Ancestors Report, Compact Style Ancestors Report, Normal Style Descendants Report, Compact Style Descendants Report, With Children

You can create user-defined reports giving details of the ancestors or descendants of an individual. You can also create a report for all individuals within a GEDCOM, or all the tagged individuals.

Reports are available in a wide variety of formats and styles. They can be added to the main menu and are saved between invocations of GedScape. Reports can be included as part of an overall web export of a GEDCOM file. You can also export a single report for use on a website; such web exports can be standalone or they can link to separate pages that provide the full details of the individuals referenced from the report. Reports may include charts, tables, photos, footnotes and narrative text.

Reports are mainly controlled through the options on the Report menu.

  • To create a new report choose Report|Create Report. If the report is to be an ancestors or descendants report, i.e. one that starts from a given individual, you should first navigate to the record details page of the starting individual before selecting Create Report.
  • To switch to display a report you previously created, open the Report menu and select it by name. There is space on the menu for up to 20 user-defined reports. Alternatively if you have chosen to have the report appear in the main menu you can just open it from there.
  • To adjust the details of a given report, first display it (as above) then choose Report|Report Properties.
  • To change the order of the reports within both the Report menu and main menu choose Report|Organize Reports and reposition the reports in the list. You can also use this option to change any of the properties of the existing reports.
  • To permanently delete a given report, first display it then choose Report|Delete Report.
  • To create a web export (HTML) of a given report, first display it then choose Report|Export Report as Web Page.

For a report to appear on the main menu you need to have the Include on main menu option within that report's properties checked.

NOTE: For a report to be exported as part of a website export of your GEDCOM file, it must appear in the main menu. This is because the Report menu, as with all the other menus, does not form part of an exported website; in order to get included as part of a website export it must be accessible through the main menu.

TIP: By creating an ancestors or descendants report with the number of generations set to one, you can in effect create a highly customized page containing various information, including charts, about a specific individual which you can then have included in the main menu. This is a good way to customize the main menu of a family website, to include an easy way to jump to the information about key ancestors, founding fathers, etc. To see an example of this in practice, display the sample GEDCOM and examine the main menu entries (i.e. choose File|Open Sample GEDCOM).