I am a TMG user trying to figure out whether/how I might be able to migrate to RM. I’d like your advice on how to do something in RM that has been so simple in TMG.
Let's say you have two John Smiths in your database who lived in the same area(s) during the same time period. Say you find a new record (same area(s) and time period) for a John Smith and want to determine which John Smith it is, or whether there is indeed a third John Smith.
In TMG, I would use a view that shows all of the “facts” for an individual, including marriages and births of children, since the dates and locations of all of those types of “facts” would help to solve the problem.
I have played with RM’s Timeline, but have found that not all births of children appear on the Timeline. It seems that the birth of a child must have a date (not a sort date) in order for that birth to appear in the timeline of the parent. The birth of a child after her/his parent's death does not appear on the parent's timeline. Some fact of an individual must have a date which is before the birth of a child in order for that birth to appear in the timeline of the parent.
Given the potential holes in the RM Timelines of the John Smiths, how would a RM user make the evaluation necessary under the scenario described above? What views would you find most useful?