As you have noted, dates of birth and death are shown in the person's rectangle, if specified. How to do so? Both, birth and death, are considered as events. To specify it you need to create and event for a person. Ok, let's have a rock'n roll. Double click your person on canvas with left mouse button and go to Events tab. You will see a table of events related to person. Press Add button and Event dialog appears. It has also a lot of tabs, some of them we already know since we have seen them in Individual Record dialog. I will mention only some of them.
General. You can specify general information about event here. It is intuitive but Vital Type combo-box may be confusing. This specifies that event is near to this type. For instance, burial's vital type is death, since it happens soon after death. Christening's vital type is birth, etc.
Date tab. Specify date of event. This tab is sophisticated enough to offer (as Paul Simon would say) fifty ways to specify date. As you can see, you have two columns where you can specify date. This is a way how to enter time interval when the event has been happened. In the case of birth, you will not need it but there are some events that can take more than one day.
You can specify a day, moth and year of date, if you know it. In the case that you don't know some part of date, leave it empty. For instance, you can specify 8 for day and 1765 for year without specifying month. To specify more information about date, you can use Qualifier field of date widget. You can use it to identify how you get the date, e.g. specify Calculated if you have calculated the date. Use About qualifier if you want to express that event happens about the time you specified etc. For time intervals, you can specify From qualifier in the first date column and GenTle will specify To qualifier for you for the second qualifier. You can use Between and And qualifiers for time intervals as well. GenTle doesn't allow combinations of qualifiers like Between About since it makes no much sense.
Place tab. You can specify a place where event happened. Just press Select button and select a place from defined places.
Participants tab. You can specify participants to an event. If you open this tab, you will see one participant already specified. This is person you are creating an event for. Don't be confused with ? ? characters in Persons filed. This happens if you did not specify name of a person or if you are creating your person for the first time. Name of a person is just in dialog and not in data structures. You can avoid it by pressing Apply button on Individual Record dialog after you enter name of a person. But don't panic; even if you do not this, the name will be correctly specified after you finish your editing and place the person on canvas. You can add another persons as participants to the event. If you do so, event will appear in the Events tab for this participating person as well. You can edit event data from any participating person and it will influence all the other persons. In other words, all persons see the same event.
To specify an participant, press Add button on Participant panel. Participant dialog will appear. You can specify participating person and information about her at this dialog. You can specify participant in two ways:
You can select a person from Person combo-box.
If you want to add new person that you don't want to be visible on canvas, you can add it using New button. After you finish editing new person, she will appear in Person combo-box and you can handle it as usual participant. Persons created in this way are called special persons or invisible persons. This persons will be present in this combo-box as long as they are participating to some event. In the case, that there is no event in that a special person takes a part, the special person is removed from GenTle automatically to save memory.
Special persons are applicable for participants like best man, godfather, godmother or for any person you want to introduce to the system but you don't want to have it visualized on the canvas. This provides user with possibility to introduce different types of persons and to keep the canvas well-arranged.
For information about search for persons, see the chapter called Search for data>.
Well, you have information now, how to create events, including birth and death events. In the similar way you can create all another events offered by Event dialog.
Even if you specify death date, it can be invisible in person's rectangle. This may happen if you specify that person is living. You can change it by changing dead status of a person from General tab on Individual Record dialog. For living person, you cannot have date of death displayed.