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Don Newcomb

Member Since 17 Oct 2006
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In Topic: Christening gets included as a "Basic Event" when printing Family Gro...

08 February 2019 - 03:22 PM


I'm not sure I totally understand this. I realize there are many problems with GEDCOM, but I don't think there is some sort of requirement that if BIRT {BIRTH} is left empty, a blank CHR {CHRISTENING} tag gets erroneously added to the record. 



I'm sorry that you didn't get my point but I was being intentionally obfuscatory to avoid ruffling various feathers.



GEDCOM does not require a Christening fact when a Birth fact is not provided.

The CHR fact (Christening) in GEDCOM is used for child related events, for an adult christening use the CHRA fact.

The religious event (not LDS) of baptizing and/or naming a child.
The religious event (not LDS) of baptizing and/or naming an adult person.


And I think this pretty much sums up the issue.

In Topic: Christening gets included as a "Basic Event" when printing Family Gro...

06 February 2019 - 06:28 PM

It's this way because that's how the GEDCOM standard was set up. There's a lot wrong with the fact type as it was established but a lot of people with different opinions were not consulted. 

In Topic: Modern vs. Historical Place Names

04 February 2019 - 02:00 PM

Historic place names is an oft commented subject. The problem is just how much "history" do you want to support. A some point every place was called "Grok-Ugh" (which translates roughly to "my rock"). It's the same as with names. It would require massive changes in the database structure to accommodate all possible global variations in naming conventions.  

In Topic: Any news on RM 8 complete rewrite?

29 January 2019 - 08:11 AM


We all want greater programmed powers although I believe the consensus is towards a complete and robust release, personally I am in no rush.


If RM8 just adds more window dressing without addressing core database issues and tools (e.g. surname prefix, proofs of relationship, strength of proof analysis, DNA relationship analysis, etc) I can wait forever. RM6 is working for me. RM7 didn't add anything I need. I may or may not upgrade to RM8, just to stay current, without improvements to the core. Not sure.

In Topic: How to use Standardized Place Names - OR NOT?

29 January 2019 - 08:05 AM

 but would be useful to those who care about their personal place data set. In Ireland



When you ask someone from Ireland where they are from, you might just get an answer that's the equivalent of "Happy Acres". When you try to look it up, you eventually figure out that it's a named place that's only a hundred acres in size, of which Ireland contains tens of thousands. It's like someone from the US naming their subdivision or apartment complex and expecting it to make sense to a foreigner.