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#1 tokyojef

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Posted 26 June 2018 - 04:33 AM

Hi Everyone!

 

First off,

New to here and Rootsmagic and love it :D

 

I need to add an asterix * in the suffix field

to indicate some family line names

 still need to find their parent line connected.

The reason being:

My family lived in the same village

for 350 years, so there are many GIRODs.

3 brothers started 3 lines

that all intermarried with each other heavily

as well as outside the "families".

 

My workflow is:

 

1. data entry to my Ancestry.com tree

2. tree sync to Rootsmagic

3. export gedcom to TNG ( to make my online family site)

 

I have looked in the forums and googled, but no clear reference if an asterix * in the suffix field will travel well.

 

Thanks for any help on this!

 

Jeff :)

 

 



#2 zhangrau

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Posted 26 June 2018 - 06:43 AM

I have no idea whether the * will "travel well".

 

But, I have always thought the use of the * as a meaning-carrying symbol in genealogy is a weird. After all, the * is used as a wild card in almost every computer-based search engine, so how does a search engine even _find_ an * ?

 

Since I don't use any form of coding in the surname or suffix fields, I also have no experience with doing such a search....



#3 tokyojef

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Posted 26 June 2018 - 07:51 AM

Thanks Zhangrau!

 

you are right about the wildcard aspect.

perhaps i will change it to a alpha or numerical value,

since it hopefully will be a temp placeholder

until the parents are located in the Swiss parish record database

I am using....

 

the * just appears less obnoxious in the name list I thought , easier to spot.

 

Jeff :)



#4 TomH

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Posted 26 June 2018 - 12:27 PM

With that sort of question, best you try it out for yourself.

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#5 Renee Zamora

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Posted 26 June 2018 - 03:15 PM

Another option is to use the Reference Number fact. In the File Options you can set it to display after a person's name. That fact should travel with the person. Once you have a fact you can filter on it very easily. Which allows the creating of groups and using with reports. 


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#6 tokyojef

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Posted 26 June 2018 - 11:48 PM

With that sort of question, best you try it out for yourself.

:) Tom,

Haha, you're right....test it out, momentary loss on my part, that is what i usually do.

 

 

Another option is to use the Reference Number fact. In the File Options you can set it to display after a person's name. That fact should travel with the person. Once you have a fact you can filter on it very easily. Which allows the creating of groups and using with reports. 

:) Renee, 

I'm going to try this also and see what it looks like and how i like it. :thumbs up: