Video Tutorials

The first video in the list below is a quick tour of the program. The other videos are short tutorials covering a number of specific topics that for one reason or another merit their own video.

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.

Latest addition (May 2018): Family Historian’s Witnesses Feature



A Quick Tour of Family Historian (tutorial version)

There are two video tours of Family Historian. This is the longer tutorial version, with spoken commentary. Recommended for all new users.


Pictures and Multimedia

Add Pictures Using the Media Window

Applicable to version 6.
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.


Maps and the Map Window

Adding Marker Sets to the Map Window

Applicable to version 6.
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.


Family Historian Diagrams

Making Branches Stand Out

Applicable to versions 5 & 6.
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 (new in version 5) to colour lines connecting individual boxes and/or entire branch lines.


Moving Boxes and Branches

Applicable to versions 5 & 6.
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.


Resizing a Diagram to Fit Your Paper

Applicable to versions 5 & 6.
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.



Family Historian’s Witnesses Feature

Applicable to version 6.
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.

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.