Frequently Asked Questions

Updates are very easy. Just download the latest version from my homepage and install it over the existing version. Because Ahnenblatt is storing the family data on a separate place, you will not lose data during an installation or during an uninstallation. Additionally, all program settings will be saved.

No, Ahnenblatt is a pure Windows program. However, you can use Wine, a translation layer (a program loader), to run windows applications on other operating systems such as: Linux, FreeBSD, Mac OS X and Solaris.

Ahnenblatt was tested successfully with Linux Ubuntu 8.4. The only concern was that creating the graphics of the FamilyTree takes longer than on a Windows system.

Are you new to the Genealogy and would like to know more about your ancestors? Ahnenblatt is a program to administrate and display input of known family member. It does not help identify new ancestors for you. Register offices, churches and other associations can help you obtain ancestry information. The best introduction to Genealogy can be found via my recommended literature or on the Internet. The program help within Ahnenblatt offers a list of Internet links.

The font size in the person frames is calculated by the program. It is dependent on the amount of generations per page (Family Tree) or by the size of your person frames (poster view) and the text, which have to be printed within a frame. Ahnenblatt calculates the longest row to be printed and selects the biggest available font. This font size is used due to optical reasons for all person frames. You can avoid small fonts by reducing the generations per page or by printing in a landscape format. (Printer / Format Output) before you print a page. Within the Poster layout you should enhance the width of the person frames. Also, you can print only the nicknames without all of the first names. (check mark the field „nick names“). Finally, you should choose a font type which is easy to read (like Arial).

A display of all persons is not possible. Ahnenblatt tries to display all possible persons in a very organized manner. Thereby, some persons are omitted. Some enhancements might be implemented in future releases. In my opinion, a display of all available persons is not recommended due to clarity (i.e. crossing lines, all persons of one generation next to each other… ).