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Sherman Peabody

Member Since 21 Aug 2014
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In Topic: Shared facts

19 November 2014 - 06:08 PM

I did not explain myself well. Probably the place I have wanted this enhancement most is when I select people with whom to share a fact.  A separate "Select People" window pops up and it always lists the index beginning with the first person in my database of 21,000 people.  At that point there is no Family tab.  With any modestly large database, the only reasonable choice is to leave the mouse and type enough of the name that you get close to the people you are looking for. Of course I haven't checked all of the places the "Select People" window pops up, but I would imagine the vast majority (if not all) of them would be in the context of a specific person you are editing.  If the "Select People" index would just automatically move to the current person and display his/her data in the right-hand panel, I think it would almost always take you close to the people you are trying to select and save a bunch of time and keystrokes.

In Topic: First Experience with TMG Direct Import

18 November 2014 - 07:37 PM


Sharee role, Survivor, default sentence:

[ThisPerson:HeShe:Caps] survived the death of<% his wife, [Person:Given] [ThisPerson:Surname]<, [Date]>| her husband, [Person]<, [Date]>>.

The Gender switch [%] controls what to print according to the gender of the Sharee [ThisPerson].  The date will print when the Narrative report is printed.


I am working on a very similar kind of role sentence except it is for a child of a deceased parent.  Here is what I have so far:


At the time of [ThisPerson:HisHer:Lower] <%father's|mother's|parent's> death <[Date]>, [ThisPerson] <was [ThisPerson:Age:Plain] year(s) old>.


When the mother is the deceased person and the child is male, I get "At the time of his father's death on 1 Feb 1901, John Doe was 2 year(s) old."


I say in Laura's post that the [%] switch refers to [ThisPerson] in a role sentence.  So I tried to force the issue by putting %[Person]% in the test. I.e. <%[Person]%father's|mother's|parent's>. This produces the result "At the time of his parent's death on 1 Feb 1901, John Doe was 2 year(s) old."


I confirmed that the mother had her gender chosen to Female so it appears RM thinks the gender of %[Person]% is unknown.


Is there any way to do a gender test on [Person] from a role sentence?  I guess I could define ChildofMom and ChildofDad roles but I would like to avoid that if possible.

In Topic: Shared facts

17 November 2014 - 01:55 PM

One place that RM could greatly enhance the data entry process (cut down on clicks, etc.)  --


At any point where I want to select a person or persons, use the current focus person as a "home point" in the index.  A great deal of the time I will be selecting a family member and there is a good chance they will pop up on the select screen if the index display would just move to the current person automatically.  Put the current person at the top or in the middle either one.  This would likely save a log of moving from mouse to keyboard to type a name.  Another option (that Legacy has) -- put check boxes next to the family members on the right side of the select window so I can select people there without searching the list.  This idea would also benefit from the focus person's family automatically populating the right side of the select window.  Even without the check boxes it would be a great reference tool while selecting.

In Topic: Footnote References in Narrative Reports

03 November 2014 - 06:39 PM

I would prefer the source numbers to print after the fact if there is not a note and after the note if there is a note.

That is exactly what I was suggesting.  If the note is included in the narrative (as selected in the report options), the superscripted source reference number should appear at the END of the note text, not between the fact sentence and the note text.


If I want to clarify something about a citation -- for example, I might want to say a particular citation supplies only the place information -- I would put that in the detail comments of the citation and expect it to appear in the footnote itself, not in the narrative text.

In Topic: Footnote References in Narrative Reports

02 November 2014 - 10:24 PM

In a certain sense, the note actually is unsourced. There is no explicit way to provide a source for a note in RM.



Then that is all the more reason this should be considered an issue to be resolved.  If data entered as a note cannot be sourced, then why should it be entered in a genealogical database at all?  The note is just as much a part of a fact as the date or the place or the description.  If a source does not apply to the all of the data entered for a fact then what parts does it apply to?