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XYFT family tree - navigation

Navigating a family tree

You can navigate your families in many ways.

Navigate a family tree by adjacent relatives

By parents, siblings, children, spouses or associates - click on any name to bring it in focus.
navigate a family by close relations

Navigate a family tree vertically

Between grandchildren and great great grandparents - click on any name to bring it in focus.
navigate a family by grandchildren to great great grandparents

Navigate a family tree by kinship

Another picture shows a kinship diagram where we see more distant relatives and it is possible to navigate quickly to any of these.
navigate a family by kinship diagram

Navigate a family tree by searching

You can search by ID; by UUID; by name or part of name; by date; by places; by notes; by similar sounding names; by sources. Searches can be limited to one family or all the families you are tracing. This means you can have several lines of research all with different family names and your search could be across all of them.
find by search

Family tree sources can link people together

In the snip below I searched for "wedding" in a source. The wedding photo of Queen Elizabeth's wedding is linked to many other people, in this example just four as an illustration. Clicking any of those four will bring them into focus.
find by common sources
Alternatively, when viewing a source, there is a button to show all other linked to the same source.
find by common sources

The power of XML in a family tree

You can see in the snip above that the search was for "naval-rank". In XYFT you're free to make your own custom fields for any purpose. Here I have created naval-rank as an xml tag. A stricter search would have been for "<naval-rank>" but you get the idea. First you can search through all families where "naval-rank" is used, then you can search within a found family for all individuals with a naval-rank. The more unique you make the tag the better chance of isolating those who fit.

Using the < leader ensures you're looking for an XML tag rather than just a word. Using XML tags gives you complete freedom to define your own tags to suit each family and the culture of that family or to stay with those defined in the various GEDCOM programs.
find by xml search

Alternative names in a family tree

XYFT gives you a way to search by alternative names for people and places. Alternative names are entirely in your control. XYFT uses alternative Given Names, alternative Family Names and alternative Place Names. For alternative Given Names you could set Freddy, Ferdinand, Ferdy to be equivalent so that a search for Fred would find all of these. For Family Names you could set Thompson, Tomson and Thomson or Weissman and White to be equivalent and a search for any of these will find all. For Place Names you could set Leningrad and St Petersburg to be equivalent, or London/Chelsea/Acton, or New York/Bronx/New Amsterdam or Mumbai/Bombay or Berlin/Kitchener etc. It's your data - YOU set the rules. This is a powerful feature.

In the snips below a search for Oodenard also finds Oudenaerde.
alternative names
alternative names