Family Historian 6, Linking Images to Faces

In previous posts about Family Historian 6, Seriously Delving into Family Historian 6 and Family Historian 6, Part 2, I imported GEDCOMS and set up a small practice family tree. Next, I tried out the tabs in the Property Box, importing one image and adding notes to it. I was really pleased that I was able to accomplish this without the need for the users’ manual and, along the way,  discovered several features in Family Historian 6 that I really like.

Today, I decided to tackle linking faces to images in photos, which I already know I really, really like! I have many family photos with multiple people in them, including extended family on the Stufflebean branch of the family. My husband and brother-in-law don’t remember the names of all their cousins and cousins-by-marriage because there are so many of them.

With the ability to link faces in photos in Family Historian 6, I can edit photo image file names because I no longer will need to try to include them in the file name. The software program will provide the  record of who all these cousins are.

Today, I have to admit, I looked at the users’ manual. However, the current PDF manual on the website is for Family Historian 5 and some of the screens have be updated a bit. However, I did remember first learning about the link-to-faces feature in the Quick Tour video on the website, so I pulled that up for another viewing. About 7 minutes into the video, the speaker talked about how to accomplish this task.

Instead of taking on a family photo with 35 people in it, I kept it simple and chose a photo of my grandmother, Hazel Coleman Adams, and her daughter, my Aunt Barbara. I used the same process I described in Family Historian 6, Part 2 and just chose the image to Insert from File. Simple and quick.

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Image Linked to Hazel Adams

After the image is linked to one person, the screen will look like this, but ignore the cropped face attached to my grandmother because I did that after this process. You should just see the photo in the Property Box on the right.

Next, I clicked on the Media tab in the top left corner of the Focus Window:

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Media Tab, Top Left

That opened a list and thumbnail box in the Focus Window showing all my media. Right now, that is a whopping three images.

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Media List and Thumbnails

I double clicked to open the picture of Hazel and Barbara. Note that the image in this screen shot is just of Hazel. That’s because I already linked Hazel and Barbara to their faces, but didn’t take screen shots while I was doing it. The steps, obviously, are the same:

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Bottom Left: Link to Face

In the bottom left corner you will find the option “Link to Face.”  Click on “Link to Face” and a + sign will appear when you move the cursor up to the image. Draw a box around the image. You can resize it if the borders don’t match the image.

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Link to Face

When the box is the way you want it, click OK and you will be done. I haven’t added a date or picture note to this one yet, but I will go back and finish those steps. That is all there is to it.

What if I am a family member browsing through media items and I want to know who each person is in the photo? I can either access the Media tab in the Property Box, which will show media attached to Hazel or I can use the Media tab in the Focus Window. Normally, I would use the Property Box tab if I had a lot of images, but since I only have three images attached in Media, it doesn’t make any difference.

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List of People Linked, Top Left

How will I know who is who? Easy!

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Click on a Face

When I click on a face in the picture, a box appears and, at the same time, the font color of that person’s name in the box above turns blue!

Wow! I don’t know what else to say. I have to reiterate that I am a totally non-techy kind of person. I know absolutely nothing about programming and if I want to do something that isn’t intuitive to my brain, if I don’t have a manual, it isn’t going to happen unless I shout, “Dave” and my hubby comes to show me.

I spent maybe five minutes watching the Quick Video and then the rest just happened.

I will have at least two more posts this week as I still need to try out the Mapping feature and the source citation system.

I don’t have a single negative thing to say about Family Historian 6. Now are you interested in trying out the free (full) version for a 30 day trial? If so, here it is.

 

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