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Configure Dialog

Configure Individuals

This dialog appears when you click Individuals... or Families... under Method on the Custom tab. Use it when you choose the Stored Configuration method for custom features.

Important Note

Before using the "Stored Configuration" method to define custom features for the families in your GEDCOM file, refer to the discussion about Family Page References.

A list of all individuals (or families) in your GEDCOM file is displayed. Scroll to a particular individual (or family) and click on their name so it appears highlighted. Then enter custom feature attributes for that entry. Continue by clicking on another entry and defining attributes for it.

Entries marked with a green dot are those for which you have specified one or more attributes. When configuring families, entries are listed with the names of the husband and wife.

Option Meaning
Search Rather than scroll through the list, you can quickly find a name by typing the first few letters in this field. Names are sorted by surname, then a comma and space, then the given names.
Up/Down If you have already defined attributes for one or more entries, you can use the "Up" or "Down" buttons next to the search field. These buttons highlight the next entry for which attributes are already defined. This is a quick way to move between such entries.

Hint: You can also press the Alt key along with the DOWN arrow or UP arrow key.

Attributes for Highlighted Entry

Specify any custom feature attributes for the entry currently highlighted in the list. When specifying a file name, the source location is the folder you specified on the Custom tab. Click Browse to easily specify an existing file from that folder.

Option Meaning
Reference This is the individual's or the family's reference number. Your favorite genealogy program usually automatically assigns this number. GED-GEN obtains it directly from the GEDCOM file.

If you have several web pages, or several image files, you could use this reference number in the naming convention for your files. For example individual I00034 could have a biography named I00034.html and an image named I00034.jpg.

The following attributes differ depending on whether you are configuring individuals or families:

For Individuals...

Registered version only Biography web page file Specify the name of your web page file that contains a biography for this individual.
Relationship text Specify any relationship text for this individual. For example if the individual is your great, great-grandfather, you could enter Second Great-grandfather. Click the down arrow beside this field to quickly choose one of the phrases you previously entered.
Registered version only Individual image file Specify the name of an image file that contains a picture of this individual.

For Families...

Registered version only Narrative web page file Specify the name of your web page file that contains a family narrative for this family.
Registered version only Import text file Specify the name of a text file or web page to be inserted on the family page for this family.
Group image file Specify the name of an image file that contains a group picture for this family.

Image caption (optional) You may optionally specify a caption for your image. It will appear centered directly under the image on the family page. For example you could specify the date of the picture. Use HTML syntax.

Click Reset This Entry to clear all attributes you have specified for the currently highlighted entry.

Aliases Place a check here to display aliases in the names of individuals, if any. The alias will appear in quotation marks after an individual's given name. For example if John Doe went by the name Jack, the entry appears as: Doe, John "Jack".

Aliases may help you differentiate individuals with the same name. This feature is not available with GEDCOM files exported from certain genealogy programs.

Sort by When configuring individuals, you can sort the list alphabetically by name, or by reference ID. When configuring families, you can sort by name of husband, by name of wife, or by reference ID.

When sorting by reference ID, GED-GEN compares numeric values. For instance family F2 appears before family F100 since 2 is less than 100.

Reset All Entries Click this button to clear all attributes for all individuals (or families). You will erase all attributes you have entered for all entries. If you are configuring individuals, this action will not reset the attributes defined for families. Likewise if you are configuring families, individuals are not affected.

If you simply want to avoid using custom features, you should disable the respective feature on the Custom tab. That way you can retain your attribute settings in case you want to enable one or more features in the future.

Purge Extra Entries This button is enabled when there are attributes defined for individuals (or families) who are not in the current GEDCOM file. Use it to clear the attributes for only those individuals (or families). (See "Extra" Entries below.)

Registered version only = Feature is available only in the registered version.

When you specify a file name above, GED-GEN assumes that all files for a given custom feature are in the same folder or in a sub-folder under that folder. You specify that path back on the Custom tab, under the respective custom feature. For instance all biography web pages must reside in the same folder, such as bio. Specify the name of a file on the Configure dialog and the folder bio under Relative folder path for biography files under Biography Links on the Custom tab.

You can choose a file that is in a sub-folder under your defined folder. Suppose your biography files are in the bio folder and you have a folder under bio for your Jones family line. The Jones folder itself has a folder named John where the file biography.html resides. When you browse for biography.html and click OK, your file will appear as Jones\John\biography.html.

Sub-folder Structure

In this case, Jones\John\biography.html is still under the bio folder.

When you click Browse above to select a file name, you may select a file that resides in a completely different folder. If that path is different from the path you specified on the Custom tab, GED-GEN can automatically change the path on the Custom tab for you. You will see a message that asks,

Do you want to use the new path for your <type> files?

If you click Yes, the path specification for that custom feature on the Custom tab is changed to the new folder. If you click No, the path is not changed and you will have to change it manually.

When you click Yes, you should ensure any previous file names you specified for that custom feature are in the new folder as well. For instance if you have been choosing biography files for individuals from one folder, and then for the next individual you select a file in another folder, two different folders are involved. All your biography files must be in the same folder or in sub-folders under that folder.

"Extra" Entries

When using the Stored Configuration method to define attributes for the individuals and families in your GEDCOM file, you should keep a separate GED-GEN option set for each GEDCOM file. Create a new options set, or open an existing one using the Files tab.

If you do not use separate option sets, the attributes you define for each GEDCOM file will accumulate in just one options set. As long as the reference numbers for the individuals and families in your GEDCOM files do not overlap, this may be acceptable. However if a given reference number is assigned to different individuals (or families) in each GEDCOM, then the custom features displayed may be inaccurate.


Suppose you define attributes for 5 individuals in a GEDCOM file named ABLE.GED. You later decide to use a different file on the Files tab called BAKER.GED. You then define attributes for 10 individuals in BAKER.GED. The Configure dialog will indicate:

Attributes are defined for 15 entries
including 5 entries not in this GEDCOM file

The 5 entries from ABLE.GED are not in the current GEDCOM file and are considered extra entries. When you generate your web pages, only individuals from BAKER.GED are processed.

Depending on your circumstances, you may want to purge the attributes defined for individuals from ABLE.GED and keep only those defined for BAKER.GED, which is the current input GEDCOM file. If so, click Purge Extra Entries above.

Alternately if ABLE.GED and BAKER.GED were exported from the same family data file, the individual and family reference numbers will probably not overlap. You can use the same options set to generate web pages from either ABLE.GED or BAKER.GED.

If ABLE.GED and BAKER.GED were exported from different family data files, you should verify all the attributes you have defined. Not only might there be "extra" individuals or families, but the reference numbers in common between ABLE.GED and BAKER.GED will probably cause inaccurate results.

If you need more information, click the Summary button on the Files tab. It displays the contents of your options set file, including all the attributes you have defined.