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JohnMR
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tree diagram

Post by JohnMR » 24 Feb 2021 22:02

My tree diagram has developed duplicate boxes joined by dotted lines. How do I remove the lines and the duplicates.

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Re: tree diagram

Post by LornaCraig » 24 Feb 2021 22:25

If they are joined by dotted lines (as opposed to coloured ribbons) they are probably what are known as 'Proxy' boxes.

These boxes only appear in an All Relatives diagram, and only then if certain conditions apply. To understand their purpose, use Diagram>Options>Proxies tab and click the Help button at the bottom of that tab. The Help file explains the purpose of the boxes and the options you can select from. If you don't want the duplicate boxes you can select Never show proxy boxes. However when an ancestor has siblings you will see that in an All Relatives diagram there will still be a dotted line leading from the ancestor's box back to the position where the ancestor fits beside his/her siblings.
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Re: tree diagram

Post by tatewise » 24 Feb 2021 22:27

Welcome to the FHUG John.

Those boxes are perfectly normal.
The challenge is how to show a person in their parent family among their siblings AND with their spouse family & children.
The solution uses what are known as Proxy boxes that are transparent with a dotted border and a person's Name only.
They appear in the parent family with a dotted line to the fully-featured box in the spouse family.

You can hide or adjust all Proxy boxes if you wish via the Diagram > Options > Proxies tab.
Or you can hide them selectively with right-click and tick Hide.

Lorna just beat me to it!
Mike Tate ~ researching the Tate and Scott family history ~ tatewise ancestry

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Re: tree diagram

Post by JohnMR » 02 Mar 2021 16:37

Thanks for your suggestions about proxies. Tried it, removed the boxes but the dotted lines remained!?

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Re: tree diagram

Post by LornaCraig » 02 Mar 2021 17:13

Yes, as I said in my previous reply in an All Relatives diagram there will still be a dotted line leading from the ancestor's box back to the position where the ancestor fits beside his/her siblings.

You will notice that it is only the horizontal section of the line that is dotted. The vertical section, immediately below the individual's parents, is solid. I think the reason why the horizontal lines are dotted, rather than solid, is to distinguish them from other solid horizontal lines which run above rows of siblings. The dotted lines often have to cross over several vertical lines and if all the lines were solid it would not be obvious that they are just crossing over, rather than making actual intersections with the vertical lines.

However, if you really want the crossing lines to be solid you can use Diagram Options > Lines tab and set Crossing Lines to be solid.
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