These pages display all the data for a specific GEDCOM record.
Whilst mainly used to show details about an individual, record details pages can actually be displayed for every record within a GEDCOM file including the header record, all the family records, and all supporting records such as source records, note records and so on. For further information see File Structure.
The record details page comprises a number of tabs. Tabs are disabled and cannot be clicked if there is no data available under that tab.
The full list of possible tabs is as follows:
For individuals and family records this may include a table of key details, a narrative text describing the person/family in a free reading sentence-like style, photo(s), and details of any children also with optional photos.
For other record types this tab just lists the main record details.
A table showing a chronological list of events/happenings associated with this individual/family.
The main data shown are the events/attributes stored as part of the individual/family record but it can also include data from closely associated records: a person's children, their spouse, the families they are linked to (as both child and spouse).
|Family and Parents chart tabs||
For individual records these are separate tabs to show the persons families as a child (i.e. their birth family) and as a spouse (i.e. their family as a parent).
Individuals who have had 2 or more spouses have multiple family charts; you can move from one to another by clicking links to the left/right of the spouse boxes in the chart.
Family records have a single family chart tab.
For individual and family records this shows a chart of the near ancestors in pedigree format to a depth of 4 generations.
Lists all GEDCOM events associated with the individual/family in chronological order.
For individual and family records this shows a chart of the near descendants using a reverse pedigree layout.
Lists all GEDCOM notes associated with the record.
This will include notes stored at the 'record level' as well as any notes associated with specific fields/events.
Lists all GEDCOM attributes1 associated with the individual in chronological order.
Lists all GEDCOM source citations associated with the record.
This will include both 'record level' citations and any associated with specific fields/events.
|LDS Individual Ordinances and LDS Spouse Sealings||
These list all GEDCOM LDS data associated with an individual/family.
See LDS Support.
Lists all GEDCOM multimedia links associated with the record.
This will include multimedia stored at the 'record level' as well as any multimedia associated with specific fields/events.
Shows the raw GEDCOM text for this record, but with clickable links to associated records.
Shows the raw GEDCOM fields for this record, with their GEDCOM tag names.
Shows a list of all records within the GEDCOM that link to this record (i.e. a cross reference).
You can remove unwanted tabs from the record details pages of individuals and family records. You can either do this globally (to affect all records), or individually or for groups of ancestors/descendants of an individual.
The main reason why you would want to do this is, when exporting a web site, to cut down the size of the web site generated. Typically within most GEDCOM files there will be a large number of individuals for which little information is known, and many of the record details tabs will be empty or contain little of interest. What you can do is set the default record tabs to just include, say, the Overview and Chronology tabs, but then specifically enable additional record tabs for those individuals of interest. E.g. to include chart tabs.
To set the default record tabs (i.e. those that apply to all records excepting those for which specific record tabs have been set) select Preferences from the File menu (Mac: use the 'GedScape' application menu) menu and then choose Default Record Tabs.
To set record-specific tabs, first display the details page for the individual you want to set tabs for, then choose Record|Set Displayed Tabs. You can also set the tabs for an individual plus a set number of his/her ancestors/descendants in a single operation: use the Record|Set Ancestor Displayed Tabs or Record|Set Descendant Displayed Tabs options instead.
There are many ways to customize the record details tabs. Some of these are specific to particular tabs, others have wider effect. Most customizations are made using the Preferences window: select Preferences from the File menu (Mac: use the 'GedScape' application menu).
The following general customizations apply to all tabs.
To change the format for all displayed dates open the Preferences window, click on the Style tab, select General from the list and then adjust the Date format setting.
|Footnotes and Embedded notes, citations, multimedia||
There are various options to control the appearance of notes, citations and images in all the tabs.
For further information see References.
You can adjust the case (upper/lower etc.) used for forenames, surnames and place names used throughout the record details pages. This is an easy way to have these data presented uniformly irrespective of how they are given in the GEDCOM file.
To change these settings, open the Preferences window, click on the Style tab, select General from the list and then adjust the various case options.
Choose between UPPER CASE, lower case, Title Case, and so on.
Most of the choices here are self-explanatory. However, the Smart Placename Formatting option requires a detailed description. It behaves like Title Case except that it also removes extraneous commas from a comma separated place name, and it knows the abbreviations for many states and territories which are then output in upper case, such as the 2-letter abbreviations for US states.
|Full Personal Names||
Personal names can be stored in GEDCOM in a highly structured way, with separate fields for forename, surname, title, name suffix, nickname and so on.
If you want you can have these fields displayed separately in full on the Overview tab in the individual record details. Alternatively you can just have GedScape display the person's full name as a single line.
To change this setting, open the Preferences window, click on the Miscellaneous tab and then check/uncheck the Display full personal name structures option.
You can choose the style of life span you like to appear after an individual's name in most of the places where names are shown in the record details page.
E.g. you can choose plain undecorated names say 'Joe Bloggs' or you might want the birth year and death year added as in 'Joe Bloggs 1845-1903'.
To do this, open the Preferences window, click on the Miscellaneous tab and then change the Affix individual names with setting.
You can select from a range of color schemes that will affect the whole display.
To do this, open the Preferences window, click on the Style tab and then select Color Scheme from the list.
|Alternating Table Colors||
You can opt to have adjacent rows in the various tables of the record details page shown with slightly different background colors to make then easier to distinguish. This is the default setting.
To change it, open the Preferences window, click on the Style tab, select General from the list and then check/uncheck the Alternating table background colors option.
The following general customizations only apply to specific tabs as described:
|Customizations Specific to Particular Tabs|
For individual and family records you can select which of the various page elements appear (key details table, narrative text, photo(s), child narratives and child photos).
To do this, open the Preferences window, click on the Style tab and then select General from the list. In amongst the various options listed there are checkboxes to enable/disable the Overview tab elements.
To control which GEDCOM events are to be included in the Chronology tabs open the Preferences window, click on the Advanced tab and then select either Individual Chronology or Family Chronology from the list.
|Family, Parents, Pedigree and Descendants chart tabs||
Extensive customization options are available for these tabs, through the Preferences window. Click on the Style tab and then select the Family Charts, Descendant Charts or Pedigree Charts option from the list.
|Notes, Citations and Multimedia tabs||
These tabs will always display all the notes, citations and multimedia associated with the displayed record. However you can adjust how indirect note/source/multimedia records are treated within the display.For further information see References.
You can set the number of columns and the width of the thumbnail images shown. To locate this option, open the Preferences window, click on the Style tab and then select General from the list.
|LDS Individual Ordinances and LDS Spouse Sealings tabs||
You can disable LDS-specific features, such as these tabs, entirely. To do this, open the Preferences window, click on the Miscellaneous tab and then uncheck the Enable LDS specific features option.For further information see LDS Support.
1. GEDCOM attributes are somewhat similar to events but are generally associated with information that is not tied to a single specific date. E.g. a person's residence is an attribute in GEDCOM because it applies to a date range whereas a baptism is an event because it is associated with a specific date.