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Nice to have enhancements

17 April 2018 - 01:35 PM

These enhancements would be nice to have in Personal Historian b ut as you can see there are workarounds,.


  1. When importing a new set of stories. (not just updating) It would be useful to allow setting the story status to not started. I currently do this in SQLite Expert.
  2. When adding categories they get entered in the order that I inputted them. I use categories as chapters in a book and if I put in chapter 5 before chapter 1 then the record number and category order all appear as entered. I can sort the stories in the main screen by date but when I publish chapter 5 comes out before chapter 1. Again I can correct this in SQLite Expert but it would be nice if I could select the order of the categories.
  3. My current project has 295 stories and I can change the category of each story one at a time. I found it easier to use SQLite to quickly set the categories for my stories.  It would be nice if I could select a block of stories, like I can in delete function, and then say change all these stories to a category and probably eliminating all other categories for these stories. Again I am accomplishing this in SQLite Expert.
  4. When using pictures it would be nice to have the pictures properly positioned on the page in the final publishing. Currently some pictures overlay the footnotes on a page. No workaround except to edit in a word processor after publishing.

Life Capsule Editor

03 April 2018 - 06:21 PM

I have tried to create a life capsule for the civil war. I wanted to include common knowledge info about certain battles where my ancestor fought. I was looking for a place to put a story of a battle and found that I cannot put a story into the life capsule editor. Everything I enter ends up in the organizer tab and not in the composer which means that this will work more like a memory trigger?


Any way to allow for substantial data to be included in the Life Capsule Editor so that I can prepare Civil War data on battles to be included in any set of stories?

How to track where data comes from in a narrative report

04 September 2017 - 06:12 PM

I am attempting to put together a family story and have run into an annoying problem. Most likely of my own making. I have checked everyone in the family in RM7 to verify that all facts etc. are correct. When I print a narrative report at the very beginning I have a line, before the birth statement, that seems to be unrelated to this person. I have also checked anyone who may have a link to see if I may have included this person in a shared fact but see none.


Is there a way to print out the actual fact that is generating this line so that I can correct the error that I have made?



future of personal Historian

01 August 2017 - 08:53 AM

I am trying to write a story that crosses three generations and many cousins, uncles, etc.  RM7 does not have a good report to organize this but looking at the free version of PH it seems to provide for using a family group and organizing every event chronologically. The paid version I believe also allows for bring the source citations over. I have also looked at the Lifcapsules and see that could also be very useful for writing this story.


Now the But. It appears that there have been requests for improvement that date back to 2010 - 2012 that have not been addressed. Also there are no forum entries here that I can find. My version of PH is 2014 and is current.


I am concerned that if I put the effort into this product it will not be upgraded or even supported leaving me in the lurch again. (TMG - Not an RM issue so far). Can anyone address the direction of PH?

I would like a memo field

08 June 2017 - 06:18 PM

I know this subject has been addressed several times in this forum but not my unique situation.


I have 4 types of data for any fact that I create. The obvious top three in every fact type are: Date, Place, and place details. I also have a brief description of the event that would go in the description field. Next I have a larger description of the event that may include an obituary, deed, etc. Finally I have conditional data that I don't want to print out for every fact depending on my audience.

Currently the basic fields of an event work ok until I want to enter a more involved description of the event. There is no place to place this data if I still want to use the note for conditional info.

Using the Miscellaneous event description that has the following fields and sentence template:

Place Details:

[person]< [Desc]>< [Date]>< [PlaceDetails]>< [Place]>.

I would add a Memo field that would work like the note field except that it would always be available and could be included as a field like Date field.

[person]< [Desc]>< [Date]>< [PlaceDetails]>< [Place]> <[Memo]>.

The Note field would print at the very end if selected just as it does today.

I would fill in the top 3 fields as usual and use the description field to nicely complete a sentence for that event/fact. I would fill in the Memo field for the large amounts of data such as an obituary, deed, etc.

The note field would be used as a note and I could place information there that I may not want to distribute to everyone such as a possible marital affair, making moonshine during prohibition, or other unsubstantiated facts that I don't want to lose.

Knowing that RM does not support this does anyone have any suggestions as to how to accomplish this?

I have converted from Master Genealogist and we could make extensive changes in that product that are not supported by RM or any other option at this time. I am still cleaning up from that and I don't ever want to get into that situation again so I would like to stay with bland and vanilla GEDCOM (outdated as it may be) to avoid what has happened to me during my conversion.