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Don Newcomb

Member Since 17 Oct 2006
Offline Last Active May 25 2018 03:44 PM

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In Topic: How do I view the actual source?

22 May 2018 - 01:25 PM

But just understand that what you're downloading is an image of the document. AFAIK, it's just and image and contains no meta-data (source information). You'll need to make sure that you have that too or it will be like that photo album that great-grandma never got around to labeling. 

In Topic: US keyboard -> extended character set autofill

22 May 2018 - 01:20 PM

Same problem here -- but nothing beats a little printed cheat sheet taped to the bottom edge of my monitor.


My cheat sheet is pretty long as it includes German, Swedish and Spanish special characters.

In Topic: Handling unknown last names

03 April 2018 - 07:37 AM

I just did a test and it looks like [Surname] works with Name Find. I'll probably be converting all my *Surnames to [], now.


FYI. For what it's worth. It appears that Ancestry believes "[" is an illegal character in a name but "*" is OK. 

In Topic: Question about Starting a Tree

26 March 2018 - 10:54 AM

You can set anyone in the database as your start person. Go to Tools>File Options>General and select them under Root Person. If you want the database to use them as the "Start person when opening this database" select underneath that "Root person above".


This is correct. The root (start) person in my database has record #68. Record #1 happens to be a 3rd great-grandfather because he's the first entry I made when I started my database, many years ago, when I didn't know any better. However, whenever doing any sort of GEDCOM transfer, the receiving program always assumes that #1 is to be its root person, until told otherwise. In hindsight, it just would have been a bit more convenient if I and started entering names with the root person being #1. 

In Topic: Question about Starting a Tree

25 March 2018 - 04:30 PM

The common "saw" you hear in genealogy is "Start with yourself and work back." This is only true if you're doing an egocentric study. (As if the world revolves around you.)  You can start with anyone you like and progress in any direction you like. You can go sideways, only recording in-laws and cousins, if that's what you want. You could make a little database of all the people you went to high-school with. It's all up to you. As John said, if you are egocentric enough to want to be record #1, then enter yourself first. It actually does have some benefits.