Nu 2 AQ – Color Coding

Ancestral Quest – In Color!

There is a filing system based on four colors that has gained popularity among genealogists over the past several years. In this system, by default, blue is your color, the color of your father, your father’s father, and all of his direct line ancestors. Green is the color of your father’s mother and all of her direct line ancestors. Red is the color of your mother, your mother’s father, and all of his direct line ancestors. Yellow is the color of your mother’s mother and all of her direct line ancestors.

This feature requires the default Ancestral Quest database. The alternate PAF database does not support color coding.

To use color coding, highlight the person from whom the colors will emanate. This is usually you, but it can be any person in the database. Click on Tools in the Menu bar, and select Color Coding….

This will present the Color Coding screen.

In the upper right corner there is a count of the number of color coded records in the database. Below this count is a representation of a color coded pedigree, showing standard color assignments. Below this representation is a slider labeled Adjust color intensity:. It is set at 0%. This is adjustable to as high as 50%.

In the upper left there is a box labeled Select color coding task. There are five tasks, each represented by a radio button. Only one radio button at a time may be pushed.

There are two boxes within the Select color coding task box. The upper box is labeled Tasks that affect all individuals.

There are two radio buttons assigned to tasks that will affect all records in the database. The first is labeled Set standard ancestral colors. It includes the notice that all current color coding will first be cleared.  The second radio button which affects all records is labeled Clear all colors.

The next box down is labeled Tasks that affect only selected individuals. There are three radio buttons in this box:

The first radio button is labeled Set a color. This button works along with the color pull-down window and the bottom box. The bottom box selects subsets of people from the database, and will be explained later. Use the pull down window to select one of eight colors. Click Set to change the color coding of all people in the selected list to the selected color.

The second radio button is labeled Clear a color. This button works along with the color pull-down window and the people selected in the bottom box. The Set button becomes the Clear button. Click Clear to remove color coding from all people in the selected list who currently have the selected color. People with other colors will not be affected.

The third radio button is labeled Clear any color.This button works along with the list of people selected in the bottom box. The Set button becomes the Clear button. Click Clear to remove color coding from all people in the selected list regardless of their assigned color.

The bottom box is labeled Select individual record(s) to be affected. This box contains four radio buttons. The meaning of the first of these four is determined by which of the five radio buttons in the boxes above are selected.

If the Set standard ancestral colors radio button is pushed, then the value of the top radio button becomes Relatives of Selected Person. This button is pre-selected, and can not be changed. This marks all direct line ancestors AND their descendants. Since people sometimes occur in more than one line, there is a predetermined order in which colors are assigned. That predefined order appears to be: First ALL colors are cleared. Next, Direct ancestors are color coded, one generation at a time. Any person found who already has a color will not be changed. Next descendants of direct ancestors, beginning three generations out, are colored with the color of their ancestor. Any person found who already has a color will not be changed.

During this task, the value of the left button on the bottom row of the screen is Set.

If the Clear all colors radio button is pushed, then the value of the top radio button becomes All Records. Color coding will be removed from all records in the database.

During this task, the value of the left button on the bottom row of the screen is Clear.

For the Set a color, Clear a color and Clear any color radio buttons, the top radio button in the bottom box will be Selected person only, and all four radio buttons will be active.

The Selected person box shows which person is selected. The Change button allows you to change the selected person.

If the Selected person only radio button is pushed, only that one person will be affected.

The Ancestors of selected person radio button selects direct line ancestors of the selected person, but not their descendants.

The Descendants of selected person button selects descendants.

The Individuals in selected list radio button affects those selected. The title of the box on the lower right changes to List of selected individuals. The former Change button becomes Create/Modify List. The Create/Modify List button returns the Search for Individual screen, which includes the Advanced Filter/Focus.

Test it out.  Remember that if you don’t like the changes you make, you can always clear the colors and start over.

The result of Set standard ancestral colors, is that direct line ancestors are identified with more color than their siblings and cousins who are not in your direct ancestral line.

George Kynoch McIntyre is my direct ancestor, but his brothers and sisters are not. His name is on an all blue background, while they have only a splash of blue.

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