Monday, January 17, 2011

Family Tree Maker for MAC Helpful Links

Here are a couple of links to documentation for the MAC Version of Family Tree Maker.

"This helpful guide will help you begin your first projects in Family Tree Maker for Mac and to master the program's basic features." -

Select "Buy now" on the webpage for more information.

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Thursday, January 13, 2011

RE: Creating Source Citations in Family Tree Maker 2011 - Post 3

I have been following Randy Seaver's Blog for a while now. Of late, Randy has been moving is Version 16 Source-Citations, into the Version 2011 Source Templates. In this Blog Entry: He was struggling with how to get this specific record, into the Template. As I also have been cleaning up my Source and Citations in my own file, I thought I would take his example and see how I would approach this record type. I have not run into this type of record (yet), but know that I haven't gotten down to this type of record.

The record is from the online database. It's a Marriage Record that can be found in the Ada County Courthouse in Idaho.

To start, I created a new file in the Plan Workspace, New Tree Tab  and entered the Name, William E. Sebring. Because I wanted to cite where that name came from, I first went into Source Workspace, and clicked on Add (on the right), but wanted to use the Template feature for information from a Blog. Clicking on NEW and when this screen appeared typed BLO (and stopped. The Keyword BLO brought up this screen for the Blog Template.

This brought up the screen for a Blog (not shown here) but after filling in the Blog fields, this is the Source screen that was generated.

This Source is the Specific Blog entry that details the issue that Randy is working on. The Name, in this file came from that Blog entry, AND since the Source was already created, I went to the People Workspace, Person Tab, and selected the Name Fact for William. In the Right Hand (RH) Panel, selected the pull down menu for a New Citation, but selected the Use Existing Citation.

In doing so, this brought up the Source Citation List and selected the Source that was just entered and clicked on the Link To Citation.

When that was completed, the Cursor was placed over (not clicked) on the Source for the name.

 You can see that I had Randy's blog open behind the Family Tree Maker screen, but you can see the Citation for the Name Fact. Since the Blog also had Mable Shown and a Marriage Date of 19 February 1900, that information was entered and a Citation place on the Name and the Shared Marriage Fact.

Just to see where we are at this point, went to the Publish Workspace, Relationship Collection and brought up the Family Group Sheet.

Because we want to find that Marriage Record, switched to the Web Search Workspace and did a Web Search for William E. Sebring. The Lower Left window of the Web Search Screen shows the information in our Data Base, and the first result was the Idaho Marriages, 1842 - 1926, where William and Mable are listed. By selecting that result, the Lower Right panel showed the information that has in that record. Looking between the Left and Right Panel (information in the file, and information online), it looks like a good match.

Just to be sure, the link that is in the Blue was clicked to see a little more about this record. This is the Printer Friendly view of that page.

A couple of things to note, for later, is that 1) there is NO image, and 2) the Source Information is what Randy had in his blog. Just confirming that we were looking at the same record. For this example, we went ahead and did the Web Merge. Verifying each merge screen to make sure what was going to be merged. Please note below that what was entered for the marriage was just the Date. In the Web Merge, the Date AND Place (location) was in the Online Record. So, the bullet item next to Make Alternate was selected, making the Online Record information as the Preferred Marriage Fact.

The completing all of the web merge screen and before the merge is executed, the Summary Screen is presented. Please note, that there is no indication that there will be a Media File, with the merge. We didn't see one online either.

Note the Source citation what is coming from That is just like the earlier screen that was in the Printer Friendly view of the online record. So far so good.

However, this is not in the Template Format. Returning to the Source Workspace, selecting this Source entry and looking at the RH Panel, we see the old Citation.

This is what we want to change from this format to the appropriate template.

Clicking on the Pencil ICON at the top of this panel, will open the Source Screen.

In this case, rather than using the Keyword search, a manual selection will be made to locate the appropriate template.

In this case, we were looking at a Local and State Record - Courts and Governance record. It was a Derivative that was found in and Online Database.

Note the Bottom of that screen about the Database Outline and at the top of the screen referring to the QuickCheck model that can be found in Evidence Explained!.

Making that selection brings up the Edit Source Screen, where the Source Template is filled in, at the time, so completing the Database Title, Webside creator/owner, Website Title, URL, and Year fields are filled in.

Clicking on OK, takes us back to the Source Workspace and the Citation screen, which has taken the information from the old format, and is now in the Template format.

Information from that Printer Friendly screen where the Source talked about "This record can be found ..." was put into the Citation Text, along with "Entry for marragee of William E. Sebring and Mable Shown, 19 February, 1900.

Because I wanted all of the information to appear in the EndNotes, a check mark was put into the Include in ref. note.

Returning to the Family Group Sheet, we now see the Facts that now have that citation, and the new citation.

Returning to the Source workspace and selecting this Citation, the facts will also be listed in the Center Panel.

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Monday, January 10, 2011

Family Tree Maker Tutorials

Posted: 10 Jan 2011 07:00 AM PST

Have you ever wanted a personal tutor to sit at your computer and show you how to use Family Tree Maker? We have a solution. Family Tree Maker has a variety of short video tutorials (each about 3 to 5 minutes long) that can help you quickly learn how to add, organize, and share your family history. They’re perfect for visual learners or anyone who wants a little direction or help using the software.
Here’s a list of the eight tutorials that are available:

Workspaces–teaches you about the seven workspaces that make up the Family Tree Maker software.

Building Family Tutorial–Shows you how to add spouses, children, and parents, and navigate in the People workspace.

Building Person Tutorial–Explains how to add events, facts, and media items for an individual.

Places Tutorial–Explains how the place authority works and teaches how to resolve unrecognized place names.

Media Tutorial–Illustrates the various ways to add media items and record details about them.

Sourcing Tutorial–Shows you how and where to create sources and source citations.

Publishing Tutorial–Explains the Publish workspace and also chart/report options and settings.

Web Search Tutorial–Illustrates Ancestry hints and search results and shows how to merge this information into your tree.

You can access all these tutorials online on the Family Tree Maker website. If you’re using versions 2009, 2010, or 2011, you can also access these tutorials within your Family Tree Maker software; simply select the Help menu, and choose Training Tutorials.
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Thursday, January 6, 2011


Downloadable Version of the #1-Selling Family History Software Available Today 

SAN FRANCISCO, Calif., January 6, 2011– today announced the launch of Family Tree Maker® for Mac on the Mac App Store. Family Tree Maker for Mac provides an easy way to save and organize your family tree conveniently on your Mac and has a variety of tools that can help you share your discoveries with family and friends.

“We are excited that Family Tree Maker for Mac is now available for download on the Mac App Store,” ,” said Eric Shoup, Senior Vice President of Product for “We’re committed to making our Family Tree Maker products easily accessible to everyone and this is yet another resource available from to enable everyone to discover, preserve and share their family history.”

Family Tree Maker for Mac combines intuitive tools with robust features and flexible options, making it ideal for family history novices and experts alike.  A dynamic user interface and integration with makes it simple to create family trees, record memories, and organize photos, videos and audio clips, plus share ancestors’ stories. It’s even possible to explore family migration paths by viewing timelines and interactive maps that highlight events and places in ancestors' lives.

Family Tree Maker for Mac is built on the functionality of Family Tree Maker 2010 , and is constructed from the ground up to take full advantage of the Mac platform in terms of technology and user experience. 

System requirements for Family Tree Maker for Mac include:
  • Mac OS X 10.5.8 or later
  • Intel-based Mac
  • Hard Disk Space: 500MB for installation
  • Internet access is required for all Web integration
Family Tree Maker for Mac is now available for purchase and electronic download online on the Mac App Store for $99.99. The program is also available at and in select retail stores, including Apple’s retail stores, Amazon, Office Depot, and Office Max.

About Inc. (Nasdaq: ACOM) is the world's largest online family history resource, with nearly 1.4 million paying subscribers. More than 6 billion records have been added to the site in the past 14 years. Ancestry users have created more than 20 million family trees containing over 2 billion profiles. has local Web sites directed at nine countries that help people discover, preserve and share their family history, including its flagship Web site at
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