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Biography Links

If you have separate web pages containing biographies of your ancestors, you can include links to those pages next to the corresponding names on your family pages. For example:

 Husband: John Doe  (biography)
    Born: 04 JUL 1776
. . .

Option Meaning
Registered version only Include links to biography web pages Place a check here to enable links to your biography web pages. When processing your GEDCOM file, GED-GEN will add a link next to an individual's name to your corresponding biography web page.
Link Text

Specify a sentence or phrase to use with the links to your biography web pages. This text will appear next to an individual's name on your family pages.

Include the special term %LINK% at the place in the link text where the link label should appear. This is the word LINK enclosed within two percent signs. If you do not include %LINK%, the link label is simply appended to the end of the link text.

Here are some sample link text and link label combinations:

Link Text Link Label Resulting Link
(%LINK%) biography (biography)
(View a %LINK%) biography (View a biography)
[%Link%] Click here for more [Click here for more]
  biography biography

Link Label Specify the word or phrase that will appear as the actual link to a biography web page. This label will replace the term %LINK% where it appears in the link text. If a visitor to your website clicks on the link label, your biography page about that individual appears.
Link Prompt Specify the text that will appear when a visitor holds the mouse over a link to your biography web pages. This indicates to your visitor the purpose of the link.
Frame Target

Leave this option empty for normal operation. When a visitor clicks a biography link, that page displays in place of your family page.

If you want the biography page to display in a new Internet browser window, enter the reserved name _blank (i.e., an underscore character followed by the word blank).


The frame target is ignored when generating pages that conform to the HTML 4.01 Strict standard. Please refer to HTML Conformance.

Advanced Users

If your website uses HTML frames, you can specify the frame in which to display a biography page. This option controls the target attribute in the link. Enter the name of a frame window, or use the reserved name _top to replace your frameset page.

Relative folder path for biography files

Specify the folder where your biography web pages reside. This must be a relative folder path. To automatically determine a relative folder path, click Browse.

Leave this option blank if your biography web pages are in the same folder as your family pages, that is, they are in the destination folder.

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

The research notes field in many genealogy programs is generally not sufficient to integrate text, pictures and diagrams into a pleasing website presentation. That's why GED-GEN does not rely on an individual's notes field to tell the whole story. The Biography Links custom feature enhances your genealogy website by integrating your own web pages with the family pages generated.

Although biography web pages were intended, you can use this feature to link any type of web page. You may have a gallery of pictures, a graphical family tree, or a report generated by your favorite genealogy program. If you do not want to call it a biography, simply change the Link Label text above.

Advanced Users

You can include an internal link after the HTML file name you specify for a biography link. If you want to go to a particular place in the linked file, specify the file name as, for example,


This assumes you have an internal link, <a name="grandpa"></a>, in your report.html file.