This file contains data on an eight generation fictitious family originating
from England in the early 19th century. The progenitor, his wife and their
children migrated across New York state during the mid-century until they
settled in Buffalo. The descendants of this couple eventually moved west and
south predominately although some stayed in the Niagra frontier area and even
ventured into Canada.
The file is intended to be large enough to demonstrate a variety of the features
of the Family View genealogy program without the necessity of anyone having to
type in a large amount of information.
1. To see an 8 generation ascendant chart on screen while in the Display mode
choose Record 28, then choose Charts and then choose Ancestor. A single line
ascendant chart from the person chosen, Record 28, to the Progenitor is
displayed. As you will notice the progenitor is highlighted with a reverse video
bar, this bar can be moved up or down with the appropriate arrow keys to select
any person in the display. After touching ENTER the lower line of the display,
the Command Line, changes to give a number of available choices that are
selected by typing the first alphabetical letter of the name. Move the bar down
and then type R, the Record for the person selected is then displayed. Press Esc
and then the Space bar to return to Record 28. Pressing Esc again will return
you to the Demo family introductory screen.
2. To see a complete 4 generation Pedigree chart on screen choose Record 59,
then choose charts again, this time choose pedigree. A 4 generation chart will
be displayed for the person, Record 59, with that person highlighted by a
reverse video bar. Again the bar can be moved up and down with the arrow keys.
If the enter key is touched the Command Line changes to display the available
choices. Follow the Command Line instructions to return to the introduction.
3. Family View readily handles multiple marriages and multiple families of any
person in the data base. To see this feature select Record 68 and meet our
example. From the Command Line choose M for Marriage or F for Family and follow
4. The two primary records in this genealogy data base are the Personal Record
and the Marriage Record. The secondary records are the Notes file, the Data file
and the Address file. In order to see an example of the Notes file go to Record
No. 1 select the Function key F2 and then select Notes. All records do not
contain a Note file, only those for which information was available. The Data
file contains information in 5 fields common to all persons in a family records.
The fields used are selected when first setting up the Family View program. The
address file contains the addresses of living and dead relatives with a coding
method that allows for printing out different lists and address labels.
5. One of the screen displays that is most informative is the Family display.
The window of this display adjusts automatically to the number of children in
the family until a maximum of 15 is attained. With 15 or fewer children the
name, sex, place of birth and year of birth are displayed. For 16 or more
children the place of birth is deleted and the information is displayed in two
columns. To see a large family select Record 44 and choose Family.
6. The various screen displays can be printed out on a suitable printer. There
are also a number of charts and reports that can be printed out by Family View
by selecting the Reports or Descendant choices from the Main Menu. Most of the
Reports can be viewed on screen as an alternative. The Family View Manual
discusses these Reports.
7. So far we've discussed how to see things and how to print them; how about
modifying or adding something to the file. Family View intentionally separates
the viewing and the editing functions. This way you will not lose information
or have it modified by accident. If you wish to enter information, at the Main
Menu you must select Editor.
The Demo file can only be viewed in the display module on initial startup.
If you want to view it in the other modules you will have to run SETUP and
enter the Name DEMO in FILE NAMES. This will create a Subdirectory under
the Main or working Subdiectory. The first record you enter here will create
FV1 the secound record will create another Subdirectory named FV2. This
can be repeated for as many diferent data files as you want.
If you choose this route then you can copy the demo files to the subdirectory
by using this command
Copy DEMO.* C:\fv\fv1
note C:\ is drive your files are in this can be any drive C to Z
fv\ is the working directory where all the program files and
demo files are located. This is the directory you created for
fv1 is the subdirectory that the setup program created when you entered
the DEMO name in the Setup program.