I have been compiling the records from my ancestral town in Italy. Today I arrived at a transcript of a church record, filed with marriage processetti. It is a death record of a guy who died in 1797 and it names his parents. I already had his father but with his mother I know that the parents are my direct-line ancestors and I have connected over 100 persons to my tree. A few were already connected from another line.
I highlit my son and selected that all his ancestors should be again color-coded blue. I went up the pedigree and on each earliest-of-line I selected and color-coded the highlit person and descendants, including spouses, to be color-coded maroon. Then I went through all the earliest-of-line again and selected their descendants, excluding the spouses, to be color-coded red. Then I selected my son again and again color-coded him and all his ancestors blue.
Now all the direct-line ancestors are blue, all their descendants are red except for my direct-line ancestors, who are still blue, and all the people connected only by marriage are maroon. Color-coding is not available in RootsMagic Essentials, the free version.