How to Chart a Direct Line of Descent in Family Tree Maker 2012

It’s sometimes helpful to have a chart showing an ancestor and only those descendants in a direct line of descent to another person. There is a descendant chart in genealogy software Family Tree Maker, but before FTM 2012 it included all of the descendants of the selected ancestor.

Family Tree Maker 2012 introduced an option on the descendant chart that enables you to focus the list of included descendants on just those in one line of descent.
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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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Marking Only One Branch of Your Family Tree Using Reunion for Mac

Sometimes during your genealogy research you want to create reports, charts, lists, or GEDCOM exports that include only a specific branch of your family. Reunion for Mac has a feature called mark groups that enables you to selectively mark people in your family file.

In this video I’ll walk you, step-by-step, through using this feature to mark ancestors of a specific person.

Do you have any tricks or favorite uses of marking groups? If so, please share by leaving a comment on this post.

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How to Simplify Navigating Direct Lines of Descent in Reunion 9

How many times have you found youself navigating down your direct line of descent and taking a wrong turn, only to have to backtrack? There is an easy to use feature in Reunion 9 that will eliminate these wrong turns. Even if you don’t miss the turns often or at all, you’ll find this will speed up your navigation.
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