I am new to rootsmagic, so I apologize if this topic has been covered before.
I am attempting to set up my files and would appreciate opinions/advice on the issues involved in determining how to organize my files - whether to keep every thing in one humongous "master" database, or to split them into separate "family" databases.
In reading prior forum posts, I have seen solutions offered for issues I never even thought of, so am attempting to set this up "right" before figuring out my wonderful organization scheme makes life more complicated, rather than easier!
I have a Roots Magic "master file" that was generated by importing a gedcom file. The file came from various sources, including my early attempts with other software programs, the familysearch family tree and data files from relatives. It is a hodgepodge of well documented research, very suspect "facts" and simply undocumented data. The sources range from extreme source splitting (a single census household split into a separate source for every member in the household) to ultra source lumping (a generic "death certificate" that could refer to an actual document, a copy of the document or an index from various states). Locations, surnames, etc have no standardization. The thought of editing all these sources and records, to get them in a coherent form, only to figure out that a good many of them are irrelevant to my research is rather daunting.
My thought is to keep the "master" database as an all inclusive index for when I when across a name that sounds famillar, but can't remember what line it belongs to and not worry about the different styles. Then I would have separate family databases that I could create by dragging and dropping the relevant family members, and clean up their sourcing, facts, in a more manageable volume. I would use this database to create reports and all those other good things. My files are currently organized in separate family binders.
The issues I have thought of include the duplication of sources as I drag and drop people between databases, fragmentation of the research manager, and the need to keep multiple copies of the same person up to date.
Are there more issues to consider? How do others organize their work?