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Don Newcomb

Member Since 17 Oct 2006
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A way to replace master sources

11 February 2018 - 04:10 PM

I'd like a tool to be able to replace old free-form master sources with new templated sources. I've been using RootsMagic (and Family Origins) for a long time. I have a lot of the old style sources. I know that we've discussed (and ruled out) an automatic conversion but what I'm talking about would be an assisted manual process. You'd click a button "replace/update master source". This would open a window that would be similar to the "Merge Individual" window. On one side would be the old source edit window. The other would be a Master Source template selection window (e.g. Add New Source) After selecting the template to use, you could copy and paste from the old source to the new one. Once you finish, click OK, and get a warning, "This will replace all citations to the old source with the new one and delete the old source." The citation information and source detail information would copy over to the new source. 


Does this make sense?


Right now I've got several duplicate master sources where one has "(Use this one)" appended to the name.  This allows me to leave the old master free form source in place while making new citations to the new master source.

Hints for a clean looking book report?

09 February 2018 - 09:27 AM

I have some bad habits. One of them is entering partial sentences in notes fields. I've learned that even the personal notes for the witness of a shared event ends up in the book. So, I've been trying to changes things like "Smith, 20s" to "She was named Mary Smith and left 20 shillings by his will." I've got a lot to clean up if I want book output to look even reasonably decent.


What are some of the techniques, that I may not understand to make book format output look better? I'm particularly vague on how RM handles place names in books. One of my complaints is how they are repeated unnecessarily often. 

Ethnicity calculator?

05 February 2018 - 10:27 PM

Here's a thought I just had. How could one implement an ethnicity calculator. In other words, you'd create a ethnicity for each of your ancestors and it would calculate the percentage of each ethnicity for any given descendant. The major purpose would be to compare with Autosomal DNA reports. The calculator would have to be flexible enough to accommodate just about any ethnic descriptor: Albanian, Hmong, Swabian, Unknown, etc. 

Best way to organize electronic documents?

19 January 2018 - 08:56 AM

I'm getting quite a collection of electronic copies of documents, like wills, magazine articles, etc. Stuff that used to be paper copies. Right now, I have two folders under My-Photos called "Genealogy Scrapbook" and, within that, "Documents". The Genealogy Scrapbook is for photos of people and places that are linked to people and facts in Roots Magic and Documents is for copies of everything on paper. I try to use a file naming convention like "Dokes_Joe_ca1875.jpg" or "Dokes_Joe_will_1901.pdf" which helps a little bit with the clutter but it's getting pretty bad. Particularly since I'm on a push to locate probate records for everyone I can in my main lines. 


Is there a "best practice" for organizing electronic photos and documents? 

Tools to use Proven/Disputed/Disproven tags

18 January 2018 - 07:04 AM

This is a repeat of requests I've made before. AFAIK, the Proven/Disputed/Disproven tags on facts and particularly on links between children and parents, has never been used for anything. I would like that to change. The information is to valuable for RM to ignore. Currently you can have a "Disproven" link between a parent and a child and RM's tools (Charts, Calculators, etc) just ignore it and act as if the link is "Proven". I would like to see options in tools like Relationship Calculator, Pedigree Charts, etc that would either skip past Disproven or Disputed links or at least flag the results to show that they contain disputed or disproven links.


Also, I'm not exactly sure why a disproven death date is treated the same as an undisputed one. The only difference in the program seems to be that a red line is drawn through it on the Edit Person screen. Just cosmetic.


As for why anyone keeps disproven or disputed information in their database, that's a different issue.