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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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When you add children to a couple, the children are added in the order in which you add them to the family tree, which frequently is not in chronological order. So there are two ways to fix that. Let me just open this up a little bit here. I've added three children to Johann Sengstack and Katherine Marie Damke. This was the one I had all along, my grandfather. If I add his siblings, Grace, Elsa and Frederick, and I added them in random order as you can see, 93, 02, 91, 94. Now you can arrange the order by doing one at a time, the manual method.
I am not really sure if anyone wants to do that. But if you click on Grace for example, I can click on this down arrow twice to move her to the appropriate place because she's the youngest of the four. These are still out of order. So the easy way to sort everybody all at once is to click on this little button here. That little double-arrow says Sort children by Birth order. I click on that, and bam! Everybody is in place 1891, 1893, 1894 and 1902. That's the easy way to sort children by birth order.
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