I am cleaning up my TMG sources and I have run into some instances that either I don’t understand or just disagree with what I see in Rootsmagic.
I have 66 TMG source types after importing my data into Rootsmagic. All are duplicated so there are only 33 actual unique TMG types.
In TMG a Death certificate was fully defined in the source including name, data of death, place of death, etc. and it was stored in a repository.
If I go through the source lists in Rootsmagic and select one to convert to a Rootsmagic type I find that the data seems to be redundant between the source citation and the repository. (I am creating a new source with the Rootsmagic source type. Then I merge the TMG source into the newly created Rootsmagic source.) Also other information such as the DOD, POD, etc. are not stored or converted from the TMG type to the Rootsmagic type. I need to then go to the detail screen for the person(s) referencing that source and follow the chain of screens from the death event to citation and enter the appropriate data there. It seems like about 30 screens to get one source converted. I feel that I may be losing data because I may not go and edit every event the uses this converting citation.
Now if I want to use that source for another event for someone else, such as possibly placing a relative in a particular location , when I select the source the DOD, POD etc. are not visible and can only be found if I made the master source name like full name and DOD. I have multiple people with the same name and can only differentiate by DOD or POD.
I think that for single unique documents such as a death certificate it is more logical to place that data right into the source and not tie it just to the death event of one person.
What is the correct approach in storing source data? I have talked with some who are putting in the data multiple times to account for the data being tied to the single event or some are using the free form source to do it. Others are putting in redundant data between the source citation and the repository.
Is there a correct answer? I also want to make sure all my data can be shared with other programs via gedcom.