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Growing and Sharing Your Family Tree shows how rewarding and informative building a family history can be. Genealogy instructor Jeff Sengstack teaches how to find lost ancestors, connect with living relatives, and collaborate with others to grow a family tree. He explains how to use the Family Tree Maker application along with Ancestry.com and other internet sites to track down census data, immigration records, and other important documents, and then organize family tree data. Jeff also presents tips on how to scan old photos, create video slideshows, and build family web sites. Exercise files accompany this course.
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Normally, when you're inside the Family view of the People workspace and you click on somebody that gives you an instant relationship view of that person to the Home Person. So here David is my dad, John is my granddad and Johann is my great-grandfather, because I am the Home Person. Sometimes you want to check relationships between two individuals, either one of which is the Home Person. So there's another way to do that. That's under Tools. Tools > Relationship Calculator. Just think. If you forget where the Relationship Calculator is located in the menu up there, just think of it as a tool and you can track it down that way.
Click on that. It opens up this fairly complicated looking dialog box but it's actually basically simple. There are two people here, the current people selected, the Home Person, and the person currently active. You can select any two individuals here and check their relationship. Well, I'm going to check Johann's relationship to somebody else. So I'll click on that and I will click on Grace Doris. So Johann is the father of Grace Doris and if I click this little switch, it says, oh! Grace is the daughter of Johann. Let me just change Grace. Instead of Grace, I will go to an early Sengstack, Johann, go back to a few generations.
Now you see that Johann is the second great-grandfather of Johann IV, which you'd expect. That's basically how you can do a Relationship Calculation for two selected individuals inside the Relationship Calculator.
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