My plans for this blog include it serving as a journal for my research progress. First I will share the family tree information that I received from my folks (see First Post – part 1). Other initial posts will include my new findings at Ancestry.com. I will include links to a public family tree to give readers a visual reference on how all these persons are related. Living persons will be hidden.
After I deleted the Ancestry.com family tree (see First Post – part 1), I began a new family tree using Family Tree Maker 2008. FTM 2008 software included the ability to do research at Ancestry.com and automatically adding the site’s findings into the user’s FTM 2008 file. On this new family tree of mine, unlike my previous attempt, I worked slowly (well more slowly anyway) and actually viewed the sources before adding them to my file. I began adding my ancestors with their proper source-citations, media links and files found at and provided by Ancestry.com to the FTM 2008 file. I did this without being completely familiar with FTM 2008′s features and capabilities. I later became aware of the fact this FTM 2008 file had many errors including missing source-citations missing, missing media files, duplicate source-citations and duplicate media files. I am not sure if this was because of my unfamiliarity with the program or because FTM 2008 was very buggy. FTM 2008 has had a reputation of being very buggy, especially in the initial release version before its several service-pack updates. My problems were probably a combination of the two; my inexperience and FTM 2008 messing things up.
I am now beginning a brand new family tree file using Family Tree Maker 2009. Early adopters of FTM 2008 received a free upgrade to FTM 2009 because of the numerous complaints from 2008 users. I understand FTM 2009′s stability is sound compared to the early 2008 version. I sure hope so.