November 28, 2014

Adding An Ethnicity Fact In Family Tree Maker

FTM fact window

Isn’t it amazing how our friends in the genealogy community can open our eyes to not only new tools, plugins, and other handy blog add-ons?  And, they do the same thing when it comes to making genealogy programs work for 21st century researchers.

As an example, George Geder at Geder Genealogy has done a whole series this week on genealogy software and how it needs to change to reflect the needs of blended families, etc..  I was left asking myself, “Why didn’t I think of that?”.  One suggestion that he made really hit home with me:  the ability to add ‘ethnicity’ to a person’s individual profile.

I’m still using FTM 2006, so I can’t speak to more recent versions, but I was able to add a new fact quite easily, and it might be something you would like to add also. Here’s how I did it:

Add Fact

The Add Fact dialog box lets you add a new fact to an individual or marriage record.

To select from the existing fact list, click the down arrow attached to the Type field and select the Fact Type from the list that appears.

To add a new Fact Type, enter a brief description in the Type field. [ I added Ethnic Origin as my fact name] Note that there are separate Fact Type lists for individual and marriage records, and that a new Type added to one list will not be added to the other.

Enter the Date and Place or Description information in the appropriate fields; then click the OK button to save your new Fact.  Entering date for ethnic origin wasn’t relevant exactly, so I left it blank, but in Place or Description I added African American for this particular family member.

By adding this new fact category, I will now be able to add more detailed information about family members.  Since our families [mine and Jim’s] are predominantly Caucasian, denoting ethnic heritage will only be added when it’s a known fact.

The above photo was taken in May 2000 when my cousin Tracy Prantl Richardson turned 86 (near center in pink sweater) and my cousin Fran Prantl Harbeston’s widower Herb (front row, right of Tracy) Harbeston turned 90.  Everyone in this photo is related by blood or marriage. I too am in this photo just back from Herb in the second row.

When my first cousin Gordon Yates married his wife Christl Messerschmidt in 1976, our family was enhanced by Christl’s Indonesian ethnicity. (Photo above was taken in 1996; left to right: Dustin, Gordon, Brett, uncle Wally and Mike Yates.

And the ladies of the Wally Yates family – 1996: L-R Sandy (Boom), Stephanie, Twyla, Jennifer, Sarina and Christl Yates.

Celebrate Your Differences

One last note, I think we should celebrate our differences, not let them divide us.

Two Upcoming Centenarian Birthdays In Our Family – Tracy Prantl Harbeston passed away in 2007, but Herb Harbeston turned 100 on May 20, 2010.  The other centenarian was one of my Breedlove cousins.

Two Genealogy Tips On Tuesday

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The title sounds catchy, but if I come up with more than two, I’m not changing it!

Fill Our Your Profiles!

Here’s the first one:  Fill out your profiles on sites such as Ancestry.  It doesn’t take that long to type in your name, add a profile photo, etc.  I am currently exchanging messages with a very nice lady who is probably a cousin, her name sounds familiar, but she has not yet filled out that profile so I’m left scratching my head and wondering how I connect. Which leads me to tip number two.

The Home Person In Your Family Tree – Shouldn’t It Be You?

On Ancestry, if you have uploaded a GEDCOM (privatized, of course) you have the option of making yourself the home person.  This just makes sense since you’re the one who uploaded the file and will be sharing it with the world.  People would like to know who the owner is and this is another easy thing to do.

I’ve said it many times before, but I’ll say it again: Genealogical research is all about connecting. Connecting with people, connecting your family trees, and even connecting your profiles. I don’t know how long it’s taken me, but I always take the time to connect my social networking sites to one another.  When I sign up for a new site I take the time to add them.  Genealogy isn’t for hermits, is it?

 

 

 

 

 

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Share Places, Events and Photos With Schmaps

Schmaps example

Schmaps and Schnaps

How would you like a very easy way to alert bunches of people when your group or business is having an event? And, even better, tell them exactly where it is with a map and photos if you like.  I’m trying out a new Twitter/Facebook application called Schmaps, and have just added some local addresses as my first foray into the Schmaps and Schnaps world.

As you probably have surmised, the concept behind Schmaps (maps)  and Schnaps (snapshots) is to connect a location to a map, and add an address to the location if you have one.  You can use one of your Flickr photos, or upload one from your computer.  (I would caution you to use only your own photos, but I admit the one I used for the map above I “nabbed” from their website.) :)  Even if you don’t have an address for a location like a business, Schmaps has a good search engine that many times will find it and add it to your map.

Several of my genealogy friends spend a lot of time on the road giving presentations and attending  jamborees, expositions and seminars.  As an early adopter of the application I was able to upgrade to the $60/mo Pro version for 6 months. It looks like they have over 800 free Pro accounts yet to give away if you’re interested in trying out the application.

Schmaps keeps a list of my uploads and allows me to retweet them if I choose to do so.  I can also choose to put the tweets on a schedule if I like.  Clicking one button also allows me to connect Facebook with Schmaps to further spread the word about a location or event.

I would really like to see the genealogy community at large adopt this application and use it for promotion and updates about events at geographical locations.  Genealogical societies, are you taking note?

If you absolutely love a business, why not give them a little boost in advertising like I did, and put them on the map with Schmaps?

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