Relationships in GenDetective

Relationships in GenDetective are central to your reports, where relationship groupings provide a way to focus your research efforts.  GenDetective classifies relationships into five different groups:

  1. Direct (direct blood relationship)
  2. Close (aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews and 1st cousins)
  3. Intermediate (2nd and 3rd cousins)
  4. Distant (4th, 5th, 6th cousins, etc.)
  5. All or unrelated

Did you know that you can change these definitions?  Your first question might be, “Why would I want to do that?”  Depending on your research goals, this may be the quickest way to isolate a group of relatives.  Due to a series of illnesses among the older generation, health research has become more than a passing curiosity.  I have begun sending for the death certificates for all the aunts and uncles.  Their health history adds to the overall picture of the illnesses and diseases that run in our family.

As a second example,  I have a few brick walls (who doesn’t) that I am trying to work around, and have begun looking at the pension records of uncles who served in the Civil War.  Digging into a young, unmarried uncle’s pension file, has shed light on a mother’s maiden name as well as a few other interesting tidbits.

How does this tie into changing relationship groupings?

Relationship definitions in GenDetective

Relationship definitions in GenDetective

To isolate the aunts and uncles, I changed the definition of the close relatives to only include: aunts, uncles, nieces and nephews, and lumped the 1st cousins into the intermediate group.

To change the relationship definitions, run the GenDetective Analyzer, and after the Wizard finishes, stay in the Analyzer.  On the left hand side of the Analyzer, locate the “Relationships” entry, and select it.  Next select the 1st cousins, and press the right mouse button, which displays a menu.

The relationship definitions in GenDetective

1st Cousins are now in the intermediate group.

Select the intermediate group which will change the coloring of the 1st cousins from blue to red, moving them into the intermediate group.

Once I have the run reports, I reverse the steps listed here, returning the 1st cousins to the close group of relationships.  After a reanalysis of my tree and everything returns to “normal”.

Good luck with your family research ..

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