Parents Ver. 2.1
PARENTS is an application that was designed to help make collecting
and organizing your genealogy easier. With the help of PARENTS, you will be
able to more easily gather, store, and view information about all of your
ancestors as well as your children and your children's children.
PARENTS allows you to enter and store vital information such as names,
birth, marriage, death dates and places and more. All of this information
can then be easily organized and related together to form your family tree.
You will also be able to print the detailed information about any one of
your ancestors as well as print your immediate tree.
PARENTS is not public domain, nor is it free software. You are
granted a limited license to use this product on a trial basis. You are
also granted a license to copy PARENTS, along with the documentation, for
the trial use by other users. If you wish to continue using the product,
you must send $25 to:
P.O. Box 59823
Renton, Wa. 98058 USA
We encourage you to copy PARENTS and share it with anyone who might
be interested in tracking down their roots and learning where they came
Microsoft Windows 3.0 or higher
IBM compatible PC 286/386
Before proceeding, make sure that you have Microsoft Windows correctly
installed. Next create a directory called PARENTS and copy the PARENTS
software (PARENTS.EXE) into this directory. PARENTS is now ready to be
started. Simply start PARENTS from the RUN... menu selection of the Windows
Program Manager or add it to a Program Manager group by following the
directions in the Windows 3.0 manual for creating a group item. PARENTS
will then create all of the data files it needs to run, and place them on
the same drive and path where the software was installed.
When PARENTS is started for the first time, the following entry will
be placed in the WIN.INI file which is probably in the same directory where
windows is installed.
This tells PARENTS where to find the data files. The key word DBPath
is set equal to the and full including the trailing backslash,
where the PARENTS data files will reside. For example:
You can change where PARENTS looks for the data files by simple
altering the DBPath. Then move the datafiles from the directory where
they were created to the new directory you specified in the DBPath.
The main window for data collection is the INDIVIDUAL WORKSHEET. All
of the genealogical information about any individual can be entered into
this worksheet. It contains fields for the individual's name, birth date
and place, christening date and place, the date and place where the
individual was married, where and when the individual died and when and
where the individual was buried. In addition to these fields is a misc.
notes field that can be used to store any additional information, and a
place to indicate the sex of the individual. The information that is
entered into the date and place fields does not have to be in any specific
MENU SELECTIONS FOR THE INDIVIDUAL WORKSHEET.
NEW - This selection, from the FILE pull down menu, will display a
blank INDIVIDUAL WORKSHEET. After all of the informtion has been entered
into the worksheet, click on the SAVE pushbutton. This will add a new
record to the data base storing all of the information that was entered.
OPEN - This selection, from the FILE pull down menu, will display a
list of all of the individuals that have been entered into the database.
An individual can be selected from this list by highlighting it and clicking
on the SELECT pushbutton or by double clicking on the selection. All of the
information that was previously stored in the database about this individual
will be displayed in the worksheet. This information can be updated or
added to, and then saved.
PRINT - This selection will print the worksheet information for the
currently selected individual.
PUSHBUTTON ACTIONS FOR THE INDIVIDUAL WORKSHEET.
SAVE - This action will save the information that has been entered into
the INDIVIDUAL WORKSHEET. If SAVE is clicked after entering a NEW
individual, the information will be added to the database. If SAVE is
clicked after updating the information for an existing individual, the
updates will be saved in the database.
DELETE - An existing individual's information can be deleted from the
database if that individual is not currently being used in the FAMILY TREE.
After clicking the DELETE pushbutton, a message prompt will appear
requesting a comfirmation of the action. If the individual exists in the
FAMILY TREE, a message prompt will appear indicating that the individual
cannot be deleted.
CLOSE - This action will close the INDIVIDUAL WORKSHEET.
IMMEDIATE FAMILY TREE
The IMMEDIATE FAMILY TREE displays and allows you to update a selected
individual's family tree. The FAMILY TREE's center box has a thicker border
than the other boxes in the tree. Any individual that is placed in this box
will cause the tree to be centered around him or her. In other words, all
of that individual's immediate family will be displayed in the other boxes
of the tree.
An individual can be placed in the FAMILY TREE's center box in one of
two ways. The first way is by dragging and dropping from the INDIVIDUAL
LIST. This is done by highlighting an individual with the mouse, and while
holding the mouse button down, moving the mouse pointer over the center box.
When the mouse button is released, the selected individual will appear in
the center box and the rest of the tree will automatically be filled in.
The second way is by highlighting an individual in the INDIVIDUAL LIST, then
pulling down the RELATIONS pull down menu and selecting INDIVIDUAL. Again,
the selected individual will appear in the center box and the rest of the
tree will be filled in.
The IMMEDIATE FAMILY TREE can also be used to create a family tree.
To do this, first make a selection from the INDIVIDUAL LIST and place that
selection in the center box. Then in the same manner as described above,
place each member of the immediate family in the appropriate box. As each
selection is placed in the tree, that selection is related to the individual
in the center box according to the position in which it is placed. To the
left of the center box is the Children List. Each child of an individual in
the center box, should be placed in the Children List. Directly below the
center box is the Spouse List. The individual's current spouse and each
previous spouse (if any) should be placed in this list. At the top right of
the center box is the Father box. The Father of the selected individual
should be placed in this box. Directly below the Father box, is the Mother
box. There are also two other boxes the are tied to the spouse list. These
two boxes are for displaying the parents of the currently highlighted spouse
in the Spouse List. These two boxes cannot be used to relate a Father or a
Mother to a Spouse.
There are several special features of the IMMEDIATE FAMILY TREE. The
first feature is that the tree can be shifted in any direction to show the
extended family tree. This can be done by dragging and dropping an
individual from any of the other family tree boxes to the center box. For
example, if the individual that is currently placed in the center box is
John Smith and his father is Jack Smith, by dragging and dropping Jack
Smith from the Father box to the Center box, the family tree will immediatly
be reorganized to show Jack Smith's immediate family. In the process of
doing this, John Smith will be moved from the Center box to the Children
box which indicates that John Smith is a child of Jack Smith and the
individual that appears in the Father box is John Smith's Grandfather.
The second special feature of the family tree is being able to view
the information about an individual. This can be done by highlighting an
individual in the INDIVIDUAL LIST and clicking on the VIEW pushbutton below
the list or by double clicking on an individual in the list or in the FAMILY
TREE. The INDIVIDUAL WORKSHEET will appear with all of the information that
had been previously stored in the database. The information on this
worksheet cannot be updated and saved, it can only be viewed. After
viewing the information, click the CLOSE pushbutton to return to the
IMMEDIATE FAMILY TREE.
MENU SELECTIONS FOR THE IMMEDIATE FAMILY TREE.
SHOW - This menu selection will show an empty IMMEDIATE FAMILY TREE.
This tree can be used to display or update an individual's family tree.
HIDE - This menu selection will hide the IMMEDIATE FAMILY TREE,
INDIVIDUAL LIST (and INDIVIDUAL WORKSHEET if shown).
SHOW LIST - This menu selection will show the INDIVIDUAL LIST. This
list can be used to build an IMMEDIATE FAMILY TREE.
HIDE LIST - This menu selection will hide the INDIVIDUAL LIST.
PRINT - This menu selection will print the currently displayed
IMMEDIATE FAMILY TREE.
CLEAR - This selection can be found in the EDIT pull down menu. It is
used to clear the family tree or remove a relation between two individuals.
This depends on which family tree box is currently selected. A family tree
box can be selected by clicking on it with the mouse. After doing so, a
dotted rectangle will appear around the individual's name that is contained
in the box. If the center box is cleared, the entire family tree will be
cleared. If the Father or Mother box is selected, the box is cleared and
the relation is removed. If one of the children or spouses is highlighted,
that child or spouse is cleared from the list and the relation is removed.
The two boxes that are tied to the spouse box cannot be cleared.
RELATIONS - This pull down menu is only available when the IMMEDIATE
FAMILY TREE is shown. It can be used as an alternative way of placing an
individual in a family tree box. By highlighting an individual in the
INDIVIDUAL LIST and then choosing one of the selections in the RELATIONS
pull down menu, that individual will be placed in the corresponding family
DRAG AND DROP - Whenever an item is being transfered from one list to
another, it may dragged and dropped. This means that an item can be
selecting with the mouse pointer, and while still holding the mouse button
down, position the mouse pointer on top of the destination entry field.
When the mouse button is released the selected item will appear in the
entry field. For example, if an individual is being placed in the family
tree, it may be dragged and dropped from the individual list to the
appropriate box in the tree.
CLIPBOARD - The clipboard is a convenient way of transferring data
between PARENTS and other Windows application or between different PARENTS
windows. To use the clipboard functions simply highlight any text that is
displayed in an entry field, pull down the EDIT menu and choose COPY or CUT.
The COPY function will place a copy of the highlighted text in the Windows
clipboard. The CUT function also places the highlighted text in the
clipboard but also removes it from the entry field. To retrieve text from
the clipboard, place the cursor at the position inside an entry field where
the clipboard text should be inserted or appended. Then pull down the EDIT
menu and choose PASTE. The clipboard text will be placed in the entry field
at the cursor position.
The following is a list of the new features and enhancements that have
been included in version 2.0 of PARENTS:
o Addition of Windows 3.0 Help Manager
o Proportional system font.
o Printing has been improved.
o Addition of Printer Setup.
o Addition of pushbuttons to allow for easier data access.
o UNRECOVERABLE ERROR bug fixed when dragging and dropping an
individual outside of a Family Tree box.
o PARENTS is fully Windows 3.0 compatible.
o Color icons.
The following is a list of the new features and enhancements that have
been included in version 2.1 of PARENTS:
o Viewing an individual is now available by double clicking on an
individual box in the Family Tree.
o WIN.INI file is updated automatically on startup.
o Individual Boxes on the Family Tree have been expanded.
When you have finished using PARENTS, you should exit via the EXIT
selection from the FILE pull down menu. If you forget and turn your
computer off before exiting, PARENTS can not guarantee that your ancestors
have been saved correctly. It is very important that you always exit
PARENTS via this selection.
Copyright (C) 1990,91 Bradley Nicholes
This documentation must accompany the PARENTS software.