How you set up your database is up to you.
GDAT provides the ability to have multiple databases to facilitate different family situations. You may have one database containing profiles for blood relatives (e.g. yourself, children, cousins, uncles, etc.). Another database may contain people who you are doing genetic DNA analysis for (e.g. wives of cousins, friends, etc). It is personal preference.
Each database will contain at least one profile. A Profile is associated with the person that supplied the DNA.
Create a Profile
After creating your new Database, you will need to set up at least one Profile, found through the Edit menu.
Right click (Control-Click on Mac) in the left hand column underneath "Profile List" and select "Add Profile".
Fill in the Profile Name and Short Name, and any profile specific comments if desired.
The "Import Data for Existing Relatives Only" box may be ticked for profiles who are not part of your primary focus of research, and for whom loading all relatives may hinder your research.
Once saved, your profile list and center section should look similar to this.
Subsequent Profiles are created in the same way. If subsequent profiles have more than one Profile Key, and a subsequent profile key is found within the existing database as a match to an existing profile, then a pop up occurs and a question is asked:
That match key is assigned to (name). Do you want to merge it with the Profile Relative? If yes, then the match key will be reassigned and the duplicate Relative with all of its associated data deleted.
If you choose to reassign a key to the profile relative, it deletes everything associated with the old relative match. It is recommended to not merge at this point, but to merge the records as relatives to retain data and notes already loaded and created. If you do merge at this point, any previously loaded Chromosome and ICW data will be reloaded on the next relevant data import. A "no" answer will not add the key to the profile.
Once match keys are entered for a profile, a right click (Control-Click on Mac) on any entered match key, will allow the user to remove an incorrect match key, or copy that match key to the computer clipboard.
Interacting with Profiles
Once you have profile entries completed for all the profile people, you may want to reorder how they are being presented.
Right click (Control-Click on Mac) on one of the profile names and select the movement desired. Repeat until you have the order you want. This is your new default manually set order.
You can also reorder the list alphabetically by clicking on the "Select Profile" header at the top of the list. This reordering will persist only for this session and will reset to the manually set order on next open of GDAT.
The easiest way to change profiles, is to use the Profile Selector drop down menu in the upper left corner of the program window. This can be done from any view within the program.
There is a known XOJO issue that can affect a Mac's ability to display a working drop down menu from time to time. A reboot of program or computer usually resolves this.
If you can't use the drop down menu, you can change profiles from within the Profile tab itself.
Double click on the desired profile in the listing, and it will become the active profile.
If you are viewing the DNA segments of a match, you can double click on a segment, taking you to that chromosomal location and auto-changing you to that profile.
Tip from a user: Got a lot of profiles?
If you have been fortunate enough to be able to test multiple family members, or manage many kits, you may find that your profile list and the drop down can become visually hard to read.
Create a "dummy" profile, using hyphens / dashes as the Profile Name, along with a hyphen based short name, and create a simple match key for a source you know you will never use. An example is shown adjacent.
You will need to create a separate dummy profile for each separator you need.