How To create and use Custom Fact/Event
Have you ever wondered why some records on Ancestry dot com, come into a profile page but do not point to any fact?
(To see a SHORT VERSION of this “How To” go to: https://newspaperproject2012.wordpress.com/2018/09/26/how-to-create-and-use-custom-fact-event-2/)
We see that a “marriage” record has been brought into the profile page but there is no “marriage” in facts column.
We see birth and death but no marriage.
When we click on the record it does not point to any fact.
The above record was for the head of the family, “Henry” and we see the same thing in the spouse’s profile page; a marriage record with no fact. We only have her maiden name “Striker”.
The marriage record is also on the daughter’s profile page.
but on her profile page there is a marriage fact to correlate with the marriage record.
The steps we take to solve the problem, or rather create a fact to go along with the record are the following:
Click on ADD
a panel comes up where we select an event type
a panel comes up with a list of types
select custom event
a panel comes up where we can input the information we want to show up in the custom event.
type in “Marriage of daughter Clara”
type in the date we found on the marriage cert; “26 Feb 1913”
type in the location, again from the marriage cert: “Scottville, Mason, Michigan
type in a Description “per marriage cert”. You can give a more detailed description if you like.
then Click ADD
the profile page returns
The profile page now has a fact for the marriage.
The marriage record is still not attached to the fact.
Click on the fact box and Click on EDIT
the Edit marriage of daughter Clara panel comes up
Click on Source Citations
the sources available panel comes up; Notice a + button on the far right of the source box.
Click on that and move it up to the top box.
Now Click on top right X to close the edit panel
We no see that the marriage record point to the marriage fact.
We now do the same steps for the spouse’s profile page
We now have a first name for the spouse and a new record which is for a US Social Security Application
that does not have a fact to match it.
The profile page for Henry also has the same record with no fact
The profile page for the daughter has the same record with fact to match.
When we click on the record we see where the spouse or mother’s first name came from.
Luckily we know how to put a fact to record so we do that for the head “father” Henry
and for the spouse “mother” Elizabeth Striker
I hope this “How To” post has helped you understand the use of custom events and how to create them.
Many of you will no doubt see that you can add the source at the same time as you add the text for the custom event; I used two (2) steps; one to add the text for event and two to add the source because I wanted to keep things simple in the learning stage.
Also many of you will come up with other uses for the custom events. If you do please let us know about those uses by writing a comment.
Jose from Clarkston, Michigan