Re: Advice wanted on improving my tree

Michael Thomas

Please excuse my interjection.

I have been following this group after asking Mike Tate (sp.?) a question
months ago. You are all way ahead of me !

Lorna has raised an excellent point about the ‘extra bits of information
about other people’ on a single document.

This resonated with me as it happened to me yesterday. You will know that
the 1921 Census has just become available so I decided to explore my
paternal line as I have neglected this.

Straightaway I came across my grandparents’ marriage certificate which was
fine except that I had not looked carefully at the witnesses. One was a
familiar great-aunt, but the other was quite new to me and carrying my
family surname.

I called a cousin who is related to the cosignatory – nothing at all except
surprise. Now I must start from scratch without even a birth or death

Lorna’s methodology seems totally logical to me.

Best wishes,

Michael Thomas

From: <> On Behalf Of
Lorna Craig via
Sent: 13 January 2022 20:01
Subject: Re: [family-historian] Advice wanted on improving my tree

My approach would be to take each document in turn, rather than each

Some documents contain a lot of extra information about other people, which
you might miss if you are concentrating on one person at a time. For
example a birth certificate gives not only the date and place of birth of
one individual but also the names of their parents and the father's
occupation. (A Scottish birth certificate even gives the date of marriage of
the parents!) Similarly a marriage certificate gives the names and
occupations of the fathers of the bride and groom. These extra bits of
information about other people can all be gleaned from the one document,
which can be cited as the source for all of them. Make sure you extract all
the information you can from each document. The Ancestral Sources program
is designed to help with this task and automate the process of creating a
Source record and linking the image of the document to it. It is ideal for
handling censuses, which as you say can refer to many members of the same

If you move the image of each document into the FH Media folder as you deal
with it, it will be easy to keep track of which ones you have still to deal
with - they will be the ones left in your 'My Family Tree' folder. You can
keep the same structure of sub-folder in the Media folder as you have in
your current folder.


On 13/01/2022 19:31, ihmorrison via wrote:


I have been using Family Historian for almost 30 years, since either V2 or
V3, and am now on V7. I have 600 names in my tree, but I have never taken a
consistent approach. I have filed many census records and birth
certificates but have not always used them as citations. I have a number of
document folders on my computer marked WIP, or documents from so-an-so, or
awaiting transfer. Every time I go into Family Historian I get side-tracked
into investigating individuals, rather than bringing order.

All my documents and pictures are stored in separate named folders within
the folder My Family Tree, and are not stored in the Media folder of FH. Is
it worth the effort to transfer and relink them all? I suspect not.

My aim is to make a reasonable stab at getting things in order, bringing
all the source documents into FH, and citing as much as possible. I would
like to think that I could handover my work to the next generation!

One approach is to start at Record 1, update it with the necessary
documents and citations, then repeat. But a typical Census page could refer
to a dozen members of one family, and there could be confusion about whether
I had brought that in or not.

My second thought is to take each document in turn, move it into FH, then
use Ancestry Source to cite each person named. Hence each document is a
step and it is easy to see progress. When that is done, it would be easy to
identify people without documents or citations.

I welcome your thoughts.

The Inspector

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