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20 April 2017 - 10:56 AM

Cheers Kevin,

Looks like the free 2G Dropbox is the go...


In Topic: Starting data entry from oldest ancestor?

13 April 2017 - 05:32 PM

Interesting to see the variables that are being presented some of which apply to my database I am about to start entering up in RM7.

Think I might do a bit more digging to find out if there are any other anomalies in the way in which RM requires the data to be entered before I begin? Looks like I have assumed incorrectly that RM7 will take whatever likely data scenarios it is presented with.

I have a number of birth, and deaths that I have had to calculate a circa year therefore no day date or month date, just a year. I have been entering these in my text database as c.1742. So how does RM7 handle these in their sorting or a re-sort?

Would there be any other data processing anomaly I should be aware of before I head down a data entry path with RM7? As I mentioned in my opening post I would be entering my eldest decendants first and following my family blood name, of course listing spouses of both males and females family members. Following female family members until the family name disappears, I recorded names of any of their siblings where records exist. Not sure if what I am doing is common that is following the family name and ignoring all the other branches which would take me years to track. Anyways nice to know if there are other data entry things to be aware of.

Better to ask before starting, appreciate the feedback you have all provided to date from my opening thread. It has been constructive.



In Topic: Starting data entry from oldest ancestor?

13 April 2017 - 12:21 AM

Seems I have opened a can or worms...

In Topic: Starting data entry from oldest ancestor?

12 April 2017 - 03:32 PM

Hi Tom,

Thanks for that and taking the time do a SQLite script work around.

I understand that finding some children's birth dates are impossible. I think I have 2 which the best I have is circa having worked back from an age at death or burial. I get without a date it becomes more difficult to manage a database BUT and I Underline the BUT as a new user I am gob smacked that RM and indeed a version 7 has not addressed this issue. I have no doubt it has been thrown around a number of times by the programmers.

RM as a minimum should handle date sorting if indeed a few dats are circa.
RM as a minimum should allow a menu selection of what to do with children who don't have any dates. Put them at the top of the children's tree or at the bottom of the tree with some flag/s highlighting there is no known date.

Having to expect the user to manage (and new users) because <1% of children's birth dates are not known verses the 99% that are in my particular case that are know doesn't seem to make sense to me. Not sure how people deal manually as one seems forced to have to enter children's names in when it comes to a child without a birthdate?

Whilst I get it's not ideal from a programmers perspective because all they want to deal with is hard imperial data the reality is dates are not always available. Surely if a date is missing or not complete enough to pigeonhole the child in order a pop up menu asking do you want the child positioned at the top, bottom of the children's database would suffice?

The fact that Tom has felt the need to write a SQLite script to do the sorting outside RM should be ringing bells at RM.

Well done again Tom for writing the script.



In Topic: Starting data entry from oldest ancestor?

12 April 2017 - 02:43 AM

Thanks Jerry,

Thanks for the advice.

I am surprised RM doesn't sort child into birth order? Would have thought if you put them in soon as the date is added it would look at where there chronologically should be. Nice to know I need to do it. Hope that is something RM are working on, would not have been difficult I would have thought?