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Don Newcomb

Member Since 17 Oct 2006
Offline Last Active Sep 23 2018 09:20 PM

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In Topic: Entering names of royalty

28 August 2018 - 01:33 PM

I don't think there's a right or wrong way to do it. I'm not entirely consistent in the way I handle it.


For Charlemagne I have:

Given Name: Charlemagne

Surname: blank

Prefix: Emperor

Suffix: King of the Franks


Henry IV

Given Name: Henry IV

Surname: of England

Prefix: King


Edward I

Given Name: Edward I

Surname: Plantagenet

Suffix: King of England

Nickname: Longshanks

In Topic: Observation on genealogy software...RM best on....

24 August 2018 - 06:40 AM

I eagerly await the new V8 RM (Mac). I fervently hope the current source and citation system will remain as it is! ........



The citation system is pretty good. The system for managing sources is hopelessly primitive. You have a citation system that encourages you to create a new master source for every piece of paper you see and a flat-table, one-key source management tool in which to lose them all.  

In Topic: How big is too big?

13 August 2018 - 06:02 AM

I agree with the previous posters, 8500 is not a large database. If RootsMagic is having issues with a database that size, then something else is going on.

In Topic: Find-A-Grave

10 August 2018 - 03:23 PM

I'm not clear on the benefit of adding a FindAGrave fact. I have them as a source, which I cite by the memorial number. 

In Topic: Ancestors with Weak Evidence

02 August 2018 - 06:49 AM

Just to chime in - - -


When I have found people who might belong in a branch of my tree, but I'm not yet convinced of the certainty...


I add the person and associated data into my database, but I do not link them to the tree's likely branch. The linking awaits more definite data. But I consider that having the person in my database, as a possibility, encourages me to continue seeking clarifying and corroborating data.


I would always link a new person to something. In some cases I might have a conceptual ancestor "person" like "Possible Smith Family" to whom I'd attach potential Smiths. I live in dread of someone becoming unlinked from his tree and frequently check for random "floaters". Intentionally adding unlinked people to my database would be like throwing extra jigsaw puzzle parts I found on the floor into the box.