Quick Tips & FAQs

One Line Help

When you hover over any control on any page, it becomes bold, and a one line of help is displayed at the bottom of the page.

Adjacent image shows that the "Hidden" tick box is being hovered over, and the help line at the bottom of the page indicates what it will do when ticked.

Using the "Escape" Key

You can stop an import that is in process by hitting the “Esc” key at any time. Be aware that what you thought might be loaded probably did not.

The escape key should also reset a filtered view to the default view for that tab.

How Do I Know What Version I am Running?

To determine what version of GDAT is being run, the user must look to the bottom right hand corner of the GDAT Window.

Macintosh Example

Windows Example

The use of the & ampersand character

There is a known XOJO programming constraint which can affect certain fields when using the & character.

The most obvious place this occurs, are the MRCA Note fields.

When the MRCA Note input field on Relative Notes (F1) contains a single ampersand character, some of the linked fields will not display this, and will instead display a short underscore character.

There are a couple of choices here. 

If you want to have the & symbol in the MRCA linked fields, the use of && in the input field, will provide a single & in the linked field, but you will have the && in the MRCA Note field and some other fields.

If you don't like the && in the MRCA note field, you have the choice to use a single & and put up with the _ in the MRCA linked fields.

It is recommended however to use the word "and" or use another word or character that displays appropriately in both places

For more information on things - this XOJO thread has some information that may be useful -

Commas instead of Period points affecting imports

Note from Becky: GDAT expects all imports to be in English, it wasn't written to be a commercial product nor did I expect international users but glad some have found ways to use it. 

In some languages other than English, numbers may use a comma instead of a period for decimals.  For example, the English number 94.1 is written 94,1 in French.  In Chrome, the display of this number depends on your browser settings.  This is a problem since GDAT is looking for period points when interpreting the data.

For sites that require you to use a "Cut & Paste" method of gathering data for import:

Solution: Change your Chrome browser settings:

For sites that require you to download a .csv file:

1. Navigate to the place, where you can start the download/request for the csv-files.

2. Before you start the download, change the language-settings of the website. On MyHeritage you can change the language in the upper right corner. Click on the displayed language name, then choose from the popup-window "English" as language.

3. Start the download/request.

4. After receiving the data you can change the language back.

An an alternate solution is to log into the site at using the English version web address instead of the native language site to request data files. 

Font and font size

The display font for GDAT and the display size is determined by XOJO. At this point in time, the default font is Georgia. It is not changeable unless through modification to the source code, which is not something that will be covered in this guide, nor in the facebook group.