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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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There is a report that I didn't talk about in my Charts and Reports video. I wanted to save it for this one because it's kind of special and tucked away and customized. It's not something that you would normally see in the listing. You have got to really sort of dig deep to make it happen for you. But once you do it, you will see how valuable it is. So let me go to Publish. I am going to go to Person Reports. Charts would be the default view but I am going to go to Person Reports, and click on Custom Report. There are all kinds of things you can do in the Custom Report but what I am going to do here is show every single person in my tree alphabetically with facts.
And that way we can see which facts are missing and if I want to add extra facts beyond Birth, Death and Marriage, I can add extra facts. Let me just start the process on how to do that. First, I am going to change the report title to All Individuals. Now I am going to go hmm, I don't want the immediate family of the person selected. I want to have All Individuals, so I click on that. It shows every single person in my tree, but it does it by first name alphabetically not by last name. I really do want it to be alphabetical by the last name.
So I am going to go to Items To Include. Now I have got Name, Birth, Marriage, Death and I could include more items here. I would normally include more items because I do like to know when they immigrated, for example. I really think that's an exciting thing to see. So I am going to select that and I am also interested in finding things their occupation. So I am going to roll down there and add that as well. Now I want to go down to this thing where it says Options, but I don't want Occupation Options. I want Name Options. I don't want to have their first name first.
Under the Name Options. Instead of First Middle Last, I am going to go to Last First Middle. That way when I click OK down here, it will put everybody in alphabetical order by last name, which is a more logical way to view things. So now we have this list, which we can print out, put on the dining room table and pour over it and notice that gosh, I don't know when this person died. I don't know when this person got married. I know nothing about this person. I can see gaps in my information, gaps in my knowledge that sort of jump off the page at me when I create this All Individuals report.
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