Sunday, May 19, 2013

Evidentia Export to FTM2012 Import - Fields


I recently did a blog post about Evidentia, a document or source based genealogy program. Evidentia Export to Family Tree Maker by a GEDCOM file


Here are the options we are given in Evidentia. We get there from the Reports Menu, AFTER you have done your data entry into Evidentia, handled the claims, linked claims to subjects, Analyzed the Claims, and wrote your Proof Conclusion.

The choices are:

Evidentia Claims Analysis to
Citation Note
Citation Data
Event/Fact Note
Separate Event/Fact per Claim
Person Note

Evidentia Proof Conclusion to 
Fact Note
Person Note
Master Note

Here is the Evidentia Screen.


I am not going to explain these fields here, as there are many resources to learn this program.

There are at least 15 options available here. Evidentia makes a best effort to target the GEDCOM field that will result in the requested field location when it is imported. However, where the field is imports is ultimately at the discretion of the program you are importing into.

After some testing, here is where that data will appear in Family Tree Maker version 2012.


Evidentia Claims Analysis..........FTM2012.........................Workspace
Citation Note....................................Citation Note....................Source
Citation Data....................................Citation Text.....................Source
Fact Note..........................................Fact Note..........................People, Person View
Event per Claim...............................Citation Note.....................Source
Person Note.....................................Person Note......................People, Person View

Evidentia Proof Conclusion......FTM2012...........................Workspace
Fact Note.........................................Fact Note............................People, Person View
Person Note....................................Person Note........................People, Person View
Master Note.....................................Person Research Log.......People, Person View

So, there are options on how we want the presented as we work with our family file. I do strongly recommend that you create a NEW Family Tree Maker file, until you see how the data looks to you and where you want to find it.

You will note the the Proof Conclusion will ONLY appear in the People.Workspace, so it depends on where you want to find that statement.

There are other things to consider and that is Output or Reports. I will post a follow up to that in future blog posts.

On other item, specially if you are using the online Ancestry Member Tree (TreeSync™ feature). There are a couple of FTM2012 fields that do not currently appear in an AMT.
  • Citation Notes
  • Fact Notes
  • Research Logs
So, the Claim Analysis in the Citation Notes and Event per Claim would not appear in an AMT. Fact Notes would also not work in the AMT. Proof Conclusion statements wouldn't work if "Master Note" was chosen.

In the Source Workspace, the Claim Analysis in the Citation Date, will be put into the Citation Text field, on the Citation Screen. It's great to see it there on that screen, BUT, I found the Reference Note, which becomes EndNotes, became very confusing. However, there is a check mark to turn the the Citation Text OFF for the Reference Note or EndNote. It depends on where you want to see your Claim Analysis.

Bottom line, it's up to you to determine where to find the information from Evidentia.

My initial favorite was to import the Claim Analysis into the Fact Notes because I would be looking at the Person View, reviewing the Fact and see that I have Citation information and that there is information in the Fact Notes field.

But I might want to use the Claim Analysis into the Citation Text, and turn OFF the include Citation Text option. At first, I didn't like the way the EndNotes looked in the reports. Then I remembered the ability to turn the Citation Text off in the EndNote.


Since Evidentia is a Source Based program, that might be the better option to choose. In the Source Workspace, my focus would be source focused. So, this is my current favorite.

For the Proof Conclusion, my preference would be to be in the Research Notes. The option, for consideration would be the Person Notes. I use the later for "stories" and not the result of my research. There may be other considerations when the AMT and Reports are reviewed.


The results that I saw using the Separate Event/Fact per claim option, were not what I wanted in my database. That option may work for other genealogy programs, but I didn't find it helpful for Family Tree Maker.

The output evaluation and interaction with an Ancestry Member Tree will follow.

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