Facts

The Facts panel is the place to record all the important details about the lives of family members.  All facts can store details about the date and place of the fact, how old the person was at the time, notes about it and citations which reference the sources of the information.

Adding and editing facts

A full list of facts is displayed in the facts panel. The type of fact, the location and date are shown for individual facts.  Shared facts display the name of the other person associated with the fact.  Select a fact to access any editable information about the fact.  To edit the whole family's facts, use the Family Facts view.

The facts list

Fig 1. The facts list.

You can add facts to the currently selected person.  To add, remove or set a fact as the primary fact, right click the facts list. 

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Fig 2. Adding a fact.

Details about the fact can be edited in the panel below the facts list.

Editing fact details

Fig 3. Editing fact details.

Types of fact

There are lots of predefined types of facts which can be added to individual people.  Shared facts can also be added if the current person has one or more spouses or partners.

Attributes

Attributes are general pieces of information about an individual person such as their title and nationality.  Attributes have 'details' which summarise the textual representation of information.

Events

Events store details of significant happenings in an individual person's life such as their birth and death.  Every person must have a birth event and if they are deceased, they must have a death event.

Family

Family events are similar to individual events except the event involves two people for example a marriage.

Generic attributes and events

If you want to add an attribute or event which is not already in the list of possible attributes and events, you can add a generic "fact" or "event". These generic types are fully customisable and you can specify extra information about the type of information being stored.

Conflicting information

On some occasions, you may want to store multiple facts for example when different source documents specify conflicting birth date information. In these case, you can add multiple birth events to store the information and then select the preferred birth as the primary event. Information from the primary fact is displayed throughout the application to represent that person.

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