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Don Newcomb

Member Since 17 Oct 2006
Offline Last Active Yesterday, 03:42 PM

Posts I've Made

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.  

In Topic: Ancestors with Weak Evidence

29 July 2018 - 07:24 AM

This goes to a feature I've requested frequently: The ability to assign "strength" values to the connections between people. In your case, on a scale of 1 to 10, your speculative connection might get 0.5 value. Whereas a line that has been well documented from original sources and confirmed by DNA, might get a 9. ITMT, I use color coding to indicate records with issues. RED is my chosen color for those people. 

In Topic: Any news on RM 8 complete rewrite?

22 July 2018 - 05:51 PM

..........I have a trust in the data integrity of the program, with RM8 being advertised as a re-write it will take me some time and a lot of effort to reach that same degree of trust in the product.


I agree. If you ask people what is the most important feature of a genealogy program, few will think of data integrity, but if you put it on a list of features, I think everyone would place it at the top of the list.