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The form on the "Add a person page" consists of several tabs. You can switch between the tabs by clicking on them to add different kinds of information. There are several fields on each tab page, which you can fill out. The following are the descriptions of the fields in each tab page.

IMPORTANT: If you want to add information about an individual who is living, you must ask for his/her permission.


[edit] Fields in the Names tab page

[edit] First name at birth

The name at birth is the name a child is given by his or her parents.

[edit] Last name at birth

The last name, family name, or surname is the part of a person's full name that indicates to what family he or she belongs. The last name given at birth is usually the last name of a child's father.

If a person's last name is not known, type in a question mark (?) instead.

[edit] Other last names

Here you can list all other last names except for the last name given at birth. These may include last names taken upon marriage, changed for some reason, etc. Type one last name per line in the chronological order. If you do not know the maiden name or the last name taken upon marriage, type in a question mark ? instead.

[edit] Other given names

One name per line in chronological order.

[edit] Sex

Be careful, the mother can only be female and the father can only be male. It will be impossible to select a mother or a father with the wrong gender. The gender value will be unchangable for a person after records of that person's children have been created in the database. The search during the process of setting/changing the father or the mother is done with the check-up of this field's value.

[edit] Lineage

Lineage is lineal descent from an ancestor. It also means the descendants of a common ancestor considered to be the founder of the line.

The lineage name is usually the last name given to a person at his or her birth. If a child is given at birth last names of both of his/her parents, then enter only one of the two last names here. Usually, it will be father's last name. Colors on any family tree will be defined by the value of this field, i.e. when viewing the family trees that you have created, you will be able to identify direct descendants of a common ancestor by their color.

Very important note: If children track their lineage to their father, then ALL the children of one father must have the value of their father's lineage. Founders of a new lineage, first of all, belong to their father's lineage whereas their children may belong to a new lineage (this is especially true for children of a mother who has changed her last name upon marriage. Such children will most likely follow their father's lineage and bear his last name.) If children track their lineage to their mother, then ALL the children of one mother must have the value of their mother's lineage.

If you do not know the lineage name, please, do NOT use the word "Unknown," but type in a question mark instead! In this way a person with unknown lineage will be colored in gray on his/her family tree and you will be able to spot such a person immediately.

[edit] It's me

With this checkbox you can identify yourself as this record. This will allow you to view your own family tree by clicking My Tree in the navigation bar.


[edit] Fields in the Events tab page

Use the Events tab page to list different events that took place during a person's life (add family events when editing a family record; records of birth and marriages are created automatically.) It will be impossible to remove an event after it has been added to the database, it can only be edited.

By default, the first event on this tab page is Birth. Enter the day, month, and year of birth for a person. Enter the place details in the Place field. You can add a comment about the person's birth in the blank field below the Place one.

After you have added the first event, click on the Add an event button on the right to add a new event. Now choose the type of event that suits you best from the scroll menu and fill out all the necessary fields.

Click on the Add an event button to add more events if needed.

Should you require a type of event, which is not listed in the scroll menu, you can ask an administrator on the discussion pages for Individual Events and Family Events.


[edit] Fields in the Picture & sources tab page

There are three types of fields on the Picture & sources tab page: Picture, References, and Sources.

[edit] Picture

Use this field to add a picture of or related to the person whose record you are now creating or editing. To add a new image, go to the Toolbox below the Search bar on the left and click on Upload an image. After you are done, you can add the uploaded image here. The format is as follows:

Image_file_name.jpg
Image_file_name.png|your caption

The recommended image width is 180px. You can set the image width as follows:

Image_file_name.png|thumb|180px|your caption

[edit] References

Use this field to add unique IDs from other databases, such as SSN, AFN, etc.

[edit] Sources

Use this field to add sources for information you have used while creating this record. First, enter the name of the source. This can be a public library, an archive, a website, etc. Then enter the details below.

Click on the Add a source button to add more sources if needed.


[edit] Fields in the Notes tab page

There are two types of fields in this tab page: Wiki-page and Notes.

[edit] Wiki-page

This field can be used for linking to a page about a person whose record you are now creating or editing either on Rodovid.org or Wikipedia.org.

  • If you wish to create a new page on Rodovid.org about this person, just type the person's name in this field as follows: John Smith.
  • If you wish to add a link to an existing page on Wikipedia, type in the wk: prefix followed by the name of the article about that person on Wikipedia. The format is as follows wk:John Smith.

These pages will be accessible from any tree via the w link, which can be found to the left from the person's name on his/her family tree. You can always expand the newly created page about the person using the standard wiki technology.

[edit] Notes

Use this field to add short notes about the person whose record you are now creating or editing. This field can be edited as a standard wiki text, with the possibilities of Categories, tables, etc. Please, use it only for short notes. For additing detailed information, use wiki pages by additing links to them in the Wiki-page field above.

If you are creating or editing a record about a famous person, check the list of Categories and pick up the one that suits you best. If a category is not listed there, you can create a new one as is shown on the right. The category will appear at the bottom of each person's page, just below his/her family tree.

 Pseudonym: George Eliot
 [[Category:English writers]]


[edit] Fields in the Relationships tab page

[edit] Brothers & sisters

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[edit] Family

Here you can virtually create a new family with children. However, the sequence in which this has to be done differs from what happens in normal life.

First, you should add children (if any) for the person whose record you are now creating or editing. Just click Add button to the right from the Children field. After you have created a new record about a child with his/her father or mother added, you can proceed to the second step and register the marriage of the child's parents (one of whom will be the person whose record you are now editing) by clicking on the Add a new family button.

If a family record is not created, i.e. marriage is not registered in the database, husband or wife of the person whose record you are now editing will not be shown on the person's family tree. If a couple has common children, husband or wife will always be listed in this field. However, the couple will only be shown on their family tree if a record about their family has been created.

[edit] Children

[edit] Fields in the Languages tab page

[edit] Language

This field is used to identify the localization in which the record was added. It cannot be modified through your preferences.

Please, add all the records in the language of localization you are currently using. That is when you are using the English localization of Rodovid, add all the records in English.

After a record has been added, it can be translated into other languages. To start on the translation do the following:

In the address bar of your browser, change the first two letters of the address of the page of your record after the http:// by the two letters identifying the localization in which you would like to translate your record. The format is as follows:
  • http://en.rodovid.org/wk/Person:00000 - English localization
  • http://uk.rodovid.org/wk/Person:00000 - Ukrainian localization
Translate all the fields that you wish. Preview and save your work.


[edit] See also

The software automatically generates a link to the country page from the country name. You can use a prefix before the country name to make it link to wikipedia. ( example: wikipedia:en:Kievan Rus )

[edit] Events

Here you can list different events that took place during a person's life (add family events when editing a family record; records of birth and marriages are created automatically.) It will be impossible to remove an event after it has been added to the database, it can only be edited.

By default, the first event on this tab page is Birth. Enter the day, month, and year of birth for a person. Enter the place details in the Place field. You can add a comment about the person's birth in the blank field below the Place one.

After you have added the first event, click on the Add an event button on the right to add a new event. Now choose the type of event that suits you best from the scroll menu and fill out all the necessary fields.

Click on the Add an event button to add more events if needed.

Should you require a type of event, which is not listed in the scroll menu, you can ask an administrator on the discussion pages for Individual Events and Family Events.

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