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In Topic: Embarassingly basic sentence question

13 October 2018 - 09:11 AM

Suggest you look thru the old forum messages. For the given name Laura,  She gave us a lot of sentence suggestions over the time frame of when RM 3 made available  to us.  .  One thing I did to help me create new ones was made an Excel Sheet with the Fact list and included the sample template that was given in the original list.  Has had additions with each new Rev of RM.  Each time I found one on the forum a new choice I copied it to my Excel & OneNote  files.  and no I am not willing to share that file. Because every person has a different idea how the sentences should be done.  :)


Forgot one that Laura gave on 1 Jan 2014  was "You could enable the description field for the marriage fact."  /or any fact.  Which I did and included it in the sentence.  Was the best suggestion that I have. 

In Topic: Fact Copying

02 October 2018 - 12:54 PM

Monumental Inscriptions  - I transcribe the text as seen and add it to everybody mentioned even if not buried in the plot.

Add to Jerry's list,  I also do Heirs mentioned in a will or in probate records. 

In Topic: Delete multiple families and their descendants

01 October 2018 - 09:02 AM

Another Choice is not to delete families that appear more than once is a database but use the Merge feature in RM and you will not loose notes, citations etc... Maybe a little more work but it works for me. 

In Topic: Fact Copying

01 October 2018 - 08:56 AM

Since I do not use shared facts, my way of copying a fact and source citation is:


  1. Create a fact for one of the many people that will using this fact Heir as an example
  2. Add all the dates, and source
  3. While in the  Citation Manager, after finishing adding all the information,
  4. I using alt + m to copy the source
  5. Go to the next person being updated with a fact like Heir
  6. Add the fact
  7. type the dates, place and description if needed Tip: This can be copied to the clipboard [contrl C

    to paste in the description field [contrl v] before going to the citation manager.

  8. Click on Source box
  9. use alt p to paste the source.

My sentence template is

[Person] was named an heir <[Desc]>< [Date]> <[PlaceDetails]>< [Place]>.

The information in the Desc field will say

'in his father-in-law, Frank Evans's will as a security'  


So the full sentence is:

William Smith was named an heir in his father-in-law, Frank Evans's will as a security on 14 Jun 1818 in Bracken County, KY.


Family Origins had this capability but was never added to RM. 

In Topic: Narrative Reports

26 September 2018 - 07:15 AM

This comment does not have anything to do with RootsMagic, but it is useful.


I have a transcription of my great grandfather's Civil War diary.  I made a Word document with two columns.  I pasted the diary into the left column.  Then I pasted the Civil War Unit history from the National Park Service into the right column.


Then I added selective carriage returns in each column in order to match diary dates with the history dates.  The diary is consistent with the history.

I like your idea and is useful as I have done the same thing with my father's letters from his Europe trip in 1937.  Then with my Mother's diary as she going up.   Besides as a former editor of a newsletter,  2 column documents save space and white space.  The narrative report in RM does have too much white space & uses more paper, plus paper & ink costs are up, so need to use less of both.