Searching for persons

Searching for persons 150 150 Heredis Help Knowledgebase

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 menu > View Root Person.

See also The Root Person for more details.

Search by Name

  • Select Find menu > Search by Name
  • or click the Find button on the toolbar and then click Search by Name.

(Mac) Search by Name window

(Windows) Search by Name window

  1. Type the first letters of the Surname in the Surname input field. Heredis will display all persons with this surname and variations that you will have defined in the Names Index.
    The search is carried out in the mode you have chosen. To change it, select Tools menu > Heredis Preferences. Select the Search option on the first letters of the name (Search Starts with) or Search the name (Search Contains) in the General tab.
  2. In the Given Name box, type the first letters of the given name to narrow your search.
  3. Tick the boxes M, F or ? to limit the search to men, women or persons of indeterminate gender.
  4. Tick the Direct-Line Ancestors box to limit the search to direct ancestors.

Info • In front of each individual, a colored square indicates the gender of the individual: blue for men, pink for women and green for individuals whose gender is not determined. If a square appears with yellow in the center, it is that of a direct ancestor bearing a Sosa number.

To be sure to correctly identify the person you want, select him/her and check all the information that appears in the Summary area. Click View or double-click the name to display the selected individual as the primary person in a new Immediate Family.

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.

(Mac) Search by Ahnentafel number

(Windows) Search by Ahnentafel number

  • Click Find > Search by Number  on the toolbar or choose Find menu > Search by Number.
  • 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).
  • 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 or FamilySearch 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 menu > Search by Number
  2. Click the User Number or FamilySearch Number tab and type in the number to search.
  3. Click OK to display the person corresponding to the number as the primary person.

(Windows) Search by number

(Mac) Search by number

Search for a bookmarked person

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

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.

(Windows) Bookmarks


(Mac) Bookmarks


Search for family connections

Open the 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.

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

(Windows) Relations Panel


(Mac) Relations Panel

Info • When a category contains persons connected with an event (godfather, declarant, witness…), it is marked with a blue symbol in Sundry Links tab of personal Data screen. See also Sundry Links.

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

Heredis allows you to search for links between two persons. For further details, see Find Relationship article.

Search for duplicates in the file

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

For further details, see Find duplicates.