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Adam: The GEDCOM Family Tree Builder

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Adam will build a complete family tree. Your family tree, once built, will be available as a downloadable zip file, which can be extracted and then uploaded to your favorite hosting service or viewed directly from your hard drive allowing you to share your family tree with friends and relatives without needing to publish any of your private information online. Family trees are composed of static web pages. Unlike many other solutions, your family tree does not require a seperate database.

If you are looking for someplace to host your tree, checkout T.W.I.G.s, which functions identical to Adam and provides free hosting right here on this server. You can view some of the existing @Tree and @Twigs from the sidebar.

Configuration Options

 

  • +Pages
    Updates
    Sources
    Census Table
    Timelines
    Heatmap
    Locations
    Immigrants
    Nobility
    Photos
    External Links
    Bonkers Report
    Statistics
  • +Tabs
    Generations
    Ancestors List
    No Generations/Ancestors List

     

    You can choose to enable the Generations tab, the Ancestors List tab or neither. You cannot enable both. The only difference between the two tabs is which numbering system is being used. The Generations tab uses the AGNUS numbering system, and the Ancestors List tab uses the Ahnen numbering system. Read more about these at Yet Another Genealogy Numbering System. If either tab is enabled, then the Ancestors Distribution Map tab will also be enabled by default.

  • +Properties
    Hide Living Persons
    Privatize
    Remove Unused Records
    Enable Location Maps
    Match Location Substrings
    Show Certainty Assessments
    Show Estimated Birth Years in Timelines
    Show Qualified Dates in Timelines

     

    Hide Living Persons Hides all living persons.

    Privatize Removes all private data.

    Remove Unused Records Removes unreferenced records. This will delete unlinked Source records as well as Individuals.

    Enable Location Maps Adds a Goolge map to every location's profile page.

    Match Location Substrings When no coordinates can be found for a location description with any of the external geo-mapping servers, the description is assumed to be invalid. The location is stripped of its least significant detail and the resulting substring is re-checked. For instance, if "Park Place, Denver, Colorado, USA" cannot be found, "Park Place" would be removed and coordinates would be found for "Denver, Colorado, USA". Enabling this option will result in more location matches so that more maps will be available and more location pins will appear on heatmaps. Enabling this option will also result in invalid locations being modified to one that is valid. If you do not want your invalid locations modified then this option should be disabled.

    Show Certainty Assessments Shows the derived certainty assessments alongside every claim. See the FAQ for more information on certainty assessments. Certainty Assessments are derived from the sources referenced for each claim and are important for your visitor to gauge the surety of your claims. Disabling this is discouraged.

    Show Estimated Birth Years in Timelines When Deep Scanning is enabled, the estimated birth years will appear alongside other dates in your timelines.

    Show Qualified Dates in Timelines Qualified dates, being approximate, data ranges or otherwise, will appear alongside other dates in your timelines.

  • +Age Thresholds

    Select which options you prefer. Note each of the below listed options helps determine how dates in your database are to be handled.

    Assume Flourishing For All Vendor Specific Events
    Deep Scanning (estimates birth dates)
    Force Using Closest Estimate

     

    Assume Flourishing For All Vendor Specific Event Types allows you to specify that any events of an unknown event type that occur while a person is living also occurred while the person was flourishing. This is useful if you've added new event types to your database. Do not check this option if you use these new event types for children.

    Deep Scanning will estimate birth years for any person found in your database missing one.

    Force Using Closest Estimate will signal Vivify to assign the closest estimated birth date calculated when conflicting dates prevent it from establishing a clean estimate. This will result in less than accurate estimates and should only be used when want all persons to be resolved regardless of their accuracy.

     

    Set the age thresholds for the following items to best match your GEDCOM data. By default, the most common ages are defined.

     

    Maximum Child Baptism Age is the maximum age at which a person was baptized or christened as a child. Adult christenings are not considered in this context.

    Minimum Marriage Age is the minimum age that a person could have been married. Betrothals and Contracts are not considered in this context.

    Maximum Wife's Marriage Age is the maximum age at which a woman could have been married.

    Maximum Age Between Spouses is the maximum number of years of age between spouses.

    Minimum Child Bearing Age and Maximum Child Bearing Age are the range of ages within which a woman could bear children.

    Minimum Flourishing Age and Maximum Flourishing Age are the range of ages that a person is considered to be an adult and would be found containing adult attributes and events such as Nobility Title or Occupation.

    Maximum Age (Life Span) is the maximum age at death of a person.

    Maximum Event Age Error is the maximum error expected between an event and their known age. A common phenomenon in genealogical records results in persons being listed at the time of an event with an age that is not accurate. Making this value too narrow may prevent Vivify from being able to resolve conflicting dates preventing it from establishing an clean estimate.

  • +Census Table

    You may select to include all qualifying persons in your report, or you may manually enter the ID of the person in your database whose ancestors are the only persons you wish to be included in your report.

    Include All Qualifying Persons


    You may select to autodetect census years or you may manually enter just those years you are interested in.

    Autodetect Census Years

  • +Bonkers

    See Bonkers to review the complete list of conditions Bonkers currently detects. Some of these conditions are optional. Select which options you prefer.

    Show Misformatted Dates
    Show Persons Missing One Parent
    Show Persons Missing Both Parents
    Show Unmappable Locations
    Show Impossibilities Only (hides improbabilities)

     

    The following properties affect the probability calculations.

    Use Estimated Birthdates For Probabilities
    Match Alternate Given Names For Duplicate Children
    Ignore Non-overlapping Timelines For Duplicate Children

     

    Set the date thresholds for the following items to best match your GEDCOM data. By default, the most common dates are defined.

     

    Dead if Born Before Year is the earliest year a living person could have been born, before which is considered improbable.

    Dead if Married Before Year is the earliest year a living person could have been married, before which is considered improbable.

Advanced Configuration Options
  • +Output Files

    Unless there is need to, page extensions should be included in all links, and the html extension should be used.

    Select whether or not to include the file extension in all hyperkinks, and then choose which extension to use.

    Page Links Include Extension

  • +Wrappers
    Include Default Stylesheets and Libraries

     

    The following list of optionally loaded libraries and stylesheets are included by default. You may want to disable loading these automatically if you are including your family tree within another website, such as a blog (See "Integrating Your Family Tree Into Wordpress"), where some of these files might have already been loaded. In that case, you can add only the files you need in the header area below. Another reason you may want to do this is to load your libraries from different content delivery network or from your local server.

     

      <link rel="stylesheet" href="http://fonts.googleapis.com/css?family=Open+Sans">
      <link rel="stylesheet" href="http://fonts.googleapis.com/css?family=Roboto+Condensed:300">
      <link rel="stylesheet" href="http://netdna.bootstrapcdn.com/bootstrap/3.0.2/css/bootstrap.min.css">
      <link rel="stylesheet" href="http://netdna.bootstrapcdn.com/font-awesome/3.2.1/css/font-awesome.min.css">
      <link rel="stylesheet" href="adam.css">
    
      <script type="text/javascript" src="http://ajax.googleapis.com/ajax/libs/jquery/1.8.3/jquery.min.js"></script>
      <script type="text/javascript" src="http://ajax.googleapis.com/ajax/libs/jqueryui/1.10.3/jquery-ui.min.js"></script>
      <script type="text/javascript" src="http://netdna.bootstrapcdn.com/bootstrap/3.0.2/js/bootstrap.min.js"></script>
      <script type="text/javascript" src="http://ajax.aspnetcdn.com/ajax/globalize/0.1.1/globalize.min.js"></script>
      <script type="text/javascript" src="http://cdn3.devexpress.com/jslib/13.2.6/js/dx.chartjs.js"></script>

    The following wrapper areas may be left blank, or initialized as I have done with the defaults for example. The html, head, and body tags are already being loaded, so they should not appear in these wrappers. See "Integrating Your Family Tree Into Wordpress" if you need to know how to set these for integrating your family tree into another website that already includes headers and footers.

    Several template substitutions can be used within the wrapper fields. %Title% will be replaced with the Website Title when processing, and %PageTitle% will be replaced on each page with the actual title of that page.

     

    Header:

     

    Body:

     

    Footer:

  • +Navigation Bar
    Fixed
    Floating
    Disabled

     

    You can enable a navigation bar that is fixed to the top of your browser window or one that floats below it. You can also choose to disable it entirely if for instance, you are including your tree into another site such as a WordPress blog that may already have a navigation bar that your using.

  • +Photos

    You can configure your family tree to make use of the photos you have linked to in your GEDCOM file. Depending on how you want to use your family tree, there are several options to consider.

     

    Force Thumbnails
    Link Photos (Local Paths)
    Link Photos (Relative Paths)
    Treat Relative Paths As Local

     

    If you plan on moving your family tree to a hosting service so it is available online, you will need to make sure that the OBJE.FILE fields in your GEDCOM file for any photos you want to link to, use either an external path (i.e. http://domain.com/folder/photo.jpg) or a relative path (i.e. /folder/photo.jpg, folder/photo.jpg or simply photo.jpg). External paths are always linked to so there are no options to consider. It is not possible to link to local paths (i.e. c:/folder/photo.jpg) from an online server, so you should disable linking to these here. You should also disable linking to relative paths as though they were local links for the same reason. This will force relative links to be linked to externally. If you do not plan on uploading your photos to your hosting server, then you can disable linking to relative photos entirely here as well. If you do plan on linking to your relative photos externally, you can set the Photo Images URL in the External URLs section below to include your hosting server's domain explcitly (i.e. http://domain.com/) or you may leave it blank to use the same relative path on your hosting server. Ideally, relative paths found in your GEDCOM file should NOT be preceded with a slash (i.e. / or \). See the description under the External URLs for more information on how to setup these paths.

    If you want to be able to link to your photos online, but your GEDCOM file uses local paths, making that impossible, a new OBJE._PATH field is supported that allows you to set up a relative path while leaving your OBJE.FILE field pointing to your local path. This way your genealogy application will continue to work correctly with your local photos and Adam will be able to use the relative paths for online linking. The OBJE._PATH will always take precedence over the OBJE.FILE.

    If, on the other hand, you plan to view your family tree offline, directly from your hard drive, then your OBJE.FILE fields can be external, local or relative. Again, external links are always linked to so there are no options to consider. You will also want to enable linking to both local paths and relative paths, and treating relative paths as local paths. In this way, all links will be set correctly.

    Links to photos that include valid extensions (i.e. jpg, png, and gif) will use the source image as its thumbnail when the Force Thumbnails option is enabled. Otherwise a default image will be used. Forcing thumbnails requires loading the entire image, scaling it down proportionally so that it is not distorted and then cropping the bottom, if necessary, to fit within a fixed-sized, square bounding box. When a lot of photos are being loaded like this, especially if they are large, it may take a long time for your page to load. You can disable thumbnail forcing to eliminate this problem, but then you don't have recognizable thumbnails. To get around this problem Adam supports an additional GEDCOM extension. The OBJE._PIC field can be used to set the paths for your thumbnail images. The paths can be external, relative or local depending on how you want to use them, and a seperate Photo Thumbnails URL can be set in the External URLs section below for use with relative paths.

  • +External URLs

     

    Some servers like Dropbox, Facebook, and Flickr as well as all hosting services allow hotlinking to publically shared photos. You can configure these external URLs to be prepended to any images setup by your genealogy database editor (RootsMagic, Family Tree Maker, etc.) that use relative paths. Images that use external or local paths ignore these URLs. Photos images may use a different external URL than those used by your photo thumbnails, however source image thumbnails must use the same URL as is used by your source images. Photo images are those referenced directly by individuals whereas source images are defined as those references by claims, sources, notes, etc. The Widgets URL should point to the location of the images that were downloaded as part of this build. It only needs to be set if the images are moved to a different folder than where the web pages reside.

    Adam also supports two GEDCOM extensions (_OBJE._PATH and _OBJE._PIC) for use with relative paths. See a short description of these fields in the Photos section above.

    The following diagram shows the syntax of how these might appear in your GEDCOM file.

         1 OBJE
           2 FILE c:/folder/pics/walt.png
           2 _PATH walt.jpg
           2 _PIC walt-thumb.png

    The chart below shows the various ways you might configure your External URLs.

         External URL                FILE or _PATH                      _PIC
         [leave blank]               c:/photos/walt.jpg
         [leave blank]               http://domain.com/folder/walt.jpg  http://domain.com/folder/walt-thumb.jpg
         http://domain.com/          photos/walt.jpg                    thumbs/walt-thumb.png
         http://domain.com/photos/   walt.jpg                           walt-thumb.png
         http://domain.com/sources/  src.jpg                            src-thumb.png
         
Description

Adam has many unique features not found in other family tree builders. These features were designed to present your data in a easily readable format and to provide insight into the quality of your data. The features and the configuration options are described more fully in the User Manual. Adam also makes special use of some of the existing GEDCOM tags as well as a number GEDCOM compliant extensions. These extended capabilities give you the ability to add important genealogy related data to your database, data that the GEDCOM standard does not provide out-of-the-box. When present, these data fields will greatly enhance the presentation of your family tree. More information on the extensions is available in the FAQ.

Revision History

Due to the near daily updates, the Revision History has moved to a new page, that now includes changes to all website components.

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129 Comments
  • shanksyoung
    04 Apr 2014

    Glad I found your site. My gedcom is a mess. I have Powell Family and Shanks Family merged. I need to make 2 separate trees. Thanks for your help.

  • Tim Forsythe
    20 Feb 2014

    Mark, its on my list. Is you website public? Care to share a link?

  • Mark Leavitt
    16 Feb 2014

    Tim, thanks for the quick response. I wrote a quick VB program to strip the local path, and the modified Gedcom file ran through Adam perfectly, producing a beautiful website. It would be a nice feature to include local path removal in Adam for people using FTM who don't have programming ability, but you've certainly done enough already. Best regards, Mark

  • Tim Forsythe
    16 Feb 2014

    Mark,

    Adam can only use local file links for offline access. For online access, the links must be either an embedded URL or a relative link where the Photos Path in the configuration options holds the URL's domain (the Photos Path can be left bank if the relative links are on the same domain as the family tree pages). So modifying your file for relative links should work.

    I like your idea to optionally convert local links to relative links on import given that the user provides the local path to strip (or replace). The beauty of this approach is that users would not need to modify there GEDCOMs to make use of their photos online. In general, URLs that contain spaces and punctuation, as long as they are proper links should still work, so for many people it would mean just stripping off the configured local path. I will add this my to do list as a new configuration option, but it will take a few days to get to. You can wait or run your own in the mean time.

    Thanks for the suggestion.

  • Mark Leavitt
    16 Feb 2014

    im, thank you for offering your software to the world. What a fantastic piece of work!

    I hope to use Adam to turn a Gedcom from FTM 2012 into a website we can share with family. My question regards the media elements in the Gedcom.

    My first attempt with Adam produced a site without any images or even image links. The Adam processing log shows the media files not processed. Looking at the Gedcom source file I see that the media files use a local path; and even the filename portion would not be a proper URLs (having embedded spaces, punctuation, etc). I believe I could write a little program (in Visual Basic) to fix our Gedcom, converting all those media references to relative-addressing URL strings. Should that solve the problem? And if it does, is the software of any value to your toolbox? Thanks in advance!

  • Tim Forsythe
    09 Feb 2014

    Nancy, could you describe in more detail what you're looking for? There is currently an overall map and 1 for each person's ancestors. I'm planning an adding migration maps for people as well, where a point for each dated event is plotted on a map and then a directional line drawn between them. This would indicate a clear migration path for individuals who've moved around.

  • Nancy Caton
    08 Feb 2014

    Would love to figure out how to see the map for certain time periods...

  • griff p
    02 Feb 2014

    OK, thanks for explaining that Tim.

    I'll try it out in the next build.

    G

  • Tim Forsythe
    02 Feb 2014

    The home button by design when clicked will take you to the root of the domain where the family tree is hosted. For instance, the home button for all Twigs will take visitors to my domain being the hosting service. Then "Names" in the navbar is effectively "Home" because when the navbar is in place, index.html is just redundant.

    <strike>I realize this doesn't address your concern, but I think changing "Names" to "Home" in the navbar is proper so will appear in the next build.</strike> I have reconsidered your request and changed the home button to link to the index page instead.

  • griff p
    02 Feb 2014

    Tim,

    In one your News items it was stated that the Home button had been removed from the family tree navbars. I am still seeing the Home symbol on the navigation bar when I create a build. When clicked this takes a user off my website. Is this by design or am I misunderstanding something.

    If this is by design I think I will disable the toolbar as I think having a link that takes the user off the web site unintentionally is a bit confusing for the user. I can always create a home page link in the site header.

    Thanks again for all your work,
    G

  • Tim Forsythe
    02 Feb 2014

    Bill,

    Thinking about this some more, I realize the the easiest solution, and probably the one you are actually looking for, would be to change your entry to

    1 NOTE @N65@

    This will place the biography on the Note tab for that individual. If you want to embed the bio on the person's profile tab, then use

    1 EVEN
    2 TYPE Biography
    2 NOTE @N65@

    that will embed the note underneath a Biography attribute in the bottom most section reserved for undated events.

  • Tim Forsythe
    01 Feb 2014

    Bill, I cannot really add 1 off features such as what you are suggesting. The implementation needs to be generic enough that it can be used for anyone, however, having said that, I do already have internal support for something I call articles, which are basically blog posts like you describe. I use these in order to keep my research intact with my data ... traveling companions.

    See http://timforsythe.com/tree/tjforsythe/articles for some examples.

    These are basically just notes with titles, which can be linked both to and from individuals as well as anywhere else note references are allowed.

    Since no one has ever asked for this feature before, I have never enabled it for the general public, but it is easy enough to do. The only caveat is that you have to be able to add a title to the note, for it to be recognized as an article, and titles are not supported by GEDCOM out of the box. I therefore support 2 GEDCOM extensions. First, if articles are enable and there is a _TITL field present it becomes the title. Since many users have no way to add user specific tags, I also support a second extension - if articles are enabled and the REFN field is set, it then becomes the title. If both are set, the _TITL wins.

    Let me know if this will work for you, and I'll enable Article support.

  • Bill Emanuel
    01 Feb 2014

    Tim,

    ADAM is spectacular. I just processed my GEDCOM 5.5 file for the first time. I do have a question.

    I use Reunion 10.0.6. I tend to associate "notes" with individuals that can be as long as a typical blog post. For example, I develop a brief bio for each individual and eventually publish these on my Web site. I would like to have these notes incorporated into ADAM output. In the GEDCOM file I generated from Reunion, a typical note representing a brief bio is linked to the individual by a line:

    1 BIO @N65@

    and in fact, I label the note Bio in Reunion. At @N65@ in the GEDCOM file, there follows a number of CONT lines comprising the note. I also often have notes labeled Census and Research to summarize the content implied by these labels.

    Is there a straightforward means of causing ADAM to parse these notes? It would not be difficult for me to change the tags in Reunion to cause certain tags in the GEDCOM file. But the links to the actual note content would probably remain.

    Regardless, I am really impressed with ADAM. I have been looking for this kind of application in order to create a backup that my family could use in the event I am no longer around, as well as the numerous other obvious uses.

    Regards,
    Bill

  • griff p
    31 Jan 2014

    Tim,

    Hosting the site at Rootsweb was basically registering for the free space at http://accounts.rootsweb.ancestry.com using the Freepages Accounts link, waiting for the email confirmation with the FTP username and password, and uploading the contents of the zip file generated by Adam to the FTP server.

    Hope that helps anyone who is interested.

  • Tim Forsythe
    30 Jan 2014

    Jim, the release is ongoing for the foreseeable future. There are a lot of new features I want to get in as well as cleaning up the bits. I've added a News page so I can perhaps to a better job of explaining the changes and their impact on existing users, so you might want to review that occasionally.

  • Jim King
    30 Jan 2014

    Hi Tim
    Just wanted to say thanks for all the excellent effort you have been putting in lately to improve Adam. I did a rebuild a few weeks ago and merging the old and new adam.css files was an interesting challenge as well as the bootstrap 3 stuff!. I see that since then you have made lots more changes, do you have a view to when you will complete this release, or will it remain ongoing?
    I'm now working an a wordpress version of my original site.... www.wpfamilytree.co.nf .

    Keep up the great work!

    Cheers

    Jim...

  • Tim Forsythe
    29 Jan 2014

    Griff, great. It's pretty cool that RootsWeb will host your site for you. Was it easy to set up? It might be useful for other users to know if there were any special steps required.

  • griff p
    29 Jan 2014

    Hi Tim,

    Just wanted to say I have recently discovered your tools and to say thanks for all the work you have put in for everyone's benefit.

    I have already found Bonkers invaluable and have used Adam to generate the html from the gedcom of my Ancestry data. The resulting site is hosted at Rootsweb at: http://freepages.genealogy.rootsweb.ancestry.com/~griffp . Feel free to use it as an example site.

  • Tim Forsythe
    03 Jan 2014

    A new configuration option has been added under the properties tab. "Match Location Substrings" is enabled by default. When no coordinates can be found for a location description with any of the external geo-mapping servers, the description is assumed to be invalid. The location is stripped of its least significant detail and the resulting substring is re-checked. For instance, if "Park Place, Denver, Colorado, USA" cannot be found, "Park Place" would be removed and coordinates would be found for "Denver, Colorado, USA". Enabling this option will result in more location matches so that more maps will be available and more location pins will appear on heatmaps. Enabling this option will also result in invalid locations being modified to one that is valid. If you do not want your invalid locations modified then this option should be disabled.

  • Tim Forsythe
    03 Jan 2014

    The master database has been recovered, repaired and merged. This required resetting some configurations to their defaults. The report URL has also changed so I deleted all old reports. You can regenerate a new report at any time by rerunning your favorite tool.

  • Tim Forsythe
    26 Dec 2013

    Adam is back online.

  • Jim King
    21 Dec 2013

    Hi Tim
    Not a problem at all. Have a great Christmas.
    Cheers
    Jim..

  • Tim Forsythe
    21 Dec 2013

    Jim, Yea I got issues right now. I fixed the sql query, so uploads should work now, but adam won't be up and running until probably after the holidays so you might want to hold off on attempting to do a rebuild for a little while. Hope that doesn't mess you up too bad.

  • Jim King
    21 Dec 2013

    Hi Tim
    Sorry to hear about your problems over the last few days. I just want to check if Adam should be working normally? I have been trying to upload a gedcom file, that I was using pre-crash, and getting this error message:
    SQL error:

    Original query: INSERT INTO ...

    Is it best to wait now until the site is in a better state of health?

    Thanks
    Jim...

  • Peter Rimell
    08 Dec 2013

    Hello Tim,
    Thnks for your help. Have converted gedcom to html and taken advantage of TWIGS to host the tree. The various reports have highlighted errors that are being corrected so the next stage will be when we have done enough and need to update the tree. Do I just repeat the process - upload the GedCom and run Adam and then TWIGS?
    I also note the option to include a link to photos. Do you know if I could link to Google cloud storage or similar to use this link?

    Peter

  • Tim Forsythe
    08 Dec 2013

    Peter, yes, but if you are using Twigs, then you do not need to run Adam first. Twigs is just a slightly stripped down version of Adam. You should be able to use photos on any cloud storage that supports hotlinking. I'm pretty sure Google, Flickr and the like do.

  • Peter Rimell
    07 Dec 2013

    Hello Tim,
    Trying again but maybe my poor internet connection is hindering the process. Have clicked on the "Generate Report" button and can see "Now serving number 785" & "Timeout 20 minutes" but all my browser (Firefox" does is say "Connecting..." Have just left it like this but I left it like yjis for about 3 hours the other day before I shut my computer down.

  • Tim Forsythe
    07 Dec 2013

    Peter, et, al. I've modified the builder to now send you an email when the build process is started that includes the download link, and another email when the build process is completed, when the link is available. The generated report page now also includes the download link just in case my emails went to your spam folder. Hope this works a little better for everyone. Let me know if you're still having issues.

  • Tim Forsythe
    07 Dec 2013

    Peter

    I'm not sure what went wrong. Your last run took 4.5 minutes to complete. You should have been presented with a download dialog at that time. Obviously you weren't. I've emailed you a temporary link. This is the second failure I've had similar to this, so I'm going to setup a mechanism to email a temporary link to users when the job is complete instead of giving them a dialog.

  • Jim King
    05 Dec 2013

    Hi Tim

    Thanks, now you've explained it, it makes perfect sense. (So women are odd!) noted! ha

    Jim...

  • Jim King
    05 Dec 2013

    Hi Tim

    A quick question, when I drill down to and individuals profile and then look at their ancestor list tab, the ancestors are displayed by generation but at the start of each name there is a number in [ ] brackets. i.e. [11] Isabella Todd Hatchett (1854-1912), can you tell me what this number represents? I initially thought it was their profile Id but its not, and they are not sequential.

    Thanks

    Jim..

  • Tim Forsythe
    05 Dec 2013

    Jim, it is there ancestor number, relative to the profile person. The person is 1, their parents are 2 & 3. Their grandparents are 4, 5, 6, & 7. A persons father is always double their number, and their mother is always 1 more than their father, so men are always even and women odd, but you didn't here that from me :)

  • Jim King
    04 Dec 2013

    Hi Tim

    Thanks for the explanation, I have a lot of strange reference links.

    Yep the perils of the limitations of a free hosted site, I was hammering it last month with the build and a couple of other domains, it refreshed at beginning of Dec allowing me another 5GB of traffic. It's not overly keen on so many files but it still functions so far.

    As I say I've only ever seen the issue with the surnames page occasionally, so yep probably my browser.

    My next step is trying to sort out my photo links.

    Cheers

    Jim...

  • Jim King
    04 Dec 2013

    Hi Tim

    Wasn't quite sure what the munging issue was or meant, but I've rebuilt my site today so I hope it's sorted. Thanks

    I've noticed an issue a couple of times, which I thought was me, but it happened in the latest "clean" download I did. Basically when you go into the surnames page initially it doesn't align the names to the center and they spread off to the right and off the screen, however refreshing the screen makes the text re-justify, so I'm not that concerned but thought I'd mention.

    Thanks again

    Jim..

  • Tim Forsythe
    04 Dec 2013

    Jim, prior to the fix, the source references listed for each claim on your profile pages were not being displayed correctly. They should display as [S123456] and be hyperlinked. Yours were being displayed as long strings of text, though the hyperlinks were working correctly, so there's that.

    I'm not seeing any issue with your surnames page. If I were a guessing man, I'd say your browser is caching an old stylesheet. You might try a different browser or clear the cache on yours and try again.

    Your page was down a couple days last week due to excessive traffic, but seems to be up now.

  • Jim King
    03 Dec 2013

    Hi Tim

    Many thanks for the feedback, it is still work in progress but it is hopefully getting there. You say there is a bug, will that entail a redownload of Adam once you have fixed it? I have already done on rebuild... and was pretty straightforward by taking copies on the main pages and the css.

    Thanks

    Jim...

  • Peter Rimell
    03 Dec 2013

    Not sure what I am doing. Have uploaded a gedcom and have entered a tree name and will now click on the generate report button to see what happens. Is this correct?

  • Tim Forsythe
    03 Dec 2013

    Jim K. Yes you will need to rebuild and download the zip file and copy over the new pages.

  • Tim Forsythe
    03 Dec 2013

    Jim K., the source link munging has been fixed.

  • Tim Forsythe
    03 Dec 2013

    Peter, yes, this will use the default configuration shown and build your family tree website using discreet files. When the build process is complete, you will be presented with a download dialog so that you can download the archived website in zip format. After download, you can extract it to your local drive and view it in your browser, or upload it to a web server (if you have one) and view it online. If you want to view it online, but don't have a web server, use T.W.I.G.s ( http://timforsythe.com/tools/twigs ) instead.

  • Marty
    30 Nov 2013

    Hi Tom,

    I generated the report in Adam but when I attempted to export it from Adam, it created the folder but did not export any data. Please let me know what I have done wrong.

    Thanks,

    Marty

  • Tim Forsythe
    30 Nov 2013

    Jim K. Your site looks great, but I see I have a bug in the source link title causing munged links to appear alongside your claims. I'll try to get that fixed this weekend.

  • Tim Forsythe
    30 Nov 2013

    Marty, I sent you an email with the details. Essentially, The zip file contains only discreet files, no folder. You should extract it into a folder you create. In your case, the zip file was created successfully, so you should verify the file is valid after download and that it contains the individual files before extracting.

  • Jim K
    27 Nov 2013

    Hi Tim,

    Many thanks for making these tools available, I have been building my tree for years and have just created my own genealogy site (after finding a free hosting service) and using a Gedcom extracted from Ancestry and processing it through Adam. It certainly provides a more user friendly way of reviewing all the data that has taken an age to research and build. After a few personal tweaks its starting to look pretty good. ( http://www.jimkingft.co.nf )

    Cheers

    Jim..

  • Michael Chance
    08 Nov 2013

    Hi. I've just uploaded a file to your site & have got the message "your download will begin momentarily". However, no download does begin & I have tried this twice. I am using Safari on a Macbook Pro. Is that the problem?
    Kind regards
    Michael Chance

  • Sara Tanenbaum
    03 Nov 2013

    Trying to generate a website using Adam.

  • Betty Johnson
    29 Oct 2013

    Thanks so much.

  • Theresa
    23 Oct 2013

    Thanks!

  • Mary E Hanrahan
    17 Oct 2013

    Thanks it is just the beginning of a journey

  • Mary E Hanrahan
    17 Oct 2013

    I would like to explore my maternal ancestors

  • Michael Harrington
    07 Oct 2013

    Please contact me if we have common family members.

  • Tim Forsythe
    28 Sep 2013

    Stephanie. My bad. I've discovered recently when the server is busy running other versions of Adam, the zip file download is delayed until the other ones are finished. I need to add some logic to limit the server to one at a time, but it is very rare when two people are running Adam simultaneously. In this case, I was running some background builds causing this condition to occur. Just rerun Adam whenever you are ready and if you do get a failure, wait an hour or so and try again.

    You will need to upload all the files to your server.

  • Stephanie
    28 Sep 2013

    You ROCK. Cool Stuff. Great tools even if i haven't figured it all out yet. I use a Mac (easy to use as my "DUH, there is suppose to be a glitch" thinking, even though it's always user error and i slap myself silly later. SO.. i'm not sure, but Adam didn't zip up the files so i'm not sure how i can upload them yet...OR maybe Adam did zip them and downloaded them and i just missed the zip, so now i'm suppose to upload each html file to my "favorite website"? Or just the index one and the link will do the rest?? I still need to clean up my very little GED file but Either way - LOVE WHAT YOU HAVE DONE. LOVE IT. LOVE IT. LOVE IT. You ROCK. Thanks.

  • Tim Forsythe
    25 Sep 2013

    Lisa, glad you find them useful.

  • Lisa
    25 Sep 2013

    Just discovered this site and wanted to say thank you for posting these tools and making them available! I have been looking for utilities to help me identify problem areas and do some analysis of the mounds of data I've collected and entered - Bonkers and the CENtaR have really helped! I also like the Vivify utility - but I plan to clean up my data a bit more before using it. Thanks again!

  • Pekka Valta
    21 Sep 2013

    FAQ describing mapping is excellent, sorry that I did not find it before asking. Tnx for interesting services.

  • Tim Forsythe
    20 Sep 2013

    The map pins are determined by one of several different lookup services. The FAQ and various related blog posts describe strategies you can use to fix the pin placement. Unicode characters are not handled correctly by Adam.

  • Pekka Valta
    20 Sep 2013

    Hi Tim,
    started to test Adam with "Lappi Tree" gedcom file (you sure find it in server?). Two first remarks:
    Richard Lappi has a birth place "Cook, Minnesota, United States". I wonder why Adam' Ancestors Distribution Map shows Cook on the shore of Lake Superior and not in inland of Michigan as Google rightly shows with direct address "Cook, Minnesota, United States"? And why pressing link "Cook, Minnesota, United States" in Richard Lappi Profile only an empty map opens?
    I also wonder one thing related to character sets. The "Lappi Tree" has parameter CHAR UTF-8. The surname of Richard's father is "Lapveteläinen" but in Adam's report it is "Lappeteläinen". Should I change the gedcom or has Adam some option to taken care here of?

    BR
    Pekka

  • Tim Forsythe
    16 Aug 2013

    Steve, you got it exactly right, so I guess the missing explanation wasn't necessary after all.

  • Steve Iman
    16 Aug 2013

    Gedcom files are a mystery. I know that I have old ones accumulated over decades with unprincipled imports from who knows where -- so lots of oddities. It's a gas too to find the different validators providing quite different though always oblique warnings one rarely knows what to do with. In any case, working on a Mac, I just took the Reunion gedcom output and tried validating it in GEDitCOM, and the program volunteered to delete the unrecognized custom GEDcom tags. These additions weren't required for programs to work with the databases, and so these reference numbers aren't likely to appear in output when I run the data through Adam again.

    Your advice in the FAQ (I suspect that you were referring to the one linked from the main menu on your site, and not the FAQ referenced on several pages in the site which produce 401 errors) helps one know the produce php files for incorporating into WP but doesn't go the extra steps that el stupidos like me need to have clear. Apparently we take that output folder or directory and set it at root level within a WP install, then create a page in WP that contains links to the pages in the Adam data folder? So as I get it, one can develop menu items selectively to the summary pages within that data directory at root -- surname pages, locations, etc. That's interesting.. so if I get it right, the pages aren't actually imported into WP and converted to post pages -- and they may not be in the WP MySQL database?

    Care and appreciation.. Steve Iman - sciman@csupomona.edu

  • Tim Forsythe
    16 Aug 2013

    Steve, glad to here its useful. The FAQ explains how to incorporate it into a self hosted Wordpress blog. I caved a few months ago and added the ability for users to hide how awful their documentation is (smiley face). The certainty assessments can be turned off by unchecking the "Show Certainty Assessments" flag in the Adam configuration. As for now, there is no way to hide any particular GEDCOM field such as reference ids short of running a macro is a text editor to remove them before upload. I'll look into adding yet another configuration option to remove some of the more common superfluous data like these ids. It would of course be an all or nothing option, but I can see how it would be useful for some databases.

    If anyone besides Steve has a list of fields they think should be included in the option, just post them here and I'll consider them.

  • Steve Iman
    16 Aug 2013

    Wow -- is there a lot here to like and learn from. As others have commented, I feel a little humbled by the error pointers.. but they're helpful, and I will track them down.

    I want to think about putting the output on a website. I might try to incorporate into WordPress, or stay with a simpler HTML and/or php presentation. But first.. I wonder if fields can be edited from the presentation without too much hassle. For instance, each person report seems to note a Reference Number. In my case those are 50-or-so alphanumeriic characters. I'd as soon ditch their presentation. Also on the right side of person reports I have a ton of "unsupported" comments for a whale of a lot of my people. Now it's true that my documentation is often a little weak, but for purposes of retaining a small amount of ego, could I ditch these public disclaimers? (unsupported, unsupported, unsupported;-)

    Care and appreciation.. Steve Iman

  • Markwood Whittleseyhull
    15 Jul 2013

    Splendid works

  • Tim Forsythe
    08 Jul 2013

    Dianne. Too funny. Sounds like great dinner conversation. Thanks for the tip. You can let Jason know that the commenting system that I am using auto detects urls, so it is not necessary to add the html anchors. It also escapes any embedded html to prevent injections.

    I am familiar with some of the various social media sharing tools out there. I have even had them on my site in the past, but found that my visitors did not use them, so I removed them to reduce clutter. The reality is that the content of this site does not generate the sort of excitement that would make someone want to share it with their friends. It also does not play well to younger audiences who do most of the sharing, but who are generally are not interested in genealogy tools of this sort.

    Having said that, Adam does provide almost complete control over the headers and footers of the generated pages, giving you the option of adding your own social media links to your site. So if your were going to publish your pages online, you might consider this. Something to be aware of is that many of these third-party social media link managers require the page to make one or more access calls to their servers on each page load, which can at times increase the page load speeds depending on their available server bandwidth.

  • Dianne W
    08 Jul 2013

    Hi Tim,
    Chatting with my boys today about various motherly things & somehow we began to talk about our Family Tree. Jason said quite early as he was viewing the pages <font color=#218500>Adam</font> had generated, why don't I have any <b>'ShareThis'</b> <a href="http://secure.sharethis.com/publishers/get-sharing-tools" rel="nofollow" target="blank"> http://secure.sharethis.com/publishers/get-sharing-tools</a> icons displayed. I didn't know what he was talking about so I let both my boys eagerly show me on the web how they use that medium with those icons. They opened, chatted, sent messages, received messages & even had a video conference with a friend away on holidays. Some of the types of message icons they used when they were showing me were for the following applications, <b>
    • Facebook,
    • Twitter,
    • Messenger,
    • Mail, (<i>default email application for us, Outlook, it opened</i>.)
    • Gmail &
    • Skype.</b>

    Just wanting to identify that web utility for your site after watching how easily my boys were able to communicate to their friends using those different internet communication tools. We all talked over dinner tonight & both boys have guided/pushed me into letting you know because they recon you should have it too. It's the thing, they recon.....

    Dianne W.

    Tim, Jason has edited this and put some sort of code bits characters on my text so I'm not sure what's going to happen, sorry if it's a mess, he is promising me it will look good.

  • Tim Forsythe
    06 Jul 2013

    Dianne, thanks again. I use Family Historian almost exclusively because it gives me complete control over the GEDCOM output and allows me to add user defined tags at will for things like Source categories, etc.

    You should be very careful about exporting your database to GEDCOM and then reimporting the exported file with the intention of replacing the database. I have done quite a bit of testing over the years (See http://timforsythe.com/blog/gedcom-import-testing-introduction for my most recent short lived series of related articles) and have found very few vendors who can export all your data or who can import their own exports reliably. It is not uncommon for vendors to simply throw data away when exporting and do the same on importing. I've seen some imports discard 50% of my data without notifying me. Needless to say you should NEVER do this. It might well be your program is running faster because it is processing far less data. Family Historian gets around this deficiency by keeping your data in the GEDCOM format natively, eliminating the need to do exports and imports.

    You can export data from FTM to GEDCOM to use services like mine, but know that some of your data might be missing. What is most important is that your original database should be completely unaffected. The only time you should permanently export your data to a GEDCOM is if you are permanently moving your data to another program. When that happens, you can be certain some of your precious data has been discarded without your consent forcing you to correct the new version manually. A difficult job for anyone.

    I recommend to any genealogist who asks (and those who don't) that they use editors that have a native GEDCOM database, be it FH5 or any other worthy competitor.

    Since I've been concentrating recently on GEDCOM PLACe fields for mapping, I'm seeing that people put all kinds of crazy data into these fields. This appears to be mostly by mistake, as I see a lot of dates and occupations. I will be adding an option to the Bonkers Report soon to display unmappable locations so that users can go back and fix this "improbabilities".

  • Dianne W
    06 Jul 2013

    Evening Tim,
    Thanks for investigating & fixing that 'Location' hiccup I wrote to you about, I was also amongst those who was receiving that dreaded 'timeout' so I'm glad that was fixed also.
    I've been using Family Tree Maker, FTM for quite some time & the only annoying thing I have learnt from using it is its handling of gedcom information within its database structure. (It's appalling) Even though I 'Compact the File' regularly, it appears to become so confused with its own structure I then need to periodically save the entire family tree to a gedcom file & then re- import it back into FTM... Yes that sound stupid but it runs faster & quicker if I do that.
    Something that I have learnt, apart from that above is by saving my file into a couple of different FTM types of gedcom structure & uploading them to your site, your 'Tools' have highlighted some interesting errors that I've now needed to address. And yes, different types of errors for different types of FTM gedcom structures...
    Additionally, I have downloaded Family Historian V5.0 (Trial version) & have had it absorb my various types of gedcom files as well. It spits at certain things where yours thankfully does not but what I love with it is its fantastic ability in allowing the user to sort on any of the data fields by columns. Wow even more peculiarities with my file that I didn't think of.
    • Burial location but no Death information.
    • Death location only, no dates.
    • Death information vastly different than the Burial information. (Some are correct though!)
    • Burial dates for pre 1950's too long after the Death date. (Wrong months/year entered)
    • Sorting of Occupations so that there is unity in the expressions of.
    • Each place of worship throughout my database in whichever data field they have been written is now expressed in a consistent term.

    I like all my i's dotted & t's crossed so when reading, everything is expressed in the same manner & not written in twelve variants. Obviously if I have expressed all locations properly, then both the 'Locations Report' & the 'Heatmap' would have been able to correctly locate each place allowing the reader, if viewing electronically, the ability to zoom in on that particular 'Place' field for that person. If though I needed to reword a 'Place' to allow this to happen, I have then expressed within the 'Descriptions' field or stated within the 'Notes' field what the 'Place' was originally called so the reader would never lose the original terminology. Tim, I know you have written about this, I'm on your band-wagon and passionate about it too.
    During our research we can at times unintentionally produce quirky hiccups that if not addressed early, can manifest into cumbersome problems. Your many 'Tools' Tim not only provides guidance with clarity, they help in establishing unity with our data and fluidity/synchronicity on all we write.

    Dianne W.

  • Tim Forsythe
    01 Jul 2013

    Fixed a timeout bug that was causing builds to timeout too early.

  • Tim Forsythe
    27 Jun 2013

    Dianne, I've modded the place name field handling. You can see if its any better. I've removed most of the renaming I had in there, but not all. I appreciate you wanting to thank me. The best way you can do this is to promote the tools you've found to be useful in whatever manner you're comfortable with. This is a free service I offer because I enjoy doing it. If I started making money from it, it would become a job, and I've already got one of those.
    Thanks for your remarks.
    Tim

  • Dianne W
    19 Jun 2013

    Have run this Tim, wow, it certainly handled my messy tree.
    Possibly identified a hiccup with it though, within the 'Place' field within each category heading when viewing the LOCATION link. If the first named place within that descriptive field contains 'town' within it's name ie: Bankstown, Snowtown or Townsville, those places are listed differently to all the rest! Additionally if that first named location finishes in 'shire' ie: Lancashire or Northamptonshire, if that place has been listed more than once then it will display a separate entry for each of those listings!
    I have gone through the LOCATION page & found a small number that were incorrectly spelt from my own entries so I have been correcting those appropriately my side so Google Maps can correctly zoom down to that area.

    Tim, do you have a 'PayPal account?
    Wishing to send a little thanks for all your 'Tools' you are providing 'Freely' for us all to use.
    It would make me feel good for all the effort you have done & how it's been helping me.

    Dianne W.

  • Jan Srnec
    04 Jun 2013

    At processing GEDCOM from programme PAF in record badly display Czech characters.
    GEDCOM encoding UTF-8 and exit HTML and encoding UTF-8.

  • Jan Srnec
    04 Jun 2013

    At processing GEDCOM from programme PAF with encoding UTF-8 no-display well
    Czech characters. Export to ADAM pages is in html and UTF-8.

  • Tim Forsythe
    02 Jun 2013

    Ian, the output of Adam is a downloadable zip file which contains discrete web pages in either HTML or PHP format depending on how you configured it.

  • Ian Phillips
    02 Jun 2013

    Just trying it to confirm the final format of the database

  • Tim Forsythe
    05 May 2013

    Adam 1.1.6

    This update includes several bug fixes.

    1. when creating referrer lists for sources, locations, etc. family events are now included.
    2. referrer lists are now sorted by name.
    3. restore the comma and space between listed source categories.
    4. made surname URL fragments (the portion following a # sign) SEO compatible.
    5. when a person's spouse is missing, but marriage exists, it no longer lists the person as the spouse also.
    6. fixed slashes dates (i.e. 5 Mar 1765/66).

  • Tim Forsythe
    23 Apr 2013

    Well it finally happened. It was bound to eventually. One of the users of Adam has gone online with their ancestor tree data embedded in a Wordpress blog, similar to mine. We did run into a slight problem. The jQuery library that Adam uses to display the tabs apparently interfered with some of his other scripts. Adding the script load to the footer fixed the problem. So if anyone else has trouble getting their tabs to work after embedding, try addnig

    <script type="text/javascript" src="http://cdn.jquerytools.org/1.2.7/full/jquery.tools.min.js"></script>

    to the footer and then rebuild your tree using Adam. I will look into moving that line from the config into the build so users do not have to worry about it. I'll post an update once I've done it.

    If you want to check out Simon Gatward's tree and site, bearing in mind that he is just starting it up so it a work in progress, go to http://simongatward.com

  • Tim Forsythe
    31 Mar 2013

    See the FAQ for instructions on embedding into a Wordpress blog.

  • xdamageinc
    30 Mar 2013

    Thanks. I am down t wordpress.com now(VS.org and hope to embed ths somehow

  • Tim Forsythe
    30 Mar 2013

    Tom the GEDCOM version was missing form your file, so it could not be processed.

  • Tom Albrecht
    29 Mar 2013

    Albrecht Family Web Site

  • Tim Forsythe
    29 Mar 2013

    Adam 1.15 - I made a change to the source categories. This is a feature that no one uses but myself, so if the feature does not interest you, I guess you can stop reading here.

    Firstly, I renamed the authority category (_QUAY1) values from 'primary', 'secondary' and 'tertiary' to 'original', 'transcript', and 'copy'. I did this because, the names have a clearer inherent meaning. I also did it because the Genealogy Proof Standard (GPS) commandeered the definitions of 'primary' and 'secondary' to mean something entirely different than what was commonly thought. The new strings will therefore no longer interfere with the GPS. The old names are still supported for backward compatability, but as I said, no one uses them. I also extended the category by supporting a new string, "abstract" so that users can distinguish between copies of copies and data not in the original form.

    I will admit that when I first came up with my source categories, I did it in vacuum and was not even aware the GPS existed. Randy Seaver was kind enough to inform me. Since the GPS is just a subset of my categories, it was easy to support it. This is done by also supporting the string "derivative" for the authority category. GPS users can now simply set _QUAY1 to "original" or "derivative". Likewise, GPS users can now also make use of the association category (_QUAY2) by setting it to either "primary" or "secondary". Using these two categories, users can now get full support for certainty assessments. Unfortunately they still need to be able to add user tags to their sources which very few applications will allow.

    While I was adding GPS support, I went ahead and added the strings "direct" and "indirect" to the conclusion model (_MODL) as well.

    As a reminder, "negative" evidence (GPS) is already supported by Adam. See the FAQ for how to show a claim has been proved to be invalid. Consult the FAQ for details on source categories and certainty assessments as well.

  • stever
    28 Mar 2013

    hello

  • Martin Summers
    18 Mar 2013

    Great if it works on my homeserver

  • Tim Forsythe
    14 Mar 2013

    Armand, the service timed out, but was able to complete successfully in the background. I'm not sure why you didn't get a notification. Anyway, I emailed you the link so you can download it.

  • Armand Pasquier
    14 Mar 2013

    Few minutes ago I sent you my gedcom file "PasqAllies3-13-SansIllustr.ged". Before uploading it, obviously I filled the form above. Why I did not receive any message to tell me it was received and tell me how vill be the following step ? I don't speak and write easely the american language. I am sorry.
    I hope to receive your answer. Thank you.
    Armand Pasquier

  • Armand PASQUIER
    14 Mar 2013

    I should like to use it to complete data of my family cosins site
    Thank you for your very interesting genealogic tool

  • michael
    19 Feb 2013

    Tnx

  • Tim Forsythe
    16 Feb 2013

    Adam is ideally suited to Family Historian users because FH allows you to add user tags and Adam makes use of several special tags like source categories and parental associations (See the FAQ) that set it apart. Adam is fairly easy to use (I think), just upload a GEDCOM file, click submit, and download the zip file. When you extract it you will have a fully working family tree website (see mine for an example) that you can put on a CD or host on a website. The options are explained in more detail on the blog page at: http://timforsythe.com/blog/adam. The FAQ also covers some of the advanced options like setting image paths and stylesheets. Most users will just ignore these and use the defaults. The basic options are probably self defining. If you have specific option questions, just ask.

  • Jennifer Nicholas
    16 Feb 2013

    Tim, I am have been researching my family history and building a tree for several years using Family Historian. I have looked at doing a Cd or putting it on the internet for my family but have been daunted by the various choices I am asked to make. I have no understanding of HTML etc . Would Adam be useful for me and would I find it fairly simple to use?

  • Tim Forsythe
    15 Feb 2013

    Adam 1.14 - when Bonkers was run on a database without any individuals, it failed to create a report. Yes, someone actually did this. I assume it was a test DB. Anyway, Adam was modded to make sure a report is created showing no errors in this case.

    I also fixed broken source links in Adam that were using underscores instead of dashes.

  • Tim Forsythe
    15 Feb 2013

    Adam 1.13 - fixed a div by zero error in calculating stats.

  • Tim Forsythe
    14 Feb 2013

    Jennifer, I hope you found the results to be useful. Was there anything in particular you are looking for?

  • Jennifer Wheaton
    13 Feb 2013

    I hope I am understanding how to do this. This is a very important project to me.

  • Tim Forsythe
    10 Feb 2013

    Adam 1.12 - added the most popular names generated by The Name Game to the Statistics page when using Adam to build a family tree. I also moved the cumulative statistics from the Intro page to its own Statistics page and updated it with a few more items.

  • Dan garnitz
    09 Feb 2013

    Garnitz family

  • Tim Forsythe
    08 Feb 2013

    Adam 1.11 - fixed a bug in Stat Ranger's calculation of Total Events and added some % of totals that should make the raw numbers a bit more palatable.

  • Tim Forsythe
    08 Feb 2013

    I've had a couple of requests to enable the location pages for my family tree builder, Adam (http://timforsythe.com/tools/adam) . I am happy to say that I was able to turn on that feature today. Now when you build your tree, there is a separate location page for every unique location found in your database and each location page links back to every individual that was found there. Each location page's claims tab lists every claim made for that location and is sorted by date. I find these to be extremely useful when used along with online indexes to determine which persons in my database are likely to be found in any particular index. Its saves my poor brain from having to remember all the major locations of everyone in my database, which is how I used to handle it. For users unfamiliar with Adam, it is a free online service that anyone can use to build a complete, full featured website from their GEDCOM file ... and yes it has charts The files are ZIPped together for download so that you can view them on your local machine, or upload them to a hosting service. Adam has numerous configurable options, though I've been trying to keep these to a minimum so as not to be too confusing.

  • Art
    06 Feb 2013

    Why doesn't generate Adam a place list like in 'The Forsythe Saga' ?

  • Tim Forsythe
    03 Feb 2013

    Adam 1.10 - Added Stats Ranger: The Authority in GEDCOM Statistics as a new web service. Several other changes are included in the release, the most significant of which is that underscores in filenames have been replaced with dashes to appear more SEO-like. If you have published an Adam generated website (I don't think anyone has yet) then search links might be broken. I wanted to get this change in before Adam became widely popular and used by millions and millions of people. I'm also pretty funny at home.

  • Tim Forsythe
    02 Feb 2013

    Adam 1.09 - Beefed up the Statistics page and formatted it nicely. That's all.

  • Tim Forsythe
    31 Jan 2013

    Adam 1.08

    Reformatted the Statistics page and enabled it for Adam so that now when you build a family tree, you have the option of displaying some pretty cool and informative database statistics. Rather than covering them in detail, you can just go to my statistics page to see what is included.

    http://timforsythe.com/tree/tjforsythe/stats

  • Tim Forsythe
    29 Jan 2013

    Adam 1.07

    I've updated Adam again, but this will only affect the latest web service, The Name Game. Check it out at: http://timforsythe.com/tools/namegame

    The Name Game is simple and fun. It finds the most popular given names and surnames in your database and shows them along with their counts of course.

    Adam 1.07 also includes a lot of code refactoring and a few tweaks that will probably not be noticeable, but cleanup some of the certainty assessment handling.

  • Tim Forsythe
    29 Jan 2013

    Art, you're in the right place.This is the page where you upload a GEDCOM file and set your configuration. When you hit the submit button, it will build the website and put it into a zip file so you can download it. Once downloaded you can then extract that file onto your computer or web host to view it. To personalize your website, you will probably want to modify the Header, Body and Footer boxes above. You can also modify or override the stylesheet provided to change things like colors, borders, widths, etc.

  • Art
    29 Jan 2013

    I've read the information on your site extensively.
    Although i am a little bit lost.
    HOW ans WHERE do i insert the codes to accomplisch an output like "the Forsythe Saga"?
    I use Gramps to build an gedcom.

  • Tim Forsythe
    26 Jan 2013

    Adam 1.06

    I have added support for the individual association record (INDI.ASSO) to allow referencing family records. This is currently supported by Geni.com. It is not technically GEDCOM compliant, because the standard says that you can only reference individual records ... Silly isn't it. The biggest advantage to allowing them is that you can now set parental associations with a single ASSOciation record rather than two separate ones. Along these same lines, and in order to make it easier for people to set their parental associations, Adam now defaults empty or missing RELAtionship fields to be a parent, meaning that if your editor does not require you to have the field (the GEDCOM standard says it is required and must be filled in), then you can leave it blank making it that much easier to set parental associations. For international users, a RELAtionship of "0" (zero) is now also supported, so you do not need to use the English text string when leaving it blank is not an option.

    Also for international users, the certainty assessment override field _CERT can now use values 0 through 9 to set the certainty, rather than the English text strings. See the FAQ for the mapping. I also changed the calculated certainty assessment of "assumed" to "proposed", because "assumed", although a perfectly valid and appropriate certainty assessment, didn't seem like the correct output from a calculation. It was generated anytime there was a contemporaneous source that unacquainted with the facts, or a more recent source that was acquainted, but not informed. Although the claims that the source makes may have been assumed, they are in effect being proposed by the author.

    You can also get these updates via Google+: https://plus.google.com/u/0/communities/113049557864260883645

  • Tim Forsythe
    22 Jan 2013

    Okay, Erik, I think I've got it working now.

  • Tim Forsythe
    22 Jan 2013

    Adam 1.05

    Fixed a problem with letter casing on the Index page. Index lettering should now all be lower case. This should only affect Linux users.

  • Erik de Smidt
    22 Jan 2013

    Dear Tim, I uploaded a new gedcom yesterday and I still have the same problem with lower- and upper case.

  • Tim Forsythe
    19 Jan 2013

    Adam 1.04

    I renamed the heading Datelines to Timelines, that was an oops!

    Added support for Gramps 3.4.2 FACT tag which is basically like the GEDCOM EVEN tag, I have no idea why they invented their own tag for something that already exists. Anyway ...

    I also fixed an issue (not really) with iFamily 2 where they add a type tag for things like OCCUpation and RESIdence that say Occupation and Residence. Adam was showing the type in the note field because, well the type is important. I've "fixed" Adam to not show the type when it matches the tag name. Admittedly, I made up the tag names to match the tag.

  • Tim Forsythe
    19 Jan 2013

    Adam 1.03

    I've made some additional changes to Adam.

    Source reference notes, data (except citation text) and note reference (text) are now shown in hover event.
    When a source record is missing, the source reference no longer tries to link to it.
    When the source title is missing, it is given an title of "Untitled".
    Several event types were being double posted to the Timeline. This has been fixed.

    https://plus.google.com/u/0/communities/113049557864260883645

  • Tim Forsythe
    18 Jan 2013

    Adam 1.03
    I'm going through build logs and adding in support for some of the vendor specific record fields I've found

    Normally the Divorce Filed (DIVF) field is expected as part of the marriage record. Ancestral Quest 12 has it under the Individual record. Okay. I've added it there as another event type.
    AQ12 also has a generic source reference field that I fit in the best I could. SOUR._OTHER was put under the Source Reference Details and appears only when hovering over a source reference. Sorry mobile users.
    AQ12 has a couple of event fields "_Description2" and "_DATE2" which I've jimmied into the cause field. The cause field is treated as a generic note field, but only one is allowed, so I may need to move this to a note list later. The only observable difference would be the style used to display them. I could not tell from it use if _DATE2 was supposed to be an alternate date because many of its uses were equivalent to the DATE field.

    Yesterday I added support for RootsMagic 6's source template record by adding a new pane to the source record page and displaying the template information there. Adam 1.03 has added support for their source reference templates as well. These will be displayed when hovering over a source reference and on the Source record page along with the Page number field in its heading. This is similar with what I do for all source reference citations because I have not found a slick way to associate these with the source references themselves.

    iFamily 2 has a source reference topic field (_TOPI), that, like source details has been added when hovering over a source reference. Additionally, since I've removed long page number fields from displaying with the source reference, I've added this to the hover event as well. Lastly, I've added support for the GEDCOM Source Reference Event Type (SOUR.EVEN) and Event Type Role (SOUR.EVEN.ROLE) fields by adding them to the hover event only.

    I stopped showing warnings for misformatted event ages, as it seems to be pretty common. Whenever they cannot be parsed, they are treated as phrases anyway, so no information is lost, except the ability to use these by Vivfy's birth date estimator, and Bonkers, sanity checker.

    I added support for the source reference quality field (QUAY) to be handled when found under the Source Record directly. GEDCOM only permits this field under source references. Since I already have support for generic source categories, _QUAY1, _QUAY2, and _QUAY3, I was able to map the QUAY field into these so that it can now be used, to some extent, to assess certainty for all claims referencing the source.

    https://plus.google.com/u/0/communities/113049557864260883645

  • Tim Forsythe
    18 Jan 2013

    I changed the way styles are handled by Adam. The main stylesheet is now linked in the Post Header on the configuration page and the file, adam.css, is now located in your build folder. This has a couple of advantages. You can now move it easily by updating its location in the Post Header link. You can also now edit directly if you prefer that to overriding them with a new stylesheet. It also make the files smaller and load times faster because the stylesheet is cached.

    https://plus.google.com/u/0/communities/113049557864260883645

  • Tim Forsythe
    18 Jan 2013

    Support for the following tags was added to Adam 1.02
    RootsMagic 6 - SOUR._BIBL and SOUR._TMPLT
    Generations 8 - SOUR.LOCA, SOUR.EDTN, SOUR.DETA, SOUR.TYPE and SOUR.MEDI?

  • Tim Forsythe
    17 Jan 2013

    Adam 1.02
    Source titles now display the abbreviated title everywhere if it exists and displays the full title in a separate pane on the source page. Source author, publisher and date are now displayed in the same pane rather than in the title bar. If the displayed title is greater than 100 characters, it is trimmed. I try to break it at the last delimiter. Source reference page numbers are now only shown with the references if they are no more than 10 characters.

    I also added initial support for Roots Magic 6's source record templates (_TMPLT), which will now display in the source record header pane, or thereabouts.

    https://plus.google.com/u/0/communities/113049557864260883645

  • Tim Forsythe
    17 Jan 2013

    Added an empty stylesheet to the build folder called styles.css and then added linking to it from the Post Header's default configuration. Now to override any styles, just add your overrides to that file.

  • Tim Forsythe
    17 Jan 2013

    Bumped Adam to 1.01 and fixed a problem that showed up on Linux systems where links were not setting the case the match the name of the file it was linking to.

  • Tim Forsythe
    17 Jan 2013

    Erik, thanks for letting me know. they should be working now. Let me know if run across any other mishandled case sensitive links.

  • Erik de Smidt
    17 Jan 2013

    Looks really great! There is a small problem using Linux: the file "file:///home/erik/Arbeitsfl%C3%A4che/ADAM/names_s.html#Schmidt" is not found because the real file name is names_S.html (with an capital S). So you might want to change your filenames to all lower- or upper case.

  • Erik de Smidt
    17 Jan 2013

    Let's see, if this works. The gedcom is from the dutch program Aldfaer and yes, there are still some errors in it. :)

  • Dai Bevan
    17 Jan 2013

    Trying for the first time with a Gedcom from Generations 8.5

  • Tim Forsythe
    16 Jan 2013

    What a great complement zoomdoggies (love the name), thank you. I've been hand crafting this puppy (no pun intended) for(it seems)ever. I have a lot of opinions on how genealogy data should be analyzed and presented, and have tried to put these forth in Adam.

  • zoomdoggies
    16 Jan 2013

    Wow. I just threw a rather messy .ged at Adam, just to see what would happen. In addition to pointing out that there was a lot of cruft and craziness that I need to clean out of the database (I knew that), it came back with some very helpful new ways to look at my data. I'm still figuring out what-all I've got here, but it's obvious that this is amazing helpful. I'll probably clean things up, and come back for another round. Well done, you! Thanks for making this available!

  • Tim Forsythe
    16 Jan 2013

    If you have used Adam to build your family tree (all three of you), the zip file contains a file called build.log which contains the names of persons hidden if you had configured your tree to hide living persons. You will want to delete or move that file before publishing your tree so that someone does not try to access it directly. I have changed the service to create a unique, non-discoverable log file name so future trees will not be at risk of compromising that data. You should still remove that file from your published folder in case you have showing folder files enabled on your server, in which case someone could just examine your folder to find the file.

  • Tim Forsythe
    16 Jan 2013

    I realized after releasing Adam that the arrows that are used on the charts could be included in the build and used in place without modifying the widget image URL. I have now added the arrow images to the build.

  • Tim Forsythe
    16 Jan 2013

    I released Adam: The Family Tree Builder version 1.0. These releases are always tricky, having hundreds of steps. I forgot to get the version set correctly, but have now changed it. At the same time I removed all versioning from the other web services as they all use Adam to build their pages.

  • Tim Forsythe
    16 Jan 2013

    Note: trying to blindly support GEDCOM files from a wide variety of vendors and data that has been entered in all sorts of manner by users so that the resulting output is reasonable to everyone who uses it, is tricky. If you have problems with the service or feel that certain things could be handled differently, you will need to contact me here or directly to let me know so that it can be addressed one way or the other. It would also be useful for users to post their "workarounds" so that others can make use of them.

  • Tim Forsythe
    10 Jan 2013

    Just a note to let my visitors know that I will be releasing Adam, The GEDCOM Family Tree Builder as a new web service early next week, so for those who have been waiting patiently, you won't have much longer to go. Adam is a slightly scaled down version of Adam, which is the program I have been using to publish my own family tree at The Forsythe Saga since 1999. Adam will include TGP, Vivify, Bonkers and the CENtaR libraries as well as many of Adam's other unique features. I will not be hosting any family trees this time around, so Adam will provide a ZIP file for downloading. The file will include all of the HTML pages necessary to view your family tree on your personal computer, or to host it at your favorite domain.