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2020

The Source View - part 1: extracting information and claims

Friday, June 26, 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

Friday, April 17, 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

Friday, February 14, 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

Friday, January 10, 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

2019

The Centurial project file format and backup strategies

Friday, December 6, 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

Friday, November 8, 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

Thursday, September 26, 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

Sunday, May 26, 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

Wednesday, April 3, 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

Sunday, March 10, 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?

Friday, February 15, 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

Wednesday, January 23, 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

Saturday, January 5, 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