Charting Direct Descendants in Family Tree Maker 2011

I noticed a question about charting direct descent that went unanswered on the ancestry.co.uk Family Tree Maker software forum (actually, there was one answer, but it said there was no feature to accomplish this). Here is the kernel of the question:

“Along these lines is there a way of naming two people and creating the chart showing how one is descended from the other?”

There is a way to do this. It’s called a relationship chart. In this video I show you how to create a relationship chart that shows direct line of descent.
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A Quick Way to Create a Lineal Focus Group in The Master Genealogist

Focus groups are sets of people you can define in PC genealogy software The Master Genealogist. Actions within the program, like reporting and exports, can then be focused on this group.

One useful focus group is one which contains a subject’s patrilineal
and or matrilineal lines. Learn a quick way to create such a focus group in this video.
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Locate Missing Media in Family Tree Maker 2011

Image and other media files can go missing in Family Tree Maker 2011 when you move them around in Windows Explorer. The 2011 release of Family Tree Maker includes a new feature that locates the files for you. Learn how to use it in this video and get a sneak peak at the file system I use and recommend for storing genealogy files outside your genealogy database software; I’ll publish a series of videos on this soon.
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Automatic Numbering in Family Tree Maker 2011

Family Tree Maker 2011 joined the rest of the genealogy software world in their 2011 release by adding an automatic numbering feature. It can add numbers to individuals and relationships. You can add a prefix or suffix. Best of all, it doesn’t stomp on identification numbers you may have manually entered. In this video I show you how to set it up and how manually entered numbers are handled.
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Managing Historical Events in Family Tree Maker 2011

The historical events you can include in timelines are now manageable in Family Tree Maker 2011. You can add new events and edit and delete any of the events as well.

I noted the absence of a historical event for the 1918 flu pandemic in the set that comes with the product. In this video I show you how to add this event and how to edit and delete other events. You’re welcome to use the 1918 flu pandemic entry I wrote and added to FTM:

Event Title: 1918 Flu Pandemic

Event Date: bet Mar 1918 – Jun 1920

Place: World

Category: World History

Description: This influenza pandemic spread widely across the world between March 1918 to June 1920. It affected primarily young, healthy adults. Unbeknownst at the time, the flu caused an overreaction of the body’s immune system. The healthiest people were at greatest risk of death due to the strength of their own body’s reaction to the virus. It is estimated that 10% to 20% of infected people died as a result of the flu. Current estimates hold that 50 to 100 million people worldwide were killed. [Read more...]

Smart Stories in Family Tree Maker 2011

It just got easier to create narrative stories about your relatives using Family Tree Maker 2011. One of the new features in this version is called Smart Stories. They enable you to create stories by dragging and dropping facts, media, and historical events into a document. In this video tutorial I give you an walk-through of the Smart Stories feature. [Read more...]

Cleaning Up Living Flags in RootsMagic 4

You may be shocked to discover that you have the living dead in your RootsMagic database. [I'm just now realizing this should be a halloween post] By this I mean, records for people who have passed, but are marked “living” (the living flag is checked). Cleaning this condition up is made easier by RootsMagic making it simple to select people who are marked “living” and have birth dates prior to 120 years before today.

Cleaning this up is one of those annual maintenance tasks you can do to keep your data clean. I’ll show you, click-by-click, how to do it in this video.
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