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Custom Events


Custom Event Types are Gedcom tags for events – here you can create and edit custom tags.

When the plugin is installed, the EventTypes table is empty. Event Types can be entered manually, or added by processing a Gedcom file at Import.


WP Genealogy Custom Event Types Button

Fig. 1 – Manage how custom events display on our site.


Entering Event Types

WPGenealogy - Add custom events

Fig.3 – Add custom events


You can use the Add New tab to create additional Custom event types. Each event type has the following attributes:

  • Associated With – Which type of object – Individual, Family, Source, or Repository
  • Enter Tag Name – The short, capitalized code used in Gedcom files. A number of tags are already defined in a drop-down list, or you may enter any tag value.
  • Type/Description – The Tag type associated with the EVEN (Event) Tag. This should be a single word.
  • Display – The value to be used on Person and Family Profiles, and some other reports, to identify events of this type. This should generally be a single word.
  • Display Order – A digit that groups events on the Person and Family profiles. All events with Display Order=0 are displayed before events with Display Order=1, etc.
  • Event Data – Accept/Ignore – When this Event is seen in a Gedcom, should it be loaded into the database, or ignored.
  • Collapse Event – Yes/No – When yes is selected, on the Person or Family Profile, when there are multiple instances of an event type (such as Residence or Census), the events will not be displayed initially. Instead, just one line with the event display string will be shown, with an arrow that the user can click on to display all instances of that event type.
  • LDS Event – Check this option if the event is specific to LDS events,


Gedcom Import

Also see Import/Export

When you start a Gedcom import, you may check either (or neither) of two checkboxed:

  • “Import Custom Event Types Only” – The Gedcom file is read only to load the EventTypes table with event tags not already in the table. Then you can go to the Administration >> Custom Event Types screen to select new eventtypes as necessary to change their attributes, and then run the Gedcom Import again.
  • “Accept Data for all new Custom Event Types” – All new event types in the Gedcom file will be added to the EventTypes table as the Gedcom is process, AND data associated with those event types will be saved in the database.


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