Wednesday, August 28, 2013

More information on FTM2014

I should have posted this earlier.

Here is a link to with more information on FTM2014.

Please look at the 4 tabs on that page for more information.


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Sunday, August 25, 2013

Family Tree Maker Version 2014 announced at the FGS Conference

It’s that time again to announce all the greatest new features of Family Tree Maker. We listened to a large range of Family Tree Maker users to improve our features for 2014 including the roll out of the new Family View display, improved TreeSync, more extensive charts and reports, new organizational tools and more. Below is a list of the newly improved features.
  • New Family View — see your family tree in a new way. This additional view makes navigating easier, especially when you want to see extended family members.
  • Improved TreeSync — lets you easily synchronize your tree in Family Tree Maker with an online tree.
    • A more robust TreeSync™ lets you sync even more of your family tree info.
    • Easily share your tree with your family and work on it together. Family and friends can view the online version of your tree without software or an subscription.
    • Collaborate with the largest, most active family history community in the world. Keep your online tree private or make it public so that others researching your family can find you. You may connect with others who have insight on your ancestors, discover rare family photos, or even find relatives you didn’t know you had.
  • More organizational tools — stay organized with new tools that let you sort children automatically by birth order and view people by location, grouping them by country, state, county, and city.
  • New and improved charts and reports — more options and views let you display an individual’s ancestors, spouses, and children together. Also, the Index of Individuals Report has been expanded with options for anniversary, birthday, and contact lists and more.
  • New tree branch export — a new export option makes it much simpler to export a single branch of your tree. 
  • More editing options — save time with the ability to copy and paste facts including related source citations, media items, and notes.
  • Improved merging — easily and reliably merge more of the information you find on
Family Tree Maker is a great program to help you organize your family history regardless of your level of expertise. With so many features and options, it’s perfect for the genealogist digging deeper into the past and the family historian fleshing out stories. Some of the additional features you may find helpful include:
1. Access interactive street and satellite maps
View important locations in your ancestors’ lives. Or create a migration map showing where events in ancestors’ lives took place.
2. Easily organize media
Add photos, documents, audio and video in one, easy-to-access location. Link media to multiple people in your tree and incorporate them into charts and reports.
3. Share your work with others
Use templates to create beautiful family trees or design your own with powerful charting tools. Enhance charts with backgrounds, embellishments and family photos.
4. Discover new family members — Follow hints from, the world's largest family history resource.
5. Create Smart Stories — Transform facts from your tree into stories that update automatically as you change your tree.
6. Simplify source creation — Use templates to source everything from online databases to vital records.
7. Use standard location names — Use the locations database to enter place names consistently and in a standard format.
8. Explore data like never before — Use new and improved reports to gather information and export it in a variety of formats. Save settings in one report and apply them to others.
9. Navigate your tree with ease — View multiple generations, navigate to any individual in your tree with a click of the mouse and add or edit life events.
10. Import data from other genealogy programs — Open files created in Legacy™ Family Tree, The Master Genealogist™ and FamilySearch™ Personal Ancestral files.
Version 2014 is now available for pre-sale at 30% off for the early bird genealogist. You’ll have the option to have it shipped to you or download it the same day shipping begins. The pre-sale discount ends September 10th, so get yours now to take advantage of the 2014 launch.

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Tuesday, August 20, 2013

Google+ Response: Source Template: Baptismal Record from the Family Search website

This is from a Google+ Request:

Got a question for you now that I am about to do my first source citation in FTM 2012.  I have an image of the Baptismal Record for my grandmother that I found over on, but am having a hard time figuring out how to do this.

Here is a link to where I found the record image -

I initially went to add a new source and church records as the category, but that didn't seem to fit, then I went to Digital Archives for the source template and put in the following info:

Collection: Prince Edward Island, Church Records, 1777-1985

Collection Format: images

Website Creator/Owner:  FamilySearch

Website Title:


Year:  left blank

This record gives her baptismal date, birth date, parents, etc.  If this is the correct template, I'm not sure what to put in the Citation Text box and what to put in the Citation Detail box.

This collection cites to the Anglican Church of Canada, Births, Baptisms 1884-1957.

I hope you can help me with this.  I"m totally lost.


There was a link to this blog post:

Not having the name of the specific person, her Grandmother, I can only go so far.

Here is what I did:

Went to the Sources Workspace and selected New, in the upper right, and in the pop-up windows More:

 Then made my selections, based on the image in the link from Family Search:

It was a Church Record, an Image Copy, and it was Digitized Online. This is the Source Template I selected, that best described what was on that page.

Then the choice would bring up this screen:

Looking at the grayed text, that is the information that would be filled in, for data entry from that page:

Prince Edward Island, Church Records, 1777-1985
St Eleanors
Anglican Church of Canada
Births, baptisms 1884-1957
There was NOT a date on Family Search for when that record collection was made available, so I left the Year field blank.

That completed, brought up the Citation Screen:

I entered in the Citation Detail field:
accessed: 20 Aug 2013: Diocese of Nova Scotia, Page 38, Baptisms Solemized in the Parish or Mission of St. Eleanors in the Year 1909, Listed
I would enter the data from the image about the person of interest after the word "Listed"

In the Citation Text I entered:

Family Search: pal:/MM9.3.1/TH-1971-26176-32184-29 
Which is the information from Family Search.

I added the Web Address for the image, that was listed in the initial Google+ message. I unchecked the Citation Text and Web Address boxes, (not show that way above).

The next step is to link the Fact collected from that image to this Citation.

I would also download the Image from Family Search and link that image to the Source Template


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