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:
c/o Bradley Nicholes
15817 130th Place S.E.
Renton, Wa. 98058
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 2.1 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. Then add the following entry
to the WIN.INI file which is probably in the same directory where windows
This tells PARENTS where to place 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:
When the above steps have been completed, PARENTS is ready to be
started. Simply start PARENTS in the same manner as any other windows
application. PARENTS will then create all of the data files it needs
to run, and place them on the drive and path that was specified in the
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 format.
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, pull down the FILE menu and select SAVE. This will
add a new record to the data base storing all of the information that was
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 button 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.
SAVE - This selection, from the FILE pull down menu, will save the
information that has been entered into the INDIVIDUAL WORKSHEET. If SAVE is
selected after entering a NEW individual, the information will be added to
the database. If SAVE is selected after updating the information for an
already existing individual, the updates will be saved in the database.
DELETE - An already existing individual's information can be deleted
from the database if that individual is not currently being used in the
FAMILY TREE. After making this selection, 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.
PRINT - This selection will print the worksheet information for the
currently selected individual.
CLOSE - This selection 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 button below the
list or by double clicking on an individual in the list. 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, select
CLOSE from the FILE pull down menu 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).
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 individual is being transferred from the
individuals list to the family tree, the individual's name may be dragged and
dropped. This means that an individual can be selected with the mouse
pointer, and while still holding the mouse button down, position the mouse
pointer on top of the destination box. When the mouse button is
released the selected item will appear in the entry field. For example,
if you would like to center the family tree around an individual, that
individual can be dragged and dropped from the individual list to the center
CLIPBOARD - The clipboard is a convenient way of transferring data
between PARENTS and other Windows applications. 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.
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.
This documentation must accompany the PARENTS software.
Copyright (C) 1990 Bradley Nicholes