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Member Since 07 Oct 2014
Offline Last Active Dec 07 2014 08:48 PM

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In Topic: Timeline Out of Order

03 December 2014 - 10:21 AM

Can you tell me if this behavior has changed in version 7? I did not notice it for quite a while after I purchased the software, and it's a pretty big issue. It's very counter intuitive to see timeline events out of order, even if they are family events, especially because they are not labeled as such. At the very least, a heading or label letting the reader know that some are personal events and some are family events would go a little way in clarifying.

In Topic: Publish Online

03 December 2014 - 09:11 AM

I love RootsMagic, but completely disagree with the need for private data to be uploaded with the data that a user wishes to publish. As a former network security professional, I assert that the statement that other sites also have minimal risks of compromise so we should not worry any more about a RootsMagic site is not sound. The statement that any site on the internet is is vulnerable is straw man logic. Why upload private information to yet another site if there are vulnerabilities everywhere? This only increases the chance of a data breach. And what about people (like myself) who don't use Google or dropbox for backup, and use a backup drive instead? Yes, personal computers can be compromised, but the onus of security is then on the user, which RootsMagic indeed has little to do with, outside of vulnerabilities in the actual software.


Other software I have used also generates HTML files to publish online. If you mark a item as private, it is replaced by a "living" or "private" placeholder and the private data is simply not included in the files to be published. Granted, the site created is more static, but without the JavaScript reliance and better looking, in my opinion. For this reason, I will continue to use RootsMagic for my database, as I like it quite a bit, but will not use the online publishing feature. I'll export to GEDCOM and use one of the many excellent tools to create my site from that. More control over the private data.

In Topic: Question regarding citing frequently used sources

09 October 2014 - 08:54 AM

Thank you both for your help. I did check the Evidence Explained site, and Elizabeth Shown Mills does have a list of sample quick checks up, but neither seems to answer my question, since one is for census (US) 1850-1870, and one is for census database (online), which looks like it's a compiled secondary source, not the digital images. I'm sure that there is an answer in her book, which I'm waiting for in the mail, so I should have my answer soon.


Thanks again,