How to Customize Facts in Family Tree Maker

In my last post, I showed you how to add facts in Family Tree Maker. In this post, I’m going to show you how to customize some of the options in the default facts. This can be helpful if you don’t like the wording in your reports, or if you want to add or remove information from the sentences generated. Read More »

How to Add Custom Facts to Family Tree Maker

In the “Family Tree Maker – Mac Version” Facebook group, there was a conversation recently about Family Tree Maker’s DNA Markers fact. Several people didn’t realize that the fact was available, and others pointed out that it was of marginal use because of its format (I agree with this assessment). I had added a GEDmatch Kit # fact to keep up with the kit numbers for my confirmed matches on, and I realized from the conversation that not everyone knows how to add custom Family Tree Maker facts. In this post, I will guide you through the process of adding a custom fact to Family Tree Maker. Read More »

Evaluating Evidence in Genealogy

Even those new to family history research can learn the basics of properly evaluating evidence in genealogy. Once you learn the simple process and begin practicing it, you will find yourself mentally evaluating evidence as you discover each new piece of information about your ancestors. As you get into more complex identity problems and work with less standard sources, better evidence analysis will improve the quality of your research and increase the likelihood of solid conclusions about your ancestors’ lives. Read More »

Improving Your Searches With Collections

Are you effectively using collections at Ancestry and FamilySearch? Understanding how to use collections can save time and return more relevant results. One of the best ways to save time when researching is to narrow down results by collection. In this post, I’ll show you how to use collections at Ancestry and FamilySearch, but similar techniques can be used at almost any website with genealogy databases. Read More »

Gifts for Genealogists

Gift shopping can be difficult, especially for older adults. Not only do they simply buy items they need for themselves, most people seem to be trying to declutter after years of accumulating stuff. That leaves me trying to think of clutter-free yet useful gifts on a budget, and — as you know — that is HARD. Gifts for genealogists, however, are plentiful. Read More »

“I Took a DNA Test. Now What?”

With Cru advertising his recent experience with 23andMe and Family Tree DNA putting all of their tests on sale earlier this month, there are a lot of people who thought that 2017 would be a good time to take a DNA test. After weeks of waiting, the email finally arrives saying that the results are ready. The most frequent question that comes next is, “Now what?” Read More »

MyHeritage Acquires the Legacy Family Tree Software and Webinar Platform

The entry of MyHeritage into the DNA market in November of 2016 makes them a relative newcomer, but one that is quickly gaining a following. The company was founded in 2003 and in addition to genealogical DNA testing, they offer a large library of historical records and online family trees for members. They are again in the headlines, this time for acquiring Millennia Corporation, known for producing Legacy Family Tree Software and the popular Legacy webinars which feature some of the most highly regarded names in genealogy education. Read More »

Family Tree Maker 2017: Color Coding

After a long wait and lots of hard work by Jack Minsky and the team at MacKiev, Family Tree Maker 2017 for Windows and Mac has been released. One of the features I was most excited about is the color coding that is available in both versions. Read More »

Time Management

In my last post I talked about Locality Guides, our second assignment for ProGen32. The next assignment, which I have been slow to post due to a busy summer, was a plan for time management. In addition to genealogy, I publish a large homeschool website which is an important consideration for how I manage my time. Read More »

Locality Guides for Genealogy

From the hours, locations, collections, and rules of repositories to listings of extant historical newspapers, a locality guide can put oft-referenced information in one place for easy access. You can purchase general locality guides for states and some cities; some of my favorite guides are the NGS state guides, Val Greenwood’s “The Researcher’s Guide to American Genealogy,” and Ancestry’s “Red Book: American State, County, and Town Sources.” At the local level, genealogists benefit from keeping more their own locality guides geared toward their specific research. Read More »