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Growing and Sharing Your Family Tree

Leafing through Family Tree Maker's ancestry hints


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Growing and Sharing Your Family Tree

with Jeff Sengstack

Video: Leafing through Family Tree Maker's ancestry hints

By now you've probably seen these little green leaves popping up on individuals inside your Pedigree View here inside the People workspace, and you have been sorely tempted to track down these links, these Ancestry hint. If you do that, you'll come to this page and see a bunch of stuff listed there. Well, this stuff listed here are documents that are on the ancestry.com site that Family Tree Maker working with ancestry.com have tracked down and are probably directly connected to each individual that you see them on inside your family tree.
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  1. 5m 52s
    1. Welcome
      1m 6s
    2. Why grow your family tree?
      1m 43s
    3. Workflow for growing and sharing a family tree
      1m 51s
    4. Using the exercise files
      1m 12s
  2. 39m 37s
    1. Installing Family Tree Maker
      1m 29s
    2. Introducing Family Tree Maker
      4m 38s
    3. Standardizing names, dates, and locations
      1m 59s
    4. Getting started with Family Tree Maker
      4m 50s
    5. Including source information
      3m 29s
    6. Adding more names: children, spouses, unrelated individuals, and parents
      6m 0s
    7. Inputting notes, facts, and media
      7m 36s
    8. Fine-tuning information
      5m 45s
    9. Viewing and printing simplified ancestor charts to identify gaps in knowledge
      3m 51s
  3. 16m 44s
    1. Going on a treasure hunt
      1m 20s
    2. Getting photos and documents onto your computer
      12m 12s
    3. Using DNA to trace your roots
      3m 12s
  4. 12m 56s
    1. Finding others who have researched your family tree
      5m 4s
    2. Importing family tree files
      5m 10s
    3. Talking to older relatives
      1m 1s
    4. Visiting ancestral locales
      1m 41s
  5. 24m 10s
    1. Leafing through Family Tree Maker's ancestry hints
      2m 44s
    2. Installing Family Tree Maker's viewer
      1m 34s
    3. Merging ancestry hint document data into your family tree
      12m 23s
    4. Saving documents and linking them to individuals
      7m 29s
  6. 24m 53s
    1. How the internet can help you
      3m 53s
    2. Drawing up an internet research strategy
      5m 28s
    3. Tips, tricks, and techniques for searching Ancestry.com
      7m 43s
    4. Reviewing the major internet genealogy sites
      7m 49s
  7. 48m 18s
    1. Associating place names with people and events
      8m 55s
    2. Adding, viewing, and linking images and media to people
      9m 41s
    3. Customizing and printing charts
      9m 34s
    4. Backing up, restoring, and exporting files
      5m 46s
    5. Setting the home person
      57s
    6. Finding relationships
      1m 19s
    7. Sorting children
      1m 1s
    8. Replacing terms
      1m 11s
    9. Making facts private
      2m 35s
    10. Moving data items
      1m 42s
    11. Reviewing data
      2m 7s
    12. Merging two trees
      3m 30s
  8. 7m 49s
    1. Creating family history audio recordings, videos, slideshows, and DVDs
      3m 43s
    2. Collaborating and sharing online
      4m 6s
  9. 2m 17s
    1. Goodbye
      2m 17s

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Growing and Sharing Your Family Tree
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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.

Download Jeff's free genealogy tips from the Exercise Files tab.

Topics include:
  • Learning multiple methods for tracking down ancestors
  • Exploring the Ancestry.com database
  • Working with Family Tree Maker and its ancestry hints
  • Using DNA evidence to trace a family branch
  • Conducting live interviews with family members
  • Importing and scanning photos and documents for use in a family tree
  • Using Family Tree Maker's advanced tools to link images, documents, and places to individuals
Software:
Family Tree Maker
Author:
Jeff Sengstack

Leafing through Family Tree Maker's ancestry hints

By now you've probably seen these little green leaves popping up on individuals inside your Pedigree View here inside the People workspace, and you have been sorely tempted to track down these links, these Ancestry hint. If you do that, you'll come to this page and see a bunch of stuff listed there. Well, this stuff listed here are documents that are on the ancestry.com site that Family Tree Maker working with ancestry.com have tracked down and are probably directly connected to each individual that you see them on inside your family tree.

If I go back and look there, every single person here has a set of Ancestry hint, if they've got that little green leaf. One here, two over here, eight there. So each set is probably, a high probability, connected to that individual. When you go and look at those things, you'll discover that oh, my gosh, this is that person's census record or something. Well before we go to these things and start working on them and merging the media into our family tree in some fashion, I want to tell you what you're probably going to come across, so you to get a sense of what you're going to be working with here as you click on these Ancestry hint.

Topping the list of things that you're going to find are census records. You'll find many, many census records going back, starting in 1930 and going back into the 1800, maybe even to the 1700s. And census records are full of information including addresses, names, occupations, when people immigrated, what year they were born, whether they're married, widowed, how many children they have, what their professions were. It goes on and on, the things that you can find inside the census and I'll be talking about that in other tutorials. This is a Draft registration card for World War I. It is chockablock with interesting stuff.

I mean, somebody's signature. It's so good to see someone's signature. That says something about that person. It's like you're connecting with the person. You also find out about their height, their weight, the color of their eyes, the color of their hair, their address, what they did for a living, who their closest relatives is. All kinds of stuff inside World War I draft registration cards. World War II draft registration cards were required for men, even if they were beyond who you would even think about is typically a draft age. So this again has all kinds of information including that signature and including where they worked and the closest relative. Passenger lists are very interesting because this, many times, tells you the day that your ancestor arrived in United States and the list of who they came with.

That's the time you find out they're traveling with friends or other relatives. And finally, the last thing you're going to find that's a huge thing inside your Ancestry hint are other people whose trees are probably connected to yours and then you can connect to those trees and get that data and merge it into yours. So this whole Ancestry hint thing is so exciting because it really tracks people down pretty accurately and then it's a very simple to take that information in those documents and merge them inside your family tree.

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