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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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Sometimes you want to edit a lot of facts all at once and this happens typically when you export an older version of a Family Tree Maker file and all the descriptions were put into the place field. And so you see a bunch of descriptions that might say this person had three children and it's in a place field where it doesn't belong. So you need to move it from the place field into the description field for example. So you do that on en masse and it's fairly easy to do using a Manage Facts approach. So we go down to Edit > Manage Facts. It opens up this Manage Facts dialog box and then you select the fact that you want to fix.
So let's say we go down to Birth for example and that will have a place field inside it, so we go Birth, Data Options. So you want to back things up before you start making these massive changes but in this case for our example, we are going to skip the backing up part. Now it shows every person that has a birth fact associated with them. In this particular case we have been pretty careful to try to put places in the Place field and descriptions in the Description field. But let's just say that some of these people had descriptions inside their Place field and we want to move them over here in the descriptions.
So I am going to un-check everybody then check some selected people that need to have their place information, which is actually a description, moved over to the description. I could select that person and this person and this person. Then I would have the option now to move data in the selected facts, let's say, From place to description. If I click OK, those three things will be shifted over to description. You will never longer get the little error messages when you're in a Place workspace. that say, what is this thing that you call three children? It's not a place, is it? So that's the easy way to take a bunch of facts that are in the wrong place and move them to the right place.
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