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More ideas for reports

17 December 2017 - 05:34 PM

I generate a lot of narrative reports for family and people who I am helping in their genealogy. I usually prefer the D'Abouville (indented) format for descendancy reports especially when there are a lot of people in the families and it's hard to keep track of who is whom. There are 3 edits I frequently have to make on the reports so they look the way I want them. If these could be standard or options, then that would save me a lot of trouble.


1 - delete multiple blank lines. Probably, most of them are due to me leaving a carriage return on the end of a note. But the extra lines are not intended nor helpful.


2 - a format option that suppresses details. Sometimes I want the names and BMD details but NOT all the other factoids about census records, occupation, etc etc etc because they just make the whole thing TOO long. I think what that would entail is a checklist of fact types to be included/excluded from this one particular instance of the report, perhaps as a report option. Would want to do this for every narrative type report.


3 - better formatting of the details. Most of the events associated with a person are reported as single sentences in chronological order. If there's a note associated with the event then there are follow-on sentence(s) for that event. I would like each event sentence (and any follow-ons) presented in bullet-ed list form. You would see the basic sentence or 2 about the BMD info for the person and then every event after that would be a new bullet, properly indented under the person, one or more sentences, still in chrono order. I can send you examples if you'd like to see them. Would want to do this for every narrative type report.

Groups in Places list

13 November 2017 - 10:51 AM

I have some Named Groups built. I want to generate the Places (with events) list, but limit it to JUST the people that are in a particular group. The idea is to see the "geography" where that group lived. I can't see a straightforward way to do that ... is there some trick?

Sources do not load

19 October 2017 - 06:05 PM

I have a person who is matched and RM says there is something new for her so I go to look.

I click on the Sources tab which says (1) on it.

Both the RM Sources and the FS Sources say "Loading...." and it has been that way for 10 minutes.

I've seen this before. The screen is not frozen, I can go back to Share data tab.

But when I come back to Sources (1) it is still saying that it's loading.

The only way I've found to get out of it is to Close the window (button at bottom right corner).

If I go back in to the What's New list of people with changes, this person is gone from the list because I tried to work on her.

Don't import empty events

08 October 2017 - 12:41 PM

I'm working with Family Search, finding matches and importing into RM some information that's on FS.


Many of the records I find on FS have a Death record with no date, no place, no notes and no sources - just a bare fact that the person is dead. Since they were born in the 1800's that's a pretty good guess (though there is no source provided).


So when I import that person in RM, I get an empty Death event. I'd rather not get that. Once I find some death date or place or note then I'll add the death info and attribute it with a source.


I think for people for whom we only have a marriage record we can assume they were born ... but that doesn't mean it makes any sense to add an empty Birth event!


Can we make it either a revised feature of RM, or at least option when connected to FS (and maybe other sources such as Ancestry as well, I don't know), that any EMPTY event records are NOT added to RM?

Family Search Login Fail

07 October 2017 - 01:30 AM

I start RM7 and reopen the tree and got to FamilySearch Central.

I click on the What's New link for people with new info and the Sign-in window opens and declares "Invalid login. Please make sure your login and password are correct.".

I know what they are, so I re-type them and try again. Same error.

Once more making very sure I typed it correctly. Same message.

I open a browser and for to FamilySearch.org to login that way and test it.

Family Search says "Your account has been locked temporarily. Please try again later."

Not sure if it is locked from multiple failed logins or for some other reason.

My point is that RM7 didn't tell me I was locked out, just that it was an invalid login.