Well, it’s been a long time coming, but we’ve finally got some screenshots to show.  Before we show them to you, though, a few things to know:

  • These are actual, live screenshots, not simply mockups.  The data is live and clickable.
  • These are not complete!  This is round one.  I’d call these about 80-85% done at this point.  They’re not pixel-perfect, some of our test data is still in there, etc.  But barring any major problems or amazing suggestions in the feedback, the final screens will look pretty much like they are shown here.
  • That said, we absolutely want your feedback on anything and everything.  We can’t promise to fit all suggestions or complaints into the final screens, but we’ll take everything under advisement.  That’s why we’ve adopted such an open design and development process.


We have five screenshots to share in this first round.  Each will be presented in a separate blog post (links below) in order to keep things focused.

  1. User Profile Screen and User Notes:  This one is first because it shows and explains most of the “common” elements on the screen.  It also shows the support for rich-text notes about a person.
  2. User Tree: [this post] Shows the “Tree” tab of the user profile with a pedigree chart.  There’s a lot going on here, so lots of notes to explain everything.
  3. Timeline:  Shows our current implementation of the Timeline view of events within a user’s lifetime.
  4. Tags: Shows and explains the concept of tags and how they can be used to associate people, places and events together in an ad-hoc manner
  5. To-Do List: Shows the implementation of a task list for work to be done related to an individual person.



There’s a lot going on in the screen:

A: The current person’s profile picture (user-selected) and Vitals Gauge©.  See the User Profile Screen for details on our Vitals Gauge.

B: Person information – name and dates of birth/death

C: User-defined color coding: You can specify up to 4 elements to color code your tree.  These include tags, surname,and just about any other fact available on a person in Origins.

D: “Hidden” people.  You can apply filters to hide people in your tree.  They’re still in your data, and as you can see, still visible in the tree, just faded out.  This can be used, for example, if you apply a filter to look at all people who have a certain trait in common (like everyone who has lived in Pennsylvania) and you don’t want to be distracted by people who do not have that trait while you’re looking for patterns across those who do.  People can be shown again simply by removing the filter.  An indicator in the Tree Controls (E) indicates when a filter is applied.

E: Tree Controls: Zoom, Filter, Go To Home Person and Tree Type.

F: Icons: Origins can automatically show icons for certain facts:

  • Country of Birth (if not USA, shown as the flag)
  • Pioneer (the wagon, shown if a person left their family and either immigrated to the US or moved to a significantly new area within the US – for example, part of the westward migration)
  • DNA: shown as the double helix for people who are MRCAs for DNA-matches
  • Military: shown as the saluting soldier for people who served in any of the armed forces throughout history.

G: Menu: shows a pop-up menu of options for the person – edit, go to profile, etc.

H: Colored lines – user defined colors to show connections between people based upon just about any criteria desired.


That’s the tree view.  What do you think?  We’d love to hear your thoughts or any ideas you have in the comments.


Dave & Lil