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John_of_Ross_County

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Working with a relative's large database

03 March 2020 - 04:54 PM

I have been using RootsMagic since Version 1 and before that Family Origins starting with Version 2.

 

I have over 20,000 individuals in my database.  A 4th cousin also uses RootsMagic.  We have been thinking of working together on our common relatives.  To outline the task, if I make a descendant report for our common ancestor born in 1635, the report is over 900 pages.

 

I am embarrassed to say that trying to merge our data is such a task that I have not even attempted to start.  We have not compared notes on place naming conventions or how we do sources.  We each probably have stray family branches that are not in the other database.

 

Any ideas on the best way to get started on this task?


Best practice for documenting travel abroad

05 June 2019 - 06:17 PM

I have found LDS documentation for travel abroad for the more prosperous side of the family.

 

It does not seem proper to use the immigration fact for US citizens returning home.  The customs documentation often gives the exact date of birth, the home address, the date of departure and city, and the date of arrival and city.

 

So I have refined the date of birth to a more exact date than available from the census.  

 

Then I use the date of arrival and use that to document the residence.  I use the description field for the residence fact with a sentence in [square brackets] such as [Returning from a cruise on the ship "Ship's name" sailing from Havana, Cuba on 1-FEB-1934 and arriving at The Port of New York on 4-FEB-1934.]

 

This technique works, but is there a better way to do it?