Monday, May 22, 2017

Cemetery Report using the Historic Place Name feature

Going to take a "road trip" to Pennsylvania to visit cemeteries where I know to have people buried there. How do I create a List of Cemeteries and who is buried in each?

The trick starts with the use of the Historic Place Name feature [ Place detail (historical name, address church, cemetery, etc): ] in the Resolve Place Name screen.

Here is the Cemetery Name: 

Birmingham-Lafayette Friends Meeting, West Chester, Chester County, Pennsylvania, USA

This is the entry in the People Workspace, Person View

The Place Name is entered as listed above. In the Right Panel, with that Burial Fact Selected the Pencil "edit" ICON appears. That is to Resolve the Place Name.

Clicking on that brings up the Resolve Place Name Edit screen

Using the up pointing arrow, on the Left, the information to the first Comma, is moved to the upper field, "Place Detail", and the City, County, State, and Country are searched for and selected. 

This process takes full advantage of the Map feature. It shows where the cemetery is and who is buried there. But, I am going to the State, not just this cemetery, so I need a report.

Go to the Publish Workspace, Person Collection, Custom Report. Individuals to Include (on the right) and this pop up window appears. In the Find Individuals screen, FILTER IN => select ALL Facts and scroll down to Burial.

Now, in the field below Burial, select ANY DATA

and the default "Equals"  changed to Exists. That mean anyone who had information in the Burial Fact will be in the list. 

In my case, there are 642 entries. 

I don't want everyone, I only want those in Pennsylvania. 

I select the <= Filter Out, burial fact, select Place, Does not Contain Pennsylvania.

That gets me down to 246 people, buried in Pennsylvania.

Still in the Publish Workspace, Select the Items to Include ICON>

which will open the items to include in the Report. I removed the Birth, Marriage, and Death Facts  (the Red X) and added (Green +) Burial. The only information I want to Include only preferred Facts. I then selected the Burial FACT and only have a check mark in the Place and again the Include only preferred Facts

I want the report to be sorted by Cemetery. At the bottom of that panel is where the 1st Sort is by Burial Place then by name.

Where is a sample of what that report would look like.

Copyright © 2017 by H R Worthington

Tuesday, May 16, 2017

Reader Question: Other Information in Citation in an AMT

Blog Reader Ann asked the following question:
Russ, When you add a source on the Ancestry side of a tree there is a field titled 'other information'. Do you know where or if this information shows up in FTM on the desktop?
 Now, I don't work in my Ancestry Member Tree (AMT) so I had to try it out.

Went to my AMT, selected an Individual's profile and in the Sources Column (Center) I selected Add, and Add Source

Was offered this Screen

Where I filled out 1. Source with "Test New Source" after selected "or create a new source"  In 2. Citation, Detail required, I entered "Test New Source Citation", entered the date, entered "This is a test, Text Transcription", and added "Test Other Information" in the Other Information field.

Yes, I know, not very original.

I then went to look at what I had done. To my surprise, when I linked that citation to the sex Fact and selected it, my newly created Citation was NOT there.

So I clicked on Edit, in the Fact Name and there it was.

However, the Other Information Text is not present. Can't see it.

But, that wasn't the question. Where is the "other information" when I sync to my Desktop computer.

Not there either.

Oh, and I did this twice to make sure I didn't miss something.

Sounds like a question for Ancestry.

I tried.

Copyright © 2017 by H R Worthington

Wednesday, May 3, 2017

How to handle multiple Sources of the Same Information ?

Question from a Reader Mike:

Handling (almost) identical citations when available from multiple sources. Example: a citation was created (using a template) from a source that was originally found only on FamilySearch. Now Ancestry has the same information available, even using an identical database title (and gives a "hint" to it.) How do you recommend handling the "source" which could be argued is identical, although the channel to get to the source, and therefore the citation, is different.
My generic response is:
What am I looking at and Where did I get it from?
The purpose of a citation is to me to be able to locate that specific record again, or for some one else to find "Where did you get THAT from?"

In this case, a Census Record, It came from TWO Sources. A Database on and a Database from The Two Citations would get me back to that specific Record / Census PAGE.

If you look closely, in some cases, the image may be different, usually in the pre-1940 Census records.

To go a step further, lets say I have two families, on the SAME Page of that Census Record. There would be TWO Citations. One for first family, like the line numbers for the Household, and one for the second family or different Line Numbers.

The record on Ancestry is one source, the record on Family Search is another Source of information.

Perhaps, Mike, you might visit the EvidenceExplained website for more information.

Copyright © 2017 by H R Worthington

Monday, April 24, 2017

How Do You Handle Female Names?

My friend Randy Seaver of Genea-Musings had a question about how he handles Female Names. I encourage you to read it.

It's been a while since I have blogged about this one, so here is my take on this subject.

The first thing to understand, for me, is the question of how to handle Unknown Names. My rule of thumb, in my database is the use of 5 Underscores [ _____ ]. If it's a female and I don't know the Given nor Birth Surname I enter it as [ _____ _____ ]. If there are other names for this person, like a married name, these 5 Underscores will be the Preferred Name.

My Index, in the People Workspace, Tree View, looks like this:

Yes, I have a lot of Unknown Names. and a lot of unknown Female Birth Surnames:

But, It works for me. For Example, I find a Find-A-Grave Memorial, where the Married name is provided. The husband is George McNaughten Vial and the memorial has for his wife Emma Frost Vial, I add the 5 underscores to the Preferred Name.

This is what the Person View looks like.

The memorial has her married name, and the Find-A-Grave citation is recorded for that Name Fact, but marked as the Alt Name Fact. The Preferred Name is with the 5 underscores.

When I find a Census Record that lists where the Parents were born, I want to capture that. It may be helpful when looking at other records. In this case, I use assume that the Surname for the Father to be the Surname of the person in the Census Record, for recording this. I realize that it may not be the actual surname, but I have not run into that "problem" yet. But I carry the Unknown Given Name and the Surname from the "child" in the Census Record. For the Mother, both the Given and Surname I handle the same way, with my Unknown Name strategy. This important thing is that I capture the birth location and Cite it.

  1. Does not interfere with Hints
  2. Does not interfere with Searching on websites
  3. Reminds me I need to find the Birth Surname
  4. and when others review my work, they help Fill In the Blanks

Copyright © 2017 by H R Worthington

Friday, April 14, 2017

What's YOUR Plan for FTM2017 ?

While we await the Software MacKiev team continue to test FTM2017, have you thought about Planning what are YOU might be doing to prepare for it's release ?

Used with permission from Software MacKiev

Actually, I thought I would share mine, based on what I have seen on the website.

  • Make an inventory of ALL of my Family Tree Maker FILES on my computer
  • Make an inventory of ALL of my Linked Ancestry Member Trees (AMT)
  • I have a Desktop and a Laptop so, on that 2nd item, Identify WHICH computer is linked to which Ancestry Member Tree
  • I have done this, but my inventory needs to be updated
  • Within the FILES, I need to identify what Version of Family Tree Maker last opened that file
  • For the older files, do I have THAT file in FTM2014.1 ?

So, getting the inventory of what I have to work with. EXCEL works for me. I have NOT done anything to these files at all, just gathering my inventory

When I open or close of my FILE, I do NOT just Exit or use the red X in the upper right to close the Program down. File Close, and File Exist.

  • Review the Inventory and MARK which FILES can be ARCHIVED, meaning I already have a Back Up AND it's in FTM2014.1 already
  • Inventory ALL of the BackUp files. Making a distinction between a manual BackUp and an Automatic BackUp. (the filename will include Auto Back Up, unless you removed that). The Automatic BackUp does not include Media Files
  • Open Each of your "new" working list in FTM2014.1, one at a time
  • Go to Tools, Compact AND BackUp that file, ALL check marks
  • Mine will be to an External Drive

Now, ARCHIVE ALL of those files you marked to be inventoried BUT those files that you have in FTM2014.1, Hopefully, to an external drive, JUST IN CASE.

  • In the Plan Workspace, use the Link to View the AMT from that Link
  • Check the number of Profiles between the File and the Tree
  • Check the number of Gallery Items in your Tree, and the number of Media Files in the Media Workspace

You can skip those steps if you do NOT have a Linked AMT. But you want to make sure that the File on your computer links to the Ancestry Member Tree.

Next, review, in the Plan Workspace, under "Start a new tree" and select Download a Tree from Ancestry. Check that list against your Inventory of Files (on your computer) and Trees (on Ancestry). See if you are missing any files. If you are missing a file, use the Export button, to download the Tree from Ancestry. MARK that file in your inventory. Suggest that you do something about that File LAST. I am guessing that you will have some clean up work to do.

You have your Working Files and it's Media Folders all in one place and you know what you have. You have a BackUp of EACH of them, on that external drive that can be restored if needed. You should be good to go.

Now, if you still have some time left, do a spot check of File, Restore from BackUp. This would be a file and folder that you can delete. When you are offered what the File Name should be when you restore, I add -Restored at the end


The Back file will have everything but -Restored so all you have to do is to add that. That makes it easier to Delete File and the Media Folder. For me, I will Archive that as well to my Archive External Drive.

Now you can prioritize the order in which you want to bring these files into FTM2017.

Things to think about:

  • Make another BackUp and use  a SMALL file to test out the FamilySync™ feature
  • Look at the information in EACH of the Workspaces
    • Plan
    • People - Tree View
    • People - Person View
    • Places
    • Media
    • Media - by Category
    • Source
    • Citations
    • Publish
    • Publish - Saved Reports if you have them
    • Publish - Books, if you have created any
    • Look in the Help Menu for any NEW items in the Help Menu

Notice, I didn't say anything about New Features. What you are looking for is any problems in your File that you might have found during the new FamilySync™ feature. Remember, you have a BackUp..

  • Make ONE, small change, in that "test" file, maybe the real file and do a SyncNow
  • Review as you did before.

Think of this as a test file and don't panic. Remember, if you follow my suggestions, you have at least Two (2) Back Ups.

IF there is an issue, don't ask me, don't go to FaceBook, go IMMEDIATELY to

and let them know, EXACTLY what you did, what you saw, Verify in the Help, About Family Tree Maker and the Version number, include the last four numbers that you will see (FTM2014.1 .... 1510)

You could report a Bug on that website, you could have a Chat with them, but let Software MacKiev know that you have a problem. Posting those problem here or on Facebook is not the right place to get help.

This may look like a lot of work, and it is, but for me to plan this out, ahead of time will help me in the long run.

Because I teach creating and using Files and Trees, I have a lot on my list. Probably 25 or 30. At the End of this project, I will clean all of that up. Then I can get back to my research
Copyright © 2017 by H R Worthington

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