VyTräd manages files and directories with a few naming rules that are described here.
VyTräd will automatically name directories as they are added using the menu options described above. Directories are structured to contain family information. The first set of parents in a family tree is named “1 F-M”.Preceding generations are named with the generation number and “FF-FM” for parents of the father and “MF-MM” for parents of the mother. (If the Compact Directory Name option is chosen, the names will be “F” and “M”, respectively.) Directories can also be added for children. A “Children” directory is created which contains additional directories for each added child in the family. These directories are named like “_1 D” and “_2 S”. In this case the first child is a daughter and the second child is a son. If you add a wife or husband directory, they are named “Wife” or “Husband”. These can be added to children’s directories. They can also be added to the main family directories to contain information about an additional spouse. Directories for the wife’s or husband’s parents can also be added to start their family tree.
Your directories are always available for editing in Windows Explorer. However, directory names that are recognized by VyTräd should not be changed outside the program. So directories that have “F-M”, “FF-FM” or “MF-MM” (or “F” or “M”) in their names should not be changed. For children’s information, directories named “Children” or that start with “_” and include a number and “S” or “D” should not be changed. For spouse’s information, directories named “Husband” or “Wife” should not be changed. These directories should also not be moved or deleted.
Note that there is no limit to the number of generations you can have in your family tree. If the length of the path plus file name gets close to the limit, VyTräd manages directory names behind the scenes to allow all directories to be made. All directories are displayed in the Directory List in the correct relationship to other directories without regard to the length of the path name.
Document and image files can be stored from various sources. A recommended file naming convention is as follows and is based on files obtained from ArkivDigital. An example file name is:
1858-07-10 Daniel Gronvall and Anna Fredericka Petersdotter – Marriage Record (Kråksmåla-C-4-1849-1861-Image-112-page-213 Zoom).jpg
The information from ArkivDigital (or the source generally) is contained in parentheses and includes the parish source information for reference. “Zoom” is added if the file is a partial image. The information added in the file name includes the date, names and type of record. The date is in YYYY-MM-DD format so that documents are sorted chronologically in the Document List. VyTräd displays the information preceding the open parenthesis in the tab for the document in the Document Viewing Window.
The program will work with any file name, so you do not need to use this file naming convention.