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Don Newcomb

Member Since 17 Oct 2006
Offline Last Active Dec 31 2020 04:04 PM
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In Topic: When there are too many sources

09 December 2020 - 03:18 PM

RootsMagic wants you to split master sources into infinitesimal slices. For instance, they want every census tract, if not page, to be a separate master source. But they only give you a flat table with which to manage master sources. My database has >29,000 citations. Using RM's system would result in probably 5,000 master sources. Completely unworkable. For this reason, I have one master source for each of the 1850-1940 US decennial censuses and a single "census" source to cover all other censuses. Similarly, I have one source for all newspaper articles, except for obits, and another for obits. I don't have a separate source for each newspaper cited. IHMO, it's the only way to handle a large number of citations and remain sane.     


In Topic: How to capture Godparents? Best man?

10 October 2020 - 02:15 AM

These could be "Witnesses" to a shared event. You could create a custom role to fit the need. I have a role of "GodParent" (I don't know if it's standard or custom.) for the "Christen" fact that has the sentence template, "[ThisPerson] was the god <%father|mother|parent> of [person]."


In Topic: Recording boarding students in Census fact types

18 September 2020 - 06:49 AM

I, OTOH, use shared facts. I feel that they're there for a reason and it puts everything under one citation with no duplication. I've found two drawbacks to RM's shared facts but I believe (at least in my case) that the benefits outweigh the drawbacks:

  1. They may not play well with other programs, as they aren't GEDCOM standard.
  2. It's too easy to share a fact with the wrong "John Smith" when there are more than one. I've sometimes found someone with a shared census fact before they were born or after he died, only to have it turn out it should have been another person (son or grandson) of the same name. 

In Topic: Recording boarding students in Census fact types

14 September 2020 - 09:15 AM

Yeah, I think it has to do with which Census fact template one picks.


In Topic: Recording boarding students in Census fact types

13 September 2020 - 04:32 AM

I suspect you're over-thinking the issue. The "Principal" census role is adequate for anyone in non-family group settings. The sentence just reads "[person] appeared in the census< [Date]>< [PlaceDetails]>< [Place]>."  (e.g. "Joe Dokes appeared in the census in 1930 at Uppercrust Academy in Someplace, New Hampshire.") That's all one needs.