Adding Coordinates to Multiple Events in MacFamilyTree

Genealogists using the software MacFamilyTree have the ability to add geographic coordinates, expressed as latitude and longitude, for places in their family database. This is a process known as geocoding. The information can be added on an place-by-place basis by entering it in the edit place windows. If you have many places that are not geocoded it can be a pain to locate and add them individually. Fortunately, Synium included a feature that locates place records that are not geocoded and presents them in a list, where you can geocode them one after another.
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Search Feature in MacFamilyTree 5.5

The last of the new features I want to show you in the recent MacFamilyTree release isn’t exactly a new feature. Synium re-wrote the search function for this version. In this video, Search in Macintosh Genealogy Software MacFamilyTree, I show you each of the four search screens (all, persons, families, and sources). I also point out a couple of gotchas to be aware of; don’t be fooled by the “all” search!

World History in MacFamilyTree

The new beta version of MacFamilyTree included for the first time, a feature that displays events in world history. This can help you understand the lives and events of your ancestors in the context of the world around them. In this video, World History in Mac Genealogy Software MacFamilyTree, I demonstrate how to how to add your own custom events and how to use the feature when editing an event, displaying a timeline, creating a person chart, and exporting genealogy data to a website.

MacFamilyTree 5.5 Available as a Public Beta

MacFamilyTree LogoSynium Software announced the availability of version 5.5 of their Macintosh genealogy software, MacFamilyTree. Their press release notes that this is a public beta test release. Some of the new features may be worth checking out, or you can wait for my video walk-through. If do you download it, be careful with your precious data and leave a comment to let us know what you think!

Here’s the list of changes:

  • A new, customizable history database that gives historical context to dates (like perspective events in Reunion 9)
  • A rewritten database engine which they claim is “much faster” for large family trees
  • A new search feature
  • Customizable Auto-Save
  • Additional Charts available for Statistics View
  • Auto-Save
  • Improved GEDCOM-Importer
  • Enhanced user interface
  • Improved editing
  • Other unspecified fixes and improvements

There’s plenty to see there, so I’ll publish a video walk-through—probably this weekend.