested in a required reading? Or maybe you are an author and you are planning to write a complex novel? The reasons to start your own book genogram are endless!
As an English literature major at university and amateur genealogist, I found a way to unite my two passions through making book genograms. I have put together Harry Potter’s genogram, and plan to make many more book genograms in the coming years. After all, genograms are perfectly suited for books, as they tell the story of people whose lives are interrelated within a defined period of time.
Book genograms are often easier to put together than a family genogram because they require very little research, as the story is already spelled out for you right on the pages. Book genograms are great for also great for sharing, as they will be very interesting to anyone who has read the book or who is planning on reading it.
The first step in creating your book genogram is to start reading your book! Keep a notebook handy, or enter information in GenoPro as you read. You will be surprised to know that your book genogram will likely already be quite well-defined before the end of the first chapter. Usually, within the first few paragraphs, you will be introduced to the main character and the people in his/her immediate surrounding.
An excellent way to identify your main character on your genogram is to double-click on the main character, select the Display tab, then select Draw borders around object. This will draw a border around the character, and focus on the character, as seen here on Harry:
Unless you are reading a biography, it is not likely that you will have biographical data on your characters such as date of birth or place of birth, but you may have indications on the approximate age of the character or country where the story is taking place, so be sure to enter that data in the appropriate slots in the individual properties window.
Once you have entered most characters, it is time to consider entering the various relationships that exist between the characters, as this is what really brings the book genogram to life. Which characters are best friends, and which are arch-enemies? Who is involved in an extra-marital affair, and who is deeply committed? Use any or all social and emotional relationships available to you in GenoPro to portray the interrelations of characters. To enter social and emotional relationships, select a character, right-click on their gender symbol and select New social relationship or New emotional relationships from the menu, then select the appropriate relationship and the appropriate character to link the relationship to. Keep adding relationships until your book genogram is as colourful as your book cover!
If you are reading or writing a book or a series that takes place over a long period of time, consider making various genograms portraying various time spans of the book or series. You can use GenoMaps to show the evolution of the story and characters. Create hyperlinks on the main character to navigate from one GenoMap to the other. To create a hyperlink, right-click on the character, and select New Hyperlink from the menu, then choose a GenoMap to begin your next time span. You can rename your GenoMaps with a descriptive name to identify the time span, such as Chapters 1-5, Book 1, or Early life.
Before you know it, you will have a complete visual display of the novel you are reading, and you will gain an understanding of the characters and the story like never before. Don’t forget to label your genogram by clicking on File > Properties > Document, and entering the book’s title in the Title box. Now, just like you would share a good book, be sure to share your book genogram with your fellow readers!
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