Tuesday, November 06, 2007

Faces On The Tree

Randy's wondering if he should add pictures to his Family Tree Maker and Ancestry databases. I don't use FTM, I use Legacy Family Tree software. But the question is still relevant.

I used to add pictures (portraits) to my databases but I don't any more. The problem is, every time I get a new computer (every year), I go through and "clean up" my data files. That usually results in combining some file folders and deleting others. Inevitably, I lose the link from Legacy to the file folders where the images are stored. It's not difficult to find and relink the folders, just annoying to have to do so. I finally just gave up and don't bother any more.

It was nice to see the faces of the people whose information I was pulling up though. And if I was going to publish a family history "book" from Legacy I would definitely go through and relink all the images again. A printed family group sheet or ancestry tree is ever so much more visually interesting with faces on it. Don't you agree?