Tuesday, June 4, 2013

FamilySearch Family Tree Prints Pedigree Charts and Family Group Records

While working with the FamilySearch Family Tree today, I noticed that there are now links to Pedigree [Chart] and Family [Group Record] under a "Print" heading on a Person Profile page.

1)  Here's an example:

The "Print" area is on the right-hand side of the screen above.

2)  When I click on the "Pedigree" link, a 4 generation Pedigree Chart with the information for the person's family is filled in the blanks (two screens below):

These two screens save as one 8.5 x 11 page.  There is a second page for information about the Contributor.

The user can add or edit information to every data field on this form (the blue background areas).  Long names, dates or place names are truncated.  The user has to use the default font.

I would like to see a Source number for records with a Source, and an accompanying Source List for the persons on the Pedigree Chart.  Perhaps this will be added later?

The Pedigree Chart can be saved as a PDF file, but once it is saved, it cannot be edited.

3)  Clicking on the "Family" link in the "Print" area opens a multi-page Family Group Record, tailored for the specific family size.

The first page looks like (2 screens below):

The two screens above are on one page.

Additional children are on additional pages, with five to a page.

The next section of the Family Group Record is the Sources and Notes:

I didn't print out all of the Sources and Notes for all of the persons on the Family Group Record.

The Sources are the items attached to the Sources area in the Person Profile.  They do not include the FamilySearch record collection name, and include only the permanent link to the record summary.  For the bottom source on the screen above, I added a Note to that Source describing the record itself.  Here is what appears in the Source field on the Person Profile for that particular Source:

I wonder why the complete Citation and notes don't appear on the Family Group Record list?  It should, in my humble opinion.  If the Record Collection names are not added to this Source listing, we may have to add more Notes to the Sources so that they are informative at not just a link.

Note that there are no Notes yet.  I thought that Stories might be published  in this space, but I tried that and they are not.

The Family Group Record can be saved to a PDF file and printed out (although the user cannot type in the fields after the file is saved).

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Copyright (c) 2013, Randall J. Seaver


James Tanner said...

Thanks for the heads up. I have been busy teaching all day and didn't get to FSFT yet. I have two classes on FS and FT on Thursday, so this will be something new to go over.

I doubt I will print any of my FGR because the fist one I chose was 13 pages long.

Geolover said...

It is odd that vital dates are not given for parents in the family view, and not for the initial spouses of children (only for 2nd spouse).

The HTML code ( and for your note to source should not be there; it should show the italic font.

Not quite ready for prime time, I guess.

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