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Ancestor Book Reports

  To create an Ahnentafel (or Ancestor) report:
1.   From the Report tab on the Ribbon bar, choose Ancestor Book...    The Ancestor Book window is displayed.
2. Set the options, as described below.
3. Click either Print or Preview to view the report.


An Ancestor Book report (also known as an Ahnentafel report) is a book-style report that begins with a specific person and moves back through the person's ancestors for a given number of generations.  (Ahnentafel means ancestor table in German.)   This type of report describes each person in a narrative format and gives each person a unique Ahnentafel number.  The starting individual is given a number of 1.  From then on, an individual's father is assigned a number that is two times the number of the individual.  The mother is assigned a number that is twice the individual's, plus 1.  If you are number one, your father is 2, your mother is 3, your father's father and mother are 4 and 5 and your mother's father and mother are 6 and 7 and so on.  If a person is missing, their number is skipped.  The child of any person always has a number that is one half the number of the father.

The numbers only apply to a person's direct ancestor so there are no Ahnentafel numbers for aunts, uncles, cousins, or even your siblings if they are listed in the report.

Options
  • Missing Information Space-Inserts an underlined space so that missing information can later be filled in for given names, surnames, dates and places.  
  • Number of Generations-Number of generation to include in the report.  A 3-generation report would include an individual, his parents and his grandparents.
  • Table of Contents-Legacy will generate a Table of Contents listing the starting page for each generation included in the report.  You can specify whether or not you want to have leaders on the page numbers. If you want to begin the Table of Contents on an odd numbered page, choose the Start on an odd page number option.

    Spouses of Children-Includes narrative information on the spouses of each child

    Quick Options (Ancestor Book Reports only)
    There are two buttons that will automatically select certain options to produce a given report style for an Ancestor-type report.  Clicking a button sets the options.  You can either then click the Preview or Print button to product the report, or you can manually change some options on the screen or others on the Report Options screen (by clicking the Report Options button) and then click the Preview or Print button

    Generate an Ahnentafel List (Ancestor Book Reports only)
    This option produces a list-type report that only includes the Ahnentafel number, name, and birth and death years for each individual.  It is a very condense report that ignores almost all of the options on the Report Options screen.  About the only options that are user-changable are: 
    RIN Numbers
    Other Numbers (Ancestral File Number, Billion Graves ID, FamilySearch ID, Find A Grave ID, Individual User ID).
    Slashes around /Surnames/
    Uppercase SURNAMES
    No notes or stories are included.  No source citations are included. No pictures are included. 
    You can insert underlines for missing given and surnames.
    You can generate a Title Page, Table of Contents, and a Name Index.

    Page Layout
  • New Generation On Each Page-Starts each generation on a new page.  If you want each generation to begin on an odd numbered page, choose the Start on an odd page number option.
  • Print Names in Bold - Prints each name appearing in the report in a bold font.
  • Paragraph Indents-The distance to indent each type of paragraph included in the report.
  • Custom Report Spacing - Lets you adjust the amount of blank line space to be included above the various report sections.  See Report Line Spacing for more information.

    Heading Layout
  • Title for Page 1-The title that is printed only at the top of the first page of the report, after the title page.  You can also embed replaceable fields within the title text.  For example, "Report for [name]".  The [name] field will be replaced with the person's name when the report is generated.  See Report Title Options for a complete list of fields available.  You can use the Replaceable fields insert tool near the bottom of the tab to select from a list of allowable [fields] to be inserted into the current cursor position.
  • Headings-The title that is printed at the top of all the pages after the first page.  You can also embed replaceable fields within the title text.  For example, "Report for [name]".  The [name] field will be replaced with the person's name when the report is generated.  See Report Title Options for a complete list of fields available. ou can use the Replaceable fields insert tool near the bottom of the tab to select from a list of allowable [fields] to be inserted into the current cursor position.

    By default, when you open this window, the two title fields will default to "Ancestors of [Fullname]".  You can customize either title by adding [replaceable field names].  (See Report Title Options for a complete list of fields available.)  The fields will be saved and restored each time you open the Ancestor Book Report window.  
  • Subtitles-Specifies the type of generation subtitles printed.  These can include the generation number (Generation One, Generation Two) or the Relationship of the generation (Parents, Grandparents) or both (Generation Two, Parents).  You can also specify the position of the subtitles as being left- or center-justified.

    Wording 1 Tab
    You can specify phrases when creating the narrative paragraphs of the report.  These include:
    Individual Events.  For example, Noted events in [his/her] life [were/are]:
  • Marriage Events.  For example, Noted events in their [marriage/relationship] [were/are]:
  • Children (if couple was married).  For example, Children from this [marriage/relationship] [were/are]:
    If there was only one child.  For example, The child from this [marriage/relationship] [was/is]:
  • Children (if couple was not married)   For example, Their children [were/are]:
    If there was only one child.  For example, Their child [was/is]:
  • Children (if a single father or mother)  For example, Her children [were/are]:
    If there was only one child.  For example, Her child [was/is]:

    The Individual and Marriage Event and the Children wording may include embedded fields that are replaced during the generation of the report.  For example, Noted events in their [marriage/relationship] [were/are]:.  The [marriage/relationship] field get replaced with either "marriage" or "relationship" depending on the setting of the No evidence that this couple ever married option on the Marriage Information screen.  The [were/are] field is replaced with either "were" or "are" depending on if the Use Present Tense for event and children section titles option is selected or not on the Report Options screen.

    (See Report Title Options for more information and a complete list of the fields available.)

    The default phrases can be reset to either the Legacy defaults or to the saved User settings by clicking the Reset button and then choosing either Reset to User-Defaults or Reset to Legacy-Defaults.

    Wording 2 Tab
    You can specify phrases for the various note paragraphs of the report.  These include General Notes, Research Notes, Medical Notes, Marriage Notes, Birth Notes, Christening Notes, Death Notes, and Burial Notes. 

    You can include embedded fields that are replaced during the generation of the report.  For example, General Notes for [firstname]:.  (See Report Title Options for more information and a complete list of the fields available.)

    The default phrases can be reset to either the Legacy defaults or to the saved User settings by clicking the Reset button and then choosing either Reset to User-Defaults or Reset to Legacy-Defaults.

    Report Options
    For a complete list and explanation of all the report options available for this report, including items to include on the report, formatting options, pictures, sources, page setup, headers, footers and font selection, click here.

    Index Generation
    By selecting the checkbox in the upper-left corner of the Index Options button, you can have Legacy generate an alphabetical index for the report and an optional Location index.  This is particularly useful when you are printing a large number of consecutively numbered reports.  The index includes each person who is shown on each page and what position they occupy on that page.  The index can be lined or unlined and printed in one, two or three columns.  Click the Index Options button to make changes in the index format.  (See Index Options for more information.)

    Title Page
    By selecting the checkbox in the upper-left corner of the Title Page button, you can have Legacy generate a title page for the report.  Click the Title Page button to set the title page options.  These include:
  • Title-The title on the Title Page.
  • Subtitle-The subtitle that prints at the bottom of the Title Page.
  • Picture-You can specify to print a specific picture on the Title Page.
     - Caption-The caption you want to print under the picture.
     - Size-The picture can be printed small, medium or large.
     - Shadow-You can have a drop-shadow behind the picture.

    Where to Send the Report
    Ahnentafel reports can be output to various formats.  Make your choice by clicking on the appropriate option button in the lower right corner of the Report Menu window.  The choices are:
  • Screen / Printer  Sends the report to either the Print Preview window or directly to your printer depending on whether you click the Preview or Print button.  (See Printing below.)
  • Rich Text File  Sends the report to a disk file containing all the formatting options such as bolding, indents, fonts and font sizes.  It also contains all the index and table of contents marks.  This file can then be loaded into your favorite word processor for further editing and formatting.
  • Text File  Sends the report to a text file on either your hard drive or a floppy disk.  You will be prompted for a drive and folder.  (Note: The Index, Table of Contents, and Title Page options are not available when using the Text File output format.)
  • HTML File  Sends the report to a HTML file that can be used on a web site or sent as an e-mail message. You will be prompted for a drive and folder.  (Note: The Index, Table of Contents, and Title Page options are not available when using the HTML File output format.)
  • PDF File - Generates the report, displays it in the Print Preview window and then creates an Adobe PDF (Portable Document File) file.  This file can be viewed with the free Adobe Acrobat Reader and easily sent to other people by e-mail.  (This feature is part of the Deluxe Edition only.)

    For more information on the output options, see Report Output Formats.

    Report Settings
  • Save - Saves the current set of report options for either future use (saved under a file name you provide) or as user-default settings.
  • Load - Load a set of saved options (you choose from any settings you have previously saved) or load User-Defaults.
  • Reset - Change all the report options back to either the Legacy defaults or to your user-defaults (if you have saved user-default settings).

    Printing
    When you have set all the options, click either the Preview button to see an on-screen view of the report before it is actually printed, or click Print to have the report sent directly to the printer.

    See Also:
    Family Group Records
    Descendant Reports
    Pedigree Charts
    Individual Reports
    Timelines
    Ancestor Reports
    Lineage Reports
    Modified Register (Descendant) Book Generation
    Descendant Narrative Book Generation 
    Name Tags 
    Address Labels 
    To-Do Report 

    Note:  The report settings for the Ancestry Book report are saved in a file called Ances.usr in the [My Documents]\Legacy Family Tree\_AppData\Usr\ folder.


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