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GenJ Usage Recommendations


In windows with more information than fits we see scroll-bars at the right and the bottom. But possibly we prefer other methods like:

Best is to try it out.

:!: Note: in some cases there is a different scrolling for the visible content and our selection (normally colored blue) within the content, e.g. in the Table View or the report selector. We can scroll the content in the window with the mouse wheel or the scrollbar on the right. Within the content we can move the focus with the mouse and the arrow keys.

Faster Access in Long Scroll Lists

When we want to add an entity, e.g. a note, a spouse, a child, to a person or family; or want to select a person as root in the family tree; or other similar occasions GenJ opens an 'Add …' window. If we don't want to create a new instance of an entity but want to set a relation to an existing one, we have to click on 'New instance'.

Now a long sorted list of entities with a scrollbar at the right is presented. To sort in another order click and select the order.

If we now type in the first characters of the entity we want to select, the list is scrolled to this name.

:-) This is especially useful with large files.

Perform GEDCOM Validations in Time

The GEDCOM Validation in 'Reports → Utility → GEDCOM Validation' will often show discrepancies in our data. Therefore we should run it in time so that we can clarify our questions during our research.

Multiple concurrent GenJ processes

Multiple GenJ can run concurrently. That is the way we could edit two files, e.g. compare them manually.

:!: Caution: If we open the same file multiple we should modify only in one of the processes. The last saving of the file overwrites any changes made in the other processes.

further keywords: parallel

Unrelated Entities – be careful

An unrelated data record is created via context menu anywhere: → 'GEDCOM <file>' → 'Add Individual|Family|Note|…'.

Such an entity is not linked to any other entity in the file, and we often forget to link it later.

This feature should be used only if we want to start another unrelated tree in this file; more exactly: a further set of linked entities.

We create an overview on these trees via menu 'Reports' → 'Text' → 'Trees'

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