"Working on it" and "in the tracking system" are neither synonymous nor mutually exclusive. The reality includes all possibilities. The wait time can range from immediate to infinite. You may wish to consider your options sooner, rather than later. Is this especially critical or merely a nice-to-have? Is there any other way with which you could advance your research or reporting?
I have explored every option which I know of. When you get to the 32nd generation, the standard numbering goes out due to the 32 bit limitation of the PC. For example, the # of a 31st generation ancestor would be 1,073,741,824, the 32nd generation should be 2,147,483,648 and the 33rd should be 4,294,967,296. Instead, what you get for the 32nd generation is some number which goes backward and does not correspond to the number it should, and the 33rd, becomes a negative number, and the 34th is 0, and sometimes, after a wife is numbered 1, you begin doubling again. The problem is that without working from a pedigree chart to the narrative report, you have no way of knowing who the father of the 31st generation is and so forth for the other higher generations. If you know a way to set the numbering to the same as the index number, and place a note at the lower generation which says 7189 John Smith's parent's are: 8156: Raymond Smith and 8157: Evelyn Hathaway (just some arbitrary numbers and names). This is what I am trying to do, so in a report (narrative or Ahnentafel) you can follow if you don't have the RootsMagic pedigree in front of you (other family members who would like to see the report).
I do know that Family Tree Legends does have this option, but it blows up when I try to run the report on a larger file (due, I guess to some program limitation). I moved from FTL to RootsMagic because I like the program much better, and it seems to be a better program except for this one problem. I realize that version 4 (updated) and 5 do what I am asking, but instead of listing the parents of the lower generation, it lists the children of the parents and the number. But there has to be some way to override the person numbering system of doubling for a generation, but I have yet to find it, and the custom report feature is useless for anything like this.
Thanks for listening. Sorry for going on so long.