amily history programs such as RootsMagic and Family Historian do a great job of helping you keep track of your growing tree, but as it increases in size, mistakes and omissions can still easily fall through the cracks.
These problems might not be all of your own making either, particularly if you take advantage of your program’s ability to merge facts and individuals from online archives.
The solution is to perform a bit of early spring cleaning, and, thanks to a free program called Family Tree Analyzer, you can weed out duplicate individuals, find and resolve date-related issues and even use it to find new areas to grow your tree, as well as locate gaps that need filling, such as people’s missing entries in the census.
Ever wondered what happened to certain people? Use Family Tree Analyzer’s ‘World Wars’ tab to list those who would have been alive during either conflict, giving you a possible clue as to their fate. Family Tree Analyzer can’t rectify your problems for you – but if you open it alongside your existing program, import your file as a GEDCOM and use it in conjunction with your family history application, it can help you find and resolve errors that plague your tree. Check your family history software has a clean-up tool. Most programs can search for duplicate people, while Family Tree Maker can merge duplicate facts. Also make use of your program’s ‘Places’ database tools to ensure that locations are consistently recorded.
Use the Family Tree Analyzer program to clean up errors and duplicates in your tree