Family Historian V6 introduced Fact A Witness is somebody who played an important role in an event (or rarely, attribute) but were not a Principal, e.g. they could have been a bridesmaid at a wedding, rather than one of the individuals getting married., in recognition that there were often more people than just the The Principal (for Individual Facts) is the person to whom the fact applies — the person who was born, had the occupation, emigrated etc. Family Facts have two Principals — the people who married, got divorced etc. involved in a Fact. Some examples:
|Individual who was born
|Individuals who married
|Bridesmaid, Best man, Witnesses who signed the register, Minister who carried out the ceremony
|Grant of Probate
|Individual who made the will
If Witnesses have been added to a Fact, you will see the Witness icon against the Fact in the Facts are one of the key concepts at the heart of Family Historian; they are how you record the things that happened to, or described, each ancestor (Individual). tab of the Individual’s The Property Box is the primary window for data entry and for viewing details of stored records. It is used with records of all types. , in the More column.
To add or edit Witnesses for any Fact, right-click anywhere in the Fact row and you will be offered a menu that includes Witnesses… as an option, to open the Witnesses Dialog.
Follow the instructions in the Help File at Witnesses Dialog to add, edit or delete Witnesses for the selected Fact.
You can also add new Role Types for a Fact Type during this process. However, it is better to do this (especially if you use Narrative Sentences) using Tools > Fact Types, selecting the Fact Type in question and clicking the Edit… button, because this enables you to modify the Witness Sentences are used in conjunction with Fact Sets to produce Narrative Reports; their templates are highly customisable. for the Fact. Once again, see Witnesses Dialog for more information.
Important note: Witness Roles may be created by Ancestral Sources is a utility written by Nick Walker, designed to be used in conjunction with Family Historian to allow faster, more convenient creation of Census, Birth, Baptism, Marriage, Death and Burial/Cremation records. , or imported from other genealogy products. If this happens, you should check that the relevant Fact Type includes provision for the new Witness Roles in the Sentence Template for the Fact, and the Sentence Template for each of the Witness Roles. If you do not, you will get unexpected content in the Facts Tab and in reports.