Biographical basics and family

Profile description and usage

Description & Use case

This profile provides classes and properties that describe essential aspects of a person's life (see here how to add a Person), like gender, birth, death, origine, current residence, general localisation and marriage.
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Hint: This profile is often used in combination with the profiles

Main classes of this profile

Main classes & properties
Use cases
--> indicate the gender of a person
--> indicate birth information of a person
--> indicate death information of a person
--> indicate the origin of a person
--> indicate a precise whereabouts of a person at a given moment
--> indicate the residence/domicile of a person
--> indicate partnerships (marriages) and link children to it (sons and daughters)
--> use this class to indicate asserted existence of a person at a given moment in time.

Most common use cases

Add Gender to a person

Adding "types of gender"

To add types of gender (male, female...), it is best to add the entities "male" and "female" already existing in the toolbox and used by other projects. For this, click on "add gender" and "add & open" an existing gender entity on the right side:
select gender
add & open an existing gender entity
Remember that you can change the appellation of a gender (men, H, M; women, F, W), as long as the meaning of the entity does not change.

Add Birth

The birth of a person concerns both a date (time-span) and a place (Geographical Place or Construction). You can also inform about the parenthood via the union of the parents using the field "stemmed from".
Be careful, twins, triplets etc. are brought into life by the same Birth event.

Add Death

The death of a person concerns both a date (time-span), the place where the death took place (Geographical Place) or the building where a person died (Construction).

Inform about origin of a person

If you want to add the information on the origin of a person, you can follow these steps:
1) Open person card
2) Choose place
  • Open a person card
  • S--elect "has its origins in"
Select existing information (from other project)
or add new place
  • choosing an existing place (on the right)
  • or adding a new one to Geovistory (left)

Social location of an actor: current domicile/residency

Use the class 'social location of an actor' to enter information on the residency/domicile of a person (including its address):
1) open entity card
2) enter info
Open entity card of a person
Click on add 'has social quality'
If several options exist, select "social location of an actor"
Enter the info required:
  • time span of domicile if known
  • location
    • select 'specific location' to link it to a building (address)
    • select generic location' to link it to a geographical place (city, village etc.)
Hint: In case you want to make clear the exact address, then link the social location to a building (construction) and name your building accordingly:

Localisation: inform about the whereabouts of a person

Use the class localisation to inform about the asserted whereabouts of a person at a given time in history.
Otto Franz was in Berlin in 1896.
Step 1: open entity card of a person
Step 2: add information


The class union is used to inform about marriages or other forms of unions of two persons (concubinage etc., open relation or even a one-night stand).
Hint: Family structures are defined via union of the parents. The Birth of persons is linked to the union of their parents.
Union associates two (always two) Persons participating in a union with the field had partner. However, you can also add the information of only one partner if the other is unknown.
For each union, you can indicate a date (time-span) and a place (Geographical Place or Construction). You can also link in the birth of children that originated from this union with the field "brought into life". Note that the same union should be used to refer to all births of children of the same partners.
Important: to create unions, it is best to open the entity module on the left and chose "add union". This allows to add two partners to the union.
Step 1: select "add union"
Step 2: add partners, time span & births of children.
You can further define the types of union you deal with (marriage etc.) using the controlled vocabulary functions.

Asserted existence: Physical Thing Life

In the case where the existence of a person is asserted, but the date of birth and death are not known, you can use the class 'physical thing life'. This allows you to indicate an asserted mention of a person in documentary archives or other sources.
You can use the definition field to clearly identify what type of mention it is. Furthermore, if wished, you can link the created entity with the source object in question.