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In Topic: Way points and pointers

04 October 2018 - 07:05 AM

One other item that I can't seem to find a solution for is shared events. If a person is not the primary person for that event it does not appear on the map. Am I doing something wrong or is this the way FA works?

In Topic: Which marker is on top

27 September 2018 - 03:50 PM



I've come up with a workaround. I set the size of the marker for the places to 0 which leaves a path allowing the genealogical markers to show.

In Topic: Way points and pointers

15 September 2018 - 04:15 PM




  1. Some dates don’t sort well even in Excel. Excel treats dates differently before 1900.  You can see the different Excel sort results here. This may not be related to FA but just a fact I observed. I have not been able to reproduce my date issue yet. Maybe I cleaned up my data sufficiently to avoid the issue.










  1. Date ranges can cause strange results. I had a person that lived in town X between 1806 and 1822. That was supported by all the evidence that I found. I also found a fact that between 1815 and 1822 she may have lived in town Y, also a documented fact. The fact that there is conflicting data works ok in RM but does not map well in FA since the person probably did not live in both places at the same time but no fact can get me any closer at this time. Those two fact dates should be serial and not overlapping. Not an FA problem but I have not decided how I can address this yet.
  2. Don’t include any fact that cannot be attributed to that individual. No life cycle type information or general history. These will put points on your map that may not correspond to the individual.
  3. All places must be down to the same level of granularity. If you use city then all places should be down to the city. If you have only a state or country fact mixed in then you end up with points that seem to be misplaced. In some cases I may be able to adjust by creating a proof statement that would essentially say in all probability she was in this city at this time because….
  4. The one good thing about this is it forces me to reexamine my data and find areas that need improvement or correction or a proof statement. The only real issue is the date sorting in item 1 that sorts strangely in excel as well. I have not been able to recreate the date sorting as yet but will try after I clean up the other data issues so I have as clean a map as possible.

I think as soon as I clean up my data the date problem will either go away or it will be much easier to identify.


FA looks to be the correct solution to my explaining migration paths to the non genealogists.


One last question? The ability to adjust a path within FA would be nice. If I try to do it in RM7 it becomes quite messy. Is that on the enhancement list?

In Topic: Date not interpreted same as Rootsmagic 7

12 September 2018 - 09:31 AM



It will take me some time to put all the dates back to between and before and then I will send you the database.

In Topic: Way points and pointers

12 September 2018 - 09:27 AM



1. If i have a series of events from RM7, ( I have added some waypoint events that alter the path, These special fact types can be eliminated from any other RM functions when not exporting to FA), but I'm not sure how to incorporate my personal places onto the path of my RM7 events. I will experiment with that more.


2. Good to see it is on the list to add.


3. The paths do reappear. If I am looking at paths that stretch across the country they show fine when I am looking at the east coast but as I move west the paths disappear and when I move back east again the reappear.


4. Glad to know that it will not be abandoned. I am planning on using this to illustrate to other family members the path various people took to during their lives. I think this will be beneficial to effectively sharing genealogical data.


I am also experimenting with the KML files and incorporating these into Google Earth.


Thank you