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Family Historian Software: Places, Addresses & Maps


Tutor John Hanson tells us that one of the key things he was first taught in family history over 40 years ago was “always record where, as well as when, any event took place.” It was good advice, since many of his trees over the years had incomplete place names or even none at all.  

That was back in the days before computers. Location details were essential because he could end up travelling to completely the wrong archive. Now that we have online access to records, many family historians tend to place less emphasis on places and addresses.

One major problem is that there is no set way of recording places. You can enter as little or as much as you feel necessary. A second problem is that there is no set format for entering the details.  

In this tutorial, John offers two sessions:

Session 1

John explores the options that you have in the Calico Pie Family Historian Software package, for entering places and addresses: He covers:

- How you can edit and maintain the data. 

- How imports from other packages are handled in Family Historian, and their differences.  

- How this data can impact on mapping the events in your ancestors’ lives.  

Session 2

John is ready to answer and discuss the questions you have on using Family Historian. So do have all your queries and issues ready.

Note: John will concentrate mainly on the latest version of Family Historian  (version 7). 


About the tutor: John Hanson worked for many years for one of the country’s major banks, ending up as a Systems Specialist in mainframe databases. He took early retirement in 2001 with the intention of concentrating on his own family history but has failed! 

John has written extensively on family history subjects and has been a lecturer and teacher in family history for over twenty years, particularly on computers in genealogy and the census. 

He served on the executive committee of the Guild of One-Names studies for several years and also as a trustee and served on many committees at the Society of Genealogists.  He is currently the research director of the Halsted Trust and is a Fellow of SoG. 

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