A Directory List menu allows you to add to the family directory structure in several ways as described below, as well as do some other actions with your Family Tree.
Directory List menu
Directory List tools are available from a menu in the Directory List. This menu can be displayed by right-clicking on a Family directory. Or you can display the menu in the upper right corner of the Directory List by choosing the appropriate Setting.
Add father’s parents
This adds a directory for containing information for the parents of the father of the selected family. This directory is named according to the directory naming convention automatically. The Add Parents dialog (shown below) allows you to type in the names (and birth and death years or other information) of the parents or link to a previously existing family. Choose Add Parents to Tree, then type in the names of the father and mother. Or choose Link to Parents Already in Tree if the parents already exist in your family tree. If this is chosen, you need to copy the path to the parents’ directory before opening this dialog so that it can be pasted into the text box. Click Make Parents’ Directory to make the new directory. The directory structure is updated so that the new directory is immediately available in the Directory List. Click Cancel to close this dialog without changing the family tree.
Add mother’s parents
This is the same as above except it is for the parents of the mother of the selected family.
Add son or daughter
This allows you to add a directory for a child of the selected family. The directory is named according to the directory naming convention (“_1 S” for first child who is a son, “_2 D” for second child who is a daughter … and so on). An input box allows you to type in the name of the child.
Add wife or husband
This allows you to add a wife or husband for the currently selected person. An input box allows you to type in the name of the spouse. Adding a spouse to one of the main family directories is also available to define other marriages of the father or mother.
This allows you to add parents for the currently selected wife or husband. This creates a new directory that can be used to create that person’s family tree. The Add Parents dialog allows you to type in the names of the parents. (The option to link to an existing directory is not available.)
This allows you to add a general purpose directory for storing information for the selected family. An input box allows you to type in the name of the directory. Examples of this include directories for photos of family members or family home-sites or churches, or directories for specific types of documents such as newspaper clippings or census records.
Add notes file
This allows you to add a Notes text file in the selected family’s directory. This can be used for documenting information about the family or research progress or questions, etc. This could be used for documentation of source information as well. This is a text file editable by a wide variety of programs. There is a template file available to define the contents of this file.
This allows you to open the selected family’s directory in File Explorer for file maintenance or coordination with other programs or for placing documents into the directory.
This copies the path name for the currently selected Family Directory into the Windows Clipboard. This information can then be pasted into another program for use there. An example is to paste the path information into the Save Image dialog of ArkivDigital to quickly and easily save the image to the correct family directory. This is also used when linking duplicate families or linking to a parents’ directory in the tree.
This expands all branches of the family tree for ancestors of the currently selected family.
Collapse all but highlighted line
This collapses the family tree as displayed in the Directory List down to the direct line of families from the selected family to the Root Individual.
Show duplicate families
If you have selected one of a group of duplicate families, this will allow you to expand the family tree to display the other locations of the duplicate family.
Link duplicate families
This creates a link from the currently selected family to another family that already exists in the tree to establish that they are duplicate families. See How VyTräd Handles Duplicate Families (Pedigree Collapse) for more information.
Some of the menu items are only shown if the operation is available based on the selected directory.
These tools only add to the directory structure. Other operations, such as moving and deleting directories or moving and deleting files, can be done in File Explorer. See the Directory and File Naming section for some limitations.
VyTräd Settings allow you to make the Directory List menu visible all the time, or only act as a pop-up menu after right-clicking on a Family Directory, or both.