Ancestral Sources Tutorial ~ Enter Census ~ (7) Examine Family Historian


Now let us examine the Family Historian data to see how much information Ancestral Sources has automatically added. (Family Historian Version 3.1 options are enclosed in parentheses).

Watch the associated Examine Family Historian tutorial video.

Family Historian Data

Run Family Historian and open the Family Historian Sample Project (or the Sample.ged GEDCOM file).

Locate the Head of the family Rupert CHILDS, open his Property Box, and ensure Show Sources is enabled.

Individual Details

Property Box Main Tab

Apart from the Name & Gender of the three original family members, all other data was created by Ancestral Sources.

Click on any data field to see the Census Source citation, with its Entry Date and Assessment completed.
Alternative values for these fields can be chosen via Tools > Options… > Census settings within Ancestral Sources.
In this instance for GRO Census data an Assessment of Primary evidence may be more appropriate.

In the Sources pane, click the Sources For drop-down list, and every entry marked with an asterisk (*) was created and cited by Ancestral Sources.

Select the Facts (or Events) tab for each person, and note that every Event was created by Ancestral Sources, including the Date, Age, Place and Address details.

For example, the Census event shows the Date, Age, Place and Address of Rupert CHILDS in the 1901 Census.
The Occupation attribute assumes he worked in the same Place as the Census, but not at the same Address.
However, such assumptions can be changed via Tools > Options… > Census settings within Ancestral Sources.

Since Family Historian Version 6, the Facts tab and Sources For pane have a Show Media button in their central toolbars, offering a shortcut to any associated Media images.

Property Box Facts Tab

Source Record

Open the one Source Census Record that is cited by all those Facts, and notice how all the new data is presented.

Source Record Main Tab

If for example, anyone ever asks how you know that Rupert was a Clerk in 1901, you can easily find the Source of that information.
Note that the Title, Type, Publication Information, Repository, and Text From Source census transcript, were all automatically inserted by Ancestral Sources.

Click on the Repository icon to the right, and select Go to Repository record to review the GRO Repository contact details of the owner of the original source document.

Repository Record

Go Back to the Source Record and select the Multimedia (or Objects) tab to see the linked Census Image file with its Date set to the Census date.

Source Record Multimedia Tab


A Census record that took just a few minutes to enter in Ancestral Sources has created many new Facts and a new Individual, all citing a new Source, which is linked to a new Repository and a new Multimedia record.

It could have all been done in Family Historian without Ancestral Sources, but it would probably have taken at least three times as long, using a tedious and repetitive set of steps.

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