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:
marriage: 30 Dec 1829 in Polanco
father: José Antonio Fuentevilla Fuentevilla // 1809-1878
mother: Manuela Gándara Cobo // 1811-1879
name: ? // 1830-1831
name: Josefa // 1832-1834
name: Francisca Maria // 1835-1843
name: Maria Remedios // 1838-1898
name: Maria Luisa // 1841-1916
name: Manuel // 1845-
name: < Maria Isabel // 1848-1928
name: Maria Dolores // 1853-1853
name: José Maria // 1858-1858
marriage: 29 Feb 1808 in Polanco
father: José Fuentevilla Piñera // 1779-1855
mother: Vicenta Manuela Fuentevilla Ruiz // 1787-1828
name: < José Antonio // 1809-1878
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
event: Antonio Sánchez Rodríguez Díaz marries Ana Josefa Muñoz y Martínez Machado, possibly in El Calvario
event: Agustin Sánchez Muñoz marries Ana Josefa Montoro, who then dies before 7 Feb 1835
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
place: Güira de Melena, Mayabeque
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.
British Summer Time, something I’d never heard of until now. I guess I’d just assumed that Daylight Saving Time was only an American thing and the rest of the world didn’t change times (sort of like imperial vs. metric).
Vim undo trick. I’ve been using Vim for twenty-six years and never knew about this.
Vim ranges. This past week one of my goals has been to train myself to use Vim’s Ex commands for moving ranges (e.g., :15,20m41). This is something I do often enough (and clumsily enough right now, with row-wise visual select — a lot of js in a row — followed by yank and paste) that I want to learn how to do it super fast. This way is less likely to cause RSI as well.
A New Foreign Policy, by Jeffrey D. Sachs. A bit dry at times, but I learned a decent amount and agreed with the majority of what he says. I’m all for global cooperation as opposed to insidious American exceptionalism. Also, I hadn’t realized how much regime change we’ve forced on the world, how many wars we’ve started for no good reason. America is a troubled country in a lot of ways. (This is something I’ve been gradually realizing over the past few years as I’ve begun reading more history.)
The Wizard of Lies, by Diana B. Henriques. I came into this not knowing really anything about Bernie Madoff or even about the 2008 financial crisis (I wasn’t paying any attention to either when they happened). Initially the financial stuff was near incomprehensible and I came quite close to shelving the book, but I stuck with it and it ended up being fine in the end. A sad story, though.
Recent fiction reads
Prosper’s Demon, by K. J. Parker. Novella. Good. Didn’t see the end coming. Someday I’ll try Parker’s Tom Holt novels and see if they’re my style, because his Parker work really does suit me. Looking forward to reading A Practical Guide to Conquering the World to finish off the Siege trilogy.
The Left-Handed Booksellers of London, by Garth Nix. Enjoyed it a lot. I still haven’t read his Old Kingdom series yet, need to add it to my ever-long TBR list.
Books purchased since last post
To Ride Hell’s Chasm — Janny Wurts
Good Omens — Neil Gaiman & Terry Pratchett
Zero Fail: The Rise and Fall of the Secret Service — Carol Leonnig
Holding the Line: Inside Trump’s Pentagon with Secretary Mattis — Guy Snodgrass
Iron Truth — S. A. Tholin
The Metaverse: And How it Will Revolutionize Everything — Matthew Ball
Risen — Benedict Jacka
Travels with George: In Search of Washington and His Legacy — Nathaniel Philbrick
The Last Viking: The True Story of King Harald Hardrada — Don Hollway
Rocket Billionaires: Elon Musk, Jeff Bezos, and the New Space Race — Tim Fernholz
The Return of Fitzroy Angursell — Victoria Goddard
The Redoubtable Pali Avramapul — Victoria Goddard
Petty Treasons — Victoria Goddard
Portrait of a Wide Seas Islander — Victoria Goddard
Terec and the Wild — Victoria Goddard
The Tower at the Edge of the World — Victoria Goddard
Aurelius (to be called) Magnus — Victoria Goddard
Anno Dracula — Kim Newman
1812: The Navy’s War — George C Daughan
If By Sea: The Forging of the American Navy—from the Revolution to the War of 1812 — George C Daughan
The Dawn’s Early Light: The War of 1812 — Walter Lord
Belladonna Nights and Other Stories — Alastair Reynolds
The Wizard’s Butler — Nathan Lowell
The Bride of the Blue Wind — Victoria Goddard
The Warrior of the Third Veil — Victoria Goddard
Stargazy Pie — Victoria Goddard
Bee Sting Cake — Victoria Goddard
Whiskeyjack — Victoria Goddard
Blackcurrant Fool — Victoria Goddard
Love-in-a-Mist — Victoria Goddard
Plum Duff — Victoria Goddard
Putin Country: A Journey into the Real Russia — Anne Garrels
The Aeneid — Vergil, translated by Shadi Bartsch
Babel: Around the World in Twenty Languages — Gaston Dorren
A City So Grand: The Rise of an American Metropolis: Boston 1850–1900 — Stephen Puleo
Dune Omnibus: Books 1–3 — Frank Herbert
Hooked: Food, Free Will, and How the Food Giants Exploit Our Addictions — Michael Moss
Building the New American Economy: Smart, Fair, & Sustainable — Jeffrey D. Sachs
Karachi Vice: Life and Death in a Divided City — Samira Shackle
Attention Factory: The Story of TikTok and China’s ByteDance — Matthew Brennan
14 — Peter Clines
Till Human Voices Wake Us — Victoria Goddard
In the Company of Gentlemen — Victoria Goddard
Stone Speaks to Stone — Victoria Goddard
In the Realms of Gold — Victoria Goddard
The Seven Brides-to-Be of Generalissimo Vlad — Victoria Goddard