Preferences Dialog: General Tab


Validate Data Entry When Tab Key Pressed When you enter data in a field and press the Tab key to exit the field, Family Historian can validate the data entered and warn you if it appears to be invalid, or looks unlikely for whatever reason. If you exit the field by clicking elsewhere, instead of pressing the Tab key, Family Historian will not warn you if the data appears to be invalid. If you press F5 to refresh the data in a field, Family Historian will always warn you if the data may be incorrect.
Auto-cleanup Unused Family Records If checked (the default), Family Historian will automatically delete family records when you delete (or unlink) all the members of the family. You are recommended to leave this checked.
Display Surnames in Uppercase If checked, Family Historian will use upper case when displaying surnames in the Records Window, in lists, in diagrams, and in reports.
Insert Father's Surname when Creating Children If checked, Family Historian will automatically insert the surname of the father (if known) when creating children. This applies to the Property Dialog and to the Diagram Window (using Diagram-based Editing). It does not apply to children created using low-level editing in the Records Window.
Enable Auto- Complete If enabled, Family Historian will auto-complete the values for certain fields, using previously entered values for the same field type. For example, if you type “I” as a place, and had previously used “Ireland” as a place, Family Historian might auto-complete the field as “Ireland”.

When Family Historian auto-completes a field, the 'guessed’ portion (in the example this would be “reland”) is shown selected. So, if the ‘guess’ is wrong, you should simply keep typing and ignore the auto- completion. If you have finished typing the value you want, and Family Historian is still trying to auto-complete it, press the Delete or Backspace key to cancel the ‘guessed’ portion.

To accept an auto-completion at any time, press the Tab key or click elsewhere.

Family Historian supports auto-completion for the following field types:

  • Place
  • Occupation
  • Religion
  • National or Tribal Origin
  • Group/Caste Membership
  • Source Types

With all fields that support auto-completion, you can double-click on the field, or click on the little button with 3 dots to the right of it, to see a list of values previously entered for that field type. This will work even if Auto- Completion is not enabled.

Enable Automatic Ordering of Events/ Attributes by Date If this option is checked (the default) Family Historian will ensure that all events and attributes are kept in chronological order if you enter and edit them using the Property Dialog (or if you copy and paste them). The only exception to this is that if you wish to add or edit events using ‘low-level editing’ in the ‘All’ tab of the Property Dialog (or, for that matter, in the Records Window), events and attributes will not automatically be kept in chronological order. But even in this case, you can still easily keep them in order by selecting the record and clicking on Re-order Events by Date on the Edit menu.

Tip If you want to be sure that all events and attributes in your file are in chronological order, use the Re-order Out of Sequence Data command on the Tools menu.

Tip Pressing F9 when a record is selected is a quick of activating the Re-order Events by Date command.

Use Quarter Date Display Format A quarter date is a date like “Q1 1978”. It means the first 3 months of 1978. “Q2 1978” is the next 3 months (April to June 1978) and so on. You can always enter dates as quarter dates if you wish to. This option determines whether Family Historian will display them in the same format, or use a Date Range instead. If using a Date Range it would display “Q2 1978” as “Between April 1978 and June 1978”.
Changeover to Gregorian Calendar Pope Gregory introduced the Gregorian calendar in 1582. England and the American colonies did not switch to using the Gregorian calendar until 1752.

This setting will affect how Family Historian calculates days-of-the-week and leap years between 1582 and 1752. It will have no effect on these calculations for years before or after these dates. It does not in any way affect how data is stored in your file.

See The Gregorian Calendar for a brief description of the Gregorian calendar, and the complexities involved in its introduction.

Measurement Units Specify whether you prefer to work in Inches, Centimetres or Millimetres.
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