Recent Changes in Brother's Keeper version 7.1

These are the new features or recently fixed problems in Brother's Keeper version 7.1.7 dated 29-Oct-2015

(The current version on this web site contains all the fixes and changes described below.)

Download current version of BK 7.1 with all the changes

If you have BK 7 you can pick "Help, About BK" to see your exact version number. The changes between your version and the current version are the ones listed on this page from here down to your version number.

(29-Oct-2015 new items or items fixed by 7.1.7 are below)

(fixed) The previous version 7.1.6 was causing problems on the Edit screen for users that had the option set to NOT move marriage above died and burried.

(25-Oct-2015 new items or items fixed by 7.1.6 are below)

(changed) Ahnentafel Book when using the option to print All data for Children, do NOT show pictures or Event Notes for the child if it is the child who is also the ancestor elsewhere.

(fixed) Fixed a problem if changing the event Census to Census (Family) it was putting it at the top of the events for the spouse.

(changed) When pressing the 'context key' while editing a Note, it will pop up a menu to Copy or Paste.

(fixed) Fixed some problems on the Utility for Global Search and Replace when changing an Event to a Fact or a Fact to an Event.

(07-Sep-2015 new items or items fixed by 7.1.5 are below)

(new) For the Custom Reports such as List, Numeric Report and List, Alphabetical report, there are new fields for the 19 types of alternate names. Fields 401 to 419

(fixed) Fixed a problem on the Edit screen when adding a spouse or adding parents, if the option was set to add 2 marriage (family) events to new people, sometimes the second family event was incorrectly moved to the top above Born.

(fixed) Fixed a problem when adding a new person and it shows a list of matching names, the top name was not highlighted, so if you hit 'Select' it incorrectly added the person as new.

(17-Aug-2015 new items or items fixed by 7.1.4 are below)

(fixed) Fixed a problem on the Edit screen if there were several family events or family facts and the order was changed, sometimes the new order was not saved.

(changed) On the Select Person screen, the area at the bottom showing details about one person is wider now.

(13-Jul-2015 new items or items fixed by 7.1.3 are below)

(fixed) Fixed a problem if a gedcom import had over 20,000 sources.

(fixed) The descendant Box Chart, if it all fit on one page, was not centering the top person correctly.

(new items or items fixed by 7.1.2 are below)

(fixed) Fixed some problems with children on a Group sheet if the children or spouse were marked as 'private'.

(new items or items fixed by 7.1.1 are below)

(New) New report Other: Relationship Box Chart. (See sample reports on the BK web site for an example.)

(fixed) Fixed a problem in the Norwegian or Danish versions if searching for a location and then cancel, the location changed to upper case.

(fixed) Fixed a problem with Other, Individual Sheets, if you Saved Options, and then went to Other, Group Sheets, it did not show any Marriage or Family events.

(22-May-2015 new items or items fixed by 7.0.50 are below)

(fixed) Sometimes the Box Chart report gave error 5 if the starting person only had one generation of descendants.

(fixed) Fixed a problem where Group Sheet HTML files sometimes had a name in the Index even though the name was marked Private.

(05-May-2015 new items or items fixed by 7.0.49 are below)

(fixed) Fixed a problem when searching for names when using the Danish or Norwegian language versions of Brother's Keeper.

(24-Apr-2015 new items or items fixed by 7.0.48 are below)

(new) Option on Ancestor chart to not show adoptive, step, or foster ancestors.

(new) On book reports, has new option for the word "Notes:" instead of just a blank line before notes.

(fixed) Fixed a problem when sorting a name Index for a report that was over 100,000 names.

(fixed) Fixed error on Ahnentafel book (with children option) if one spouse was Private causing subscript out of range.

(23-Mar-2015 new items or items fixed by 7.0.47 are below)

(fixed) Fixed a problem where the shortcut keys: CTRL+SHIFT+Letter were not working on the Select Person screen This problem started in the 7.0.45 update with the new feature of 10 drop down names.

(changed) On the Source Grid that shows the 10 most recently used sources, if you add or view a source with a different page number, it will show on the list of 10 even if the same source was there with a different page number.

(fixed) Fixed a problem in the Split Database or Merge Database routines where if a location had Pictures attached, or the new extra fields attached, they were not being attached to the location in the new database.

(22-Mar-2015 new items or items fixed by 7.0.46 are below)

(fixed) Fixed a problem on the Edit screen when clicking the picture in the upper right corner. This problem started in the previous update with the new feature of scrolling pictures.

(20-Mar-2015 new items or items fixed by 7.0.45 are below)

(new) On the Edit screen, on the Picture tab where it shows a small version of the pictures, if you have more than 5 pictures, there will be a button on the right to show more pictures.

(new) The Utilities for Compare Two Databases and Search for Duplicates in Database are in color now.

(new) When you click the S column to see a list of sources for an event, it will let you add any of the 10 previous sources instead of just the 1 most recent source. (I needed to move those buttons to the bottom instead of the top.)

(new) When printing Alternate Names on a Book report, there is an option to include the dates for each alternate name.

(changed) When you stop the program or change databases, it will save to a file the last 10 name searches and the last 10 sources viewed so they they will be available the next time you run the program.

(fixed) Fixed problem where ALT+F2 was not working on the Select Person screen.

(05-Mar-2015 new items or items fixed by 7.0.44 are below)

(new) New report on the Ancestor menu to find all 'End of line ancestors'.

(new) New report on the List menu to find all twins. (Siblings born on the same day or 1 day apart.)

(new) On the Select Person screen (when searching for a name) there is a drop down arrow for the name field where you can select from the 10 most recent searches.

(fixed) Fixed two problems in the Utility to 'Compare two databases' where sometimes when moving a child from the right side to the left side, it gave an error saying it could not attach the parents correctly. Also fixed an error message sometimes when adding a spouse.

(24-Feb-2015 new items or items fixed by 7.0.43 are below)

(new) There is a new option on the Edit screen to mark a person as 'private'. Pick from the top menu Edit, Mark this pereson as private, then pick one of the four types of privacy. If a person is marked as private, then the information for that person will not be printed on several of the reports. The privacy will work on any report that currently has the option to exclude data for living people. The data for private people will be excluded on those reports even if you are not excluding data for living people.

(new) There is a new option on the descendant Box chart to exclude data for living people.

(fixed) A problem was fixed on the Reasonableness report where it was not finding siblings born less than 6 1/2 months apart.

(new) If you pick Lists, Sources, Show everyone this is attached to: there is a new button to print all the citations for that one source.

(fixed) Fixed a problem on Utilities, Find Duplicates in Database, if moving a spouse from the right to the left.

(new) On the Book reports, it will not say (2) for a marriage if the first relationship was 'Not Married'.

(01-Feb-2015 new items or items fixed by 7.0.42 are below)

(changed) Translators can translate new words (see the new translation program.)

(new) File, Utilities, Edit Custom Event/Fact. Use this to make changes to your existing custom events and facts.

(21-Jan-2015 new items or items fixed by 7.0.41 are below)

(new) When you are making a Backup, there is a new option to only copy files that have changed since the last backup to the same location.

(new) When you are making a Backup, it will remember your settings for Text, Picture, and Media files.

(new) On the report: Lists, List of Surnames, there is a new option to select Ancestors of a person.

(15-Jan-2015 new items or items fixed by 7.0.40 are below)

(new) If you have specified Colors on the Edit screen with Options, then those colors will also show on several other screens in the program.

(new) On the Source edit screen, ctrl+; will insert today's date into the field you are typing in. That is CTRL plus semicolon.

(new) On the Edit screen when you are on the Events grid and you click Options, and the option is checked to save grid size, when you click Save Options, it also saves column width for Pictures, Media, Notes, Names, Children grids.

(new) Group sheet can print Media Description not just Media file name.

(new) Ancestor circle summary chart, has option to have starting person be called generation 0 instead of 1

(new) On the custom lists, there are four new fields: field 22 is spouse born date, 23 is place and 58 is spouse died date, 59 is place.

(new) On the Register Book report the option is saved for male only or female only if that option was set.

(new) On the Family Edit screen (View, Family Edit) if you hover the mouse over the Address button, it shows the address, if it hovers over Notes button, it shows first few lines of first note.

(changed) On Options for the Edit screen, if the screen size is large, it does not show the option about having a button for either Parents or Siblings since that option is only for small screens.

(03-Jan-2015 new items or items fixed by 7.0.39 are below)

(fixed) Sometimes the Descendant Box Chart would print a child name and not 'see children above' when you had the option set to not show duplicates caused by a cousin marriage.

(fixed) When typing in new text on the Notes tab for a person, pressing the TAB key was not moving the cursor.

(fixed) CTRL+X was not working correctly for Event Notes.

(15-Dec-2014 new items or items fixed by 7.0.38 are below)

(fixed) Sometimes the new option for printing names of Media files on the Group sheet was printing those of the parents and not the correct person.

(12-Dec-2014 new items or items fixed by 7.0.37 are below)

(fixed) Fixed a problem where the cursor was not blinking when you tabbed to a location even if the option was set correctly.

(fixed) Fixed a problem where if you had an empty database and went to Edit and picked the choice to convert from 6 to 7 the convert routine was not starting.

(fixed) This version changes the French Canadian month abbreviations back to having the first letter not in uppercase.

(new) This version has a new option on Group sheets to print the names of Media files that are attached to people.

(new) This version will let you show two Occupations on a Custom List. If you put field number 178 two times on your fields to include, it will print the second occupation also.

(12-Nov-2014 new items or items fixed by 7.0.36 are below)

(new) On the select person screen, there is a new Option, and if it is turned on, then you can type just the last name without having to type * for the first name.

(new) With this version, if your data is in a folder DROPBOX or ONEDRIVE or GOOGLE DRIVE then the program will create temporary files in the Windows temp folder and not your data folder. Hopefully this will stop some errors when printing reports when data is in one of those folders. Let me know if that helps or not if you are someone using those folders.

(new) On Lists, Numeric Report or Alphabetical Report there is a field 85 'first media file name' to print the name of the first media file.

(01-Nov-2014 new items or items fixed by 7.0.35 are below)

(new) For a long time, users have been able to add a Custom Event on the Edit screen using the Add menu. Now users can also add a Custom Fact. The difference is that a Fact has a Description and not a Location. These new custom facts can be printed on Group Sheets and Book reports. There are still some more changes to be made to the program before they work everywhere, but you can give feedback to John Steed if you have any problems.

(27-Oct-2014 new items or items fixed by 7.0.34 are below)

(fixed) Fixed a problem in Gedom Import caused by version 7.0.33 for the first 10 marriages imported.

(fixed) Fixed a problem when adding a brand new database, where the first links to a spouse did not show up unless you picked File, Re-Index Database.

(25-Oct-2014 new items or items fixed by 7.0.33 are below)

(fixed) Fixed a problem in Gedom Import where sometimes locations in the gedcom file that had latitude or longitude would cause an error message, or put the latitude and longitude with the wrong location.

(changed) The Gedcom Import used to slow down a lot if there were over 125,000 families in the gedcom file, but now it works faster up to 250,000 families.

(changed) The Utility that changes names to normal case will also work correctly with last names startin with O' such as O'Brien

(13-Oct-2014 new items or items fixed by 7.0.32 are below)

(fixed) Fixed a problem when searching for Sources using the Norwegian or Danish languages.

(fixed) On the Compare Two Databases utility, it was not finding accented letters when searching the right side database if the new option was turned on to ignore accents when searching.

(changed) The Re-Index routine is faster now for large databases (over 400,000 names or events or other records)

(new) There is a new utility to 'Add country name to a group of locations' which is helpful if you are using the Origins report and it does not know what country people were born in.

(fixed) Fixed a problem where if you Rearranged Spouses, it might not show the spouses for that person unless you did a File, Re-Index database.

(22-Sep-2014 new items or items fixed by 7.0.31 are below)

(fixed) Fixed a problem when adding new people on Edit if the option was turned on to ignore accents when searching for names.

(fixed) Fixed a problem when deleting or moving General ToDo list items.

(20-Sep-2014 new items or items fixed by 7.0.30 are below)

(fixed) This version fixes a bug in the 7.0.28 and 7.0.29 versions where when adding new people to a database, it would sometimes make blank lines in the event grid.

(fixed) Fixes a problem where if importing a gedcom file, if the file had a Resided event with a note, it might miss the next event.

(fixed) Fixes a problem on the Compare Two Databases routine if the event on the left had a dual date and the event on the right did not have a dual date, it might duplicate the date on the left.

(changed) This version has changes in the way that the database indexes are updated so that you should be able to add hundreds of new people to a database without having things slow down. If things are slow already, do a File, Re-Index database. Then with this version, the database indexes should stay more balanced to prevent a slowdown when adding new people.

(07-Sep-2014 new items or items fixed by 7.0.29 are below)

(fixed) Sometimes when adding a new person, a 'stop statement' error would happen. That error is fixed in this 07-Sep-2014 update. (I thought it was fixed in the 06-Sep-2014 version, so if you still have the error, get this 07-Sep-2014 version.)

(fixed) If the option is turned on to ignore accented characters in a name search, it works for Alternate Names also if that type of search is turned on.

(04-Sep-2014 new items or items fixed by 7.0.28 are below)

(fixed) When adding a source, the button 'Add the previous source and x pictures' was only adding the first picture, but not other pictures.

(fixed) Fixed a problem if searching for locations when using Danish language.

(02-Sep-2014 new items or items fixed by 7.0.27 are below)

(fixed) Fixed a problem in version 7.0.26 which could cause a problem with the search index if you changed the spelling of the name of an existing person.

(changed) Faster search times when searching for a name in a large database.

(changed) The two other Views from Edit will show Married (civil) and Married (religious) and not just the normal Married event.

(23-Aug-2014 new items or items fixed by 7.0.26 are below)

(fixed) Fixed a problem from 7.0.25 that gave a blank screen with OK button if starting BK7 for the first time.

(changed) Made the name search work faster for a very large database.

(19-Aug-2014 new items or items fixed by 7.0.25 are below)

(changed) Translators can translate new words (see the new translation program.)

(changed) Danish and Swedish language translations have new sorting for special characters. After loading 7.0.25 they should pick File, Re-Index database.

(changed) The Family View screen is larger (if you press F7 or pick View, Family View from the Edit screen to jump there.)

(changed) When searching for a name, if the Alternate name search option is turned on, it does a better job now when the first or last name contains ? or *

(11-Aug-2014 new items or items fixed by 7.0.24 are below)

(changed) If you move the BK main window, and then stop BK, it will open the next time at that same position.

(new) There is a new Utility to move all Marriage and other Family events down to the bottom of the Events grid for all people in the database.

(new) If you have names with accented characters, and if you want all names with or without accents to be sorted the same way, then go to File, Options, Other, and at the bottom turn on the option to 'sort accented characters as if not accented' and then pick File, Save and Close and then File, Re-Index database. After doing that, you can search for Maria Smith and it will find the matching people whether the letters have an accent or not. Note that this option is not available if you are using the Norwegian language translation because that already uses a different system for special Norwegian characters.

(changed) On the Ancestor chart printouts, instead of always saying Spouse for the starting person, it will say Partner if they are not married.

(new) On List, Numeric Report there is now a way to select only the people changed after a certain date.

(changed) When a gedcom import is done, it will index the files automatically.

(new) On the Word Search screen, in addition to the AND and OR there is a NOT option now. You can search for Smith NOT John

(changed) If you pick File, Restore and it finds a BK6 database and not a BK7 database, it will offer to restore the BK6 database so that you can later convert it.

(13-Jul-2014 new items or items fixed by 7.0.23 are below)

(fixed) A change that was made in Gedcom Import in the 08-Jul-2014 version affected importing of Address lines. This versions fixes that problem.

(new) When the import of a gedcom file is done, it will automatically start the indexing of the files, unless it needs to ask if you want to view the ged.lst file.

(fixed) The Utility to Compare Two Databases would sometimes have an error if you where moving a spouse from right to left and the person on the left already had 2 or more spouses.

(10-Jul-2014 new items or items fixed by 7.0.22 are below)

(fixed) When using the Split Database routine and the Witness option was checked, sometimes a witness to a marriage event was missing.

(fixed) Sometimes a one page Tree chart would print a blank page two.

(fixed) When printing a Register Book report, and you had the option selected to move all children to the next generation, and if you were also printing pictures, sometimes the pictures would overlap.

(08-Jul-2014 new items or items fixed by 7.0.21 are below)

(fixed) When adding new names on Edit, it sometimes said Error 5 when making a list of matching names.

(fixed) Fixed a problem with Split Database if including Witnesses (if the witness was not in the selected group.)

(fixed) Fixed a problem when searching for matching names including Alternate names when adding new people.

(fixed) If excluding data for living people, do not put 'Living' in the RTF name index at the end.

(23-Jun-2014 new items or items fixed by 7.0.20 are below)

(fixed) If you are adding a Source and you select an existing source, then you change something that is not the Abbreviation and click Close and pick 'Change only for one person' it was giving error 'duplicate master source'. This has been fixed.

(11-Jun-2014 new items or items fixed by 7.0.19 are below)

(fixed) Fixed a problem when adding a new Note to a person on the Edit screen, and then changing it from Individual to Family and then clicking Edit to change the note.

(fixed) Fixed a problem where the descendant Tree chart would sometimes not print a person's name at the top of some pages.

(04-Jun-2014 new items or items fixed by 7.0.18 are below)

(fixed) Sometimes on Edit, if you Rearrange Spouses, the spouse names would not show until you stop BK and restart BK. This update fixes that problem.

(28-May-2014 new items or items fixed by 7.0.17 are below)

(fixed) On Edit, if you Rearrange Spouses, the spouse names would sometimes not show until you stop BK and restart BK. Also sometimes when you are adding a spouse to a new person, the spouse would not show until you stop BK and restart BK. (this version did not fix all possible problems, so see version 7.0.18 also)

(fixed) Reasonableness report, the problem of 'married after death' sometimes showed wrong BK number for spouse.

(14-May-2014 new items or items fixed by 7.0.16 are below)

(fixed) On Register Book Report, if you had these 3 options set: 'Show children that do not have children in the next generation also' and 'Excldue data for living people' and you did NOT have set 'Separate paragraphs for husband and wife' it would sometimes not show the children.

(fixed) Fixed a bug where Backup sometimes gave error 'Event note file not found' if you did not have Event Notes.

(07-May-2014 new items or items fixed by 7.0.15 are below)

(fixed) Fixed a bug that caused Gedcom Export to go slowly when an option was set to 'exclude data for living people'.

(changed) Increased the number of names that can be sorted from 1.3 million to 1.5 million.

(changed) To close the Source screen you can press Alt+O instead of Alt+S because Windows 8 was using Alt+S for something else.

(fixed) Fixed bug when trying to find or change path for pictures attached to sources. The bug affected both 'Fix picture path' and 'global search and replace, picture path' regarding source pictures.

(fixed) Fixed bug when backing up data, it was not backing up pictures attached to sources.

(21-Apr-2014 new items or items fixed by 7.0.14 are below)

(fixed) If the Select Person screen is set to search names when typing 5 letters of first and last name, it will also work if one has 5 letters and the other has less than 5 and an * or if one has 4 letters or less for short names.

(changed) The Backup routine will also backup the files that list the numbers available to be reused, and the Restore will restore those files.

(new) New option on the Descendant Marriage Record Report to 'not show birth date or location for child with no spouse.'

(fixed) The Polish version was not finding names starting with special Polish characters.

(fixed) When you click the W column to show Witnesses, it was not showing the Birth and Death dates of the witness.

(new) For Norwegian users, there is a new option under File, Options, RTF/Other, to 'Sort names using Norwegian alphabet' even if switching temporarily to English.

(06-Apr-2014 new items or items fixed by 7.0.13 are below)

(fixed) The previous version 7.0.12 might damage a Note that was changed from Individual to Family if you run Quality Check, so get 7.0.13 before running Quality Check.

(03-Apr-2014 new items or items fixed by 7.0.12 are below)

(fixed) If you picked List, Numeric Display or Unconnected People or People with Secondary Parents, and then you clicked Print or File, Create TXT file, it would give an error message, but still output correctly.

(changed) If you have the option set to search names by typing 5 characters for first and last name, and if you type 4 because one name is only 4 characters long, it will find those people.

(fixed) If you entered a name starting with a Czech or Slovenian letter such as Š or another character that is not a simple accent, it was giving an error sometimes.

(fixed) Sometimes changing the view from Edit to Family Edit would give an error that the person number was too large.

(30-Mar-2014 new items or items fixed by 7.0.11 are below)

(fixed) This version fixes some problems with searching for names or locations in the Norwegian language version.

(changed) Quality Check gives better directions about what to do if two people point to the same internal textfile. (English gives better directions now, and other translations will soon.)

(25-Mar-2014 new items or items fixed by 7.0.10 are below)

(fixed) When adding a child on Edit, sometimes M / F did not work to enter the sex.

(changed) When adding a source and the master source list is showing, you can press the down arrow to browse down without having to first click the list box.

(23-Mar-2014 new items or items fixed by 7.0.9 are below)

(improved) This version allows you to add up to 10 flags to each person instead of 5 flags.

(fixed) Sometime the Split Database routine was not coping all of a long note for a person.

(fixed) On File, Options, Edit Screen 1, the 'Do not use Western script for fonts' script name was too high.

(fixed) The Age of the person was sometimes not showing on the Compare Two Databases routine.

(20-Mar-2014 new items or items fixed by 7.0.8 are below)

(fixed) If you picked Edit, Rearrange Spouses, then when you were done, it would sometimes not show anyone on the Spouse field until you stopped the program and restarted the program.

(fixed) On the report Lists, Unconnected people display, it would start right away and include people that were witnesses. Now it waits until you click Start and will not include witnesses if the option is checked to not include them.

(16-Mar-2014 new items or items fixed by 7.0.7 are below)

(mailing) Version 7.0.7 (or newer) is being mailed out on CD to users that purchased BK 7 before March 15 and were mailed an eariler version.

(fixed) If you went to an existing Event Note and changed only the Print Where field, it would sometimes delete the note.

(fixed) If you added a witness to an event, it would not add a second Note to the witness if the witness already had a note.

(fixed) If you are adding a new person and you type in a number that was previously deleted, it was not linking the person correctly sometimes. (The BK7 program was designed to reuse numbers without you typing in a number.)

(14-Mar-2014 new items or items fixed by 7.0.6 are below)

(changed) The Convert routine tells you that you may want to move the pictures if they were located below the BK6 database.

(fixed) If you add a source and pick an existing source, then change it and say make it a global change, it added the wrong source.

(fixed) When starting BK7 for the very first time, it would copy over the options from 6 to 7 and then if it was set to automatically go to Edit when starting, it would give an error.

(fixed) When listing sources and you click 'show everyone this souce is attached to' then double click a marriage source it sometimes gave error xcode larger than max.

(3-Mar-2014 new items or items fixed by 7.0.5 are below)

(fixed) During Backup if a text file was not found, it gave the wrong person number in the error message.

(fixed) Origins report looked for USA but not U.S.A.

(fixed) Word Search, select person showed wrong spouse name sometimes

(changed) Ancestor fan chart lets you say the starting person is some number besides 1

(24-Feb-2014 new items or items fixed by 7.0.4 are below)

(fixed) Fixed some problems when jumping from Family Edit back to Edit.

(23-Feb-2014 new items or items fixed by 7.0.3 are below)

(changed) Custom Lists will make default BK number column width 7 if database is over 1 million names.

(21-Feb-2014 new items or items fixed by 7.0.2 are below)

(fixed) Custom Lists were only printing 30 characters for Ref Number even if it was longer.

(18-Feb-2014 new items or items fixed by 7.0.1 are below)

(fixed) Ancestor box chart, if location was too long, it just cut it off. Now it uses the short name if there is one, or it removes words from the middle.

(fixed) Fixed 'all relatives' report spouse names.

(fixed) Fixed individual timeline, if asked for married names.


If you find any other bugs in the program, please email information to John Steed and include the version number of the program you are using. Pick Help, About BK to see the version number such as 7.0.7. It is best to send bug reports directly to John Steed and not to the BK mail list.

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