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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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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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