Everything Report: Table of Contents

Everything Report: Table of Contents
The contents of the Everything Report is listed at the top of the Report. This is most useful when printing, as it will help you quickly find who you want.


1. Families
Behold organizes people into useful groups that can vary depending on which method of organizing you do. The above example shows the default Auto Organizing that groups all the relatives of Stephen James McCarthy together and all the relatives of his wife Dianne Marie (Jack) McCarthy. 
We refer to these two major groups as Families. We have the Family of Stephen James McCarthy, and the Family of Dianne Marie [Jack] McCarthy.
Within each of the major groups, there are subgroups. These subgroups can vary depending on which method of organizing you do. The above example shows the default Auto Organizing that divides the major groups (Families) into subgroups defined by their common ancestors. Each subgroup will contain the one branch of the family beginning with the branch's earliest ancestors and including all their descendants. This is shown in the Contents as: "Descendants of xxxxx".
For example, the relatives of Stephen James McCarthy (his family) are divided into:
- Descendants of ??? McCarthy
     (Stephen's great-great-grandfather on his father's father's father's side)
- Descendants of Jeremiah DONOVAN and [MARY] DONOVAN
     (Stephen's great-great-grandparents on his father's father's mother's side)
- Descendants of Albert W. BAILEY and Elsie L. [CHUTE] BAILEY
     (Stephen's great-great-grandparents on his father's mother's father's side)
- Descendants of Michael NORTON and Mary [BRENNAN] NORTON
     (Stephen's great-great-grandparents on his father's mother's father's side)
etc ...
This particular GEDCOM file does not include any ancestors of Stephen's wife, Dianne Marie, or they would be listed with "Descendants of ..." following her name.


2. Hyperlinks
All items listed in blue in the Everything Report are hyperlinks. Clicking on them will take you to their location in the Report.
You will find hyperlinks throughout the Everything Report, as they are used for all sorts of cross references.

Mouse over

3. Mouse over
When you place your mouse over a hyperlink, the cursor changes to a pointing hand and the link changes color. Then you know you the mouse is positioned correctly and ready for you to click.


4. Numbering
People are assigned numbers by Behold. The numbering is designed to help you find the people in a printed report, and to give you visual clues as to which family the person belongs to.
Later in this Tutorial, the Organize pages will be described where you can change what Behold shows in its numbering.

What's Missing?

5. What's Missing?
You will notice the ??? as the ancestor's first name. In this case, the GEDCOM has defined a family without creating the individual for the family. Behold creates the individual and this becomes the ???. 
Sometimes you'll find ??? names, places, or record types should be. These are names, places or record_types that were not specified in the genealogy data. By default, Behold replaces these with ???. You can change what is displayed for these unspecified items in the Organize Report page.

The Name Game

6. The Name Game
Note that Behold, by default, displays names differently than other programs. The last surname a person has is shown at the end of the name, and all previous surnames are shown in parenthesis ().
This is contrary to the way genealogy standards say it should be done. They declare that the only first surname of a person should be shown and none of the others. Anne would be shown as Anne Connors. This may be fine for purists, but if you are sending your information to relatives or even using it for yourself, you simply cannot recognize many people by just their birth surname. If you only knew them after they were married or after they changed their name, then that it the name you will know.
In the case of Anne, she was born with the last name of Connors, and then married William Lynch. If she had married someone prior to her marriage to William, her previous name would be shown in the square brackets following her birth surname. By presenting all known surnames, the different connections can be easily seen. Also, each person is indexed in the Name index once for every surname, so you can always find them no matter which surname you know them by.
If you want the traditional method of only including birth surnames, you can uncheck the "Surnames: Show married names" setting on the Extra Info options for the Organize Report page. This will also prevent the married names from being added to the name index.

The Rest of the People

7. The Rest of the People
If you really want everyone in your Everything Report, then you have to include those people who are not in the Families you asked for.
Behold by default and as an option, allows you to group all those people who are related through marriage to a relative to be included in a special Family appropriately called "Others Related through Marriage"
Behold also allows you to group all the remaining people together into an Everyone Else group, which is given the heading "Other Families that are not Directly Related".
In the example above, Ruth ABRAMS is the mother of Maurice Michael BARRY. She is only related through marriage because her son, Maurice Michael Barry married into Stephen's family.
This particular file has no other families that have not been included, so the heading "There is No One Else" is shown instead of an "Other Families that are not Directly Related" section.
How you go about specifying what families to include will be described later in the Tutorial under Organizing Your Data.

What a Capital Idea

8. What a Capital Idea
You will notice that the surnames in this file are capitalized. Behold does not change the way the names are displayed. If they are capitalized in the GEDCOM file, then Behold displays them capitalized. If they are in mixed case in the GEDCOM file, then they are displayed the same.
It just so happens that this sample file has capitalized all the surnames. Some genealogists enter them this way with the idea that it will make the surname stand out. But it is not recommended, because it makes it more difficult to ascertain the proper capitalization of the surname. In this example file, most surnames were entered as all capitals. Howeer, the McCarthy name was entered as "MCCARTHY" but as a hybrid "McCARTHY", likely because it looked better.
I had thought of adding an ability to show surnames decapitalized in Behold, but this is not simple to implement because of differing rules in different cultures and the requirement to enumerate exceptions (e.g. McCarthy, StAmant, BenAmi). I decided it is better to display surnames as given, and then any errors or inconsistencies in the data will become apparent in the Index of Names. Then it can be corrected where it needs to be corrected: in the data itself.