Thursday, April 25, 2013

FTM2012 and Ancestry Member Tree Hints

Working on a project that was created to track individuals that have been listed in some Pedigree Charts. These charts have been researched, but the documentation was not included in the charts. I do know, that the research has been completed and proven, but I want to have some documentation for these charts.

I am entering the data into FTM2012 and using the TreeSync™ feature to post the same file as an Ancestry Member Tree. I have entered 233 people into my file and wanted to see how the hints / shaky leaves matched up.

The data in this file is very limited as to Facts. 233 people, 67 marriages, 9 generations and 61 Surnames. The date range is 1471 to 1713 with most in the UK. The average Fact per person is 4. That would include the Name, and two identification facts. There are 46 places, again in the UK.

This screen is from FTM2012, Plan Workspace, More File Statistics

In FTM2012, I determined that there were 41 Ancestry Hints for 11 people. 4 of the 41 were for unnamed people.

Ancestry Member Trees (AMT) have a way to see a summary of hints.

In FTM2012, I have the Member Tree feature turned off, so the number of Records in the AMT is very close to that of FTM2012. It will be interesting to see the "Story", but I think that will be on someone's Member Tree.

Bottom line here, is the number of Hints are very, very close. Now to start looking at those hints.


Copyright © 2013 by H R Worthington

Tuesday, April 23, 2013

Exporting to a GEDCOM with unexpected results on Import

Recently, I exported a file to the GEDCOM format. When that file was imported into a 3rd party program, the results were not right. For example, I had an Occupation fact that had a Location. What I saw in the report from the 3rd party program was

Occupation / Location

It should have just been


The issue is in the way the GEDCOM was formatted. The first export was in the GEDCOM 5.5 format, but had selected Version 16, when the type of format was selected. I have used that format for many years. Out of habit I suspect.

To correct the unexpected results, I returned to the File, Export menu.

This brings up a window where you select the format that you want to export the file into. In this case, I selected GEDCOM 5.5, which is seen from the Output Format: pull down menu. 

The default is FTM16, which I had used before, with the unexpected results. From this menu, I will select FTM2012.

With FTM2012 selected, a window will appear to name the GEDCOM file.

This time, the results were correct.

Not all GEDCOMs are equal.


Copyright © 2013 by H R Worthington

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