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Brian Yokum

Member Since 04 Jul 2009
Offline Last Active May 13 2018 02:44 PM
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In Topic: How to Best Document Presumed Relationships

06 July 2017 - 12:44 PM

From a data entry standpoint, I believe that whether or not a person terminates their notes with or without a carriage return should be irrelevant.  The formatting of reports should be handled by the report generator and any formatting options.

 

But as with many things, we've had to make use of such things to make the program meet our needs.

 

Brian


In Topic: How to Best Document Presumed Relationships

05 July 2017 - 11:12 PM

Thanks, Jerry.  I like the "subtle" part.  The more I use RootsMagic the more "subtle" details I discover.

 

For example, I've been less than consistent entering a trailing carriage return at the end of notes.  I started noticing that in my narrative reports, certain facts started at the beginning of a new line, and others started right after the previous fact.  I discovered that RootsMagic wasn't stripping off the trailing carriage return at the end of notes when generating the report.  Maybe this is by design, so that one could possibly set off a long note with a blank line before and after, but I wasn't expecting that.

 

Brian


In Topic: How to Best Document Presumed Relationships

05 July 2017 - 10:26 PM

Thanks, Renee.  That's actually what I've been doing when an obituary mentions a relative.  I enter that as a general source in the relative to help document the relationship

 

The problem I was having is when I tried to enter the source as a family/couple source, it didn't show up in the individual or narrative reports.

 

Brian


In Topic: Burials in Church Records

04 July 2017 - 03:32 PM

Yes, I guess like everything in genealogy there are a lot of "probables"  but not as many "certainties".  If all I know is that a funeral was held at a certain church in an area where an individual resided his entire life, it's likely (but not certain) that he died in that area.  Since RootsMagic uses the burial details when the death details are unknown, having the church information in the burial fact gives some indication that the individual likely died in that area.

 

I'll likely use the funeral fact, as I've done for modern obituaries, to record the church details as zhangrau suggests.  I'll then add the burial date to the burial fact with the church record as a source.  I can then add the burial place with another source should I ever discover the actual burial location.  This is probably the most accurate thing to do.

 

This is similar to what I do with baptism records.  When the church record indicates when an individual was born, I record the birth date but don't assume it took place in the same location as the church where he was baptized (likely, but not certain).

 

Thanks for the help.

 

Brian


In Topic: Burials in Church Records

04 July 2017 - 01:18 PM

Jerry,

 

I guess the problem I have is that if I start with the church record, all I know is that he was buried on a certain date, the funeral was held at the church, but I don't know exactly where he was buried.  In fact, I may never discover the actual grave site.  So I think it is worthwhile to record the burial information in the burial fact.  Would it be better to record only the date of the burial, with the church record as the source, or include the church information as the place also?

 

Brian