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Penny Blake

Member Since 11 Mar 2012
Offline Last Active Jan 09 2015 01:05 PM
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Topics I've Started

Media Missing From Media

05 May 2014 - 02:44 PM

I have started to develope a policy of adding media files to all source citations.

 

This is normally attached to the citation but in some examples I have to attach it to the master source.

 

The media is generally a pdf print off of the sources, for example, if I see a website that gives me information them I print the page to pdf format, save it and link the media to the source.

 

When Im not able to get an image I attach a jpg that is simply a white square with a black border and in a red font the words "No Omage available", so that at least something is attached.

 

Is there an easy way I can go through my sources and tell which ones do not have media attached?


How important is it to cite to exact specafications

04 May 2014 - 01:23 PM

While being a rootsmagic user for a long time Ive never really understood sources and their importance until more recently. Rootsmagic does sources brilliantly which is yet another reason why its my number 1 choice.

Now, Im not 100% happy with the way the sources are written so Ive started to get into the source templates. All my sources are written the way I like to see them. How important is this.

I like to see the main title in bold and italics (Basic rootsmagic doesnt put it in bold), the short footnote, IMO, should be indented to show that its been used before and requires no more than a title (not bold as its been see before) and the source details while the biblography needs no more that the title.

This is pretty standard to rootsmagic but when you are dealing with non books or online databases, or anything that is not everyday it gets confusing, which is why my sources are in a mess. Now, up until now Ive been happy just to say, for example, "Birth Cerificate from New York" and if anyone wants more details they can e-mail me, as Ive never hidden my e-mail. However, I appreciate that not everyone likes to e-mail, likes to get e-mails and certainly dont want to publich their e-mail all over the shop, which is why I decided I needed a nice easy to understand format.

So, I decided this is the basic format I wanted to use

For an online census I might use the following

Footnote: 1871 Census of England And Wales, [ONLINE], digital image, Ancestry.com Operations, Inc., Provo, UT, USA, 2011, via ancestry.co.uk, http://search.ancest...h/group/1871uki, Original data: Census Returns of England and Wales, 2 April 1871. Kew, Surrey, England: The National Archives of the UK (TNA), 1871, [Jurisdiction], [parish], [EnumerationDistrict], [Piece], Head Of Household:[HeadOfhouse], [Personofinterest] ([relationship]), Accessed : [AccessDate]

Short Footnote: ... 1871 Census of England And Wales, [Jurisdiction:Abbrev], [CivilDivision], [PageID], [Person].

Bibliography: 1871 Census of England And Wales, [ONLINE], digital image, Ancestry.com Operations, Inc., Provo, UT, USA, 2011, via ancestry.co.uk, http://search.ancest...h/group/1871uki, Original data: Census Returns of England and Wales, 2 April 1871. Kew, Surrey, England: The National Archives of the UK (TNA), 1871

For an Ancestry public tree I might use this

Footnote: Public Member Trees [ONLINE], oozoid26, "adrianD", http://trees.ancestr.../tree/39905581, ([URL]: [AccessDate]), [ItemOfInterest]

Short Footnote: ... Public Member Trees, "adrianD," oozoid26, ([URL]: [AccessDate]), [ItemOfInterest]

Bibliography: Public Member Trees [ONLINE], oozoid26, "adrianD", http://trees.ancestr.../> <br /> While a book may look like this

Footnote: Public Member Trees [ONLINE], oozoid26, "adrianD", http://trees.ancestr.../tree/39905581, ([URL]: [AccessDate]), [ItemOfInterest]

Short Footnote: ... Public Member Trees, "adrianD," oozoid26, ([URL]: [AccessDate]), [ItemOfInterest]

Bibliography: Public Member Trees [ONLINE], oozoid26, "adrianD", http://trees.ancestr.../> <br /> (this one actually needs a slight adjustment)

Now, the basic question is this

Does it matter if a source does not follow an exact established style as long as it still leads the reader to that source?

I was always told to think of sources as a tool to allow someone else to double check your work

Gensmarts - New User

30 April 2014 - 01:57 AM

Hi Peeps

 

Ive been a rootsmagic user for ages now (I think since v4) and for many many tears Ive been playing with Gensmarts purely on the trial basis. I dont want to spend loads of money of too many tools, but this product has been chipping away at me until finally today I paid and downloaded the full version.

 

So, like all people who has a new toy Ive been playing with it. Obviously the best record to play with is myself. So I ran a gensmarts check on myself.

 

Only one suggestion.

 

ENG Birth Records

 

I click on the look online and it takes me to an oops page, but in essence its telling me to go to findmypast.com and that Ive indicated that I dont have a subscription to that site.

 

Now, for this particular record Ive sourced with personal information, a birth index, a birth certificate and a few unofiicial family documents. So, I dont really need any more evidence, and I dont need to pay for a site to provide me with nothing new.

 

So, what Id like to do is select an option to "ignore" this hint. But there is no ignore button.

 

How strange. 

 

Can someone please help me get rid of this annoying suggestion?

 

Also, being very new, could anyone tell me, or link me to a really useful "further info" page on how to get the best out of gensmarts. Ive learnt in the past to assume you know nothing. I thought I knew everything about RM until I watched some of the webinars and then I realised that I actually know hardly anything LOL

 

Thanks In Advance