Monday, December 21, 2015

Questions about Family Tree Maker

Dear Family Tree Maker Users,

I know there is a lot of conversation about the future of these two programs, Family Tree Maker 2014 (FTM2014) and Family Tree Maker for the Mac (FTM-3)

I  have mentioned on this blog that I am not planning on changing how I do my research, that is with FTM2014 (or FTM-3) and That does not mean I am not going to stop looking at alternative. Have been doing that since I started.

I have a Google+ Community where I share these Blog posts and have a way for you to specifically ask a question of the Community about these two programs. Yes, I receive a lot of questions and comments on the posts, which is awesome, but it is much easier to stay on the topic of the questions that are in the community.

So, here is a link to the +Cousin Russ  community:

Cousin Russ Genealogy Community

It is a Public Google+ Community, where only members of the community can post questions. You can view the community, just not asks questions or make comments on posts that are there.

At the top Left, there are community guidelines. This is a Community, where we SHARE our common interest, and that being Family Tree Maker and Genealogy in general.

You should first read the Pinned post, at the top of the community, here is the link

So, you wanna join this community ?

In the Community Guidelines is information on how to improve your Google+ Profile, which I look at before I accept a person requesting access to the community. It's not difficult, but I want to make sure we have a common interest.

So, IF you have a Question about Family Tree Maker (FTM2014 or FTM-3), please provide

What version of Family Tree Maker are you using AND what version of Windows?

What Workspace are your questions about.?

or a general question about the program. I also have used Family Tree Maker since Version 3.4 so I usually can answer questions about the much earlier versions of the programs.

I, and members of the community, will share our experience with the program in order to try to help you. The answer may be back here in the Blog, but I can help with that as well.

As you may have noticed in the blog, I have also provide some help with the transition from Family Tree Maker to other programs. Having said that, the programs that folks are moving to have great support websites and Facebook Groups. I do not plan on duplicating what they have to offer.

Oh, finally, I will NOT make any recommendations on other genealogy software. FTM2014 works best for me, I'll leave you to determine what works best for you.

Thanks for listening.

Copyright © 2015 by H R Worthington

Sunday, December 13, 2015

FTM2014 to Roots Magic - Living People weren't included

How to include Living People in a GEDCOM file and other options that you marked as Private

Copyright © 2015 by H R Worthington

How to View Media files in Roots Magic 7 (for FTM2014 Users)

There have been many questions on the Roots Magic Facebook Group, where Family Tree Maker users have not been able to find a Citation Media File that they had in FTM2014. Here is a short video to help you with that.

How to View Media files in Roots Magic 7 (for FTM2014 Users)

Copyright © 2015 by H R Worthington

Friday, December 11, 2015

How to Download Your Tree from

UPDATE: I am posting this video to help those who have an Ancestry Member Tree (Online Tree at Ancestry), if they want to download the information from Ancestry. I have posted a number of Blog Posts on the transferring from FTM2014 to other programs. Just SEARCH the site for Roots Magic or Legacy to see them. I WILL post a couple of more transitioning blog posts in the next day or to.

DON'T PANIC: FTM2014 is not going to stop working, if you are already using that program.

Published on Dec 11, 2015 by
You can download a GEDCOM file of any of your trees on Here is how to do it.

Note that a GEDCOM file will export all sources included in your tree but not media files associated with your tree.

FTM users are welcome to use Family Tree Builder

I received this from MyHeritage, thought I would share it with you.

Dear friends, I hope all's well on your side.

At MyHeritage, we believe there is still a place in the world for genealogy software, and there is value in the ability to work offline, and enjoy more powerful functionality that many websites cannot offer. We also believe that people should be able to discover and preserve their family history on whatever platform they are comfortable with. That's why we are constantly innovating new technologies and enhancing our website, mobile apps and our Family Tree Builder genealogy software.
We are delighted to offer FTM users who move to MyHeritage, and who choose to sync their family tree with their MyHeritage family site, unlimited tree size capacity on their online family site, which is normally limited to 250 individuals on a free account. 

Please see the blog post here which includes information on how to claim this gift, and let me know if you have any questions.

MyHeritage Ltd., 3 Ariel Sharon St., Or Yehuda 60250, Israel

Thursday, December 10, 2015

Preparing to Transition

For those preparing to transition to another Genealogy software program.

This is one of several videos on transitioning to another Genealogy Software program. I think this is important to understand a few things about Family Tree Maker if you are going to move your genealogy database from Family Tree Maker to another program.

The move will be different based on the VERSION of Family Tree Maker that you have AND the Genealogy Program you might move to. This video is to help you find the Version of the program you are using and what you need to do just before you make that move.

Family Tree Maker started in the DOS days, and the Version numbers were just that, a version number. For example, my first version was Version 3.4. The Version number when up to Version 9, then Version 10, then Version 11. BUT in 2005, then changed to Version 2005, then 2006, then back to Version 16.

In 2008, then structure of the program was moved out of the DOS environment into the Windows environment. The Version numbers then started with FTM2008, FTM2009, FTM2010, FTM2011, FTM2012, and FTM2014.

In the Version 16 and earlier, all Media Files were INCLUDED in the FTW (file extension), making the files very large over time. This important to note for your transition.

Starting with FTM2008, the Media Files were in a < filename > Media folder. You would have a Filename for the Data, and a < filename > Media folder for all of the Media Files. Those media files would normally be in Media folder, but some users and their own filing structure for their media, maybe leaving those media files elsewhere on the computer. The program "knows" where they are so there are links from the database to those media files.

For Back Ups: as long as you manually back up, or Back Up as I demonstrate in this video, those Media Files will be in the Back Up file. For Version 16, the back up file extension would be FBC. For FTM2008 - FTM2014,the file extension is FTMB. Both the FBC and the manually generated FTMB file include those media files. IF you find a FTMB file that has the words "Automatic Back Up" that FTMB file would NOT include the media files, only the Data. The automatic back up would be generated if you just closed down the program without manually backing up the file.

In upcoming blog posts, I will deal with GEDCOM files. A GEDCOM will NOT include any media files. It is important thing to understand, with this transition, is the links to the Media Files. In FTM2008 through FTM2011 a GEDCOM file will NOT contain any information linking to the media files. With FTM2012 and FTM2014, the GEDCOM WILL include Links to those media files.

Here is a link to a number of blog posts on this

Here is a blog post I did about transferring a GEDCOM to Roots Magic

Bottom line here, KNOW the Specific Version of Family Tree Maker that you are using and Compact and Back Up your file when the option is offered using the Compact File utility.

Me: No Change. FTM2014 and all of its features work for me.

Copyright © 2015 by H R Worthington

Tuesday, December 8, 2015

Ancestry to Retire Family Tree Maker Software

Ancestry to Retire Family Tree Maker Software

By Kendall Hulet

Ancestry is proud to have made a significant investment this year to bring valuable new content and records to the Ancestry site. In 2015, we’ve made 220 million searchable historical records from Mexico available, more than 170 million pages from the largest collection of U.S. will and probate records, among others. We’ve also introduced new features such as Ancestry Academy and major advancements for AncestryDNA.

We remain dedicated to helping people gain new levels of understanding about their lives, and who and what led to them, harnessing the information found in family trees, historical records and genetics. As a company, we’re also continually evaluating ways to focus our efforts to provide the most impact and best product experience for our users through our core offerings.

True to this focus, we’ve taken a hard look at the declining desktop software market and the impact this has on being able to continue to provide product enhancements and support that our users need. With that, we’ve made the tough decision to stop selling Family Tree Maker as of December 31, 2015.

Our subscription business and website, on the other hand, continue to grow and we are doubling down our efforts to make that experience even better for our Ancestry community.

Ancestry will continue to support current owners of Family Tree Maker through January 1, 2017. During this time, all features of the software, including TreeSync™, will continue to work, and Member Services will be available to assist with user questions. We will also address major software bugs that may occur, as well as compatibility updates.

These changes are never easy, but by focusing our efforts, we can concentrate on continuing to build great products for our loyal Ancestry community.

If you have inquiries regarding Family Tree Maker, please reach out to our Member Services team. We’ll also provide updates on our blog as needed leading up to January 1, 2017.


I will post my own comments over time. As I said earlier, I have not plans to change what I have been doing for years.

On Wednesday, December 9, 2015, +DearMYRTLE and I will be talking about this topic

WACKY Wednesday: Is there life beyond Family Tree Maker?

Future of the Blog ---- NO CHANGE

I will post an more detailed Blog post shortly, but want to make sure that the Readers of this Blog know that I do NOT plan on making any changes to this blog, nor will I retire it AND will continue to make blog posts.

More later
Copyright © 2015 by H R Worthington

Friday, December 4, 2015

FTM2014 - Update (SP7) December 2015

An update to FTM2014 has been released and this post provides some hints on how it works and what it included. The update was recorded live.

The link below will take you to the, Family Tree Maker Knowledge Base website for this patch.

Copyright © 2015 by H R Worthington

Saturday, August 29, 2015

FTM2014 - How i craft an Evidence Explained Reference Note with the Template Feature

I have been part of a "What Did SHE Say?" study group on Google+, where we are studying Chapters 1 and 2 of  Evidence Explained.

Elizabeth Shown Mills, Evidence Explained: Citing History Sources from Artifacts to Cyberspace, 3rd edition (Baltimore, Maryland: Genealogical Publishing Company, 2015). [Book available from the publisher at and in digital format from the author's website] 
A link to our 3rd session, first dealing with Chapter 2 is HERE

This video is a result of the homework, provided by +DearMYRTLE  for this chapter.

Homework Questions - 28 Aug 2015 What Does SHE Say? Study Group

This does not go into how to select a Template, but in how to use the various fields that we are presented with to generate a Reference Note. A couple of observations were included at the end.

Copyright © 2015 by H R Worthington

FTM2014 - Update on the Web Merge Feature Change

I want to address the issue that I have seen in comments on this Blog and elsewhere, about the impact of the Web Merge feature with the most recent patch. There are three earlier blog posts on this topic.

Family Tree Maker 2014 SP6 Patch Notes - Patch #6, (build .404 or .1404)

Each of the above blog posts (VBlogs) started with the SAME file. This blog post will demonstrate the impact of the choices made and a few recommended steps when doing a Web Merge.

Copyright © 2015 by H R Worthington

Friday, August 28, 2015

Creating a "DNA" Tree

I have been trying to figure out a better way to handle my DNA Results.

In this Video, I will create a Public Ancestry Member Tree and link my DNA Results to it. Making it public should make it easier for making those Cousin Connections and to be able to take advantage of the DNA Features provided at Ancestry DNA.

Copyright © 2015 by H R Worthington

Thursday, August 27, 2015

FTM2014 and DNA - Change in Strategy

The other day, I did a blog post on FTM2014 and DNA and really thought about what I was doing and wondering why some of the "dna features" on Ancestry wasn't working the way I had hoped. So, I stepped back a bit to re-evaluate what I was doing.

In FTM2014, I exported my Direct Line to a New FTM2014 file, and creating a New Ancestry Member Tree, making is public and see if that made any difference. On the same day, Ancestry made an announcement on a new feature they just rolled out. So, I checked. I selected my known 1st cousin and clicked on the NEW SHARED MATCHES link to see if there was any connection.

This 2nd cousin isn't a new one, but the Tree was Private, so I really hadn't followed up on it. Before I made contact I want to have a good idea about how we are related. This person wasn't in my new online tree BUT neither is my known 1st cousin. So, why don't I look at my full database, the surname on this 2nd cousin rang a bell, but couldn't, off the top of my head, remember the connection.

The "Duh" head slap moment arrived. Why not look at your full database. As expected, the surname was in my master file. The father of this DNA match was another brother of my Grandfather. So, this person is my 2nd Cousin, one time removed as is my "reported" 1st Cousin.

A private, internal Ancestry Message has been sent, hoping to actually make the connection and hope to be invited to view that Private Tree.

New entry for my full database Research Log.

Will now have to think about how to track my DNA connections within FTM2014.

Thank you AncestryDNA !!!

Copyright © 2015 by H R Worthington

Tuesday, August 25, 2015

FTM2014 and AncestryDNA

I was asked how I used FTM2014 with AncestryDNA. Because of privacy concerns, this will be a typed Blog Post as there in information on several screens that contain information on living people.

I have my working FTM2014 file sync'ed to my Ancestry Member Tree (AMT). That AMT actually had 3 sets of DNA kits linked to it. One is a Y-DNA test that I had done earlier, the Second is my Autosomal DNA Test. I have a cousin, by marriage who is trying to identify her birth Grandmother, so she also has a Autosomal DNA test kit linked to my AMT.

I know that for the best results for DNA "cousin connections" is to have a Public Tree. I had my tree public when I first did the Autosomal DNA test, but I was seeing other users copy photographs and documents from my AMT so I made is Private but Searchable.

Because of the nature, at least my understanding of the Autosomal DNA tests, my entire file is online. I let the privacy settings, for living people, control who can see what. IF I invite someone to my tree, either by my suggestion or someone with DNA results that match mine, I'll Invite them as a Guest, and would not be able to see information on living people.

So, I have my entire tree, including information from my cousin, in this private tree. I do respond to requests to view my tree.

I have DNA results, but no Circles. Don't know why that is, but I don't. 

I will focus on the ICONs on the Right, and View All DNA Matches. In the upper right, is what I would select my cousin's DNA kit. I can switch the kid that I am looking at.

There are 102 pages of DNA matches. Too many for me, but I can view them all. On the Left is a couple of Sorting options. Relationship and Date. So, I could sort by date to see the Newest Matches. For now, I am going to focus on the Relationship sort. 2nd Cousin (in my case) and further back.

I have selected the first match from my 2nd Cousin. On the right, it indicates that there is a Public Tree, with 2,177 people in it. There is a LEAF to the left of the "View Match" ICON on the right.

At the top LEFT of this next image, are three ways to view these DNA Matches. HINTS, NEW, STARRED. I generally work from the HINTS choice, as I will SEE Matches between my tree and the suggested cousin's tree. (will show that shortly). I can just look at the New DNA Matches, or only those matches that I have Stared.

There is a second, second cousin, but the tree is Private (padlock ICON).

Going back to the first entry, with the public tree with the (HINT) leaf, I clicked on the View Match ICON and see our connection.

My information on the Left, my cousin's on the Right. The person's tree on the right, IS my first cousin, 2 times removed. The father and my grandfather were brothers.

There is an option here, for me to make notes about this tree. I and edit it or delete them, I also use the STAR ICON upper right, to indicate that I have a note there or have been in contact with the owner of that tree.

This next image is for the 2nd person with the Private Tree. I am given the option to Contact the owner of that tree.. I have not done that yet, so no Star and no notes. I do this so it is obvious what I have or have not done with each of these trees / DNA matches.

Below is a note I have on one DNA Match

Here is an example of a (internal Ancestry Messaging service) to one tree owner.

My Cousin, by marriage, is a more difficult problem. Her mother was adopted and we have not been able to find out who her birth parents were. The paper trail has been followed, even the mother had done research 60 years ago. (long story).

The approach here is different. We only know the location of where she was born, and about when she was born. The paper trail has conflicting information, where the medical records tell us that the real birth date is unknown.

Selecting that other DNA Kit, the DNA Matches have to be looked at differently. Now, we have had DNA Matches for her Father and his ancestry, so we are good there. To find her Mother's ancestors I will look at the Map and Locations ICON, not the Pedigree and Surnames ICON.

This tree does show the birth city for the Mother. Selecting that location there is a pop up window with information about who are in this other persons tree, born in that same town.

The three choices are in the right place, but not at the right time. But, it is worth a closer look.

We have the same option to begin a conversation with the owner of that tree to see if there is a connection. I  have looked at that tree, and there are some hints that there might be a connection. Because of the nature of this relationship, I have not made that connection, but have a note on that DNA Match about what I found. I am the only who can see that note. I need to look at that tree much closer, looking for records in the tree for a hint for a connection to the "Mother" whose parents we are looking for. This is the closest match, to date, in answering the question I have. Exhaustive Research on information in this other tree is my next step.

A NOTE from my experience trying to make a DNA Match with other Online Trees. The lack of Standard Place Names, in the tree is a real issue. I am not as concerned about the documentation in that tree, for DNA Matches, but for this Adoptive research, the use of standard Place Names would really help.

Copyright © 2015 by H R Worthington

Wednesday, August 19, 2015

Census Merge in Ancestry Member Tree

As a follow up to the FTM2014 patch, I will now do the same task, but in an *Ancestry Member Tree*. Same choices and Same results.

Copyright © 2015 by H R Worthington

Tuesday, August 18, 2015

FTM2014 - Web Merge feature AFTER the update / patch

This will show the changes in the Web Merge feature AFTER the Patch / Update is applied.

I have included my way of handling this change.

Copyright © 2015 by H R Worthington

FTM2014 - Installation of the Patch / Update to Version / 1404

How to Find, Download, and Install the latest patch / update to FTM2014

Copyright © 2015 by H R Worthington

FTM2014 - Web Merge feature BEFORE the Update / Patch

This is a demonstration of the Web Merge feature BEFORE the patch to FTM2014 was applied

Copyright © 2015 by H R Worthington

Saturday, August 15, 2015

What does SHE Say ? Homework Assignment #1

The What Does SHE Say Study Group, in the +DearMYRTLE Genealogy Community has homework. Imagine that.

Here is a link to the Homework Assignment:

Homework Questions for 14 Aug 2015 What Does SHE Say? Study Group

The Hangout On Air recording of the first session is here:

In response to the First Question and a lengthy discussion about Death Certificates in the HOA, I thought I would demonstrate one of those generic labels with a not so obvious feature, addressing Question 1 and that Each Fact, Claim, or piece of information can be easily evaluated within FTM2014

Copyright © 2015 by H R Worthington

Tuesday, August 11, 2015

Family Tree Maker 2014 SP6 Patch Notes - Patch #6, (build .404 or .1404)

A Patch was released for FTM2014 on 10 August 2015. It should be downloaded and installed. More information is here

If you need help with the update, here is a link for you;

There is ONE "update" that you need to be aware of. That is, when you use the Web Merge Feature, you MUST look very closely at ALL of the Facts that are being merged.

When merging, changed default to discard duplicate facts (even when different) rather than keep as duplicate alternate facts

In the past, when doing the Web Merge, and you had a Fact in your database and the same fact was included in the Web Merge, FTM2014 would usually select Alt Fact, meaning adding the New information for that Fact. We had the option to make the New Fact as Preferred, Alternate, or Discard the new Fact. The CHANGE is to make this "new" information as Discard. That may or may not be the choice you want to make.

I'll do another blog post about this, but I just want to make sure that you REVIEW the Web Merge SCREENs very carefully to make sure you Keep what you want to Keep.

For me, multiple / Alt Facts are a good thing, meaning you need to look at the information, evaluate what you have and make an informed Choice of the information in your database. Discard is not usually my choice.

The other "Enhanced Features" include;
  • Added ability to edit sources from media link
  • Improved display of fonts in high DPI settings
  • Improved automatic naming of restored files to exclude "autobackup" text.
Will have to look at that first one, to see what that really means. I don't use the "automatic back up" feature, so that won't impact me. The Automatic Back Up only backs up the DATA in your file and not the Images that may be linked. I ALWAYS Compact my file AND accept that Back Up option when presented. That back up is the same as a Manual Back Up, in that it includes the Media files.

Stability & Performance Improvements
  • TreeSync improvements- improved handling of media.
  • Multiple crash fixes.
  • New option for extended analysis during compact and added fixes for more potential errors
The 3rd improvement is not new, just more obvious when FTM2014 crashes. We have had the Deep Compact command for a number of versions, this just offers the user the ability to run a Deep Compact file after a crash. Remembering that the Compact File command is a great File Maintenance tool.

Bug Fixes
  • Fixes to sorting of facts in Smart Story creation
  • Removed TMG from list of supported file types to import (due to outdated implementation)
  • Improved handling of notes in GEDCOM import
  • Multiple fixes for errors with various reports
  • 30+ additional fixes for a variety of bugs

Will probably do a couple more blog posts in this update when I have a chance to check them out. I just wanted to get the word out about the Web Merge setting and to really watch the Web Merge Screens when you use that feature.

Copyright © 2015 by H R Worthington

Thursday, July 16, 2015

The New Ancestry: July 15th Feature Update

The New Ancestry: July 15th Feature Update

Here is an update on the rollout of the new format on

I have not noticed any changes from within the Family Tree Maker program, as I have been using the beta version of the website for a couple of months WITH FTM2014. No real impact on us that I have seen.

But, please read this Blog Post is it does show us what is new on the Ancestry Member Tree (AMT), that is sync'ed with FTM2012 or FTM2014. There are some nice features in the AMT.

Thursday, July 2, 2015

What Will Happen To My Records? ~ Lineagekeeper's Genealogy Blog

What Will Happen To My Records? ~ Lineagekeeper's Genealogy Blog

I want to draw your attention to another aspect of +DearMYRTLE's Wacky Wednesday from 01 July 2015.

Please read and follow the Lineagekeeper's Genealogy Blog

Hangouts: Pay what you wantSo it's simple. If you value the work Ol' Myrt, +Cousin Russ and our beloved panelists do week in and week out on your behalf, please:

Check the GeneaWebinars Calendar for exact dates of DearMYRTLE study groups and Hangouts on Air, in addition to over 200 hours of online genealogy classes, webinars and tweetchats from other hosts and presenters in the next 12 months.

Copyright © 2015 by H R Worthington

Thursday, June 4, 2015

Office Hours - part 2 - 02 June 2015

Review of the Citations for the "parents" of the 4 children

Copyright © 2015 by H R Worthington

Office Hours - 06/04/15 - Who are these people on this record ?

Looking at a US Federal Census Record, there are some people who I don't know living in this household. How will I handle this.

Copyright © 2015 by H R Worthington

Tuesday, June 2, 2015

Office Hours 02 June 2015 - Problem Step One

First step in try to resolve a problem. Genealogy Question is, Who are the Parents of 4 Children? That is really 2 or 4 questions, but will start with this question.

Will walk through reviewing various documents for the Two "people" that I think may be the parents. This will probably end up by taking this information and using Evidentia to answer this question.

Copyright © 2015 by H R Worthington

Thursday, May 21, 2015

Citation Up Date / Clean Up for me -- Family Search and Ancestry websites

I am always learning by following the Evidence Explained User Forum on

Today, the Editor, posted in Reply to #20 a very important item for me:
The title of the website differs from that of the corporation. It is onlyFamilySearch.  While many people (as Russ did) use as the website title, the actual title does not include .com. (The confusion apparently exists because Ancestry long used .com as part of its website title; but FamilySearch does not. That confusion should be helped, now, by the fact that Ancestry has dropped the .com from its title.) 1)
Up until today, I have been using "" at the Website Title in those Templates in FTM2014 that call for that entry. I haven't been back to see, what the Editor clearly points out, that Ancestry had removed the ".com" from their website Title. Family Search hadn't been using the ".org" in their website title.

I now have a new clean up project to do. Very high on my priority list, by the way, to removed the ".com" and ".org" from and in the TEMPLATE screen. All new Citations will not include those characters going forward but in the future will go back to update the Citation's.

Reviewing my Citations aren't a bad thing, as I continually learn how to craft my citations.

A big THANK YOU to Elizabeth Shown Mills for ALL of her work that she has done for us and continues to help with Citation.

Have already made a note in Evidence Explained and my QuickSheets based on that discussion as a reminder for myself.

1) Online Image Databases and FTM family tree maker 2014, reply to #20; Evidence ExplainedHistorical Analysis, Citation & Source Usage ( : accessed 21 May 2015)
Copyright © 2015 by H R Worthington

Sunday, May 17, 2015

How to Record a Same Sex Relationship

I was asked, How do I record a Same Sex Relationship? The answer is easy, You ATTACH two people, attaching one person as the Spouse. Then, you select the appropriate relationship.

Key hint here, the display looks like "husband and wife", but that is only the visual for us, but the status is what is important and there are NO warnings that would prevent this relationship.

This is from my database, but changed the names and will no include any other details.

Here is an example; Person 1 and Person 2 are married and had a child, Person 3

Looking at the Marriage Line, hovering over the first ICON, you will see Marriages Facts, Notes, and Media:

For this couple, they were married and divorced

Selecting that ICON, you enter the various Marriage Facts, Notes, and Media as seen fit. The Marriage Facts are:

Person 2, meets and marries Person 4, so we need to first Add Person 4, as a spouse

Selecting the Spouse ICON, we Add Spouse. Then we enter the Name, on the Left (in this case)

 The Person 4 is listed correctly in the Right Panel of the Tree View

The Marriage Fact is entered

And Person 2 now has 2 spouses. Person 1, now divorced, and Person 4 new marriage

Looking a Person 2's Timeline, it reflects the correct timeline.

Looking at the Relationship tab for Person 2, it also shows the information accurately.

Copyright © 2015 by H R Worthington

Wednesday, April 29, 2015

AncestryAcademy on Family Tree Maker has introduced a new online product, AncestryAcademy. In that offering is a series of Videos on Family Tree Maker.

Duff Wilson, the presenter, has been involved with Family Tree Maker for over 10 years. He does a far better job than I, so it's worth your time to watch his presentations. At least I think so.


Copyright © 2015 by H R Worthington

Saturday, April 4, 2015

Genealogy Do-Over - NEHGS new My List

New features on the American Ancestors website by the New England Historic Genealogical Society (NEHGS) - My Lists
Blog Post

Specific Blog Post

Copyright © 2015 by H R Worthington

Friday, April 3, 2015

How to Cite and and Keep Track of Blog Posts on MY Blog

I have a research Blog and I want to keep track of Blog posts for people in my family file. I also want to Cite that Blog Post in the file properly. Here is how I do that.

A Worthington Weblog

Copyright © 2015 by H R Worthington

Tuesday, March 31, 2015

FTM2014 - Child Attached to the Wrong Parents


Have a family with a Father with 4 children and a wife. New documentation shows that he was actually married twice, and that the 4th child was actually from the 2nd marriage.

*How to Correct this?*

Key words are *Detach" from the incorrect relationship and *Attach* to the correct relationship.


Copyright © 2015 by H R Worthington

Friday, March 27, 2015

FTM2014 - Marriage, No Children

How I handle, by data entry, for a married couple who had No Children.

Copyright © 2015 by H R Worthington

Monday, March 23, 2015

FTM2014 - Following a Shaky Leaf Hint for Find A Grave Index, 1600s-Current from

How I handle a Shaky Leaf Hint for Find A Grave Index, 1600s-Current from database

Copyright © 2015 by H R Worthington

Wednesday, February 11, 2015

Ancestry Announces 2015 Product and Content Lineup

Ancestry Announces 2015 Product and Content Lineup
Industry Leader Talks Innovation and New Collections At Annual RootsTech Conference
(PROVO, Utah) – February 11, 2015Ancestry, the world's leading family history service, is ushering in the next generation of family history, with the debut of an updated story centric website, groundbreaking advancements in AncestryDNA that will revolutionize how people discover their ancestors, and the anticipated addition of nearly 1 billion new records to the largest collection of historical records online in 2015.

“We’re incredibly excited about all the amazing things we have in store for our members this year,” said Tim Sullivan, CEO of Ancestry. “In 2015, we’ll be launching some of the most innovative new features and services in our company’s history.  We think these additions are going to make Ancestry an even more powerful resource for our existing users, while also making family history easier, more accessible, and more fun for those just getting started.  We’re also proud of our commitment to continue investing in new content.  Our 2015 content roadmap will be anchored by our expected fall release of more than 170 million Probate and Wills images, one of the most exciting, engaging, and interesting content collections we’ve ever published.”

Over the next year, Ancestry will introduce breakthrough features and compelling content – made possible by powerful advancements in science and technology – that will give you an easier, richer and more engaging way to discover and tell your family story, and make your family history journey easy and engaging, through a highly customized, relevant and historically rich experience rooted in discovery and storytelling.

·         Major Product Developments

o    A new and improved Ancestry website will make it easier for anyone to discover and tell the rich, unique story of their family, through new features and site enhancements that will reinvent the ways Ancestry members create and showcase their family story.  The new site experience is currently in limited Beta and will be demonstrated at RootsTech On Friday, Feb. 13 at 1:00 pm MT (Room 151) as well as at the Ancestry booth. Visitors to the Ancestry booth will be able to opt in to participate in the Beta.

o    Ancestry mobile will introduce a full search feature in the iOS app that will empower users to access 15 billion historical records and hints anytime, anywhere in the native app environment. The intuitive interface will make both simple and advanced searches easier, while the presentation of search results will also help you quickly identify and prioritize the most important results, making search less complicated.  The Ancestry mobile team will showcase version 1 search in the Ancestry booth and discuss search and other mobile features in length during an FGS class, “Ancestry’s Mobile World,” on Saturday, Feb. 14 at 1:00 pm MT.

o    Ancestry will also remain committed to providing the best in educational resources with the launch of Ancestry Academy in April. The new resource will offer how-to tutorials and historical guidance to help experts and novices alike. Released as a limited Beta this week, Ancestry Academy will be showcased via demo in the Exhibit Hall on Friday, Feb 13 at 3 pm MT. Those interested in participating in this Beta should stop by the Ancestry booth for more information.

·         Continued Growth for AncestryDNA

o    With a database of over 700,000 genotyped members, AncestryDNA has generated over one billion cousin connections to date.  In 2015, we project this database to grow to exceed well over one million genotyped members, resulting in even more and higher quality cousin matches.

o    Following the successful launch of AncestryDNA in the UK, we will soon be bringing the service to our members in Australia and Canada, and in doing so, will connect the major English-speaking migrations and globally connect families like never before.

o    Building on DNA Circles, in 2015 we will launch a new experience that will use the latest genetic technology to discover new ancestors without the customer having to search records or build a family tree.  This new feature will transform how family history research is done by providing valuable hints to help experienced genealogist looking to break through brick walls, as well as open family history to a whole new segment of the population. Through this new experience, AncestryDNA customers will be able to discover new ancestors as far back as the 1700’s by connecting into existing DNA Circles.
·         Ancestry Around the World

o    Last winter, Ancestry expanded the availability of to users in the UK, and just last month in Australia and Canada.

o    Later this year, Ancestry will announce resources for users in Germany and Mexico. With more than 58 million Americans claiming sole or partial German heritage* and an estimated 34 million residents of Mexican origin** the new sites will give nearly 100 million people in the US alone, the ability to learn more about their family’s story.

·         New Record Collections

o    This fall Ancestry will release more than 170 million name-searchable images of million Probate and Wills records. The most comprehensive collections of its kind, these records will provide access to almost all wills probated in the United States from the mid 19th century to 2000– an unprecedented treasure trove of information to better inform familial narratives.

o    This spring, Ancestry will release the comprehensive service records collection for the Australian Imperial Forces – the main expeditionary force of the Australian Army during World War 1. Made available in time for Australia’s 100-year commemoration of its entrance into the war, the historical records will help honor the brave men and women that served.

o    Also in 2015, Ancestry will make available in the UK, a variety of content collections including WWI War DiariesParish Baptism Marriage and Burial Registers, and a collection of Francis Frith historic photos gathered from over 7,000 individual cities, towns, and villages across the UK from 1860-1960.

·         Professional Research, Award Winning Television and You

o    With more than 150 years of combined research experience, Ancestry’s professional research group, AncestryProGenealogists, has helped people trace their family trees and connect with the past for more than 15 years. The team has grown to become the largest service of its kind, supporting research for the Emmy Nominated Show “Who Do You Think You Are?.” AncestryProGenealogists will continue to grow and help solve family mysteries, break down brick walls, and discover the stories that tell you who you are and where you came from.

o    Ancestry will also continue showcasing family history around the world, through shows like Who Do You Think You Are?, Genealogy Roadshow, Finding Your Roots, and Long Lost Family.

“Your family story is a universe that is always expanding,” said Sullivan. “With new products and even more records, Ancestry will provide the most unique, personable, and engaging family history experience on the planet.”

To learn more about how Ancestry is transforming family history, visit the Ancestry booth at the RootsTech Conference in Salt Lake City, Utah from February 11-14, 2015.


* 1990 U.S. Census
** Pew Research Center 2013

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Sunday, February 8, 2015

How to put a Citation on an Image - A Thought

There was a question posted in the +Cousin Russ Genealogy Community today:

There were several suggestions that were offered.

I have, as an example, a World War I Draft Registration Card in FTM2014. As I have shared before, I put the Citation for that image, in the description in the Media Workspace for that image. So I have it covered. But when I thought about it, here is what could be done, for saving and citing that image outside of Family Tree Maker.

I use a screen capture program, where I can capture the image and add a caption or citation on that image. I can add it to the Top of the Bottom of the image. So, I just Copied the Citation from FTM2014 and pasted it to the screen capture.

 I used colors to be sure that someone looking at that image what know that the citation is what was added to the image.

One of the suggestions, in the community, was great, where it was suggested that a Word Document be used for the citation. So, I tried it, again Copy / Pasted the Citation into the Word Document, made the page Landscaped and made the top margin very close to the top.

This could then be printed, folded so just the Citation was seen, as illustrated in the community, and inserted into an Archival Sheet, with the original document. Very cleaver I thought.

I thought about that for a minute and took it one step further. Why not put the Image that I did the screen capture into this Word document on the document with the Citation at the top (of the landscape page) for the front side of the archival sheet and put the original behind it. The Cited Image on front, original image facing out so that when you turned the page, you would see the original document.

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This does two things, for me at least, I have the Filename of the Image, the Citation on the front and the Image when I turn the sheet over.

I would file this in a notebook, using my normal, for me, Filenaming convention, both on the Computer and in the physical form. In this case a notebook.

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