Friday, May 04, 2012

WEBINAR: Myrt learns about FTM 2012 from her cousin

TODAY was the day! My cousin Russ and I sat down together through the magic of webinar technology, to finally get my Family Tree Maker 2012 working. Ol' Myrt here has now successfully downloaded my entire Ancestry Member Tree and all accompanying media files and citations. We used the two-person webinar format, so Russ could see my computer's desktop, and tell me where to click next.

For months, Russ has been touting the virtues of Family Tree Maker 2012, particularly for it's syncing abilities. Syncing the typed data and the images and other media I've added to my Ancestry Member Tree is particularly important to me. I don't want to manually download each individual census image and photograph, and then pull in the citations. That would be just too much.

I realized I know nothing about Family Tree Maker, and needed Russ' advice about initial navigation in the program.Some of my DearREADERS may be in the same boat, so we got the brilliant idea to press the record button within the GoToWebinar screen. Here's the link to the webinar we created:

If you'd like to view this webinar via the web, it is located at:

Alternately, right click the link below and select 'Save As...' or just click to save the file to your computer.

This webinar is in .mp4 format and can be viewed by Windows Media Player, iTunes and most other media players. Tech support has advised me of this free program that will also play the downloaded webinars.


Here's a brief outline of the FTM 2012 topics we briefly discussed:
  • Menu bar items - PLAN, PEOPLE and PLACES buttons
  • Syncing FTM with my Ancestry Member Tree (Don't interrupt the process)
  • Standardized place names.
  • Map feature
  • Rearranging the PEOPLE workspace by expanding or contracting the list of ancestors, couple view
  • Family and Person view (under the PEOPLE menu bar item)
  • Timelines - an individual's timeline
  • Timelines - adding or removing family events (births of children, deaths of parents, etc.)
  • Timelines - showing historical facts
  • Compacting a file (under PLAN, then Tools > Compact)
  • Brief mention of backing up files.
GREAT BIG THANKS to Russ Worthington for sharing his expertise with me. Russ is the author of A Worthington Blog, the FamilyTree Maker User Blog and is co-founder of the BetterGEDCOM Project
My cousin and I always have fun when working on a project together, and he makes learning so much fun. I think you'll get a kick out of our session, hopefully the first of several more as Ol' Myrt here learns how to use Family Tree Maker 2012.

Happy family tree climbing!
Myrt     :)
Your friend in genealogy.

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  1. I appreciate you recording this webinar and making it available to others.
    I have been using Family Tree Maker 2012 for some time now but stilled up some pointers.
    Thanks again.

  2. Thank you for making this available. I learned a lot of new tricks and was reminded again of compacting.