Ancestral Sources (AS) is an application, designed by Nick Walker is the author of Ancestral Sources, used with Family Historian (FH) to standardize the entry of Census, Birth, Baptism, Marriage, Death, and Burial/Cremation records for England, Scotland, Wales, US, Ireland, and Canada. Custom templates can be created within, to be used in conjunction with Family Historian (ƒh) to allow faster and more convenient creation of Source: “where information was found”. This could be anything from an archive in a county records office, a book, or even a relative’s recorded recollection. Citing your Sources helps to show how you reached a particular conclusion about an Individual. with Census records are national collections of population statistics. They usually record details about members of a household on a particular date, and are typically collected every ten years. events, An abbreviation for Birth Marriage and Death events. events, An occupation is defined in the GEDCOM standard as: ‘The kind of activity that an individual does for a job, profession, or principal activity’. Events are things that happened to an Individual and Attributes are things that described them., and other Facts are one of the key concepts at the heart of Family Historian; they are how you record the things that happened to, or described, each ancestor (Individual). linked to the sources, and the ability to easily link When you add a picture, video, sound recording, document file etc into a Family Historian project, a Media record is created to represent that media item within the project; the Media record includes a link to the actual Media file. images. Ancestral Sources is freeware but the author does appreciate donations that can be made from within the application. The latest version of Ancestral Sources is v7.1, released in January 2021 and has been updated to support ƒh v7.
Source Driven Data Entry
Ancestral Sources pioneered a source-driven approach to entering data into ƒh. Most of the information that is added to a family history file originates from one of just a few types of documents, namely birth, marriage and death certificates, church baptisms, marriages and burials, and census records. The concept of Ancestral Sources is that it allows the data from these source documents to be entered directly into the software, building up the family history data in a more intuitive approach than the usual methods used by genealogy applications. For example, typically entering a census household entry in a family history application requires multiple facts such as census, occupation, birth, etc. to be created for each individual, all linked back to a source via citations: a very time consuming exercise. Ancestral Sources makes this far easier and much quicker to achieve.
Ancestral Sources is highly recommended for all users of ƒh. The availability of Ancestral Sources is frequently cited as a key reason to use Family Historian over other genealogy applications that do not have similar functionality.
The first version of Ancestral Sources is a utility written by Nick Walker, designed to be used in conjunction with Family Historian to allow faster, more convenient creation of Census, Birth, Baptism, Marriage, Death and Burial/Cremation records. was released in 2010 and was a follow up to the successful ‘GEDCOM, an acronym for GEnealogical Data COMmunication, is a specification for exchanging genealogical data between different genealogy software. It is a file format that most genealogical programs and online trees recognise. Census’ that had appeared six years earlier. Ancestral Sources has been downloaded well over 28,000 times since then.
You can find out about the features included in the latest version of Ancestral Sources in our Ancestral Sources Version History page, visit the Ancestral Sources Download page and look at the Getting Started with Ancestral Sources guide.
The full Ancestral Sources help included with the application is also available on the web here: Ancestral Sources Help (fhug.org.uk) and can be searched using the Knowledgebase search facility.