Events - part 2: Roles and Stories

4 June 2021 by Fouke Boss

Centurial v1.21 introduces two much-requested features: Roles and Stories. In this blog, we take a closer look at both of them. read more

Manual Correlation

14 May 2021 by Fouke Boss

Correlation is an important step in the Centurial research process, usually done by the Centurial algorithm. In this blog, we take a look at manual correlation, which allows you to improve the results of automated correlation if needed. read more

Events - part 1: an introduction

9 April 2021 by Fouke Boss

In Centurial v1.20, Events have been promoted to be full-flown entities, just like Persons and Relationships. In this blog, we introduce the concept of events, and we take a look at how to incorporate them into your research. read more

Centurial - 2021 Roadmap

22 January 2021 by Fouke Boss

2021 is going to be a busy and exciting year for Centurial. In this blog post, we take a look at the many new features we are planning to implement in Centurial in 2021 and 2022, and the dependencies between them. read more


The Source View - part 3: keyboard focus and hotkeys

16 October 2020 by Fouke Boss

In Centurial, the main view for entering information and claims is the Source View. This blog describes the various ways that Centurial allows you to control the keyboard focus in the Source View using hotkeys, making data entry easier and faster. read more

The Source View - part 2: working with clips

4 September 2020 by Fouke Boss

Centurial v1.17 introduces the new concept of clips. This blog describes how to create and manage clips, and demonstrates how they further improve your research. read more

Adding a Source by Example

23 July 2020 by Fouke Boss

Earlier this month, user [SH] asked me several questions on how to improve the source references in Centurial. After composing a detailed reply, I realised other users might benefit from these practical guidelines too. In this blog, we take a look at improving several everyday source citations. read more

The Source View - part 1: extracting information and claims

26 June 2020 by Fouke Boss

In Centurial, each and every piece of information is entered in the Source View. This way, Centurial is able to trace any piece of evidence back to the corresponding source. Now in the next couple of Centurial releases, the Source View will receive many new features and upgrades. This blog series will introduce each of them. In this first part, we'll take a look at the core features of the Source View. read more

The Network Diagram

17 April 2020 by Fouke Boss

The Network Diagram is the central view in the Centurial cycle. Every action in Centurial, be it the addition of a new source or the analysis of evidence, eventually leads back to this versatile diagram. read more

Correlation Revisited

14 February 2020 by Fouke Boss

Correlation, the matching of information in sources to subjects in your research, is probably the one single concept that sets Centurial apart from all other genealogy software out there. In this blog we take another look at this concept, and we introduce the new Correlation Panel. read more

Adding files to your sources

10 January 2020 by Fouke Boss

Centurial allows you to add images and documents directly to a source. This way, you are always one click away from both the source and the corresponding scans, photos or articles. read more


The Centurial project file format and backup strategies

6 December 2019 by Fouke Boss

While designing Centurial, considerable thought went into the way your family data is stored. In this blog we take a look at these design goals, and what they mean for your backup strategy for Centurial projects. read more

Using the Information Panel

8 November 2019 by Fouke Boss

All genealogical software allows you to enter information about persons and their relationships. Centurial is different in that information is entered in the context of a source. For every source the user draws a small graph describing the persons in the source and their relationships. In this blog we take a step-by-step look at how to draw these information graphs. read more

How to Add a Source - part 3: Citations

26 September 2019 by Fouke Boss

In this final blog on how to add a source to a Centurial project, we take a closer look at how Centurial cites our sources. read more

How to Add a Source - part 2: Repositories

26 May 2019 by Fouke Boss

In this second part of our blog series on adding a source, we take a look at repositories, which is the Centurial way of capturing information that allows you to retrace your sources. read more

How to Add a Source - part 1: Provenance

3 April 2019 by Fouke Boss

Every time you add a new source to your research project, Centurial requires you to enter details about the source itself. Why is that, and how does it work? read more

Evidence-based Genealogy - part 2: types of evidence

10 March 2019 by Fouke Boss

Evidence can be categorized into several types: direct, indirect and negative. These types, and the way Centurial supports them, are the subject of this blog. read more

Evidence-based Genealogy - part 1: what is evidence?

15 February 2019 by Fouke Boss

Centurial claims to be true evidence-based genealogy software. In this blog we define evidence, and we demonstrate how Centurial helps you to extract evidence from sources. read more

How to enter a Date

23 January 2019 by Fouke Boss

Centurial supports an already extensive and growing collection of calendars. In this blog we discuss the various ways in which you can enter a date in Centurial. read more

Centurial and the GEDCOM

5 January 2019 by Fouke Boss

A major new feature in versions 1.7 and 1.8 of Centurial is the support for GEDCOM. But the specification for GEDCOM is over 20 years old and is not very evidence-based. This blog documents the design principles for the implementation of GEDCOM support in Centurial. read more