Sunday, December 28, 2014

Genealogy Do-Over and my FTM2014

I think this is a great idea. Actually I started early, in reality 2 years ago. Let me try to explain.

When Family Tree Maker first offered the Template Feature, way back with FTM2010, I started over. I have been very unhappy with the "free form" citations where have been in Family Tree Maker for years.

Second point is that I learned, from the beginning, to Cite My Sources. I think that I must have picked that up from +DearMYRTLE and her podcasts, "back in the day"; +Dick Eastman and his Electronic News Letter and many others.

So what I did when FTM2010 came out, I convinced myself to learn how to use this feature. Why would Family Tree Maker create a feature that wasn't going to help me with the format of the EndNotes (Reference Notes) when doing a report.

I also had +Elizabeth Shown Mills books that I tried to understand, but was missing the tool to get them right. BUT, as it turns out, I had a chance to meet her at an dinner when the Templates were introduced. My copy of Evidence Explained was signed by her. An honored treasure that is always within easy reach.

As I have blogged about here, I started to transfer all of my Citations into the Template Format.

Well, that doesn't look like too much progress, not quite 50%, BUT there is work behind those numbers.

My plan is to follow the Genealogy Do-Over, but I am NOT starting my file over, but will participate in the project.

Here is a link to the Genealogy Do Over website:

There is also a Facebook Group

Looking at the schedule for this project, I will share my experience HERE focussing on how these steps are impacting my use of FTM2014. Where possible, what I will share will be for both FTM2014 (PC / Windows version) and FTM-3 (Mac version), as I have both. If I see a difference I will post a separate FTM-3 article. But so far, I don't think that there will be any differences.

I have spent too much time on this file, to start my research over, BUT HOW I do my research has changed. I have shared some of that already on this Blog and will continue to do so.

Stay Tuned.

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