Wednesday, April 30, 2014

FTM2014 - Mastering Genealogical Proof Chapter 2 Review

I was reading +Hilary Gadsby's blog post: Reviewing my Previous Post - What goes Where and What Next? at masteringgenealogysoftware.blogspot.com and was wondering how FTM2014 would do with what the Mastering Genealogical Proof [1] Study Group 2 has been talking about in the +DearMYRTLE Genealogy Community on Google+

During the study of Chapter 4 - GPS Element 2: Source Citations, we talked about five (5) questions. It became "the 5 W's". Who, What, When, Where In, and When is. All that information is what makes up a good Citation. So, can Family Tree Maker (FTM2014) answer those questions? Better yet, ask US those questions so that we can "fill in the blanks".
[1] Thomas W. Jones, Mastering Genealogical Proof (Arlington, Virginia: National Genealogical Society, 2013), 33
I thought that I would use the Citation for the Mastering Genealogical Proof Endnote here, and break it apart, for a good example:

  • Who - Thomas W Jones
  • What - Mastering Genealogical Proof
  • When - 2013
  • Where In - page 33
  • Where Is - Arlington, Virginia: National Genealogical Society
If I understand this correctly, since this is a Book, I will copy and paste one from FTM2014:
Bart Anderson, The Sharples - Sharpless Family, 3 vols. (West Chester, Pennsylvania, 1966), Vol 1, Page 217. #1989 Hannah H. Sharpless.


  • Who - Bart Anderson
  • What - The Sharples - Sharpless Family, 3 vols
  • When - 1966
  • Where In - Vol 1, Page 217; #1989 Hannah H. Sharpless 
  • Where Is - West Chester, Pennsylvania
The #1989 entry is the specific person on that page. (a published work). The 4th bullet is from the Citation detail and Citation text fields. The rest is from the Book; Multivolume Set (Print Publish) template.

Template Screen:


Citation Screen:


Wow, that appears to be correct.

The only issue here is the Repository: field. In previous research on this process, a book should not have a Repository, as you can get that book from anywhere. I had my address in that field, as the three books are on my bookshelf. Because I am trying to be standard, I have selected None for the Repository.


[1] Thomas W. Jones, Mastering Genealogical Proof (Arlington, Virginia: National Genealogical Society, 2013), 33. [Book available from the publisher at http://www.ngsgenealogy.org/cs/mastering_genealogical_proof ]

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