New to version 2.5, the app is now able to display the relationship between any two people in a database. There are two ways that the feature can be used:
- choosing a home person and having the relationship between the home person and the current person displayed.
- choosing two people explicitly and having the relationship displayed.
For the first method to work, when a GEDCOM file is imported, the app needs to build the connections between the various people in the database. This is done so that when you look at a person, the relationship between that person and the home person can be displayed quickly.
However, building those connections can be time-consuming. As a result, the process is optional. When you open a database that hasn’t had the ancestors found, you are asked if you want them found. If you say you do, the app will start to find them; during this time, the app behaves in a similar way to when it is importing a GEDCOM file - you can access another database in the app or you can use a different app so long as Relative History remains visible. You can also cancel the search process; if you do this, you can resume it from where it got to at a later point in time.
If you decide not to find the ancestors, you won’t be able to use the ‘home person’ feature but you will be able to use the Relationship Calculator feature. This is accessed from the app bar on the first page for a database or from the app bar on an individual’s page. Tapping on the button takes you to the Relationship calculator page where you can specify the two people you are interested in and the app will then work out the relationship. Please note that if you have not allowed the app to find the ancestors already, this feature can take some time to figure out the connection, particularly if you have a large database of people.