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Don Newcomb

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

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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. 

US keyboard -> extended character set autofill

20 May 2018 - 02:37 PM

I have a number of places such as "Söderåkra, Kalmar Län, Sweden" and "Bösingen, Baden-Württemberg, Germany", where the first few characters include a non-English letter.  When I'm filling in the place name and type "Sodera..." I don't pull up a match. I have to stop and say, "OK, le'me see. Small-O-umlaut, that's a, what? Oh. ALT-0246" Back up reenter "Söder...." and maybe if I'm lucky there's nothing else similar so I don't have to remember that "å" is ALT-0229. 


It would be nice if RM would just take care of it and match accented characters with the non-accented latin versions on a US keyboard, when doing autofill. 

Irish place names: Does anyone else have an issue?

18 May 2018 - 07:52 AM

Does anyone else have an issue finding Irish place names in the gazetteer? I'm trying to find "Cappaclogh, Kilgobban, Kerry, Ireland". As close as I can get is County Kerry. Google Maps has no problem. I tried the Irish spelling of "Cill Ghobáin" with no luck. Wikipedia lists "Kilgobban" as a civil parish in county Kerry. Just how does RM standardize places in Ireland?

Relationship calculator and charts

22 February 2018 - 09:05 AM

When one of my 2nd great-grandfathers' parents both died, he was taken in and raised by an aunt and uncle. He is attached to that family by a "Foster" relationship. If I run the Relationship Calculator or Relationship Chart functions between me and the descendants of the Foster parents, it shows the Foster parents as the common ancestors. 


The Relationship Chart and Calculator functions should be changed so that following Foster and Adopted relationships are optional and not required. There are some times that you are interested in only the blood relationships.