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zhangrau

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Transcribing Ahnentafel into Pedigree View

13 June 2018 - 01:31 PM

I don't transcribe Ahnentafel data into RM very often, but I do like the organization of the data.

 

Unfortunately, it can get a little confusing when the ancestors are incomplete, because that means I have to be aware of which name input boxes to skip over.

 

Here's what would help me:

Display the Ahnentafel number (1, 2, 3, ----) next to the left edge of the name input boxes.

 
Generation - Ancestors - Ahnentafel
1 - 1 - 1
2 - 2 - 3
3 - 4 - 7
4 - 8 - 15
5 - 16 - 31
6 - 32 - 63
 
The 6-generation Ahnentafel I'm currently working on ends at #55 (and is 14, 15, 28-31, 34, 35, 38-41, 46, 47, 50, 51), so my chances of goofing up are greater than nil.
 
Like this:
 
ahnentafel-numbers.png

need help remembering the base person for Set Relationships

29 May 2018 - 10:06 AM

As I work on different projects in my database, I find it useful to reset the base person for Set Relationships

 

Here's my problem: sometimes I forget who the current base person is, and so the well-intentioned relationship note in the bottom-left corner of the main views has lost its meaning. Fiddlesticks. I have a good memory, but it's not perfect.

 

So. here's a couple suggestions:

1 - How about a pop-up window with the name of the base person when I hover over the relationship note?

2 - How about a direct jump to the base person when I click on the relationship note?


display both Repositories in the Source List

08 May 2018 - 01:39 PM

When creating, editing or viewing a Master Source (Lists > Source List), there is a right-side pane which displays the Footnote, Short Footnote, and Bibliography along with ONE of the two possible Repositories.

 

I would like to see this pane include BOTH of the Repositories.

 

Thanks.


Find Everywhere is so very inefficient....

23 April 2018 - 03:00 PM

I know I've mentioned this before, but here's an example from today. I'm revising the way I document my sources (there's over 40,000 in my database) to show the Repositories in the Bibliography sentence. I want my readers to see how far and wide my efforts have gone.

 

When I started building sources long ago (I've been at this since 1988), I often abbreviated the actual source name for the source Title. The shortened titles fit the screen width better, and didn't get truncated as I switched from program to program to get a better research tool....

 

Today I'm trying to find the source with the actual title of Répertoire des actes de baptême mariage sépulture et des recensements du Québec ancien, but I don't remember how I abbreviated it (or even when it arrived in my database). The only RM tool that can help is Find Everywhere (which, I know, is a misnomer since it doesn't actually search everywhere within the database). 

 

I put in the last four words of the title for my search terms, and the search has been going for well over a half hour. Why so long? Because it is searching through names, and places, and to-do lists, and who knows what else that has NOTHING to do with my search goals.

 

This is frustrating. The Find Everywhere tool needs a screen with [] check boxes to allow us to FOCUS the search.

 

Please, pretty please, Mr. RootsMagician, can we get this improvement in the new version you are working on?


Including Repository info in the Bibliography

22 March 2018 - 12:54 AM

I have long missed, and wished for the return of, a Repository List at the end of my reports. This was a [] checkbox feature in Family Origins (and maybe early Roots Magic versions?). It's fair to say that I've given up on the notion that this feature will return in RM8, so I've started experimenting with how I might incorporate the Repository List info into a custom Source Template. In fact, since I have two repositories for many of my sources, I want them both included in the Bibliography Template sentence.
 
Since I couldn't find a way to get RM to automatically use the info in the linked repository, I decided to add extra fields to the Source Template to accomplish my goal. It means extra typing (and the chance of extra mistakes), but at least I managed to get my repositories included.
 
I started with a copy of the Book, Basic Format template, and added four new fields. This is the sentence I developed (the two underscores _ are included spaces). I presented the template on three lines to (hopefully) make it easier to read in the forum.
 
Bibliography Template
[Author:Reverse]. <i>[Title]<: [SubTitle]></i>. <[PubPlace]|N.p.>: <[Publisher]|n.p.>, <[PubDate]|n.d.>.
_<<b>Repository 1:</b> [Repository1]<, [Rep1Place]>.>
_<<b>Repository 2:</b> [Repository2]<, [Rep2Place]>.> 
 
Let's call the four new fields 1 2 3 and 4, and use a 0 to represent an empty field.
I tested the new sentence with these combinations:
 0 0 0 0
 1 0 0 0
 1 0 3 0
 1 2 0 0
 1 2 3 0
 1 2 3 4
 
I'm satisfied that the punctuation comes out as I intended for all of these combinations.
 
Any comments or suggestions?
 
Here's the results for a fictitious book:
 
Bibliography
 
Truesdale, William. All along the sea coast 0000: Time ran away with me. Evanston IL: Huckster Publishers, Inc., 2001.
 
Truesdale, William. All along the sea coast 1000: Time ran away with me. Evanston IL: Huckster Publishers, Inc., 2001.
Repository 1: Podunk Library.
 
Truesdale, William. All along the sea coast 1030: Time ran away with me. Evanston IL: Huckster Publishers, Inc., 2001.
Repository 1: Podunk Library. Repository 2: Megacity Archives.
 
Truesdale, William. All along the sea coast 1200: Time ran away with me. Evanston IL: Huckster Publishers, Inc., 2001.
Repository 1: Podunk Library, West Brazil IN.
 
Truesdale, William. All along the sea coast 1230: Time ran away with me. Evanston IL: Huckster Publishers, Inc., 2001.
Repository 1: Podunk Library, West Brazil IN. Repository 2: Megacity Archives.
 
Truesdale, William. All along the sea coast 1234: Time ran away with me. Evanston IL: Huckster Publishers, Inc., 2001.
Repository 1: Podunk Library, West Brazil IN. Repository 2: Megacity Archives, Gigatown NY.