Nick Peers

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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

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