I have been re-merging all of my Social Security (SS) Death Records recently so that all of my records are listed together, under one Source, in the Sources Workspace. This is a continuation of my conversion to Family Tree Maker from PAF. Right now I have one Source with all of the records I searched (my-SS-Source) and I also have a second Source with all of the records that I have merged from Ancestry.com.
This basically consists of:
- Backup before proceeding!
- Going to the Sources Workspace.
- Selecting my-SS-Source (see above).
- Selecting a citation (more on that in a minute).
- Double-clicking a fact for that citation – this will open the People Workspace.
- Clicking the shaky leaf (if there is one – as I said, more on that in a minute).
- Finding the Social Security record for that person and merging.
- Go back to the People Workspace and double check that the merge was successful.
- Go back to my-SS-Source and delete the citation.
The record will now show up in the Ancestry Sources (see previous post on My/Their Sources) all in one place. It will take me quite awhile to complete this task because I have ~1,500 Social Security Death records to merge – after merging several hundred already.
Is this worthwhile? Yes, because I have found some new info when merging and, more importantly, I can see all my records together in one place. However let’s discuss the issue that I mentioned above…
Regarding #4/6: As of the lasted update to FTM Mac (v. 22.214.171.1241), the Web Search ‘New Search’ button seems to only work on records that have shaky leaves. If a person does not have a shaky leaf then you can still search for the records but you must fill out the form manually. So… Right now I am only merging records with shaky leafs. I plan to do several every time I work in FTM and will go through and merge the others manually afterwards. But, hopefully a new version will come out and resolve this issue before I even get there.
Dear Ancestry, Please fix the ‘New Search’ button so that it automatically populates a person’s info to make searching for records easier – with or without a shaky leaf!