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 GENViewer Tips
This section includes some tips to help you understand some of GENViewer's features. For more information, download the user manual, which is in Adobe PDF format.

GENViewer Tips

Using AND/OR Conditions to Search For Individuals on Your Computer

  1. On the main toolbar, click File Search Panel , which makes a panel like this appears:

  2. On the File Search Panel, click Add .

  3. Select a condition in the dropdown list. Example: "Surname Soundex" will search for similar surnames using the Soundex technique. There are over 100 conditions to select.

  4. Enter a value in the Contains edit box.

  5. To add another condition, click Add .

  6. Set the AND/OR relationship for the conditions by clicking the button between the conditions, which toggles from to .

  7. Add more conditions by repeating steps 3 to 6 until you have enough.

  8. Click to select a directory from which to search. 

  9. Click to search or not search sub-directories.

  10. Click Find to start searching.

  11. Once the results start appearing, you can click on individual names to view their details.


Using AND/OR Conditions to Highlight Individuals

GENViewer allows you to easily highlight individuals in a genealogy data file. The purpose for highlighting is to help analyze individuals. The following examples describe how this is done. For a list of all available highlighting conditions, download the GENViewer User Manual and look for "Highlighting Conditions Overview."

To highlight individuals: on the main toolbar, click Highlighting Panel , which makes the Highlighting panel appear.

Example 1 - Highlight individuals that haves the surname soundex for "Smith"

This condition highlights in yellow all individuals that have a surname that matches the soundex value of the text "Smith". Highlighted individuals are listed on the Highlighted tab in addition to being highlighted on the other tab views.

Example 2 - Highlight individuals with a birth date AND are related to George Washington

This example uses 2 conditions and they are logically AND'ed together. Conditions can be AND'ed or OR'ed. You can toggle between these two logical conditions by clicking on the "And" or "Or" text.

Clicking on "-", the condition "Has No Birth Date" has changed to "Has a Birth Date". This is indicated with the "+" and "-" symbols next to the condition, where "-" represents a logical NOT of the condition.

Highlighted individuals are listed on the Highlighted tab in addition to being highlighted on the other tab views.

Example 3 - Highlight individuals with no birth date AND are related to George Washington

This are the same conditions as in Example 3 except that the first condition is set to "Has No Birth Date". 

Highlighted individuals are listed on the Highlighted tab in addition to being highlighted on the other tab views.

Example 4 - Highlight individuals that have no birth date AND have surname name Smith

This example displays the Apply button feature that can be turned using the . By default, as you make changes to your highlighting conditions, GENViewer displays the individuals that are highlighted. Depending on the speed of your computer and the size of the genealogy file, this might take a few seconds to a minute. This option allows you to make changes to your highlighting condition(s) and then apply it to your data file.

A red apply button indicates that the user has made a change to the highlighting condition(s). Pressing this button will apply the condition(s) to your data file, and the button will return to normal color.

Example 5 - Highlight individuals related to George Washington OR related to Abraham Lincoln

In this example, the logical OR value is used.


Finding Islands of Individuals

Within a genealogy file, an island is a group of individuals and families that are all related to each other either by blood or by marriage. The Islands panel is used to view the individuals, families, notes, and sources contained in any islands found in the data file. It displays the same information found in the Islands tab. However, it has a check box called Use Islands that when checked, will limit GENViewer to only display the individuals found in the island that is selected on the Islands panel. This allows you to analyze individuals and families in an island.

For example, in the sample GEDCOM "US presidents.ged", which is included when you download GENViewer, each President's genealogy represents an Island of individuals and families because each president is not related to the others. Therefore, if you select Use Islands and select the row in the table that is Lincoln's genealogy, you will only see his relatives on GENViewer's screens - the other individuals that are contained in other islands will not be displayed.

Exporting Islands to GEDCOM files

GENViewer can export each of the islands to a separate GEDCOM file. Note: this feature only works while viewing a GEDCOM file.

  1. Click on the Islands tab.
  2. Click Export Islands, which is just above the list of islands. This will display the Export Islands dialog box.
  3. Select the islands that you want to export and the naming options. Click Export Islands to export.


Making Self-Viewing GEDCOMs
GENViewer has the ability to create a self-viewing executable (EXE file) from a GEDCOM file. This means that GENViewer and the GEDCOM file are combined together into one executable program (EXE file). When run, this new executable will load GENViewer and display that GEDCOM file.

Self-Viewing Features

  • This is an easy and safe way to send genealogy data to others. 
  • GENViewer is not installed on the computer that runs the executable.
  • This new executable doesn't have an expiry date and is free for the people using it.
  • Only the GEDCOM file combined in the new executable can be viewed by this special version of GENViewer.
  • You have the option to allow the GEDCOM file to be extracted by the user of your new executable.
  • Your name, address, email address information is included so people have the ability to contact you if they have comments or questions.
  • GENViewer compresses the GEDCOM file. This allows you to fit a GEDCOM with about 10,000 to 15,000 individuals on a regular 1.44MB diskette.

Scenario 1 - Sending genealogy information to a family member

Suppose that you are the one that is doing the family genealogy. You reach a point where you require other family members to review your work and make comments and corrections. However, some your family members are NOT into genealogy and don't have any genealogy software to use. You have a few options:

1) Print your genealogy information on paper and mail it to your family members to review. You need to do this as they don't have a computer.

2) Send a GEDCOM file to family members that have a computer. You must rely on their ability to import this GEDCOM file into a genealogy application to review it. Also, they might start modifying this GEDCOM file and before you know it you have different versions of your information being passed around.

3) Create a self-viewing GEDCOM file for your family members that have a computer and email it to them as an attachment. When this executable is run on their computer, an embedded copy of GENViewer will display your GEDCOM file. They can review your work and email you comments and corrections. They don't need to have a genealogy program on their computer and they don't need to purchase GENViewer. This special version of GENViewer is NOT installed on their computer and will not expire - they can view your genealogy information as many times as they want.

Scenario 2 - Bring your genealogy Information to a Family History Center (FHC)

Family History Centers run by The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints have computers that have PAF installed on them. If you use PAF, you can bring your PAF database with you and load it into the computer. However, you must be careful not to leave your PAF file on the computer. Also, this only works if you use PAF.

If you create a self-viewing GEDCOM file, you can bring your genealogy information on a diskette and run it on these computers (from the diskette). No information is left on the computer when you are finished viewing your information.

Scenario 3 - Placing your genealogy information on an Internet website

When it comes time to post your genealogy information on your web page, you have several options:

1) Use a program that takes your information and produces HTML pages. This method can be awkward to navigate through the information.

2) Upload a GEDCOM file so that people can download it to their computer. This can lead to multiple versions of your GEDCOM file being passed around on the Internet.

3) Create a self-viewing GEDCOM file. People will be able to download this file to their computer and view your information. Your name and address information is included in this executable so that people will be able to contact you if they have any questions or requests.

For more information, download the GENViewer User Manual and look for "Creating a Self-Viewing GEDCOM."

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