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G E N E M A S T E R

Version 2.1a



User Reference Manual




Copyright 1990-1994

BY

Prince William Custom Computers
6501 Commonwealth Court
Manassas, VA. 22111





This document is condensed from the GENE MASTER Registered User
Reference Manual. Some sections and chapters are not included.
The original manual contains a great deal of formatting. This
formatting does not translate to a DOS text file very well. If
this manual is printed using 10 characters/inch, it should print
ok. Please register, the printed manual will improve your
enjoyment of GENE MASTER.

See the file named REGISTER for more information.







LICENSE AGREEMENT


This book and software are protected by United States Copyright
Law. Prince William Custom Computers (PWCC) authorizes you to
make back-up copies of the magnetic media for archival purposes
only. Prince William Custom Computers does not authorize you to
make copies of any part of the printed matter or to provide
others with the magnetic media or copies thereof.


WARRANTY

With respect to the magnetic media and the printed matter
provided with GENE MASTER, PWCC warrants the same to be free of
defects in materials and workmanship for 60 days from the date of
purchase. If notified within the warranty period of defects in
material or workmanship, PWCC will replace the defective
material. The remedy for breach of this warranty shall be
limited to replacement and shall not encompass any other damages
of any kind.


GOVERNING LAW

These statements shall be construed, interpreted and governed by
the laws of the Commonwealth of Virginia.





T A B L E O F C O N T E N T S


INTRODUCTION . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1

Installing GENE MASTER . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 2

The README File . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 3

How to contact us . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 3


CHAPTER 1 Getting Started . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 5


CHAPTER 2 Menu Selections . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 9

File . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 9

Person . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 15

Marriage . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 17

Lookup . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 18

Report . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 23

Option . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 24


CHAPTER 3 Editing Persons and Marriages . . . . . . . . . . . 27

Editing Persons . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 31

Editing Marriages . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 35

Correcting Errors . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 39


CHAPTER 4 The Text File Editor . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 41













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CHAPTER 5 Inside GENE MASTER . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 45

The files maintained by GENE MASTER . . . . . . . . . . . 45

The GENE.TPU File . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 46

The CACHE System . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 47

Developer Notes . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 47


CHAPTER 6 The GID Specification . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 49






L I S T O F F I G U R E S


Figure 6-1. The GID Specification . . . . . . . . . . . . . 51































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I N T R O D U C T I O N

GENE MASTER meets the needs of genealogists. It makes data
input, retrieval, and reporting quick and easy.

The major features of GENE MASTER are:

þ GENE MASTER uses a new type of cached database manager. It
provides very fast data access while maintaining all data on
disk. Therefore, there are no memory caused restrictions on
the number of records the database can maintain. Each file
maintained by GENE MASTER can have up to 65535 records!

þ Built-in routines allow sorting records in most GENE MASTER
files.

þ Built-in routines allow editing of individual records in most
GENE MASTER files.

þ GENE MASTER makes full use of a mouse but in no way requires
one.

þ An integral file editor allows editing text files without
leaving GENE MASTER.

þ All Person and Marriage records may contain a pathname to a
text file. This allows unlimited data to be associated with
each person and marriage.

þ The menu system provides various methods to find and change
data. For example, starting with any person, it easy to move
to any related person using only the mouse or cursor keys and
the Enter key!

þ When editing persons or marriages, hot-keys are available to
move quickly to other persons or marriages.

þ "pick-lists" are available for most menu and editing
functions. These reduce the typing required and insure
minimal disk space usage.

þ Support for MDA, CGA, EGA, VGA and other video adapters is
automatic.

þ Screen modes are dynamically changeable between 25 and 43/50
lines.

þ Support for GEDCOM (GED) files is included. GENE MASTER
defines a new interchange file format (GID files). The GID




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specification corrects the short comings of the GED
specification (all information is supported). Programs to
convert between GED and GID formats are included. See chapter
6 for more information on the GID standard.

þ The actual database engine used by GENE MASTER, GENE.TPU, is
included with the developers version of GENE MASTER. This
allows "Turbo Pascal" programmers to write programs that
directly access the GENE MASTER database. See chapter 5 for
more information on GENE.TPU.



Installing GENE MASTER

Please read the license statement included with this package. Be
sure to mail us your completed registration card. It allows us
to provide you with update information.

GENE MASTER comes with an automated installation program called
INSTALL. INSTALL loads GENE MASTER onto your system. INSTALL
makes the process simple and performs system checks that assure
efficient GENE MASTER operation.

If you are already using another genealogical program, you may
want to read the Import/Export information in chapter 2 of this
manual. It will explain how to import your existing data.

Whether you intend to install GENE MASTER on a floppy-disk-only
system, or on a hard disk, perform the following steps:

þ Insert the diskette into the A or B floppy disk drive.

þ Type either the command:

A:INSTALL (press Enter)

or the command:

B:INSTALL (press Enter).

þ Follow the prompts.

When INSTALL is finished, GENE MASTER is ready to use. Just type
the command GM.








Introduction 2





The README file

The README file on the installation disk contains last-minute
information that may not be in this manual. This file is a
standard DOS text file. View it with your favorite text editor,
the built-in GENE MASTER text file editor or the DOS TYPE
command.



How to contact us

You can contact us by calling (703) 791-5164 evenings. Make sure
you have your serial number handy when you call. It is also
helpful if you are at your computer and ready to run GENE MASTER.

You can call anytime, but you may receive our answering machine.
We will return your call if you leave your phone number, the
nature of your call, and your GENE MASTER serial number.

If you prefer, write us with your question or comments at:

Prince William Custom Computers
6501 Commonwealth Court
Manassas, VA 22111




























Introduction 3





NOTES




















































Introduction 4





C H A P T E R 1

Getting started


GENE MASTER combines a menu system, data entry system, report
generator and text file editor into one program. When
GENE MASTER starts, the GENE MASTER menu is displayed. The data
entry system, report generator and text file editor are invoked
from GENE MASTER's menu.

While most menu systems only allow their users to select program
functions, the GENE MASTER menu takes an active role by
performing many functions directly. For example, using only the
mouse, or arrow keys and the Enter key, you can find any person,
add a marriage and then add children.

This is not to say that the data entry system is limited! While
remaining in the data entry system, you can move to the parents,
spouses, marriages or children of a person. You also can add or
remove children or marriages from within the data entry system.

þ You move around the menu system using: the arrow keys,
hot-keys, Alt-key combinations, Ctl-key combinations, a mouse,
etc.

þ Menu selections are made using the Enter key, left mouse
button, hot-keys, an Alt-key combination, or a Ctl-key
combination.

þ The ESC key or right mouse button is used to cancel a
selection.

þ Many items can be selected using an Alt-key or Ctl-key
combination. For instance Alt-F (press and hold the Alt key,
then press the F key) will select File from the main menu (top
line). This works for all items on the main menu using the
first character of the menu name. Also, some pull down menu
items specify an Alt-key or a Ctl-key combination; for
example, Alt-A will select Lookup > Ancestors.

þ All menu items have one character highlighted. The key that
corresponds to the highlighted character is called a hot-key.
At any level of the menu system, pressing a hot-key will
select the item. For example, suppose you have entered Alt-L.
You would see a menu under Lookup in the main menu. One of
the several items in that menu is Ancestors. Pressing the A
(upper or lower case) key would cause Ancestors to be




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selected. Of course, you could also move down to Ancestors
using the arrow keys or the mouse and press Enter or the left
mouse button to select Ancestors.

The last line of the screen provides information throughout
GENE MASTER.

þ While in the menu system, the record number and name of the
"Current Person" (CP) is displayed. GENE MASTER uses the CP
to anticipate your next action. For instance, pressing Alt-C
or selecting Children from the Lookup menu (Lookup > Children)
will pop-up a pick-list of the children of the CP. By
selecting a person from the displayed pick-list, a new CP is
set. Therefore, repeatedly pressing Alt-C and selecting a
person enables you to walk through the descendants of any
person. Also, the CP is used to preset the selector bar in
many pick-lists to the most likely selection.

þ While in a pick-list, the last line contains a reminder of the
keys available.

þ When using the built-in file editor, status information is
displayed.

þ When editing a person or marriage, the available Alt-key
combinations are displayed.

þ Whenever the user defined macros are available, the indicator
"Macros Available" will also be found in the last line.
Pressing one of the function keys Pf1 through Pf9 will cause
the corresponding macro to be inserted at the cursor.

A pick-list is a dynamically generated list of items. From a
pick-list, you can select data to be entered or for action.
GENE MASTER makes extensive use of this facility to reduce the
amount of typing required. Since you can select the desired data
rather than typing it, there is much less chance of causing
duplicate data to be stored. For instance, if you type "MARSH"
for a surname, and later type "Marsh" for another surname, two
records are placed on the SUR file. The use of a pick-list
prevents this from happening unexpectedly.











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The appearance of a pick-list is dependant on its length and on
the availability of a mouse.

þ When a mouse is not available and a pick-list does not fit on
one screen, the last line of the pick-list shows "MORE". It
also has arrows that show the direction to move for more data
(up, down or both).

þ When a mouse is available and a pick-list does not fit on one
screen, a "Slider Bar" will be displayed on the right edge of
the window. The block character within the slider bar shows
the relative position within the pick-list of the current
selection. Moving the mouse cursor to the slider bar and
clicking the left mouse button will cause the block to move to
the mouse cursor position. Clicking the left button at the
top or bottom of the "Slider Bar" will cause the window to
scroll.

While in a pick-list, several methods are available to move to
the desired entry.

þ Use the cursor positioning keys (Up Arrow, Down Arrow, PgUp,
PgDn, Home and End).

þ Use the mouse.

þ Type the information desired. As you type each character, the
selection bar will move to the first entry that matches the
characters typed to that point. Usually, typing the first two
or three characters will cause the selection bar to move to
the desired entry. It does not matter whether you type in
upper or lower case.

þ Type the number found to the left of the entries.

þ To select the item highlighted by the selection bar, press the
Enter key or the left mouse button.

þ To cancel a pick-list without making a selection, press the
ESC key or right mouse button.












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NOTES



















































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C H A P T E R 2

Menu Selections


This chapter describes each of the items that will be found in
the GENE MASTER menu. Each description begins like:

File > Restore

This corresponds to the main menu selection: File, and the
selection under it: Restore. If an Alt-key or Ctl-key
combination is available to select the item, it will be shown as:

File > Backup

The means that pressing and holding the ALT key and
pressing the B key will select File > Backup.




File > Backup

Use File > Backup to make a backup copy of all GENE MASTER files.
You will be prompted to enter the path to be used for the backup.
This can be any legal DOS pathname. The following files are
saved:

*.MAS Configuration and control

*.PDB Person Data Base
*.MDB Marriage Data Base
*.NAM Names
*.SUR Surnames
*.DTL Detail lines
*.ADR Address lines
*.NTE Notes (Person notes, Marriage notes, Event Notes, etc.)
*.FTN Footnotes (Comments)
*.TTL Titles (Sr, Jr, etc.)
*.FIL Pathnames to text files. Note that the text files
themselves are NOT saved by this routine. To save all
data including the contents of text files in a single
file, see the File > Export GID.









Chapter 2 Menu Selections 9





File > Restore

Use File > Restore to restore all GENE MASTER files previously
saved using File > Backup. GENE MASTER will prompt for the
restore path.




File > Text File

The integral text file editor is invoked when File > Text File is
selected. A sub-menu will pop-up and provide the choices:

Existing File and New File.

Selecting Existing File will cause a pick-list to pop-up. From
this pick-list you will select the file name of the file to be
edited. Existing File means a file known to GENE MASTER. These
are files whose pathname can be found in the FIL file.

Selecting New File will pop-up a question window. In this
question window, you will give the pathname of the file to be
edited. GENE MASTER will create the file if it does not exist.
New File means a file not known to GENE MASTER. These are files
whose pathname is not in the FIL file.




File > Edit

File > Edit allows you to edit individual records of each of the
subordinate GENE MASTER files. In each case, a pick-list will
pop-up from which you will select the record to edit. Any
changes made to an individual record in one of these files will
be global to GENE MASTER. For instance, changing from TAVNOUR to
TAVNER in the NAM file will change the first or middle names of
all persons who reference the record. Listed below are the files
that can be edited by this selection. Note that the PDB and MDB
files cannot be edited in this way.

Names (.NAM) SurNames (.SUR) Titles (.TTL)
Detail (.DTL) Address (.ADR) Notes (.NTE)
FootNotes (.FNT) FileNames (.FIL)

WARNING: Changing path names in the FIL file does not change the
actual file's location.





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File > Delete

File > Delete allows you to delete individual records in each of
the subordinate GENE MASTER files. In each case, a pick-list
will pop-up from which you will select the record to delete.
After selecting the record to delete, you will be asked if you
wish to switch to a different record. If you answer no, the
record will simply be deleted. If you answer yes, another
pick-list will pop-up. From this pick-list, select the
replacement record. All references to the first record will be
changed to the second. The second record will not be affected.
All inter-file references are corrected to match deleted or
replaced record numbers.

Listed below are the files that can have records deleted by this
selection. Note that the PDB and MDB files cannot deleted with
this selection.

Names (.NAM) SurNames (.SUR) Titles (.TTL)
Detail (.DTL) Address (.ADR) Notes (.NTE)
FootNotes (.FNT) FileNames (.FIL)

NOTE: Unless the record being deleted is the last record in the
file, it is not actually deleted but rather its contents
are changed to ÄÄDELE. When later sorted using File
Sort, these records will be moved to the end of the file.




File > Sort

File > Sort allows you to sort the records in some of the
GENE MASTER files. All inter-file references are corrected to
match the new order of any file sorted. Two reasons to sort are:

1) Any pick-list generated from a sorted file will also be
sorted.

2) Deleted records (marked with ÄÄDELE) are moved to the end
of the file. See File > Delete for more information.

Listed below are the files that can sorted by this selection.

Names (.NAM) SurNames (.SUR) Titles (.TTL)
Detail (.DTL) Address (.ADR) Notes (.NTE)
FootNotes (.FNT) FileNames (.FIL)





Chapter 2 Menu Selections 11





File > Case

File > Case allows you to change the case of records in some of
the GENE MASTER files. Listed below are the files that can
changed by this selection.

Names (.NAM) SurNames (.SUR) Titles (.TTL)

After selecting the file to change, a question will pop-up:

(U)pper, (L)ower or (F)irst ? U

Type the character which corresponds to the case change desired.

U Change all characters in each record to upper case.

L Change all characters in each record to lower case.

F In each record, change the first character upper case and
the remaining characters to lower case.




File > Cleanup Files

File > Cleanup Files is used to remove duplicate records and sort
many of the GENE MASTER files. It does this by performing the
following steps:

1) Finds any duplicate records and allows you to select from
a pick-list which to keep.

2) Sorts the records.

3) Deletes any records marked ÄÄDELE.

Listed below are the files that can cleaned up by this selection.

Names (.NAM) SurNames (.SUR) Titles (.TTL)
Detail (.DTL) Address (.ADR) Notes (.NTE)
FootNotes (.FNT)











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File > Edit Macros

File > Edit Macros allows you to edit the nine macros available.
A pick-list will pop-up from which you will select the macro to
edit.




File > Status


File > Status will pop-up a window that shows the current size of
each of the GENE MASTER files and the number of records each file
contains. Also, the number of bytes available on the logged
drive, the current print destination and the number of bytes of
DOS memory available are displayed.




File > Import GID

File > Import GID will pop-up a question window. You will be
prompted to enter the path to be used for the GID file. This can
be any legal DOS pathname.

CAUTION: All existing data will be discarded before the import
begins. A backup should be done FIRST if you have any data you
wish to preserve!




File > Export GID

File > Export GID will pop-up a question window. You will be
prompted to enter the path to be used for the GID file. This can
be any legal DOS pathname. GENE MASTER will create the pathname
given if it does not exist. Next you will be asked if you want
the contents of text files included in the GID file. If you
answer yes, then the contents of any text files will be included
directly in the GID file. If you answer no, only the pathname of
text files will be included.

Note: By answering yes, it is possible to backup all your data in
just one file. See chapter 6 for a description of GID files.







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File > DOS Command

File > DOS Command will pop-up a question window. In this
question window, you will be prompted for a DOS command. After
the command is executed, you will be asked to:

"Press any key to continue".

This will return you to GENE MASTER.

An error window will pop-up if enough memory is not available to
execute the command. If this happens, you can free some memory
using Option > Cache Control > Release and try the command again.





File > DOS Shell

File > Exit to DOS will exit to DOS. You will see the message
"Give the command: EXIT to return to GENE MASTER" at the top of
the DOS screen. At this point, you can execute any DOS
command(s) you desire. You can even run programs. When you are
finished with DOS, give the command EXIT to return to
GENE MASTER.

An error window will pop-up if enough memory is not available to
exit to DOS. If this happens, you can free some memory using
Option > Cache Control > Release and try the again.

WARNING: Do not run another copy of GENE MASTER or a TSR
("Terminate-Stay-Resident") type program.




File > Quit

File > Quit will pop-up a question window. The yes/no question
asks if you are sure you want to exit GENE MASTER. If you answer
yes, all GENE MASTER files will be closed and you will be
returned to DOS.









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Person > Edit

Person > Edit will pop-up a pick-list from which you will select
the person to edit. The selection bar is pre-positioned to the
CP. After selecting a person to edit, the person data-entry
screen is displayed. See the chapter 3 for more information of
editing persons and marriages.




Person > Add

The person data-entry screen will be displayed when Person > Add
is selected. Each time you finish adding a person, a new
data-entry will be displayed. To exit from Person > Add, press
ESC.

See the chapter 3 for more information of editing persons and
marriages.




Person > Delete

Person > Delete will pop-up a pick-list from which you will
select the person to delete.

If you try to delete a person who has spouses, an error window
will pop-up. If you really want to delete the person, first use
Person > Remove Spouse to remove all spouses.

NOTE: If you attempt to delete a person that is already
deleted, an error window will pop-up with the error:

Unable to delete record, already deleted.
















Chapter 2 Menu Selections 15





Person > Insert Spouse

Person > Insert Spouse is used to add a spouse (marriage record)
to a person. The spouse can be added as any spouse number.

First, a pick-list will pop-up for you to select the person to
which the marriage will be added.

Next, a pick-list will pop-up for the spouse number to use within
the person record. If a spouse exists for that number, that
spouse and any after it will be moved one number higher.

Finally, a pick-list will pop-up for you to select the person to
insert as a spouse.

NOTE: GENE MASTER only checks that the sex of the person and
spouse are different. GENE MASTER will allow odd marriages! For
example, you could add a male persons gMother as a spouse! While
you might think GENE MASTER should prevent this, who is to say
that some user does not have such odd marriages.




Person > Remove Spouse

Person > Remove Spouse will pop-up a pick-list for you to select
the person from which to remove a spouse (marriage). After
selecting the person, a pick-list will pop-up for the spouse to
remove.

If you try to remove a spouse (marriage) that has children, an
error window will pop-up. If you really want to remove the
spouse, first use Marriage > Remove Child to remove all children.




Person > Move Spouse

Person > Move Spouse is used to re-order the spouses (marriages)
of a person. A spouse can be moved to any spouse number.

First, a pick-list will pop-up for you to select the person in
which a spouse will be moved. Next, a pick-list will pop-up for
the spouse to move. Finally, a pick-list will pop-up for the new
spouse number.






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Marriage > Edit

Marriage > Edit will pop-up a pick-list from which you will
select the marriage to edit. After selecting a marriage to edit,
the marriage data-entry screen is displayed. See the chapter 3
for more information of editing persons and marriages.




Marriage > Add

Marriage > Add is used to add marriage records. All marriage
records must have both a male and female person specified.

First, a pick-list will pop-up from which you will select the
male person for the marriage.

Next, a pick-list will pop-up for you to select the female person
for the marriage.

Finally, a pick-list will repeatedly pop-up from which you will
select the children for the marriage. At any time, you can hit
ESC to quit adding children to the marriage. There is no
requirement that children be added in this way; however, it is
the fastest and easiest method available.

After completing the above, the marriage data-entry screen is
displayed.

See the chapter 3 for more information on editing persons and
marriages.




Marriage > Delete

Marriage > Delete will pop-up a pick-list from which you will
select the marriage to delete.

If you try to delete a marriage that has children, an error
window will pop-up. If you really want to delete the marriage,
first use Marriage > Remove Child to remove all children.

NOTE: If you attempt to delete a person that is already
deleted, an error window will pop-up with the error:

Unable to delete record, already deleted.




Chapter 2 Menu Selections 17





Marriage > Insert Child

Marriage > Insert Child is used to add a child (person record) to
a marriage. The child can be added as any child number.

First, a pick-list will pop-up for you to select the marriage to
which the person will be added. Next, a pick-list will pop-up
for the child number to use within the marriage record. If a
child exists for that number, that child and any after it will be
moved one number higher. Finally, a pick-list will pop-up for
you to select the person to insert as a child.

NOTE: GENE MASTER only checks that the person to be inserted as a
child does not already have parents.




Marriage > Remove Child

Marriage > Remove Child will pop-up a pick-list for you to select
the marriage from which to remove a child. After selecting the
marriage, a pick-list will pop-up for the child to remove.




Marriage > Move Child

Marriage > Move Child is used to re-order the children of a
marriage. A child can be moved to any child number.

First, a pick-list will pop-up for you to select the marriage in
which a child will be moved. Next, a pick-list will pop-up for
the child to move. Finally, a pick-list will pop-up for the new
child number.




Lookup > Person

Lookup > Person will pop-up a pick-list of all persons in the
database. The CP can be changed by selecting a person.

Several functions in the Lookup menu can be used to walk from the
CP to other persons or marriages. By setting the CP, the
beginning person for such lookups is set.





Chapter 2 Menu Selections 18





Lookup > Person by XREF

Lookup > Person will pop-up a submenu from which you can select
one of the following to cross-reference.

Names (.NAM) SurNames (.SUR) Titles (.TTL)
Detail (.DTL) Address (.ADR) Notes (.NTE)
FootNotes (.FNT) FileNames (.FIL)

-or-

User Data Field (PDB)
User Data Field (MDB)


If you select either "User Data Field", a question window will
pop-up. In this window you will give the contents of user data
field to cross-reference in the person or marriage files. After
selecting the data to cross-reference, a pick-list of the persons
who reference the selected data will pop-up.

If you select one of the others, after your selection is made a
pick-list will pop-up with the contents of the selected file.
After selecting the data to cross-reference, a pick-list of the
persons who reference the selected data will pop-up. These
references will be found in either the person or marriage
database. When the reference is found in the marriage database,
the name of both the husband and wife are is listed. By
selecting a person from the pick-list, the CP is set.




Lookup > Marriage

Lookup > Marriage will pop-up a pick-list of all marriages in the
database. The CM can be changed by selecting a marriage;
otherwise, this function has little value. It is included just
for convenience.














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Lookup > Ancestors

Lookup > Ancestors will pop-up a sub-menu from which you can
select All, Paternal or Maternal. After selecting the desired
type of ancestor lookup, a pick-list of the appropriate ancestors
of the CP will pop-up. By selecting a person from the pick-list,
the CP is set.

All Ancestors of the CP are included in the pick-list.

Paternal Ancestors of the CP's father are included in the
pick-list.

Maternal Ancestors of the CP's mother are included in the
pick-list.

NOTE: All unknown ancestors names will show as: ***UNKNOWN***




Lookup > Descendants

Lookup > Descendants will pop-up a pick-list of the descendants
of the CP. This pick-list indents its entries to reflect their
relationships. By selecting a person from the pick-list, the CP
is set.




Lookup > Spouses

Lookup > Spouses will pop-up a pick-list of the spouses of the
CP. By selecting from this pick-list, both the CP and CM are
set.




Lookup > Children

Lookup > Children will pop-up a pick-list of all children of the
CP (up to 36). Note that all children of all spouses of a person
are included in the pick-list. By selecting from this pick-list,
the CP is set. This function is very handy to walk a line
downward from any person.






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Lookup > Siblings

Lookup > Siblings will pop-up a question window with the
question:

Should half brothers/sisters be included? [N]

After answering this question, a pick-list will pop-up of the
siblings of the CP. By selecting from this pick-list, the CP is
set.




Lookup > Uncles/Aunts

Lookup > Uncles/Aunts will pop-up a question window with the
question:

Should half uncles/aunts be included? [N]

After answering this question, a pick-list will pop-up of the
uncles and aunts of the CP. By selecting from this pick-list,
the CP is set.




Lookup > Cousins

Lookup > Cousins will pop-up a question window with the question:

Should half cousins be included? [N]

After answering this question, a pick-list will pop-up of the
cousins of the CP. By selecting from this pick-list, the CP is
set.

















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Lookup > No Parents

Lookup > No Parents will pop-up a sub-menu from which you can
select Males, Females or All. After selecting the desired lookup
type, a pick-list of persons without parents will pop-up. By
selecting a person from the pick-list, the CP is set.

Males Male persons without parents are included in the
pick-list.

Females Female persons without parents are included in the
pick-list.

All All persons without parents are included in the
pick-list.

This function is useful to find the beginning of any lineage.




Lookup > No Children

Lookup > No Children will pop-up a sub-menu from which you can
select Males, Females or All. After selecting the desired lookup
type, a pick-list of persons without children will pop-up. By
selecting a person from the pick-list, the CP is set.

Males Male persons without children are included in the
pick-list.

Females Female persons without children are included in the
pick-list.

All All persons without children are included in the
pick-list.

This function is useful to find the end of any lineage.















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Lookup > Soundex

Lookup > Soundex will pop-up a question window. You will be
prompted to enter a surname. Once the surname is entered, a
question window will pop-up showing the surname you entered, its
soundex code and asking if you want to lookup matching persons.
If you answer yes to this question, a pick-list of all persons
with the same soundex code will pop-up.




Report > Ancestors

Report > Ancestors will pop-up a pick-list of all persons. The
person to be used as the basis of the ancestor report is selected
from this pick-list.




Report > Descendants

Report > Descendants will pop-up a pick-list of all persons. The
person to be used as the basis of the descendants report is
selected from this pick-list.




Report > Group Sheets

Report > Group Sheets will pop-up a pick-list of all persons.
The person to be used as the basis of the group sheet report is
selected from this pick-list.




Report > Names

Report > Names will print a report of the names of all persons
within the database. The list will be in order by GENE MASTER
record number.









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Option > Print Destination

Option > Print Destination is used to set the destination of
print output for Report. The following print destinations are
available in the submenu that will pop-up:

Printer Printer is the DOS LST device (the normal
printer).

File > File will cause a question window to pop-up.
The pathname to be used for print output
should be entered.

Screen Screen will cause all print output to be sent
to the screen.




Option > Screen Mode

If you have an EGA or VGA adapter, Option > Screen Mode is used
to switch between 25 line and 43/50 line
mode. Monochrome, MGA, CGA and Hercules adapters support only 25
line screen mode (25 lines on the screen). By switching to 43/50
line mode, more can be seen on the data-entry screens and the
text file edit screen. Also, the number of pick-list lines
displayed is increased.




Option > Screen Colors

Option > Screen Colors allows the setting of the colors used
within the GENE MASTER system. Submenu selections of Black,
White, Yellow allow the setting of standard color sets. The
submenu selection of Custom will allow the setting of the
individual colors GENE MASTER uses. When Custom is selected, a
pick-list will pop-up from which you can select the color to
change. Next, a display of foreground/background combinations
will be displayed. By moving the cursor to the desired color and
pressing enter or the left mouse button, the selected color will
be set.










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Option > Temp. Files Path

GENE MASTER makes use of a "Temp File Path" for some of its
functions. Whenever a temporary file is required, GENE MASTER
will create it in the drive/directory specified. By default,
this is the directory from which GM.EXE was run. When
Temp. Files Path is selected, a question window will pop up. In
this window, enter any legal DOS pathname. Since the files that
use this pathname are temporary, a "Ram-Disk" is a good choice.
Floppy disk users will want to select a path (drive) with plenty
of space available.




Option > Cache Control

GENE MASTER uses a cache system for its files to reduce the
amount of disk access. This significantly improves the speed of
GENE MASTER. The cache system is initialized when GENE MASTER is
started and requires no user interaction. The opening screen of
GENE MASTER reports the number of cache entries initialized. The
size of the cache is fully dynamic and GENE MASTER will run with
zero entries if desired or necessary.

Since the cache uses a large amount of memory, certain
GENE MASTER functions may run short of the memory needed to
execute. Some of these functions will automatically release the
cache, some will not. If a "Not Enough Memory" information
window pops-up, you can release the cache and try the function
again. This is done using Option > Cache Control > Release.
When the memory is no longer needed, the cache can be
re-initialized using Option > Cache Control > Init.

The Option > Cache Control > Set Size selection will allow you to
set the maximum number of cache entries GENE MASTER will
initialize. If the size it set to zero, the cache will be
disabled. GENE MASTER remembers the last cache size set when
started.

Note: When GENE MASTER is used on a system with a very high
speed disk system such as a cached IDE controller on a
VESA or EISA buss, it may be better to run GENE MASTER
with zero cache entries.









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Option > Sort

Option > Sort is used to specify whether or not to ignore case in
the File > Sort routine. When Option > Sort is selected, a
question window will pop-up with the question:

Ignore CASE in File > Sort? [Y]:




Option > Deleted Records

Option > Deleted Records is used to specify whether or not to use
deleted records when adding persons or marriages. When selected,
a question window will pop-up with the question:

Use DELETED records when adding persons or marriages? [Y]:



































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C H A P T E R 3

Editing Persons and Marriages


This chapter describes the data-entry system GENE MASTER uses for
persons and marriages. This system is very helpful as it not
only allows the person or marriage data to be edited but provides
for quick movement to other persons or marriages. Once in the
data-entry system, you can move to any person or marriage in a
lineage without going back to the menu system.

Whether editing persons or marriages, a form-like data-entry
screen is displayed. The top portion of the screen contains
fields that can be edited and the bottom portion contains
information and quick-access fields. For instance, when editing
a person, the parents, spouses and children of that person are
displayed. By moving to one of these fields and typing Alt-P a
person data-entry screen for that person will be displayed.

If the first character typed in a field is a normal text
character and the cursor is in the first character position, the
field will be cleared before the character is displayed.

The last line of the data-entry screen contains reminders of the
Alt-key combinations available for the current field.

Data-entry screens are logically longer than the physical screen.
GENE MASTER will automatically scroll the screen vertically as
needed. You can move around the data-entry system using the
following keys:

Enter
For normal fields, finish editing current field and move to
the next field. For event fields, select the event entry
window.

ESC, Ctl-Break, ClickRight, Ctl-K Q
Finished editing, do not save changes.

F1 through F9
Insert the respective macro in the current field.











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F10, Ctl-Enter, Ctl-K D
Finished editing, save changes.

Left, Ctl-S
Move the cursor left one character in the current field. If
the cursor is at the beginning of the field, it is moved to
the end of the previous field.

Ctl-Left, Ctl-A
Move the cursor left one word. If the cursor is at the
beginning of the field, it is moved to the previous field.

Right, Ctl-D
Move the cursor right one character. If the cursor is at the
end of the field, is moved to the beginning of the next field.

Ctl-Right, Ctl-F
Move the cursor right one word in the current field. If the
cursor is at the end of the field, it is moved to the next
field.

Home, Ctl-Q S
Move the cursor to the beginning of the current field.

End, Clt-Q D
Move the cursor to the end of the current field.

Del, Ctl-G
Delete the character under the cursor.

Bksp, Ctl-H, Ctl-Bksp
Delete the character to the left of the cursor.

Ctl-Y
Clear the current field.

Ctl-End, Ctl-Q Y
Clear from the cursor to the end of the current field.

Ctl-Home
Clear from the beginning of the current field to the cursor.

Ctl-T
Delete the word to the right of the cursor.

Ins
Toggle insert mode. The cursor is changed to a larger size
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Ctl-R, Ctl-Q L
Restore the original contents of the field and continue
editing. This works as long as you do not leave the field.

Up, Ctl-E
Move the cursor to the beginning of the field above it.

Down, Ctl-X
Move the cursor to the beginning of the field below it.

Tab, Ctl-I
Move the cursor to the beginning of the next field.

Shift-Tab
Move the cursor to the beginning of the previous field.

PgUp
Scroll the screen up.

PgDn
Scroll the screen down.

Ctl-PgUp, Ctl-Q R
Move the cursor to the first field on the screen.

Ctl-PgDn, Ctl-Q C
Move the cursor to the last field on the screen.

Alt-L
Lookup data appropriate for the current field. This works
only when "L-Lookup" is shown on the last line of the screen.

Alt-P
Go to a data-entry screen for the person specified by the
current field. This works only when "P-Goto Person" is shown
on the last line of the screen.

Alt-M
Go to a data-entry screen for the marriage indicated by the
current field. This works only when "M-Goto Marriage" is
shown on the last line of the screen.

Alt-I
Insert a spouse or child as appropriate for the current field.
This works only when "I-Insert" is shown on the last line of
the screen. This command first saves any changes to the
current person or marriage being edited.






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Alt-R
Remove the spouse or child as appropriate for the current
field. This works only when "R-Remove" is shown on the last
line of the screen. This command first saves any changes to
the current person or marriage being edited.
















































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Editing Persons


Please select Person > Edit and follow this discussion on the
screen.

þ NUMBER is a 7-character field that can contain any desired
data. It is not checked by GENE MASTER in any way. Future
releases of GENE MASTER will probably allow person records to
be sorted based on this field.

þ RECORD is a 5-character field that shows the GENE MASTER
record number of the person record being edited. This field
is generated internally and cannot be edited.

þ SURNAME is a 23-character field for the surname (last name) of
the person being edited. Alt-L will pop-up a pick-list of all
surnames.

þ SUFFIX is a 7-character field for the suffix (Jr, Sr, III,
etc.) of the person being edited. Alt-L will pop-up a
pick-list of all suffixes.

þ SEX is a 1-character field for the sex of the person being
edited. This field can only be edited when a record is added.

þ FIRST is a 23-character field for the first name of the person
being edited. Alt-L will pop-up a pick-list of all names.

þ MIDDLE is a 23-character field for the middle name of the
person being edited. Alt-L will pop-up a pick-list of all
names.

þ NAME/AKA is a 63-character field for the "Also-Known-As" name
of the person being edited. While this field is actually
stored as a note, it should be reserved for AKA information as
the reports expect any AKA name here. Alt-L will pop-up a
pick-list of all notes.

þ NOTE is a 63-character field for a note about the person being
edited. The note field will be optionally printed on some
reports. Alt-L will pop-up a pick-list of all notes.

þ FILE is a 63-character field for a pathname to a text file
associated with the person being edited. Alt-L will pop-up a
pick-list of all text files.

þ COMMENT is a 63-character field used as an editing comment for
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in reports. It is meant for comments or reminders while
editing. Alt-L will pop-up a pick-list of all comments.

The next five fields: BIRTH, DEATH, BURIAL, OTHER1 and OTHER2 are
event fields. An event field displays the date and as much place
information as will fit on the screen. When one of these fields
is selected, a window will pop-up to allow the information to be
edited. The fields of that window will be described next.

þ FLAG is a 3-character field for a date flag. Alt-L will
pop-up a pick-list of the sixteen possible date flags. These
sixteen flags are:

000 Absolutely sure of the event's date but do not
visibly mark the date with a flag.
001 abs Absolutely sure of event's date.
002 def The date of the event is definite but not
absolute.
003 pro The date of the event is probable.
004 dur The event happened during the period.
005 bef The event happened before the date.
006 aft The event happened after the date.
007 cir The event happened circa the date.
008 abt The event happened about the time of the date.
009 hap The event happened, the date is unknown. Usually,
when this flag is used the date itself will not be
filled in.
010 us1 User flag.
011 us2 User flag.
012 us3 User flag.
013 unk The date of the event is unknown.
014 us4 User flag.
015 The date of the event is unknown but do not
visibly mark the date with a flag.

Internally, GENE MASTER always has a flag for each date. The
flag is stored as a binary number (0-15).

þ MONTH is a 9-character field for the month. Alt-L will pop-up
a pick-list of the twelve months plus "Unknown". The month
can also be entered as a number.

þ DAY is a 2-character field for the day of the month.










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þ YEAR is a 4-character field for the year. GENE MASTER is able
to handle the century and year separately...

17 or 17?? century = 1700, year = unknown.

50 or ??50 century = unknown, year = 50.

þ PLACE is a 63-character field for the place the event
happened. For instance, "MARSH-GARDNER-BASS Cem.". Alt-L
will pop-up a pick-list of all entries in the place detail
(DTL) file.

þ STREET, CITY, COUNTY and STATE are 23-character fields that
describe the address of the PLACE. Alt-L will pop-up a
pick-list of all entries in the address (ADR) file.

þ NOTE is a 63-character field for a note about the event.
Alt-L will pop-up a pick-list of all entries in the note (NTE)
file.

The rest of the fields are for information and access to other
data-entry screens. The data in the fields cannot be edited from
within the Edit > Person screen.

þ FATHER will display the record number and name of the father
of the person being edited.

Alt-P will cause his person record to be displayed for edit.


Alt-M will cause the marriage record for the father and
mother to be displayed for edit.

þ MOTHER will display the record number and name of the mother
of the person being edited.

Alt-P will cause her person record to be displayed for edit.


Alt-M will cause the marriage record for the father and
mother to be displayed for edit.

þ SPOUSE1 through SPOUSE8 will display the record numbers and
names of the spouses of the person being edited.

Alt-P will cause the spouse's person record to be displayed
for edit.






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Alt-M will cause the marriage record for the spouse to be
displayed for edit.

Alt-I will insert a new spouse.

Alt-R will remove the spouse.

þ CHILD1 through CHILD32 will display the record numbers and
names of the children of the person being edited. Alt-P will
cause the child's person record to be displayed for edit.











































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Editing Marriages


Please select Marriage > Edit and follow this discussion on the
screen.


þ NUMBER is a 7-character field that can contain any desired
data. It is not checked by GENE MASTER in any way. Future
releases of GENE MASTER will probably allow marriage records
to be sorted based on this field.

þ RECORD is a 5-character field that shows the record number of
the marriage record being edited. This field is generated
internally and cannot be edited.

The next section is for the male spouse. In any field of this
section, Alt-P will display the person record of the male spouse
for edit.

þ SURNAME is a 23-character field for the surname (last name) of
the male spouse. Alt-L will pop-up a pick-list of all
surnames.

þ SUFFIX is a 7-character field for the suffix (Jr, Sr, III,
etc) of the male spouse. Alt-L will pop-up a pick-list of all
suffixes.

þ FIRST is a 23-character field for the first name of the male
spouse being edited. Alt-L will pop-up a pick-list of all
names.

þ MIDDLE is a 23-character field for the middle name of the male
spouse being edited. Alt-L will pop-up a pick-list of all
names.

þ NAME/AKA is a 63-character field for the "Also-Known-As" name
of the person being edited. While this field is actually
stored as a note, it should be reserved for AKA information as
the reports expect any AKA name here. Alt-L will pop-up a
pick-list of all notes.

The next section is for the female spouse. In any field of this
section, Alt-P will the person record of the female spouse to be
displayed for edit.

þ SURNAME is a 23-character field for the surname (maiden name)
of the female spouse. Alt-L will pop-up a pick-list of all
surnames.




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þ SUFFIX is a 7-character field for the suffix (Jr, Sr, III,
etc) of the female spouse. Alt-L will pop-up a pick-list of
all suffixes.

þ FIRST is a 23-character field for the first name of the female
spouse being edited. Alt-L will pop-up a pick-list of all
names.

þ MIDDLE is a 23-character field for the middle name of the
female spouse being edited. Alt-L will pop-up a pick-list of
all names.

þ NAME/AKA is a 63-character field for the "Also-Known-As" name
of the female spouse being edited. This field should be
reserved for AKA information as the reports expect any AKA
here. Alt-L will pop-up a pick-list of all notes.

þ NOTE is a 63-character field for a note about the marriage
being edited. The note field will be optionally printed on
some reports. Alt-L will pop-up a pick-list of all notes.

þ FILE is a 63-character field for a pathname to a text file
associated with the marriage being edited. Alt-L will pop-up
a pick-list of all text files.

þ COMMENT is a 63-character field for a comment about the
marriage being edited. This field is not normally included in
reports. Alt-L will pop-up a pick-list of all comments.

























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The next two fields: MARRIAGE and DIVORCE are event fields. An
event field displays the date and as much place information as
will fit on the screen. When one of these fields is selected, a
window will pop-up so the information can be edited. The fields
of that window will be described next.

þ FLAG is a 3-character field for a date flag. Alt-L will
pop-up a pick-list of the sixteen possible date flags. These
sixteen flags are:

000 Absolutely sure of the event's date but do not
visibly mark the date with a flag.
001 abs Absolutely sure of event's date.
002 def The date of the event is definite but not
absolute.
003 pro The date of the event is probable.
004 dur The event happened during the period.
005 bef The event happened before the date.
006 aft The event happened after the date.
007 cir The event happened circa the date.
008 abt The event happened about the time of the date.
009 hap The event happened, the date is unknown. Usually,
when this flag is used the date itself will not be
filled in.
010 us1 User flag.
011 us2 User flag.
012 us3 User flag.
013 unk The date of the event is unknown.
014 us4 User flag.
015 The date of the event is unknown but do not
visibly mark the date with a flag.

Internally, GENE MASTER always has a flag for each date. The
flag is stored as a binary number (0-15).

þ MONTH is a 9-character field for the month. Alt-L will pop-up
a pick-list of the twelve months plus "Unknown". The month
can also be entered as a number.

þ DAY is a 2-character field for the day of the month.

þ YEAR is a 4-character field for the year. GENE MASTER is able
to handle the century and year separately...

17 or 17?? century = 1700, year = unknown.

50 or ??50 century = unknown, year = 50.

þ PLACE is a 63-character field for the place the event
happened. For instance, "MARSH-GARDNER-BASS Cem.". Alt-L



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will pop-up a pick-list of all entries in the place detail
(DTL) file.

þ STREET, CITY, COUNTY and STATE are 23-character fields that
describe the address of the PLACE. Alt-L will pop-up a
pick-list of all entries in the address (ADR) file.

þ NOTE is a 63-character field for a note about the event.
Alt-L will pop-up a pick-list of all entries in the note (NTE)
file.

The rest of the fields are for information and access to other
data-entry screens. The data in the fields cannot be edited from
within the Marriage > Edit screen. However, they are very useful
for moving between persons and marriages.

þ CHILD1 through CHILD18 will display the record numbers and
names of the children of the marriage being edited.

Alt-P will cause the child's person record to be displayed
for edit.

Alt-I will insert a new child.

Alt-R will remove the child.




























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Correcting Errors


GENE MASTER allows the user great flexibility in editing persons
and marriages. This flexibility also allows the user to
introduce what might be considered errors. Generally, the
ability to insert, remove and move both children and spouses will
allow any errors to be corrected.

When a GED file is converted to a GID file and then imported to

GENE MASTER, errors can also be introduced. Again, the
facilities GENE MASTER provides should be used to correct any
errors.

When unable to correct errors within GENE MASTER, errors can be
corrected in a GID file. Since a GID file contains all data from
a set of GENE MASTER files, errors are always correctable in a
GID file. Take care that you fully understand the GID standard
before attempting corrections within a GID file. GENE MASTER
expects GID files to be correct and does little error checking
when importing from them. You should definitely make a backup
while still in GENE MASTER and then make a backup (using the DOS
copy command) of the GID file to be corrected.

GID files are standard text files and can be edited with your
favorite text editor or the text editor built into GENE MASTER.
See chapter 6 for a definition of the GID standard. Generally,
the following procedure should be followed when correcting errors
by editing a GID file:

þ Make a backup of your data using File > Backup before
attempting to correct errors!

þ Make a new GID file using File > Export GID.

þ Make a backup of the GID file using the DOS copy command.

þ Correct the errors in the GID file.

þ Replace the existing fileset using File > Import GID.













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C H A P T E R 4

The text file editor


GENE MASTER includes a text file editor that is invoked from the
menu system by selecting File > Text File. This editor offers a
fairly complete set of editing commands.

When File > Text File is selected. A sub-menu will pop-up that
provides two choices. These are Existing File and New File.

Selecting Existing File will cause a pick-list to pop-up. From
this pick-list you will select the file name of the file to be
edited. Existing File means a file name known to GENE MASTER.
These are files whose pathname can be found in the FIL file.

Selecting New File will pop-up a question window. In this
question window, you will give the name of the file to be edited.
GENE MASTER will create the file is it does not exist. New File
means a file name not known to GENE MASTER. These are files
whose pathname is not in the FIL file.


The available text file editor commands are listed below.

Esc, Ctl-K Q, Ctl-Break, ClickRight
Quit editing without saving the file. If the file has been
modified, a question will pop-up which asks if you are sure.

F10, Ctl-Enter, Ctl-K D
Quit editing after saving the file.

Ctl-K S
Save the file and continue editing.

Left, Ctl-S
Cursor left one character.

Right, Ctl-D
Moves the cursor right one character.

Ctl-Left, Ctl-A
Move the cursor left one word. If the cursor is at the
beginning of a line, it is moved to the end of the previous
line.







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Ctl-Right, Ctl-F
Move the cursor right one word. If the cursor is at the end of
a line, it is moved to the beginning of the following line.

Home, Ctl-Q S
Move the cursor to beginning of the current line.

End, Ctl-Q D
Move the cursor to the end of the current line.

Up, Ctl-E
Move the cursor up one line.

Down, Ctl-X
Move the cursor down one line.

Ctl-W
Scroll the screen up one line.

Ctl-Z
Scroll the screen down one line.

PgUp, Ctl-R
Scroll the screen up one page.

PgDn, Ctl-C
Scroll the screen down one page.

Ctl-Home, Ctl-Q E
Move the cursor to the top of the screen.

Ctl-End, Ctl-Q X
Move the cursor to the bottom of the screen.

Ctl-PgUp, Ctl-Q R
Move the cursor to the beginning of the file.

Ctl-PgDn, Ctl-Q C
Move the cursor to the end of the file.

Del, Ctl-Del
Delete the character under the cursor.

Bksp, Ctl-H, Ctl-Bksp
Delete the character to left of the cursor. If the cursor is
at the beginning of a line, the line will be joined with the
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Ctl-Y
Delete the current line.

Ctl-Q Y
Delete from cursor to the end of the line.

Ctl-T
Delete the word to right of the cursor. If the cursor is at
end of a line, the following line is joined with the current
line.

Enter
Start a new line.

Tab, Ctl-I
Move the cursor to the next tab stop. If insert mode is on,
any text to the right of the cursor is moved to the right of
the tab stop.

Ins, Ctl-V
Toggle insert mode on/off. A large cursor indicates insert
mode; a small cursor indicates typeover mode.

Ctl-O W
Toggle word wrap on/off. When word wrap is on, any attempt to
insert or append text beyond the right margin will cause a new
line to be inserted following the current line and all words
that are at least partially beyond the right margin to be
moved to the newline.

Ctl-B
Reformat the current paragraph.

Alt-R
Reformat the entire file. Use this command with caution, it
is difficult to undo.

Ctl-Q L
Restore original contents of the current line. This works
only as long as you remain on the line.

F1 through F9
Insert the respective macro.










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ClickLeft
Move the cursor to the position indicated by the mouse.


NOTES:

Tabs - The editor inserts 'tabs' by adding the appropriate
number of spaces. It is not equipped to handle 'hard tabs'
(ASCII 9).

Line Limit - The editor limits the number of lines to 500.
However, you may run out of buffer space before this limit is
reached.








































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Chapter 5 is only included in the registered versions.






C H A P T E R 6

The GID Specification


GENE MASTER provides a new file interchange standard called the
Genealogical Interchange Document. Several features not found in
the GED standard prompted its development. Some of the features
of the GID specification are:

þ All data from the GENE MASTER database files is written to the
GID file. This allows a GID file to be used as a data backup.

þ The contents of text files can be included in the GID file.
This allows even text file content to be saved and restored
using a GID file.

þ The GID specification is simpler to program than the GED
specification.

þ Comment and blank lines are allowed.

þ Deleted person and marriage records are allowed and flagged.

The following describes the programs included with GENE MASTER to
translate between GID and GED files.

GED2GID.EXE

Creates a GID file from a GED file. To run GED2GID, give the
command:

GED2GID GEDname GIDname

where:

GEDname is the input (.GED file) file name

GIDname is the output (.GID file) file name.

It is not necessary to give the .GID or .GED file name
extensions. For example, the following command:

GED2GID MARSH MARSH

would create a MARSH.GID file from a MARSH.GED file.







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GID2GED.EXE

Creates a GED file from a GID file. To run GID2GED, give the
command:

GID2GED GIDname GEDname options

where:

GIDname is the input (.GID file) file name

GEDname is the output (.GED file) file name

options are command line switches which change the way various
situations are handled by GID2GED.

It is not necessary to give the .GID or .GED file name
extensions. For example, the following command:

GID2GED MARSH MARSH

would create a MARSH.GED file from a MARSH.GID file. Also, if
the GEDname is not given, the GIDname will be used. For example,
the following command:

GID2GED MARSH

would also create a MARSH.GED file from a MARSH.GID file.

The valid command line switches are:

/b The destination program is Brothers Keeper.

/p The destination program is PAF. This is the default.

/n Do not put the source identifer tags in NOTE entries
generated for unsupported fields. For instance,
generate:

1 NOTE On the Battlefield

rather than:

1 NOTE BURI - On the Battlefield

for a persons burial NOTE field.


Figure 6-1 (several pages) describes the GID specification and
shows the equivalent GED specification.

The rest of this manual is only iincluded in the registered
versions.


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