It’s easy to get in the habit of opening Family Tree Maker, entering data, and closing the program without really thinking. But if you take a few minutes to change your preferences or tweak settings that are compatible with how you work, you might be surprised at how much more efficiently your data entry goes.
The Index panel in the People workspace is your key to displaying the individuals and family lines you want to focus on. You can determine how names are displayed, add dates, and sort by a variety of options.
If—like me—you have a tree full of Benjamins, Elizabeths, and Marys (all with the same surname, of course) you might want to add birth, death, or marriage dates to the Index panel display so that it’s easier to distinguish between them.
To display dates in the Index:
You can also change your name preferences for the Index panel. You can include titles, alternate names, and married names for females.
To change name displays in the Index:
You can also sort the Index alphabetically by name (given or surname) and by date (birth, marriage, and death).
To sort the Index:
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