Posted by on April 30, 2009 in Family Tree Maker

Most Family Tree Maker users are familiar with the process of merging Ancestry.com facts and records into their tree. But did you know you can merge information from other websites too? It’s called Web clipping, and it’s one of my favorite tools.

If you find information on a website (such as a marriage date, photograph, or town description) that you want to add to your tree, you don’t have to type it in manually. Family Tree Maker can do the work for you.

  1. On the Web Search workspace, access the website you want to “clip” information from.
  2. On the Facts tab at the bottom of the window, click the Person from your tree button and select the individual you want to link the information to.

To copy information for a fact:

  1. On the Search Result Detail toolbar, click the Enable web clipping button (the button on the far right).
  2. Highlight the text on the website. The Insert Fact drop-down list appears.
  3. Choose a fact from the drop-down list.
  4. When you have selected all the information you want from the website, click the Merge button on the Search Result Detail toolbar. The Web Merge Wizard will launch.

Web Clipping 1

To copy a photo:

  1. Click the Media tab at the bottom of the window.
  2. Move the cursor over the browser window until the image you want is highlighted by a green dotted line.
  3. Click the highlighted image. A thumbnail of the image appears in the Search Result Detail section.
  4. When you have selected all the photos you want from the website, click the Merge button on the Search Result Detail toolbar. The Web Merge Wizard will launch.

webclipphoto

To copy information for a note:
  1. Click the Notes tab at the bottom of the window.
  2. On the Search Result Detail toolbar, click the Enable web clipping button (the button on the far right).
  3. Highlight the text on the website.
  4. Click the Insert Note button that appears.
  5. When you have selected all the text you want from the website, click the Merge button on the Search Result Detail toolbar. The Web Merge Wizard will launch.

Web Clipping 3

4 Comments

Larry Czarnik 

Tana,

Thanks for reminding us of this FTM feature. I’m not one for including internet content without ensuring a) that I can verify with a non-Internet source and b) ensuring it is well documented, including the URL.

I see that during the preparation the URL is displayed. Does web clipping have self documenting source citations (according to your new templates) or does the user have to manually prepare the source citation?

Look forward to your reply.

Regards,
Larry
2009MY01 15:25 Sydney

April 30, 2009 at 10:25 pm
Vicki 

Is this something that can also be done from the trees in Ancestry.com?

Same question about source citations that Larry had.

Thanks

May 1, 2009 at 6:47 am
DORIS DENEYS 

YOU HAVE TO MANUALLY ADD IT

May 1, 2009 at 12:44 pm
Lorie 

Tana – We just recently (today) loaded FTM 2009. I had originally started everything online and was able to download my GED file so I didn’t have to input all the info again. I was wondering though about getting all my media from ancestry.com.

The web clipping is ok, but it lists the picture with some crazy file name which I know I can change, but I have quite a bit of pictures to download and was wondering if there wasn’t a way to get them all down at once?

Some of them I have on my computer, but others I’ve gotten from other trees and such.

Thank you,

Lorie

May 10, 2009 at 10:48 am