Video Tutorials

Most videos are short tutorial covering a number of specific topics.  Each video states which versions it is applicable to.  A video may be applicable for a particular version, even if originally made for an earlier version.

Recent additions include: What’s New in Family Historian 7?, and Family Historian’s Witnesses Feature.  For a video tour of Family Historian, please see A Quick Tour of Family Historian 7; or, still useful, A Quick Tour of Family Historian 6 (Tutorial Version) (longer, with spoken commentary).

Tip: All the videos on this page are designed to be viewed full-screen. To view a video full-screen, click on the video and then click on the button in the bottom-right corner of the frame. Press Esc, or click on the same button again, to exit full-screen mode.


What’s New in Family Historian 7
An overview of some of the new features added in version 7 of Family Historian – including word processing features, research notes, source templates, transcription tools, data entry assistants, historical maps, and more.

Applicable to version 7.

A Quick Tour of Family Historian 6 (tutorial version)
Not to be confused with the video tour of version 7 (see A Quick Tour of Family Historian 7).  This is a longer, tutorial video tour of Family Historian 6, with spoken commentary.

Applicable mainly to version 6, but much of it is still broadly relevant to version 7.

Pictures and Multimedia

Add Pictures Using the Media Window
Learn how to add pictures to a Family Historian project using the Media Window. It also covers linking each person in a picture to their face.

Applicable to versions 6 and 7.

Maps and the Map Window

Adding Marker Sets to the Map Window
Provides an introduction to the Map Window by showing how to add multiple sets of markers to a map. One marker sets maps where a person’s ancestors were born. Another set of markers mark where his wife’s ancestors were born. The video also demonstrates how to use the Time Slider.

Applicable to versions 6 and 7.

Family Historian Diagrams

Making Branches Stand Out
Learn how to improve the look of Family Historian diagrams by colouring tree branches distinctively to make them stand out. The video also demonstrates how to use the Family Connection Mapper tool (added in version 5) to colour lines connecting individual boxes and/or entire branch lines.

Applicable to versions 5, 6 and 7.

Moving Boxes and Branches
Within Family Historian diagrams, learn how to move boxes and branches, and even how to pull tree branches apart, to make them stand out from one another.

Applicable to versions 5, 6 and 7.

Resizing a Diagram to Fit Your Paper
Learn how to resize a Family Historian diagram to fit exactly within one sheet of paper when you print it, or if you prefer, to fit nicely over two or more sheets of paper.

Applicable to versions 5, 6 and 7.


Family Historian’s Witnesses Feature
Tutorial on Family Historian, showing how to use the Witnesses feature to record special roles of participants in events. For example, it shows how to record the bridesmaids and best man at a marriage, and the executors and beneficiaries of a will.

Applicable to versions 6 and 7.

Many more Family Historian video tutorials can be found on the Family Historian User Group website, as well as discussion forums (learn about the Family Historian User Group).

Yet more videos for different versions of Family Historian can be found on YouTube.