* Ancestral Sources v5.0 Released

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Ancestral Sources v5.0 Released

Post by NickWalker » 05 Apr 2015 12:09

Ancestral Sources version 5.0 is now available for download from this website.


Introduction: What is Ancestral Sources?
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Ancestral Sources is an application, designed by Nick Walker, to be used in conjunction with Calico Pie Limited's Family Historian to allow faster and more convenient creation of source records with census events, BMD events, occupation attributes, and other facts linked to the sources, and the ability to easily link multimedia images. Ancestral Sources is freeware but the author does appreciate donations that can be made from within the application.

Most of the information that is added to a family history file originates from one of just a few types of documents, namely birth, marriage and death certificates, church baptisms, marriages and burials, and census records. The concept of Ancestral Sources is that it allows the data from these source documents to be entered directly into the software, building up the family history data in a more intuitive approach than the usual methods used by genealogy applications. For example, typically entering a census household entry in a family history application requires multiple facts such as census, occupation, birth, etc. to be created for each individual, all linked back to a source via citations: a very time consuming exercise. Ancestral Sources makes this far easier and much quicker to achieve.

Ancestral Sources is highly recommended for all users of Family Historian. The availability of Ancestral Sources is frequently cited as a key reason to use Family Historian over other genealogy applications that do not have similar functionality.

This program is not in any way associated with or endorsed by Calico Pie Limited.

What's new in version 5?

This version introduces the long awaiting support for entry of information from birth certificates or other birth sources. This is a significant milestone as Ancestral Sources now allows the entry of all the most common genealogical sources: birth, baptism, census, marriage, death, burial. There are some other new features and bug-fixes including further support for Family Historian 6 witness roles to be used to record informants of births and deaths. You can see a full list of changes in this version within the built-in help or on the Ancestral Sources Version History Knowledge Base page.


Many thanks to those who have made donations to the Ancestral Sources project. If you haven't made a donation for a while and Ancestral Sources continues to help you with your family history then please do consider making another donation using the link in the AS Help menu. I have spent many hundreds of hours working on this software and it is great to feel that this is appreciated.

I'm also grateful to everyone who helped me with the testing of Ancestral Sources v5; thank you so much. Thanks also to Jane, the FHUG admin, for her continued support and encouragement, and to Mike Tate who has done so much to help promote and support Ancestral Sources through this website.

The download is available here:

Ancestral Sources v5.0 Download

Nick Walker
Ancestral Sources Developer


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