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Growing and Sharing Your Family Tree

Moving data items


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Growing and Sharing Your Family Tree

with Jeff Sengstack

Video: Moving data items

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.
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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

Moving data items

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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