Re: Family Tree Maker Direct Descent charts
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I've sent an enhancement suggestion to staff for a direct line *report*
option but there is no quick method in FTM 2005. Another variation is that
some researchers want to follow the main surname only for a book of
descendants and leave out the descendants of daughters who married into
other surname groups.
If you want a direct line report with notes in any genealogy program, it may
be necessary to copy the wanted names to a new (temporary) database. You can
use the Outline or Box chart to start a new file in FTM, other programs use
a focus group. Use the father of spouse and mother of spouse from an Outline
as a guide if you want them included in the genealogy report with notes.
The whole FTM file will often have details not automatically copied to the
new database. In one of the other genealogy programs, there is a problem
with a misleading sentence that cannot be changed. Instead of a large
family, every couple in the focus group has "one" child.
RootsMagic 2 which I purchased Oct 16 has better kinship calculations and
faster reports than Legacy 5 Deluxe if you need a lot of names in a single
file. There may be GEDCOM transfer issues for files with conflicting
dates/locations for the same events and the way comments (or descriptions)
are entered in non-FTM programs. Branch FTM 2005 files are my choice for
group sheets with pictures, wall charts, books with chapters and a single
index, scrapbooks, Outlines and file sharing.
FTM has a limit of 4 million "attaches." Intermarriages drastically cut down
on the number of individuals that can fit in a single file. If a FTM file is
damaged, copy/export individuals to a new file may not work. A last resort
is a GEDCOM export and GEDCOM in FTM 2005 has changed the way notes are
broken in the middle of words like PAF. Legacy 5 Sept 5 build or earlier
does not import FTM 2005 GEDCOMs with the correct note spacing but there is
a custom option.
Often the daughters who were caregivers inherited family stuff for very
remote surnames! Marlene Knott is married to my 4th cousin and found our
common ancestors' names. An Ottawa professor collecting family data since
1967 or earlier missed finding our common ancestors' names that were on an
1875 second marriage registration at the Archives a few blocks from his
home. Family book-in-progress was planned with a chapter for each child
starting with a FTM photo group sheet. It was on display at the FTM table
Oct 16 and is in one of the FTM binders from the AFHS library.
Best method to copy from one file to another is FTM 2005 with two copies
open and using the new Pedigree View. This method was covered in an e-mail
posted to FTM TECH mailing list which requires registration and also copied
to the smaller RootsWeb mailing list about FTM. -- Elizabeth
----- Original Message -----
From: "Xenia Stanford"
> Is there an easier way to print out just the direct line in a full report?
> Second problem is still file size.
> So how do I correct the corruption in my main file so I can avoid the copy
> and paste method of updating each spun off file or better yet reimport
> client's data back into the main file?