The Facts view 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.
Fig 1. The Facts view.
The facts list
A full list of facts for the selected person is displayed in the facts list. 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. You can filter the list and collapse sections containing each type of fact. Use the right-click options to add or remove a fact.
Fig 2. The facts list.
Select a fact to edit it. Details about the fact can be edited in the right-hand panel.
Fig 3. Editing facts.
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 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. If you want to add an attribute which is not already in the list, choose the generic 'Fact' item from the list. You can customise the name of the attribute by entering a value in the type field on the edit fact screen.
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. If you want to add an event which is not already in the list, choose the generic 'Event' item from the list. You can customise the name of the event by entering a value in the type field on the edit fact screen.
Family events are similar to individual events except the event involves two people for example a marriage.
Entering custom facts
There are lots of predefined facts which can be added to individuals, but if you need to record a different type of fact, first add a generic 'Fact' or 'Event' to an individual. You can customise the name of the fact by entering a value in the type field on the edit fact screen. Any custom facts with a type will be available to select in the facts list the next time you add a fact.
Customising the facts list
You can hide some fact types from the selection list by right-clicking an item in the available fact types list and selecting "Hide fact type". You can also reset the list of fact types selecting the "Reset fact types" option.
Fig 4. Customising the fact type list.
Custom fact types include a small grey circle on their icon.
Primary facts include a star on their icon. These fact types cannot be hidden from the list.
On some occasions, you may want to store multiple facts for example when different source documents specify conflicting birthdate information. In these cases, 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.
Information from primary facts is displayed throughout the application to represent that person. Use the right-click options to select a different primary fact.
Fig 5. Setting a primary fact.