Right now I am looking at Sources -- fields on the Master Source list in TMG. Since I had customized sources, I am grabbing text from fields that aren't on the Source Template, and stuffing it into some field that is on the template and is empty, or appending it to some other field. Just so I get all the data over there, and I can clean it up at my leisure. But now you have me worried that some of these fields may truncate -- ?
IN Any Source template,
- double click the file name
- opens Edit Source
- After filling in the master text
- click on Detail Text
- Add your research to Research Notes.
In the past, before they gave us Citation Manager, I used the Notes field for a person with long information and it worked but in the last three years have been moving the information to the Research Notes. I have some big wills etc... and they fit in this section. Also use the Comment field a lot.
Why? I like where the information is placed when doing a
- Narrative Report printout.
- Also gives me another good choice when using the report called Research Notes. [Yes, could copy/paste the sources found on a FGS if saved as a .rtf file, also but I prefer to do it this way.]
- I save that report as a .rtf file
- and use it to copy & paste/transfer my working research to my report created in MSWord called GRR/Genealogy Research Report for an individual.
- This has my goals, research journal, finds and to do list in one place and easier for me to work with than the process in RM's Research Manager.
I know each of us work differently, but this is my procedure.. I did not answer the lenght of the fields, but when I split actual research and my comments into the two sections. Then I had enough room. Tom H is probably right on the size....