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Website: This website is www.tcgr.bufton.org.

Email: Should you encounter
any program errors, the email address for support may be found as a link via the "About" button within the program.  (The email address is not published here for security reasons.)

Frequently Asked Questions

...about GEDCOM files:
What is a GEDCOM file?
How standard is the GEDCOM "standard"?
How do I obtain a GEDCOM file?

Is there a limit to the size of GEDCOM file that The Complete Genealogy Reporter is able to process?

...about The Complete Genealogy Reporter:
Why was The Complete Genealogy Reporter created?
Does The Complete Genealogy Reporter create GEDCOM files?

Does The Complete Genealogy Reporter alter my GEDCOM file?

How large a file has been tested?
How are non-Gregorian dates processed?
Dates in my GEDCOM file are not being interpreted correctly.  What can be done about this?
How are cousin relationships calculated by The Complete Genealogy Reporter?

When will the User Interface be available in languages other than English?

...about the reports:
How big is a report likely to be?

Is it possible to produce a printed hardback book from a report?
Does the PDF output file include embedded fonts?
What is a Web Folder Report?
Can I produce DOC files (Microsoft Word)?
Is The Complete Genealogy Reporter able to produce reports in languages other than English?  

...about Genealogy Program compatibility:
I use GenoPro.  Why is The Complete Genealogy Reporter not incorporating marriage information?
I use Family Tree Maker, or FZip.  Why is The Complete Genealogy Reporter not incorporating my picture media?
My genealogy program exports OBJE tags.  Why are pictures not appearing in the narrative section?
What about Family Tree Builder's Marked Faces and Family Historian's Linked Frames.  Are these supported?
I use Family Tree Maker.  Why is The Complete Genealogy Reporter mixing places and occupations in the indexes?

What is a GEDCOM file?  A data file that conforms to the GEnealogical Data COMmunication standard proposed by the Family History Department of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. 

How standard is the GEDCOM "standard"?  Alas, although the standard permits the use of custom data fields for a genealogy program's own use, many programs abuse the standard by using the standard data fields in non-standard ways.  Such programs appear to assume that the same program will be used to import the GEDCOM file as exported it.  Nevertheless, The Complete Genealogy Reporter understands many of these situations and knows how to handle them, often via the application of a specific option setting.

How do I obtain a GEDCOM file?  From whatever program you use to maintain your data.  Virtually all programs that create and maintain family tree data either use the GEDCOM format or provide the ability to export the data from the program to a GEDCOM (.ged) file.   The export facility is commonly found under the File or Tools menu.  If you use one of the web-based methods for maintaining your family tree (such as Genes Reunited or phpGedView), these too provide the ability to download the data as a GEDCOM file on your computer.

Is there a limit to the size of GEDCOM file that The Complete Genealogy Reporter is able to process?   An unlimited number of individuals and families, limited only to reporting only the first fifteen children in tree diagrams.  However, very large files will (i) take a longer time to process, and (ii) require a considerable volume of paper if all individuals are to included in the analysis.

Why was The Complete Genealogy Reporter created?  Necessity being the mother of invention, there appeared to be no program available that could produce personalized and comprehensive narrative reference books for use by people with minimal computer or genealogical experience.   A family tree diagram measuring ten feet by six feet is very impressive, but is hard to use as a quick reference guide - unless it is applied as a mural.  Most of the existing narrative reporters were also found to not incorporate all direct relatives (e.g., cousins), did not extend to including indirect branches through marriage or adoption, and did not include unconnected individuals.

Does The Complete Genealogy Reporter create GEDCOM files?  No, the program reads your GEDCOM file and produces a comprehensive cross-referenced narrative report.

Does The Complete Genealogy Reporter alter my GEDCOM file?  No.  The program merely reads the data from the file.  All data manipulations (such as standardizing names and reformatting dates) are performed within the program for the purposes of the report.  No changes whatsoever are made to your GEDCOM file.

How large a file has been tested?  A GEDCOM file containing 181,137 individuals and 70,293 families has been processed and reported without failure.  These data included 26,484 citations of 899 sources, 55,401 notes, 289,405 date references, and 163,968 place references.  Analysis for a selected test subject in this case resulted in 47,278 direct relations, 4,253 indirect branches encompassing 122,990 individuals, and 10,869 disconnected individuals in 4,688 groups.  The connected individuals spanned 149 generations.  A fully hyperlinked PDF report contained over 61,000 pages (2 gigabytes), and took a few hours to complete due to the determination and inclusion of many millions of cross-references.

How are non-Gregorian dates processed?  The Complete Genealogy Reporter contains date conversion routines which convert Hebrew, French Republican and Julian dates to Gregorian equivalents.  Both the non-Gregorian and Gregorian date forms are reported.

Dates in my GEDCOM file are not being interpreted correctly.  What can be done about this?   The Complete Genealogy Reporter contains rigorous date processing logic which will correctly interpret almost all reasonably expressed Gregorian date data.  The Complete Genealogy Reporter also contains date conversion routines for Hebrew, French Republic, and Julian dates.  Nevertheless, you may select that dates be reported exactly as they are found in the GEDCOM file.  If you email the support address with an example of a date which the date processing logic was unable to interpret appropriately, we will investigate expanding the date processing logic to handle that date format appropriately in the next release.

How are cousin relationships calculated by The Complete Genealogy Reporter?  There is a choice between two methods for English reports:
The "asymmetrical" method is arguably more correct and is consistent with the methods used by other languages; but it is rarely used nowadays.  With this method, the distance between the two individuals of different generations is different for each to the other and is one less that the number of generations traversed back to the common ancestor from the person viewing the relationship.  Removal is the number of generations separating the two individuals.  Thus if the common ancestor were to be my great-grandfather (three generations back) and your great-great-grandfather (four generations back), you would be my second (one less than three) cousin, once (one generation apart) removed, and I would be your third (one less than four) cousin, once removed.  In other words, the cousin distance is calculated "horizontally" based upon an individual of the same generation as the person viewing the relationship to the other, then the "vertical" removal factor is applied.
The simpler "symmetrical" method is the one that is now more commonly documented.  With this method, the distance between the two individuals is one less that the smaller number of generations traversed back to the common ancestor, and removal is the number of generations separating the two individuals, as with the asymmetrical method.  Thus if the common ancestor were to be your great-great-grandfather (four generations back) and my great-grandfather (three generations back), we would be second (one less than the lesser of four and three) cousins, once (one generation apart) removed.
Note that the symmetrical method applies only to the English definitions.  Other languages use the asymmetrical methodology in that the cousin distance is always calculated horizontally at the generation level of the person viewing the relationship to the other.

When will the User Interface be available in languages other than English?  This is an issue that is under continuous review.  The difficulty is not that of the interface itself, but of the considerable volume of help documentation which describes its use.  Because The Complete Genealogy Reporter is continuous improvement software, frequent improvements are made to the program and a need to delay each update until the help documentation changes were translated would not be acceptable.

How big is a report likely to be?  Typically, a report will generate about twelve pages per one hundred individuals without tree diagrams or indices of places and dates.  If tree diagrams are included, the size would be closer to twenty-five pages per one hundred individuals.  Media, notes, sources and additional indices will increase this size.  Therefore a report encompassing 500 individuals would average about 60 pages without tree diagrams, or approximately 125 pages with tree diagrams.  (If you wish to obtain a rough estimate of the size of the report before it is produced, there is a "Size?" button which will provide this.)

ls it possible to produce a printed hardback book from a report?  The creator of The Complete Genealogy Reporter has used the service provided by www.lulu.com to obtain a 650-page hardback reference book of his own report.  The result is impressive and professional, and the cost for a non-color report is very reasonable - about the same that one might pay for a textbook of a similar size at a book store.  (Nigel Bufton Software has no connection with www.lulu.com.)

Does the PDF output file include embedded fonts?  Not by default, because PDF files with embedded fonts are about 1-2 megabytes larger.  The Complete Genealogy Reporter uses Adobe Acrobat's standard fonts and these are not normally required to be transferred to the recipient's computer.  However, if you need to create a PDF file with embedded fonts (for example, to transmit to www.lulu.com), you may select the option to do so via the "PDF" Options.

What is a Web Folder Report?  A Web Folder report is a collection of HTML formatted web pages that exactly corresponds to a PDF or printed report.  The web pages are extensively hyperlinked and provide powerful and rapid navigation of the report.  All web pages and images are placed in a single folder that may be easily transferred to your online web space if you wish.

Can I produce DOC files (Microsoft Word)?  Yes, this was introduced in version 2010.  However, it is extremely slow due to the overhead of Microsoft's Word Automation interface.  Alternatively, there are many 3rd-Party products that will convert PDF files to DOC files.  BlueSquad's PDF-to-Word, a relatively inexpensive example of such a product, has been tested quite successfully with PDF files created by The Complete Genealogy Reporter.  (Nigel Bufton Software has no connection with BlueSquad.)

Is The Complete Genealogy Reporter able to produce reports in languages other than English?  Catalan, Danish, Dutch, French, German, Italian, Norwegian, Portuguese (Brazilian and European), Spanish, and Swedish are also supported.  Support for other languages will be added to future releases according to demand and the availability of volunteers to assist with the correct translations.

I use GenoPro.  Why is The Complete Genealogy Reporter not incorporating marriage information?  See "Compatibility" section (GenoPro).

I use Family Tree Maker, or FZip.  Why is The Complete Genealogy Reporter not incorporating my picture media?   See "Compatibility" section.

My genealogy program exports OBJE tags.  Why are pictures not appearing in the narrative section?  See "Compatibility" section.  However, if you do not use one of the programs which export primary image tags, and if your image data is organized in an appropriate manner, you may instruct The Complete Genealogy Reporter to treat the first image for each individual as the primary media item for that individual.

What about Family Tree Builder's Marked Faces and Family Historian's Linked Frames.  Are these supported?  Yes, The Complete Genealogy Reporter calls these images "cutouts".  Not only are the individual cutouts included within the report, but you may specify that the original images from which they are extracted or cropped are to be included also.  Moreover, The Complete Genealogy Reporter will distinguish what appears to be an extraction from what appears to be a crop and permit you to not include those originals that appear to have been merely cropped to define the cutout.

I use Family Tree Maker.  Why is The Complete Genealogy Reporter mixing places and occupations in the indexes?    See "Compatibility" section (Family Tree Maker).

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