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Color code shortcut

12 January 2020 - 09:16 AM

I have been compiling the records from my ancestral town in Italy. Today I arrived at a transcript of a church record, filed with marriage processetti. It is a death record of a guy who died in 1797 and it names his parents. I already had his father but with his mother I know that the parents are my direct-line ancestors and I have connected over 100 persons to my tree. A few were already connected from another line.


I highlit my son and selected that all his ancestors should be again color-coded blue. I went up the pedigree and on each earliest-of-line I selected and color-coded the highlit person and descendants, including spouses, to be color-coded maroon. Then I went through all the earliest-of-line again and selected their descendants, excluding the spouses, to be color-coded red. Then I selected my son again and again color-coded him and all his ancestors blue.


Now all the direct-line ancestors are blue, all their descendants are red except for my direct-line ancestors, who are still blue, and all the people connected only by marriage are maroon. Color-coding is not available in RootsMagic Essentials, the free version. 

HELP! Menus disappeared

09 January 2020 - 09:05 AM

The very top menus on my Mac monitor,  (File, Edit, Window and Help) still work, but the menus in the RootsMagic window disappeared and I need them to do my work. What is the keystroke sequence to make them reappear?



prioritize sources

29 December 2019 - 10:06 AM

I find the birth record. That is the best source for the birth. Other sources, such as the death record, draft card and membership card, are secondary sources. Somebody auditing my work does not need to know about the other sources necessarily. Therefore, the software needs an option to put one source above the others. I'm going through Italian records called marriage processetti, where they transcribed the birth or baptismal records of the bride and groom; and if their parents' consent is unavailable because they were deceased, or if the bride or groom is widowed, they also filed handwritten longhand transcriptions of the death record. Those are good to have but in many cases the image of the original is also available on the same website. Documenting both record images is best practice, but the image of the original record is primary.

semi-standard place name

09 May 2019 - 07:56 PM

I guess my request was instrumental. For events in my ancestral town of Castelluccia (changed its name to Castelcivita on 25 January 1864) FamilyTree accepts the place name,


Castelluccia, Principato Citeriore, Two Sicilies


If I type in the name of the town on their web interface, this town name does not appear in the drop-down selection box until I have finished typing in the entire name. When the town name is input with an event in RootsMagic to a person already on FamilyTree, it flags the place name as non-standard. (It was Kingdom of the Two Sicilies around 1816-1859 and I'm not sure the cut-off dates)


This matters because Castelluccia, Principato Citeriore, Two Sicilies is the place name as it was known at the time of the event. If my Pietro Tancredi was born in that place and somebody else searches for Pietro Tancredi with the same place (or its modern equivalent, Castelcivita, Salerno, Campania, Italy) I want them to discover the connecting line so we can compare notes.

when a record is wrong.

21 April 2019 - 10:13 AM

I've been dealing with BMD's that are less than precise. In one recent death record, everything fit except that the father is named Francescantonio Lucia instead of Domenico Lucia. Maybe the bureaucrat was hard of hearing. Then it dawned on me, how to add the information, when I am sure it is the correct person and probably a mistake in a given name or a surname. I add the Alternate Name and then mark it as disputed. I also add notes, of course.