GenoPro Newsletter - July 2007

GenoPro Available in 20 Languages!

Dear Firstname,
Welcome to the seventh edition of the GenoPro Newsletter.  If you missed our previous newsletters they are available online.

Is GenoPro available in my language?

GenoPro is now available in 20 languages.  During the past weeks, more than 100 users contributed to the translation (localization) of GenoPro.  The list below represents the languages bundled with our latest update:


GenoPro Update

We recommend downloading and installing the latest update of GenoPro 2007 from  This update has many fixes, including a fix where the image of a family tree may be clipped if pasted into another application such as a clipart program, word processor or presentation software.

Pick your language

By default, GenoPro will try to display the language matching the version of Windows you have installed.  In the case you wish to display GenoPro in a different language, \ use the Language menu and select the language of your choice.  If your language is not listed, select Pick Language and choose among a list of 140+ languages.  Clicking on the button Refresh List will display the percentage completion status of each language pack.


Translating GenoPro in my local language

Translating GenoPro in a foreign language is easy.  GenoPro has a build-in collaboration module allowing everyone to contribute to the localization of GenoPro.  You are welcome to contribute by correcting typos or translating blank values.

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Vote for your language

Our ongoing poll is still running, as we plan to bundle the most popular languages within GenoPro, and make other languages available via download. We created a poll to determine the most popular languages among our users.  Cast your vote!

Understanding the Mysteries of our Genograms: The example of Pope John Paul II

Pope John Paul IIBorn in Wadowice, Poland, Pope John Paul II was one of our most extraordinarily dedicated popes, and one especially loved by Polish Catholics for what he did for his countrymen. Exploration of some of the hidden mysteries of his genogram may help us understand his spiritual dedication and his contribution to the collapse of communism in Eastern Europe during his reign as Pope. Examining genograms for the often overlooked legacies of untimely loss, and cultural dynamics that intersect with family history may help us to understand a person’s role and character. In Pope John Paul’s case, untimely losses traumatized his family for at least two generations, including the loss of both of his siblings, and his parents’ early loss of both of their mothers and several siblings.

John Paul’s mother, Emilia Kaczorowski, lost her own mother when she was 13 years old. From that time on she shared in the care of her siblings, four of whom died before reaching the age of 30. It appears that these early losses shaped her psyche, as she was afterward said to be of “delicate health,” “melancholy” temperament, and “very religious” (a common outcome of being faced with the mystery of death at such an early age).

Pope John Paul IIOne of the aspects of genograms we look at most closely is how the mysteries of one person’s genogram intersect with the mysteries in the genogram of the partner they choose to marry. As a young adult, Emilia met Karol Wojtyla, a pious and serious Lieutenant in the Polish Army, while lighting candles and praying in their local church; their spiritual connection was present from the start. She was apparently drawn to his steady character, seriousness, self-discipline, and strength. But perhaps at a deeper level their connection was forged on a common history of pain and loss. Karol too had experienced the tragic loss of his mother when he was just three years old, and his own father would later die when their son was only three years old.

Emilia and Karol were married in 1904. Surely they hoped they were leaving their history of tragic loss behind them as they bore a beautiful, healthy, and delightful son, Edmund, in 1906. He was “bright, handsome, athletic, even-tempered, and helpful.” (Bernstein & Politi, p19).

They had no more children as far as is known until 1914 when a daughter was born, whom they was named Olga, after Emilia’s favorite sister who had died at age 22. Here is one of the most intriguing aspects of exploring the mysteries of genograms. We always look for gaps in information to help us raise questions about what information might be missing. Missing information often relates to traumas that people try to leave out of their stories. When looking at this family’s genogram, we see that the couple had no other children during that 10 year period, an uncommon pattern for this time. Were there perhaps other pregnancies which resulted in miscarriage, stillbirth or early childhood death? We do not know for sure, but it seems likely that there were other pregnancies and losses during those years. If so, how was the couple affected by this series of untimely loss?

Read the entire article about Pope John Paul II online
Family Tree of the Pope John Paul II between 1929 and 1944
Genogram of the Pope John Paul II between 1929 and 1944

Video Tutorials

Video: How to translate GenoPro

In this video, the user should learn: 

  1. Change the display language of the GenoPro's interface.
  2. View the completion status of each language pack.
  3. Add new localized words.
  4. Enable collaboration to submit your work to the GenoPro server.

Video: How to translate GenoPro

Video: How to change the default font

In this video, the user should learn: 

  1. Open the properties of the document.
  2. Display the list of font available with their respective language support.
  3. Select a new font for GenoPro.

Video: How to change the default font 

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