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Searching for persons

Search for persons

Find the Root Person

The Root Person is the individual who lies at the base of your genea­logical research and who bears the Ahnentafel No. 1.

  • Click  Root on the toolbar.
  • Choose Find > View Root Person.

Search for a direct ancestor

If the person is a direct ancestor in the lineage of the Root Person, Heredis has automatically assigned an Ahnentafel number to this person.
1. Click Find > Search by Number  on the toolbar or choose Find > Search by Number.
2. Click the Ahnentafel Number tab and type the number to be searched.
You can type any one of the numbers carried by the person you are searching for if there is more than one (implex).
3. Click OK to display the person corresponding to the selected number as the primary person.

If no person corresponds to the number typed, try another number. Click Cancel to abandon the search.

Search for a person by his/her personal number

You may perhaps have indicated a personal number to some persons in your genealogy. You can find these people with this number.

Info • Use the Comprehensive or Customized input mode to view the User Number input field.

1. Click the Find > Search by Number  button on the toolbar or choose Find > Search by Number.

PC Search by number

MAC Search by number


2. Click the User Number tab and type in the number to search.
3. Click OK to display the person corresponding to the number as the primary person.

Search for a bookmarked person

Open the Bookmarks panel that will display a temporary list of per­sons you require to access frequently.

PC Bookmarks

MAC Bookmarks

Double-click a person in the list to view as the primary person.

Info • To add a person to the Bookmarks list, use drag and drop, or click the (Add primary person to bookmarks) button on the panel toolbar.

Search for family connections

Open the (PC) Kinship, (MAC) Relations panel. It displays all the persons who are directly linked to the primary person: they are related, they are cited in one of the events, they played a role in his/her life or you have established a personal link between them.

PC Kinship’s Panel

MAC Relations Panel

Unfold the fields according to the type of relation linking the individ­ual and the primary person: Parents-in-Law, Cousins, Grandchildren, etc.

Info • When a category contains persons connected with an event (godfather, declarant, witness…), it is marked with a blue symbol.

Level 1 Information

Open the top level to see the names of parents or persons related to the primary person.
Consult the list of direct relatives, persons connected to an event for the primary person (godfather, best man, etc.) or those for whom you have created a personal link.

Info • The step relations (aunts and uncles by marriage, step-brothers and sisters, etc.) are shown in italics under the name of their spouse. Half-brothers and sisters are shown in grey.

Level 2 Information

If additional information is available, click the disclosure triangle next to their name to unfold this level.
Double-click the person sought to display him/her as the primary person on a new Immediate Family screen. Double-click the event to open it directly in the Personal Data tab.

Look for links between two individuals

The Find > Find Relationships menu function analyzes all connec­tions in your genealogy file to find how two people may be linked, even if they are not relatives, nor related by marriage.

The primary person is proposed by default as the first individual to be analyzed. You can change this by clicking on the magnifying glass (Choose a person).

Click on the magnifying glass to choose a second person. Then click Search to search for relationships.

Heredis will search for potential common ancestors. By selecting common ancestors found, a table displays the parallel paths of each selected individual leading to this ancestor.

Heredis will then check if they have a relationship by blood or by mar­riage: maternal great-uncle, brother-in-law, spouse of a cousin.

Heredis finally looks for any non-family links: Is there a person who was a witness at their marriage, or who declared their death?

Whatever type of relationship, it is displayed as a table where each line determines the relation: son of, mother of, declarer of the death of, etc. You will easily find the link that connects the two individuals.

All the tables showing links are printable.

Search for duplicates in the file

The search for duplicate identifies persons entered several times in the genealogy file.

1. Choose Find > Find Duplicates… or click Duplicates on the toolbar.
2. Enter a full or partial name or just the first letter, to limit the search for duplicates to only a part of the persons in your genealogy and shorten the search time.
3. Click Find.

For further details, see (PC) Permanent control for duplicates & Merge two persons(Mac) Permanent control for duplicates & Merge two persons.