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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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If you're a Premium member of the lynda.com Online Training Library, or if you're watching this tutorial on a disk, you have access to the Exercise Files used throughout this title. If you're a monthly or annual subscriber to lynda.com you don't have access to the Exercise Files, but you can certainly follow along and use your own information and files. I've put my Exercise Files folder here on the desktop. You can put yours anywhere you want. I want to open it up and show you what we have. Our files include a Sample Family Tree, the one I used in this course. It's there for you to work with, but I strongly encourage you to not use it.
I think you'll want to create your own tree and add to it as you go through this course. It's very exciting to see your tree grow, and since I cover various topics separately, it won't matter that your file does not exactly match mine. We also have some GEDCOM files that we use as examples in several videos to demonstrate merging, importing, and exporting trees. Finally, the Sample Media folder. Let me open that one up. It contains assets such as photos, census records, and draft registration documents. Again, feel free to use these media files.
But I recommend you use your own image document files as we progress through this course. Let's get started.
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