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Family Tree View

This view is one of the most important presentations of our genealogy. It shows best the family relationships and allows for various forms of presentations.

A family tree is defined by its root person or family: it comprises all direct line ancestors and descendants of that entity (exception: adoption, see below).
Thus one tree is only a part of our database. E.g. the tree of a brother would comprise other persons, namely his husband and children.

Depending on the size of the boxes the tree pane shows a part of the current tree, but we can navigate through the whole tree as described below.

The Toolbar

The toolbar (use the tooltips) provides the following functions:

The slider zooms in and out.
'Show/Hide Overview' toggles the overview window (see below).
'Show vertical or horizontal layout' is self explaining.
'Show families and spouses' is self explaining too.
'Show fold/unfold symbols' toggles whether these symbols are shown. Clicking on these symbols shows or hides branches of the tree.
'Bookmarks' see below.
'Configure View' see below.

The screenshot function can copy to the clipboard a bitmap of the whole tree or the actually visible part of it. The bitmap can be imported into Gimp, but not into OpenOffice Writer (as of Nov 2010).
The print function prints the whole tree. In the preview we can adjust the scale and see the number of pages needed.


The tree can be browsed by using


Bookmarks help us to quickly jump (focus) in the tree view to certain persons. This is especially useful, where we have several unrelated family trees within one file.

Persons can be bookmarked via Context Menu (right-click) on their box.
'Bookmarks' allows to jump to and set the focus on one of the already defined bookmarks.
'Configure View' allows to manage the list of bookmarks.

Changing the Focus of the Tree and the Root

We change the root and at the same time the content of the current tree by

:!: Note: When we change the root individuals previously comprised might disappear if they cease to be direct line ancestors and descendants of the new root.

One click on an entity in the tree sets the focus, not the root of the tree. The editor shows the entity's data. This focus is marked in the tree, but the tree is not changed. Changing data in the editor does not change the tree.

Further spouses

Further spouses are indicated by a small handle with an arrow. Hitting these toggle the alternative relationships.

Showing adoption and foster families

Genj shows the variant of the pedigree that is inserted in the 'pedigree' tag PEDI of a person, see Adoption. This code indicates the child to family relationship for pedigree navigation purposes.

If we want to see e.g. linear linage (blood kinship) we have to enter the PEDI value 'birth'.

Configuring the Presentation

'Configure View' provides the following functions:

Defining the Content of the Boxes

The content of the boxes is defined by blueprints. There are some predefined blueprints and we can define our own.

To select or create a blueprint right-click on either an individual box or a family box and select from the context menu 'Select Blueprint'.

For more details see Blueprints.

Types of Family Trees or Pedigrees

Have a look into various types of family trees.

Proceed to Timeline View