Monday, December 31, 2018

Knowledge Base - Sync (updated)


For me, the FAMILYSYNC® process is a key feature of Family Tree Maker. It allows me to easily update on Ancestry Member Tree (AMT)

I have a several Blog Posts on FTM2017 Family Sync


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Friday, December 28, 2018

Knowledge Base - Update (update)


Articles about Recent Updates to FTM2017



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Blog Post Comments [ resolved ]

Dear Readers,

I have finally resolved a long standing email issue, when comments are made on this blog. I have followed all of the steps on various Google and Facebook Groups about this specific issue, many other Bloggers have reported the same problem.

The cause of the problem was known and we know when it happened. The "help" instructions were many, and were the same solution, but did not work for this blog.

I worked with a friend who had a working blog, and the Notification about a Comment being made was received. We compared settings.

After comparing one setting today, I found the problem, and it has been resolved.

I just published a number of Comments that were in Cue to be published and responded to each of them, except the dozen Spam comments.

I am sorry for the delay in having those comments published, but they are now active and I have responded to them.

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Wednesday, December 26, 2018

News from Family Tree Maker


From a recent email you may have received:

WANT TO LEARN MORE ABOUT FTM 2017?

Here's how:
Compare Features. Check out a comparison chart of older FTM versions vs. the latest one.
Get the What's New List. You can read What's New in FTM 2017 in our Support Center.
Read an FAQ. You can check out Frequently Asked Questions about FTM 2017 online.

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Monday, December 24, 2018

Sunday, December 23, 2018

Knowledge Base - DNA




From this blog:


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Saturday, December 22, 2018

User Question - Siblings that are Direct Line Ancestors

A Reader Question:
I have both a brother and a sister as direct ancestors of the home person. The program defaulted to the brother with the yellow arrow because he is a 5th great grandparent while the sister is a 6th great grandparent. How can I make both of them as direct great grandparents. With this problem I am unable to do a mtDNA chart of mother to daughter etc.
If you have the relationship correct, they both will appear as "direct" Great Grandparents. 

An Quick Check go to the "Brother" in the People Workspace, Person View, in the right panel, is the Relationship to the Home Person correct? Repeat the same for the Sister, ans is that correct. I am guessing that is how you saw the 5th Great Grandparent (father) and 6th Great Grandmother information came from.

You can versify this when you go to the Tools Menu, Relationship Calculator, starting with yourself as the selected person, (top field) and the "brother" in the 2nd position, and see what the Relationship is between your self and the brother. Then change the brother to the "sister" and make sure that this relationship is what you expect.

A hint may be that when you look at the Relationship field, there may be a (#) after the word Relationship, indicating that there may be more than one relationship going on.

Looking at my own database, I have two brothers that are 7th great grandfathers, both brothers have the "yellow arrow" that you mentioned. That makes me think, that in your case, you are not seeing the 2nd "yellow arrow".

On the surface, this sounds like a data entry / relationship issue within your database.

I looked to see if I had situation like you described and I don't.


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Knowledge Base - Web Search Workspace


Web Search Workspace

From this blog:


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Tuesday, December 18, 2018

Sunday, December 16, 2018

Knowledge Base - Plan Workspace


The Plan Workspace is where I start off and end the day. I have ToDo Lists for Profiles, Tasks for the File and I keep those Tasks that I have completed:

From the Blog

  • Plan Workspace


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    Friday, December 14, 2018

    Knowledge Base - Software MacKiev


    Couple of articles about Software MacKiev



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    Wednesday, December 12, 2018

    Knowledge Base - FamilySearch


    Family Tree Maker (FTM2017) has an interface to the FamilySearch.org website.



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    Tuesday, December 11, 2018

    Monday, December 10, 2018

    Knowledge Base - Help Menu


    There is a lot of information in the FTM2017 Help Menu

    I have many Blog Posts about the Family Tree Maker Help menu


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    Sunday, December 9, 2018

    Knowledge Base - Sync


    For me, the FAMILYSYNC® process is a key feature of Family Tree Maker. It allows me to easily update on Ancestry Member Tree (AMT)

    I have a several Blog Posts on FTM2017 Family Sync


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    Saturday, December 8, 2018

    Friday, December 7, 2018

    Knowledge Base - Family Book Creator (Plug-In)


    The Family Book Creator is a Plug-in for Family Tree Maker.


    I have blogged about this Plug-In in the past

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    Thursday, December 6, 2018

    User Question: No Spouse Entered

    A User Requestion:

    A person has multiple parents listed, natural parent (not married), adopted parents, [no spouse entered]. [no spouse entered] is listed for both father and mother. Because of this when I try to show the person's tree no ancestors appear. I do not know how to fix this?
    In the Search Box, upper Left, enter "No Spouse Entered". I have already blogged about that.

    Hope this helps


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    Knowledge Base - Updates


    Articles about Recent Updates to FTM2017



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    Wednesday, December 5, 2018

    Knowledge Base - Frequently Asked Questions


    As announced earlier, here is my first blog post with links to the Family Tree Maker support website:


    This specific list of articles are all on the same page, but by clicking on the question
    the answer will be shown as text below the question
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    Family History Blog Posts and Family Tree Maker

    This blog post is a result of reading Tony Proctor's Parallax View, A different view on things, titled The Future of Online Trees. His blog got me to think about what I might do when linking my Family Blog posts into Family Tree Maker.

    This video are my thoughts on how I am linking my blog posts into my database..


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    Tuesday, December 4, 2018

    Proposed New Series of Blog Posts


    I have decided that I want to help readers of the blog, to be able to find articles on the FamilyTreeMaker.com support page (https://www.mackiev.com/familytreemaker/)

    I will gather articles based on the seven (7) Workspaces, Offer the Article and a Link to that Article.

    There probably will be some other categories, not specific to a Workspace, that I will also offer. I will probably offer about 5 articles per blog post, but if I find other articles in that same Workspace, I'll update the blog post (creating a NEW blog post, but mark is as an Update) where I will add new articles that I found. 

    I will also attempt to show the Date of the Article.

    In other words, I am hoping to build a Directory of articles, by workspace, written by Software MacKiev about the Family Tree Maker Program.

    Since my blog posts are by Workspace, down the Left Column and the Search box in the Upper Left, you will be able to find My Blog Posts about that Workspace, as well as the Directory of Articles, hopefully, will help find information a little easier.

    My blog posts are about how I use the program, and that changes over time, but I want the readers to be able to find what the good folks at Family Tree Maker have to say.

    I will attempt to use this banner on this type of post to make it clear(er)

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