Wednesday, May 23, 2012

Timeline Report in Family Tree Maker 2012

I posted about creating a Chronology Report in Legacy Family Tree 7.5 yesterday, so I want to look at a similar report in Family Tree Maker 2012.

Russ Worthington reported on this today also - see his post FTM2012 - Use of Timeline Feature.  Russ describes how using this feature possibly helped understand a change of location for my William Knapp family

I'm going to use my grandfather, Frederick Walton Seaver (1876-1942) again to demonstrate using this Timeline feature.  The "Family" View tab in the "People" Workspace of Family Tree Maker 2012 looks like this:


With my grandfather highlighted, I clicked on the "Person" View tab and then on the "Timeline" button in that view:


The "Timeline" view starts with only the Facts/Events for the person involved.  The user can "Show Family Events" or "Show Historical Events" by using the dropdown menu on the "Timeline" button (as shown above).

With "Show Family Events" selected, I saw "Years and Ages" in the left-hand column (colored green for the Person, Pink for the Family), the Event name in the second column, the Date and Location in the third column, and any Description in the fourth column, as shown below:


I did not see any way to list Sources for these Events, although highlighting any Fact/Event showed the source in the right-hand panel of the screen.

Next, I want to create a report for this Timeline so that I can print it out.  I clicked on the "Publish" Workspace, selected "Individual Reports" from the "Collections" tab, and then "Timeline Report" and, after editing some of the fonts, I saw the report:


In the right-hand panel on the screen above, I clicked on the "Include Event Icons" and "Include Family Events" check boxes.

I was curious about the Historical Events, so I clicked on the "Include Historical Events" check box and saw:


There are a limited number of Historical Events on the list, and not all of them occurred during my grandfather's lifetime.  This default list really needs to be improved...a user can choose to "Manage Historical Events" in the "Timeline" button dropdown menu, but who knows about this?

As noted above, there is no option to include Sources in this Timeline Report, nor is there an option to print Notes (like Legacy Family Tree 7.5 has).  


Disclosure:  I bought my copy of Family Tree Maker 2012 last September.  However, I have received free copies of Family Tree Maker software in the past, and other gratuities from Ancestry.com and Family Tree Maker over the past four years.  These gifts have not influenced my opinion of this product. 

The URL for this post is:  
http://www.geneamusings.com/2012/05/timeline-report-in-family-tree-maker.html 

Copyright (c) 2012, Randall J. Seaver

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