Create and Edit a Book

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Create and Edit a Book

Your family tree has grown and you wish to share your findings with your family. The Ancestors or Descendants books are perfect for getting the interest of cousins or other relatives, even if they know nothing about genealogy. They are prepared in the same way as the sheets.

You can edit Filiatus written books to tell your genealogy. From the information you have gathered in your file, Heredis generates a complete book in written form and automatically adapts the vocabulary to the data type. This book includes cover page, dedication, acknowledgments, preface and introduction.

The written books offered in Heredis are elaborated according to the recommendations of the author of the Filiatus software. The presentation and the writing are particularly careful. Written in the style of the genealogy dictionaries of olden times (Father Anselme or Dictionary of the nobility), their presentation is nevertheless friendly and comprehensible by all, even neophytes on the subject.

The ancestors of each character are analyzed in all seams, to detect possible cousinings and to create the branches and sub-branches corresponding to the family structure studied.

Heredis puts two types of book at your disposal, books written from the primary person and books of the type «dictionary» based on all your genealogy.

The books written from the primary person
• Ancestors by generation
• Descendants by branch
• Clan: in this document, Heredis builds up the close family around the primary person: spouses, parents, uncles and aunts, grandparents, brothers and sisters, cousins, children, grandchildren …

The “dictionary” type books
• Patronymic dictionary: Heredis searches all men at the beginning of branches, classifies them by surname and generates their patrony­mic descent (this dictionary is inspired by René Jetté’s «Genealogical Dictionary of Families»).
• Genealogical dictionary: Heredis takes all individuals from your genealogy file, sorted alphabetically.
You can attach to these books, genealogical tables and a complete index of individuals, professions and places mentioned.

Creating a Book

Book Layout

1. Choose (PC) Reports > Books; (MAC) Documents > Books; or click the Books button in the toolbar.
2. Select the document type from the list on the left.
3. Select the appropriate graphic theme in the viewer.
4. Click on the different tabs to choose the appropriate construction parameters for your document.
5. Click Edit.
The generated book is displayed in your word processor.

Composing a Book

The presentation and content options can be selected from the various tabs. Changes made to a theme are memorized for future use of the same theme.
By default, the book construction screen opens in simplified mode. Only the most common options are displayed. To view all available options, click the Detailed Options button at the bottom of this screen.

Note: In detailed mode, the label of this button changes to Simplified Options, allowing you to return to simple mode at any time.

1. Click the Structure tab.
• Check the information to be included: photo album, header and foo­ter data, private data.
• Choose where to place notes, at the bottom of the page, at the end of the section or in the text.
• Limit your document. Indicate the number of generations desired, limit to a surname, place, edit your document in several volumes.
Note: Depending on the type of document selected, some of the options mentioned above do not appear.

PC Customize your Book

MAC Customize your Book

2. Click the Front Cover tab.
• Check the boxes for the information to be included on the cover. Modify the title, add a subtitle, indicate who is the author, insert a picture to customize the cover.

3. Click the Persons tab.
• Choose the surname and given name formats. Check the boxes to add Prefix, Suffix and Nickname if you entered these fields.
• Check the boxes to include the following information: pictures, child status, signature, notes, user fields, sundry links, calculated data, etc.
• Children options: Include in the document the spouses of each child and whether or not they have descendants.

4. Click the Events tab to select which events to include: minor events (other than birth, death and marriage event), cross-events (in which the person participated as a witness, for example).
• Choose the date and the place format of events. Check the Dates in Gregorian calendar box to display all dates in this calendar, regardless of the calendar in which they were entered. Choose the place style from the drop-down menu. Select which elements of the places you want to display in the document from the ones you have entered. Check the box Include subdivision to give more precision to the place.
• For each event, specify witnesses, sources, and notes.
• Check the option Show Missing Data to have it completed by your family.

5. Click the Style tab and choose the formatting of the book: font, text size and color, specific colors for men, women and numbers, colors of titles and title background of the document. MAC: Select the word processor with which you want to edit the docu­ment. Heredis offers you all programs that enable editing and ins­talled on your computer.

6. Click Edit to start the word processor.

Info • Indexes are not directly integrated with books because each word processor handles them in a specific way. However, index entries are marked so that you can generate an index after the docu­ment is created and opened in your word processor. Put the cursor where you want and generate the index:

  • in Word, menu Insert > Tables and Index or References> Insert Index
  • in LibreOffice, menu Insert > Indexes and Tables

MAC Note: The text editor Page doesn’t manage index.

Print Books

To print a book, choose Documents > Books or click the Books button and select the options which suit you (as previously described).

Then print like any other document using a word processor.