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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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The first time you try to view an online document inside Family Tree Maker, you are going to run into a little speed bump and I want to prepare you for that and get you past that speed bump and then we can go on to having all this fun of downloading documents, merging them into your tree, and putting these image files on your hard drive. So let's just click on any leaf and click on the Ancestor hints found button. That takes us to a group of ancestor hints. I am going to select something here that has an image. The first one here does not have an image. It's just data. But this next one has an image. So I click on it and then I click on View Image.
When I do that, I am going to get this little message, New Enhanced Image Viewer! Download Now. Well, if you want to see this thing, you need to download this guy; otherwise you really won't get a good view of it. So we are going to download this little viewer. You would take it would have been included inside Family Tree Maker, but you have got to do this extra step. So I am going to click on that, Download Now. It's going to say, where do you want to run or save it? Let's say I want to run it because that makes it easier. And there it goes. It's installing this little image viewer. And then we are saying Done.
Now we will say Continue. Oops! It says it might not have installed correctly. We will say it's installed correctly. Now I will click Continue, and see what happens. And lo and behold, there is our first image. So that's the speed bump I wanted to get you past. Once you get that installed and you do it by running it and even though you get that little error message, keep on going forward, persevere. And then you should be able to then see a full view of the images inside the Web Search workspace.
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