Tree Charts - panel Style Settings - Hourglass

You have a choice of four orientations:

There are four layouts per orientation so there are a total of sixteen (16) Hourglass charts.

Tree Charts - panel Style Settings Hourglass

These are combo charts showing the ancestors and descendants of a focus person.

This chart provides a way to clearly show your ancestor as the center of his/her family. From the focus person is displayed the ancestors and in the other direction is displayed the descendants.

When you write the history of your family a technique used is to devote a chapter to a significant family member. Having a clear chart showing the family member's children and parents allow the reader of your history to see the relationships of this person.

On the Standard tab sheet you can choose the number of Generations that the chart will display. Also whether an image will appear in the box. Another choice is dependant on the Fields tool panel. If you have chosen the Name fields then you can position the image: either Left, Center or Right. You can separately choose the ancestor generations and descendant generations.

On the Other tab sheet you can choose to 'Label rows with generation number'. This will display the generation number beside each generation of the chart. In a typical chart where there are a number of generations of ancestors and descendants the generation number will be 1 for the focus individual and ascending number on either side.

Siblings of individuals can be shown. You can color code the connections with siblings. Check 'Focus person' to show siblings of the focus person. Check 'Ancestors' to show siblings of ancestors of the focus person. Select a 'color' from the color picker to display on sibling connection lines. The width of the line can be altered using the 'width' spin box. These only applies to the ancestor half of the chart.

Siblings only show in some combinations of ancestor and descendant.

Ancestor

Show siblings of focus person?

Descendant
No Descendant with Spouse
No Descendant on Left
No Descendant
Yes Descendant without Spouse

 

Spacing of rows and boxes can be chosen. You can alter the 'Spacing between rows' using its spin box. You can alter the minimum space between boxes in a row when there is a 'Spouse' using its spin box. You can alter the minimum space between boxes in a row when there is 'Not a spouse' using its spin box. You can alter the minimum space between boxes in a row when there are 'Siblings' usings its spin box.

The meaning of the terms 'Spouse', 'Not a spouse' and 'Siblings' varies slightly depending on the layout. For the layout 'Descendant with spouse' the terms have these meanings:

Spouse = distance between multiple spouse boxes

Not spouse = not relevant

Siblings = distance between siblings and cousins

Check 'No connecting lines' and connecting lines between boxes will not appear.

Check 'No lines around boxes' and the lines around boxes will not appear.

On the Layout tab sheet you can choose the layout of the Descendant chart:

These layouts differ in the data that may appear in a box, the arrangement of the boxes relative to each other, and the compactness of the chart. On two of the charts you can also alter the way the descendant connections are shown.

Layouts can appear like traditional hand drawn charts or charts produced by computer programs.

Looking at each of these layouts in turn:-

Descendant with spouse

This is a compact layout as two individuals in a union are shown in the one box. (Some other layouts require two boxes.) When there is one union there is only the one box. For each additional union there is another box. Therefore for two unions there will be two boxes. (Some other layouts require three boxes.) A connection to the parent is from the box of the first union. Subsequent unions are arranged to the right and do not have a connection to the parent.

Descendant on Left

This layout displays unions with a double line between boxes.

In this layout the descendant who has one union is always on the left. Therefore if the descendant is male he will be on the left. If the descendant is female she will be on the left. If there is more than one union then the first spouse will be on the left, followed by the descendant, followed by the second spouse, followed by further spouses.

The format of descendant lines can vary. Either choose 'Drop down' or 'Follow one spouse'. The choice 'Drop down' is the way people traditionally draw charts. This is where the connecting line drops down from the double lines between boxes. Another way to look at this is that descent is from the lines joining the parent union. This layout is not commonly seen in a computer program.

The choice 'Follow one spouse' draws a line from one of the parents to the child. This layout is commonly seen in computer programs. When there is one union the descent follows the descendant. When there is more than one union the descent of first unions follows the descendant and descent of subsequent unions follow the spouse.

Sometimes there is no difference in the appearance of the chart between this layout and the 'Descendant' layout. This is when the descendants are male. In this chart they will appear on the left and in the 'Descendant' layout males appear by default on the left.

Descendant

This layout displays unions with a double line between boxes and the male displayed on the left as traditionally drawn by people for centuries. This layout is rarely seen in a computer program.

In this layout the descendant who has one union will be in a fixed position depending on their sex. Males are on the left and females are on the right. If there is more than one union then the first spouse will be on the left, followed by the descendant, followed by the second spouse, followed by further spouses.

The format of descendant lines can vary. Either choose 'Drop down' or 'Follow one spouse'. The choice 'Drop down' is the way people traditionally draw charts. This is where the connecting line drops down from the double lines between boxes. Another way to look at this is that descent is from the lines joining the parent union. This layout is not commonly seen in a computer program.

The choice 'Follow one spouse' draws a line from one of the parents to the child. This layout is commonly seen in computer programs. When there is one union the descent follows the descendant. When there is more than one union the descent of first unions follows the descendant and descent of subsequent unions follow the spouse.

Sometimes there is no difference in the appearance of the chart between this layout and the 'Descendant on Left' layout. This is when the descendants are male. In this chart they will appear on the left and in the 'Descendant on Left' layout they will also appear on the left.

Descendant without spouse

This layout only displays the descendants without their spouses. The chart is very compact.

The layout keeps to the essense of the family relationships. The chart can be very useful when writing an article about a family. The article can flesh out the individuals in the chart mentioning their spouses.

In this layout the descendant appears once regardless of any unions.

(2011)

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