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Add a Person to an Existing Ancestral Sources Entry
If a person is missed off when an entry is created with Ancestral Sources then they can only be added afterwards with Family Historian
Add More People to a Diagram (Video Tutorial)
Adding a New Person in Ancestral Sources
If when using Ancestral Sources to add a data entry you find it refers to a person who you want to be part of your GEDCOM file, but is not currently recorded, then you can add them directly in Ancestral Sources
Adding and Customising Source Templates in Version 7
Many users will never need/choose to customise Source Templates but everyone who uses them will need to add some to their project
Adding Media to Sources and Citations (Version 6 and below)
If you have an electronic copy of a Source (for example, a scanned or downloaded image or certificate, or a text document), you will find it helpful to link it to the associated Source (for Method 1) or Citation (for Method 2)
Adding Multimedia to a Fact (Video Tutorial)
Linking media to a fact is a feature that was added to V4
Adding Photographs and Other Media
The animated tutorials below will help you get started with adding pictures to your tree
Adding the First Person to a File (Animated Tutorial)
The following animated tutorial shows the process of adding the first person to a new file and using Diagram Drag to add people to a tree
Ancestral Sources
Ancestral Sources (AS) is an application, designed by Nick Walker, to be used in conjunction with Family Historian () to allow faster and more convenient creation of source records with census events, BMD events, occupation attributes, and other facts linked to the sources, and the ability to easily link multimedia images
Ancestral Sources Acknowledgements and Disclaimers
Copyright Notice Ancestral Sources is copyright © Nick Walker and is currently only made available through the Family Historian User Group
Ancestral Sources Migration Guide
It is becoming likely that someday you will update Windows or buy a new PC and need to re-install Ancestral Sources (AS)
Ancestral Sources Tutorial ~ Configure Initial Settings
The Ancestral Sources tutorials require the following settings to be established in order to operate correctly
Ancestral Sources Tutorial ~ Enter Baptism Facts
Ancestral Sources Tutorial ~ Enter Census Facts
This tutorial illustrates the fundamental features of capturing a Census Record and adding its details to your Family Historian database
Ancestral Sources Tutorial ~ Enter Marriage Facts
This tutorial illustrates the fundamental features of capturing a Marriage Record using Ancestral Sources and adding its details to your Family Historian database
Ancestral Sources Tutorial ~ Restore Original Settings
Follow these instructions to restore Ancestral Sources and Family Historian to their original state
Ancestral Sources Tutorial ~ Working With Options
The tutorials for entering facts all focus on the default installation settings of Ancestral Sources, which for many users will be fine, but there are numerous options that allow you to customise how things work
Ancestral Sources Tutorial ~ Working With Templates
The tutorials for entering facts all focus on the default installation templates of Ancestral Sources, which for many users will be fine, but the templates offer ways to customise how certain features work
Ancestral Sources Tutorial ~ Working With Tools
In addition to entering facts, there are a variety of other tools for manipulating your GEDCOM database
Ancestral Sources Version History
The most recent version of Ancestral Sources is v7 released in December 2020
Automatic Source Citation
Automatic Source Citation is a very powerful tool to ensure you remember to cite Sources for all your conclusions
Baptism or Christening
The GEDCOM Standard supports both Baptism and Christening and so does Family Historian, additionally it also may show both the Baptism and Christening fields on the detail tab of the Property Box Dialogue, and this can lead to some confusion as to which to use
Building a New Project from Scratch
A video tutorial on how to create a new project.
Changing External File Links (Video)
Short video on how to change and move media around using the Work with External File Links Tool
Changing Relations
Sooner or latter, everyone finds they have gone wrong
Citation Assessments
A Citation Assessment is your assessment of the credibility of the source information that led you to a particular conclusion)
Citing Sources: Method 1 and Method 2
There are essentially two methods of adding Source Citations: Method 1 ‘source splitters’ mode where each specific document has its own Source record Method 2 ‘source lumpers’ mode where an entire class of documents has one Source record There is no one Method that should be applied universally to any Project
Common Image Problems
Contact Info Attribute
This technique creates a custom Contact Info Attribute, which can be used in conjunction with a custom Property Box Tab, custom Report, and custom Query to manage contact details for any Individual
Copy & Paste and Drag & Drop
Right-click Copy & Paste and left/right-click Drag & Drop are standard features in all current versions of Windows, but are supported to varying degrees in different versions of Family Historian ()
Correcting Duplicate Spouses/Families
How to correct problems where the same spouse appears twice
Create an export GEDCOM based on a diagram
It can sometimes be useful to export all the people shown on a selected Diagram
Customising V7 to use V6 (Simple) Style Sources
Some people who upgrade to Family Historian 7 to take advantage of some of its new features (such as formatted text) will prefer to continue using Generic Sources rather than adopting Templated Sources, perhaps to maintain consistency with data previously entered, or because they do not want to learn a new way of working, […]
Editing an Existing Entry
Ancestral Sources supports the creation of entries, but does not support the editing of entries (except for Adding Images to Sources)
Enter Census (Video Tutorials)
These videos show how to add a Census entry, and each one summarises its associated scripted tutorial, which provides more explanation and references
Entering Ages
When you are entering the information from a source, you may find you have an Age to record; this will be the age of the Individual at the time the Event happened or the Attribute was true, according to the information in the Source(s) that you have
Entering Dates
When you enter a Fact, you’ll almost always have the option to enter a Date for the Fact
Exporting Templated Sources
Family Historian Version 7 has introduced Sources created from Source Templates, which are underpinned by -specific GEDCOM extensions which will not export readily to other products (such as website generators, GEDCOM tools, or other genealogy products and services)
Fact Flags (Version 7)
Family Historian version 7 introduces the ability to set flags on Facts
Family Historian Birth & Death Informant & Other Witness Roles
Family Historian V6 introduced Fact Witnesses and Ancestral Sources can optionally use them to record the Informant of a Birth or Death event
Family Historian Census Event for UK 1939 Register
At the outbreak of World War II the British were required to register in order to obtain identity cards, ration books, etc
Family Records
This is what Family Historian has to say about Family records: Family records store information about families, and store links to all the Individuals who make up the family
Finding Records Linked to a Source
It can be very useful to see the records linked to a single source
GEDCOM Source Fields
If you’re creating a source in Family Historian V6 and below, or a Generic Source in Version 7, you have a small number of fields with which to identify the source: Title This uniquely identifies the source within your project, for example: Birth Certificate of James Smith born 15th Aug 1873, Clerkenwell, London; or […]
Geocoding and the Map Window
Geocoding is the process of associating geographical co-ordinates (latitude and longitude) with place and/or address information
Getting Started
If you are coming to Family Historian () from another genealogy computer program you may want to start by reviewing Key Features for Newcomers Needs Editing and then the specific advice for migrating from your old program
Getting Started with Ancestral Sources
Most of the information that is added to a 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
Historical Date Formats
At various periods of time and in different places, dates have been expressed in a format other than the day-month-year or month-day-year format we’re all accustomed to; nor has the calendar always flowed smoothly and steadily — there are instances where a number of days were ‘skipped’ when a country adjusted its calendar
How to Display How Two People are Related
The simplest way to display how two people on your tree are related is to use
How to Enter a Cremation
On the Details/Main tab of the Property Box Dialogue Burials are shown, but Cremations are not