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Don Newcomb

Member Since 17 Oct 2006
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RM To-Go timestamp issue

03 August 2018 - 01:36 PM

Having a bit of a problem with RM 6 To-Go. I used my RM To-Go thumb drive at the LDS FHC, where I noticed that the PC's clock was two hours slow. I thought nothing of it until I tried to restore the database to my PC at home where RM To-Go reported that the file on my PC was smaller and newer than the one on the thumb drive and refused to copy the thumb drive's file to the PC. I assume I could just do a manual copy from the thumb drive to the PC but I wanted to check before doing that. Unfortunately I don't know of any Windows equivalent to the Unix "touch" command that would just update the time-stamp on the file. 

Incorporating DNA as a proof?

18 July 2018 - 05:15 AM

I recently had a DNA test and have found several distant cousins where DNA serves to confirm the paper trail out to 3rd, 4th and 5th great-grandparents. The problem is that the only way I've found to document this is by putting a note in the common ancestors' record. This is both hard to find when needed and totally egocentric, in that it applies only to the lines up and down between me and the cousin. 


Does anyone have a good way to document genetic connections in RM? The DNA fact does not seem to do the job. 

RM6 under Wine for Mac: Database errors

18 July 2018 - 04:51 AM

I've been running RM6 under Wine for Mac on a MacBook as a way of using RM-to-go on a Mac. I installed RM6 on the MacBook but work on the database from a RM-to-go flash drive. It has been working great until a couple days ago when someone just shut the MacBook, putting it into Sleep mode with RM6 running. When I restarted it there was a media access error and I had to forcefully reboot the MacBoot to get everything working again. I then ran a database integrity check and found about seven problems, which were cleared up by running the repair option. However, now I'm afraid to re-merge the database from the flash drive back onto my main PC for fear that something might have been lost.  


Q: Has anyone ever experienced data loss from repairing a RM6 database?


Word to the wise: Always do a backup when you close a RM-to-go database, even if it's to the same flash drive that the database lives on.  

Privatize, except famous people?

25 May 2018 - 11:19 AM

I have a little problem. I have some living famous people in my database (e.g Barack Obama, George Bush, etc). When creating a Publish Online website, how should I go about privatizing all the living people, except those I've marked as "famous". I have a custom private fact called "Flags" that I use for various purposes. If "Flags" contain a "Z" in means the person is considered famous. 


All I can think of is to mark them as "dead", or at least uncheck the "Living" box. That seems like it would at least be bad luck, if nothing else. Does the "Living" box have any purpose other than to control who gets privatized and who doesn't?

GEDCOM export profiles?

23 May 2018 - 04:29 PM

Various sites accept different levels of detail. It looks like GEDmatch.com only copies birth, death and maybe marriage fields. Everything else is ignored. It seems pointless to create a GEDCOM that has dozens of facts that GEDmatch just ignores. It's difficult to go through all the facts to turn GEDCOM export off or on. I'd like to suggest that RM could implement multiple user-defined GEDCOM "profiles". There might be one profile for backup, which copies all facts. Another for GEDmatch would copy only the minimal facts. And so forth.


I have no idea how this might be implemented. I'm just suggesting it.