Category Archives: Family Historian 6 Software

Family Historian 6, Mapping Feature

This is the fourth in a series of posts about Family Historian 6. Here are the links to the first three parts:

Seriously Delving into Family Historian 6
Family Historian 6, Part 2
Family Historian 6, Linking Images to Faces

Today, I will be taking a look at the Mapping feature. I had a particular ancestor in mind, for two reasons,  to test out this feature. Hans Samuel Molin is a collateral ancestor, a half brother of my 4x great grandfather, Hans Niclas Molin. Hans Samuel moved a lot – and I do mean a lot – and he lived in Sweden. I wanted to see if Family Historian could identify all the villages and cities where he lived and map them for me. First, I needed to add him into my skeletal practice tree. Next, I needed to enter all the places in which he lived. I did that by clicking on the Facts tab in the Property Box.

Facts Tab, Top Right

When I clicked on the green + tab, a menu appeared and I chose “Residence,” Then I simply added a new residence fact for the many places in which he lived.

Now I’m ready to try out Mapping his residences. It’s easy to find the Mapping button. It’s the image of a push pin that so many online maps now use to identify a map location and it’s found along the top of the tool bar in the Focus Window.

Push Pin for Mapping

I clicked on the Mapping button and three choices appeared: Map All Places, Map All Places for Hans Samuel Molin or Map Places for All Individuals. I chose mapping for Hans Samuel and a world map appeared. I zoomed into Sweden:

Swedish Homes of Hans Samuel Molin

Twelve out of eighteen of the residences in the list appeared on the map. However, I am very impressed because many of these tiny parishes today are considered part of a larger town or city. I could have updated his residence list to reflect that and they would all then appear on this map. As you can see, he moved around just a little bit.

I still don’t have a single negative comment to make about this program. I’m loving everything about it. More to come, as I still haven’t tried out the source citation features.

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.

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:

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.

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:

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.

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.

List of People Linked, Top Left

How will I know who is who? Easy!

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.


Family Historian 6, Support Bells and Whistles

There are still more posts coming on using various features in Family Historian 6, but aside from software, I am looking for support from my new software of choice for all my genealogical data.

Because I had never even heard of Family Historian software before last week, I started looking online for support information. Being a visual learner, I hoped to find videos, a user manual, a forum to ask questions as I was learning this new program.

What did I find? Well, I found more than I ever expected. My first stop was the public website.

Family Historian Software

The tabs along the top right provided access to the video tour, along with FAQs, what’s new in FH 6 and information about the Family Historian bulletins, to which I subscribed.

There is also a link to FHUG – Family Historian Users Group, which I have already joined.


What is to be found behind the member wall in FHUG? More than I can accurately describe. Front and center is a “Latest News” menu. Beyond that, there is everything from a robust forum with every type of question and comment from “How do I. . . ” to “I’ve just designed a new plug-in that does. . . .” Yes, Family Historian has quite a few plug-ins created by volunteers and vetted by Family Historian to add extra features to the FH software program.

A PDF of the users’ manual is found in this area, along with links to “How to” tutorials, both video and page versions, links to member websites, a long list of plug-ins currently available (free) and a pile of utilities and services that help with genealogy projects.

It will be quite a while before I’ve made my way through all the offerings, as each category contains many links to yet more information. However, it is well labeled so I won’t be wandering through how to create a GEDCOM when I want to know how to cite a source.

There are a number of user groups online for most of the genealogy software programs. Family Historian seems to keep its focus centered on this home site, which is kind of nice. It isn’t necessary to troll social media to find access to ancillary user groups.

What each Family Historian user needs is neatly compartmentalized in one spot, FHUG, found on the Family Historian website.

As Jane Taubman of Family Historian has said, this program is simple enough for a beginner to use, but is sophisticated enough for advanced researchers who are looking to customize their software and tailor it to their own needs.

There is more and more that I am discovering about Family Historian that is pulling me towards making it my first stop software program.

If you are using/have used Family  Historian and can add to the bare bones description that I have given in this post, please leave a comment.