As you probably know by now, the 2009 Software Update includes a new chart: the Extended Family. This tree displays every individual in your file or just the ancestors and descendants of a specific individual. Each generation appears on its own horizontal row: grandparents, parents, children, grandchildren, and so forth.
Here’s a thumbnail image of an Extended Family chart that includes three generations of ancestors and one generation of descendants.
To access the Extended Family Chart, go to the Collection tab in the Publish workspace. Then in Publication Types, click Charts. At the bottom of the window you’ll see the Extended Family Chart icon. Double-click the icon or select the icon and click the Detail tab.
Because the Extended Family chart generally contains a large number of people, it can be difficult to locate specific individuals on the tree. Luckily, the 2009 Sofware Update contains a new option that can help. It’s called the Person Locator. When you’re viewing a chart, the option appears at the bottom of the chart editing panel (on the right side of your window). Every individual included in the chart will be listed in the Person Locator drop-down list. Choose an individual from the drop-down list, and the chart will immediately recenter and the specific individual will be highlighted on the chart.
And, if an individual appears more than once in your chart (for example in families where cousins marry), you can view each occurrence using the Instances drop-down list.
Note: The Person Locator option is available for all charts in Family Tree Maker.