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Data Entry Gramplet - default entry dialog

The Data Entry Gramplet allows an easy method of editing previously added people, and adding new and related people in your family tree.


The Surname, Given: entry is a combined entry for just the surname and given names, separated by a comma. If you need more fine grained editing on the name (for example, you need to add a suffix or prefix), you can use the Edit icon once a person has been selected as the active person.

The Death: and Birth: lines for both the Active person and New person are also a combined entry, allowing you to enter a date and place. The date (if one) is entered first in any format available to your Gramps installation, followed by the word in (in your language) and the location (if one). For example, the following are all valid entries for the birth or death entries:

  • Jan 1, 1867 in Kingsport, TN
  • about 1822 in Sweden
  • in London, England, UK
  • 1756/12/31

If a location has been previously used, then it will share that location with the others. If it is new, it will be created.

A new person can be automatically added as a relation to the active person. You can Add the new person as a parent, spouse, sibling, or child. The Gramplet will guess at the best place to add the person. For example, it will add the new person to the first family available. The Gramplet will also try to discern gender where needed, guessing that the "father" spouse of a family is male, and the "mother" spouse is female. If these guesses are incorrect, you should add your new person via the normal Gramps data entry method.

Click on the Edit button to the right of the Active person's name to use the standard Edit Person window.

Click on the Edit button to the right of the Family: label to use the standard Edit Family window. This will bring up the first/primary family (if the active person is a parent in a family) or will bring up the active person's parent's family, if it is known.

If you begin an edit of the active person, then the active person data won't change until you either Save or Abandon your changes.

The Copy Active Data will copy the entries of the active person to the entries for the new person.

Note that you cannot delete date or place information using this Gramplet

You can only add or change them. For example, you cannot remove a place by just deleting the text. You will need to edit the person's record using the regular edit dialog (by clicking the edit button next to the person's name).

To undo a change, use the menu Edit ->Undo History... option.


  • 5420 : Improvements to Data Entry Gramplet