We’ll group the projects together today.
An old-yet-new chart type: family pedigrees.
As you can see, it’s a little different from the initial design. This modern incarnation admittedly isn’t as pretty in some ways, but it’s a heck of a lot easier to lay out programmatically.
New things: It shows which child the line comes through, I added the lifespan right after each parent’s name, and I added indicators for the children showing how many kids they had (the dot) and how many marriages (the slash, though if they were married only once and had children, I left the marriage indicator off).
It also supports four generations, admittedly with less space and smaller type:
I tried it without the table borders, by the way. While it was more readable than I expected, it felt a little too loose and unmoored.
The input uses ArchieML and currently looks like this:
[families] family: 1.1 marriage: 30 Dec 1829 in Polanco father: José Antonio Fuentevilla Fuentevilla // 1809-1878 mother: Manuela Gándara Cobo // 1811-1879 [.children] name: ? // 1830-1831 name: Josefa // 1832-1834 name: Francisca Maria // 1835-1843 name: Maria Remedios // 1838-1898 children: 6 name: Maria Luisa // 1841-1916 marriages: 1 name: Manuel // 1845- name: < Maria Isabel // 1848-1928 children: 9 name: Maria Dolores // 1853-1853 name: José Maria // 1858-1858  # -------------------------------------- family: 2.1 marriage: 29 Feb 1808 in Polanco father: José Fuentevilla Piñera // 1779-1855 mother: Vicenta Manuela Fuentevilla Ruiz // 1787-1828 [.children] name: < José Antonio // 1809-1878 children: 9 ...etc.  ...etc.
Right now the family numbering is table-based (column, row), but eventually I think I probably want to make it hierarchical (somehow) so it’s easier to know which cell to put things in.
Another new chart of sorts: timelines. I’ve been sorting through my Cuban lines and realized I needed some way to map out everybody so I could see the bigger picture.
The input is an ArchieML file that just lists events with dates and optional places:
title: Cuba timeline [timeline] event: Antonio Sánchez Rodríguez Díaz marries Ana Josefa Muñoz y Martínez Machado, possibly in El Calvario daterange: 1790s-1800s event: Agustin Sánchez Muñoz marries Ana Josefa Montoro, who then dies before 7 Feb 1835 daterange: 1790s-1830s event: Rafaela Crispina Sánchez Muñoz born to Antonio Sánchez Rodríguez Díaz and Ana Josefa Muñoz y Martínez Machado date: 1805 Oct 25 place: Matanzas City event: Domingo Sánchez Muñoz born to Antonio Sánchez Rodríguez Díaz and Ana Josefa Muñoz y Martínez Machado date: 1807 May 12 place: Matanzas City event: Antonia Crispina Vargas Hernández is born to José Vargas and Gertrudis Hernández daterange: 1800s place: Güira de Melena, Mayabeque ...etc.
If the date is a range, it’s italicized to show that it’s broader than a specific date.
(I originally was just going to use Google Docs for this, by the way, and made an initial prototype there. Having to do all the formatting manually got old, though, so I scripted it. Now I can just focus on the content.)
Family sheets update
Still have a number of bugs to fix, but it’s getting close.
Tabular pedigrees update
Comparison to the six-generation chart:
The shaded cells, by the way, indicate that I haven’t yet verified those people. Basically a
TODO comment for myself.
Can’t wait till Chrome supports border stroke widths smaller than 1pt.
Last and sort of least, I’m slowly putting together a page with quick links to the various Torre de’ Passeri civil registration scans on FamilySearch, to save myself some time. Planning to do this for the other localities I do research in as well.
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