Ancestral Sources Tutorial ~ Enter Marriage ~ (9) Examine Family Historian


Now let us examine the Family Historian data to see how much information Ancestral Sources has automatically added. (Family Historian Version 3.1 options are enclosed in parentheses).

Family Historian Data

Run Family Historian and open the Family Historian Sample Project (or the Sample.ged GEDCOM file).

Locate the groom Rupert CHILDS and open his Property Box, and ensure Show Sources is enabled.

Individual Details

Property Box Main Tab

Click on a Born or Marr field to see the Marriage Source citation, with its Entry Date and Assessment completed.
Alternative values for these fields can be chosen via Tools > Options… > Marriage settings within Ancestral Sources.

Select the Facts (or Events) tab for Rupert CHILDS, his spouse Janet HODGES, and their fathers Norman CHILDS, and John HODGES in turn. Note the Marriage event and Residence and Occupation attributes created by Ancestral Sources, including the Date, Age, Place and Address details.

For example, the Marriage event for Rupert and Janet shows the Date, their Age, and Place & Address of the marriage, and the Note identifies the Witnesses.

Since Family Historian Version 6, the Facts tab and Sources For pane have a Show Media button in their central toolbars, offering a shortcut to any associated Media images.

Property Box Facts Tab

The Occupation attribute of Janet HODGES assumes she worked in the same Place as her Residence, but not at the same Address.
However, such assumptions can be changed via Tools > Options… > Marriage settings within Ancestral Sources.
In this instance Janet probably did work at her residence Hodges Farm, since she was a Milkmaid, and this detail can be changed in Family Historian.

Source Record

Open the one Source Marriage Record that is cited by all those Facts, and notice how all the new data is presented.

Source Record Main Tab

If for example, anyone ever asks how you know that Rupert and Janet were Married in June 1897, you can easily find the Source of that information.
Note that the Title, Type, Publication Information, Repository, Note, and Text From Source marriage transcript, were all automatically inserted by Ancestral Sources.

Click on the Repository icon to the right, and select Go to Repository record to review the GRO Repository contact details of the owner of the original source document.

Repository Record

Go Back to the Source Record and select the Multimedia (or Objects) tab to see the linked Marriage Image file with its Date set to the Marriage date.

Click the Edit button to reveal the Keywords set to Document, Picture.

Source Record Multimedia Tab


A Marriage record that took just a few minutes to enter in Ancestral Sources has created many new Facts and a new Individual, all citing a new Source, which is linked to a Repository record.

It could have all been done in Family Historian without Ancestral Sources, but it would probably have taken at least three times as long, using a tedious and repetitive set of steps.

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