Step 4 Prepare your FTM data for use in Ancestry

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The following one-off steps can be taken to simplify your use of FTM and make future exchanges more successful.

Items below marked M might just be handled manually by editing the GEDCOM. Items marked with A absolutely require automation mainly due to volume or complexity. Items marked ? require some rechecking and discussion.

Topic Action Note
Place Names M Match Match place names against Ancestry's places database. This will replace the multilevel approach we use in FH which required the use of leading commas where data (such as town) was not known. Some always kept this simple (smallest place, county, country) while others have complex stuctures. Once normalised in FTM you get hierarchical access to places i.e. England, Surrey, Wimbledon although places are still stored and presented least significant first. Note that FH's original data is preserved in case it is preferred on import to FH.
Security M Set up Set up security on the whole database and on private facts (including <whole record citation> created by the plugin), images etc.
Source Media M Link As mentioned elsewhere, Media for Sources import to FTM. However FTM naturally displays media connected to a source citation, the only way to see source media is to open the source record's media tab. It appears two actions are necessary 1) manually ensure all FH sources are connected to a citation (if necessary a fake individual) 2) once imported to FTM, connect all media for that source to the citation. If you have few sources (just notes and images and no Census info) its manual. If you have many Census sources each with an image you really need automation (or lots of time!). Exporting back to FH is not yet resolved.