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Which marker is on top

27 September 2018 - 12:56 PM

I am importing a genealogy file and a set of place markers that I created. It seems that the Place markers are always on top and obscuring the genealogical marker beneath it.


Can I set one set of markers to the back and let the genealogical markers be on top?

Date not interpreted same as Rootsmagic 7

09 September 2018 - 11:20 AM

I have found that all the events in RM7 are correctly placed time wise in the edit screen. If I use before or between in the date fields they seem to be processed incorrectly by FA making the paths to be incorrect. I corrected by deleting the before and between in my dates and using specific dates and while RM7 looked the same it was now correct in FA.


Is this an issue or am I doing something incorrectly?

Way points and pointers

08 September 2018 - 09:05 AM

I have just purchased and downloaded FA. I have watch3ed several webinars and tutorial about FA. It appears to be a 2009 version with no updates since then.


When trying to use FA I have run into several things I would like to do but so far have not found out how to do them. I imported my database from RM7.


1. When mapping events in a persons life I am looking for a way to refine the paths between events. I have a person going from New Hampshire to Michigan. This results in a straight line right across lake Erie. Not the way it happened. I have done additional research from history and letters that I have and his route was to Albany, followed the Erie canal through the major cities in New York to Buffalo. Then by wagon road to Toledo where he picked up the train to get him to Bertrand Michigan in south western Michigan.


Can I create intermediate steps in this to reflect the actual path? I could create a new fact type in RM7 to show these way points and then exclude that fact type in other reports.


2. Can I add arrows to the path between points to show the direction of travel?


3. Sometimes when I move across a zoomed image I suddenly lose the paths that are between sites. I don't think I did anything wrong but any suggestion would be appreciated.

        (I am using Windows 7 64 bit with 12 gig of memory and plenty of hard disk space.)


4. Since it has not been updated in almost a decade is this product going to be supported in the future?

Observations on PH3

28 March 2018 - 08:17 AM

I purchased and downloaded version 3 yesterday. I had been working with version 2 so I thought I would see what version 3 is like. I have found the following observations.


  1. Import Data
    1. Import from Rootsmagic with defined group not available.
    2. Import from RM database is better than using the GEDCOM file but not always possible.
    3. Cannot import people not related by blood? Cousin by marriage, not blood, ignored?
  2. Disproven or disputed facts also imported with no indication that they were rejected.
  3. If no date on fact then it is not imported.
  4. New Lifecapsule function appears to work well.
  5. Can’t see source or footnote on a story that I am working on but they do print out when published.
  6. Story titles print even if selected no (Must set to NO in two places)
  7. Individual stories are imported and have various status as to started and not started. Reset all stories to a not started status?
    1. SQLite Expert tool to set status to 0.
  8. If import based on single person then the story is cut off at that timeline ignoring facts for a relative that occurred before or after principal person. Not appropriate for a family story. Creating a fictitious person with the proper time span can solve this but must be deleted from stories after import.
  9. You can import over an existing PH story and new things will be added. If you change data that will affect a story title then a new story will be created that will need to be deleted or merged with changes from PH3.
  10. No options for footnotes vs endnotes?
  11. No bibliography?
  12. Import Photos. A photo associated with person does not seem to import. Photos associated with events do import and with multiple photos per event. Can resize photos but limited to four options to place photo. Photos are unacceptably placed in publish. Pictures can be at bottom of page and overlaid with footnotes.


Just my observations to date. Hope this may help others.

convert one census format to another

05 March 2018 - 09:50 AM

I am trying to clean up all my mistakes and poor choices that I have made in RM in the past. None of these issues should reflect poorly om RM as they are all of my own doing but I hope that someone may have also run into this situation and can provide a brilliant solution.

I will use census records as an example of my problem. When entering a citation and source for a census record I have not always made the right choice regarding the correct template to use. There appear to be about 20 different templates for a US Federal census. I have not always chosen wisely. I am trying to get a printable genealogy and the footnotes and bibliography are not always correct because of some missing data.

I have looked at all the various ways in RM to correct a census source to be in the correct template but so far I have found nothing except going manually through every source and citation to make it correct. The merge function works but data is lost during the merge. I have looked at SQL and found that for every citation there is in a blob field with XML code for the fields for that source. Unless I wright a program to parse the XML and then match that up with what should be in the correct format for the new source template there is no SQL solution.

Before I continue with this manual process I was hoping someone may have a better solution.