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#97524 Ancestry web hints will not turn off

Posted by robertjacobs0 on 14 June 2020 - 01:06 PM in Discussion

I have the same problem with a couple of people in my family tree. The initial WebHints popup shows nine total hints, but the subsequent screen lists only seven. So I have six confirmed, one rejected, and two pending. The two which are pending never show up on the screen which lists the actual hints.


It's an annoyance, but I've been able to ignore it for the most part — I'm assuming that it's an Ancestry API problem.

#98235 Need abbreviated place names in GEDCOM

Posted by robertjacobs0 on 30 September 2020 - 10:15 AM in Issues

For those of us who use the RM specific details in RootsMagic's GEDCOM output, it would be a great help if RootsMagic GEDCOMs would output the user-selected abbreviated place names when they exist.


External programs could then successfully use sentence templates such as "[person:given:surname] was born<? [Date]| [date]| on an unknown date>< at [PlaceDetails:plain]>< in [Place:plain:short]>" to make smoother narratives.


A change like this should require only very minimal programming changes and would be a great blessing, at least for me.

#97986 Language issue when using RootsMagic with FamilySearch

Posted by robertjacobs0 on 23 August 2020 - 08:30 AM in Discussion

Unfortunately neither "search & replace" nor "find everywhere" look at the date field. You may have to do the translations one by one. Can you give an example of the FS format that doesn't convert to a regularly formatted date?

#98237 Need abbreviated place names in GEDCOM

Posted by robertjacobs0 on 30 September 2020 - 11:57 AM in Issues

Exactly. As I understand it, RM7 is already putting non-standard entries into its GEDCOMs when the "RM specific details" box is checked on the GEDCOM output screen. John Cardinal's GedSite program utilizes them extensively. The addition I am suggesting will make it easier to prepare smooth narratives in GedSite, GedSite Publisher, and possibly in other programs still to come.

#98243 Need abbreviated place names in GEDCOM

Posted by robertjacobs0 on 30 September 2020 - 02:50 PM in Issues

The RM short place name problem is that the reporting program — in this case GedSite — is that it cannot know from the standard place name (e.g., Bronx, Bronx County, New York, United States) how the short name has been defined by the RootsMagic user. That's why it would be so helpful for RM to output the short name in its GEDCOMS when the short name exists. There are too many possibilities: Bronx, New York; the Bronx; Bronx, NY, USA . . . etc.


In general, if I may say so, I do not think that a "standard" can be devised which will accommodate all the vagaries of human taste and experience. Of the genealogical programs I've used (UFT, TMG, RootsMagic), TMG seemed to me to offer the most powerful means of standardizing place names. The next step up would have been free-form. That's all very well within one program, but the moment one expects some other program to interpret free-form transfers accurately, one is in for trouble.


If free-form is the "standard" one may as well use a typewriter as a computer.

#98670 RM7 under Windows 10-1909 starts to come up and then freezes

Posted by robertjacobs0 on 14 December 2020 - 08:30 PM in Issues

I bet that's it. I should have thought of it.

#98665 RM7 under Windows 10-1909 starts to come up and then freezes

Posted by robertjacobs0 on 14 December 2020 - 08:59 AM in Issues

I guess that's what I would try next — I expect you'll be wanting to change the name of the database back as well :)

#98663 RM7 under Windows 10-1909 starts to come up and then freezes

Posted by robertjacobs0 on 13 December 2020 - 11:09 PM in Issues

1. Change the filename of your default startup database by adding, say, an x before it. See if RootsMagic opens.

2. If no joy from number 1, I'd try uninstalling RM7, then reinstalling it. It might also be worthwhile to clean up your registry with the free version of CCleaner.


If #1 shows that the database has become corrupted then restore a backup — or  it may be that RootsMagic can recover some or all of it.

#97668 Anyone keep database and images on google drive?

Posted by robertjacobs0 on 04 July 2020 - 09:30 PM in Discussion

Thanks, Jerry. I think I recollect your post about that. But as I understood the OP, he was asking whether he could write directly to the Google cloud as though it were a drive on his own machine. If I now understand you correctly, the google drive software creates a local folder willy-nilly. I was unaware of that. If so, I can see where the other problems you discuss in your post would arise.


Synchronizing the backup seems sensible, although I still have serious reservations about Google's practices.

#97665 Anyone keep database and images on google drive?

Posted by robertjacobs0 on 04 July 2020 - 09:09 PM in Discussion

Why bother? Even if it works, you'll be stymied sometimes by internet outages, slow transmission times, and the like. If your internet connection fails, your work-session ends. Much better, I would think, to maintain the data on your own machines and upload only the backup files to the cloud.


I do my own work on two machines & keep them synchronized with batch files. The latest .rmgc is copied over from one machine to the other. It can be done easily on one's LAN or with flash drives. It does require a little care — one has to be careful not to add or edit data on both machines without synchronizing, but it's really not hard to remember which machine has to be brought up to date.


Another problem is that you are at the mercy of Google. IIRC (I may be mistaken about this) your agreement with Google gives them the right to inspect your data and perhaps use it to guide their advertising. Another potential issue might be the inadvertent disclosure of information about living people. Everything we know about the practices of Google and others suggest that it's not paranoid to be concerned about such matters. I don't use their cloud even for my backups.

#97674 Anyone keep database and images on google drive?

Posted by robertjacobs0 on 05 July 2020 - 01:52 PM in Discussion

Dear Jerry,


I don't care to trust my data to any of them — fortunately, I have no need or desire to access the data from devices other than my desktop and laptop machines. I publish what I wish via GedSite on a server hosted by John Cardinal. If these practices may make me a kind of computer-age Luddite, then so be it. I guess the point is that I control the data, keep private what I wish to keep private, and send out only what I am willing to show the public.


The practical consequence for my genealogical research is that I can access the website from any computer or cell phone that connects to the net; I can only work on my RM7 database from one of the computers — desktop at home, laptop on the road. This limitation seems to me a small price to pay for avoiding Google Drive, One Drive, Dropbox, and Ancestry sharing.


BTW,  I was one of the victims of the Equifax hack. There's little reason to believe that the various cloud services are hack-proof. If I may say so, you're wise to encrypt your financial data.




#97287 29 February 1900

Posted by robertjacobs0 on 18 May 2020 - 07:32 AM in Issues

Oy! I read the help too quickly and didn't test the age calculation. I apologize for the oversight.


"Yellow" dates do show up in reports. If I were faced with 29 February 1900 I think I'd enter it as "29 February 1900 Julian" & put the sort date to 28 February 1900. If I felt that reports needed an age calculation I'd edit the sentence templates appropriately. As to the on-screen display, age calculation is pretty easy if one starts with 1900 :).

#97416 Colour coding

Posted by robertjacobs0 on 31 May 2020 - 03:42 PM in Discussion

Color coding is a Godsend for those who have been married more than once!  :)

#97281 29 February 1900

Posted by robertjacobs0 on 17 May 2020 - 10:09 PM in Issues

zhangrau, is that true if the primary date is improperly formatted or an impossible date with a yellow warning box? The help file suggests otherwise, and I have verified it by entering "sometime in 1905" as the primary date and "2010" as the sort date. The tag sorted correctly to 2010.

#97265 29 February 1900

Posted by robertjacobs0 on 17 May 2020 - 06:52 AM in Issues

Convert to Gregorian & add an explanatory note to the person entry?


But if you accept the yellow background but add a proper Gregorian sort date I think RM7 will still compute ages properly.

#97244 Issue with new Crossover Wrapper

Posted by robertjacobs0 on 16 May 2020 - 09:45 AM in RootsMagic for Mac

Rooty, what evidence is there that "most mac users" have abandoned RM7? How can you know that? If you've abandoned RM7, why bother to post here at all? Trolling can hurt the company; that can hurt RootsMagic development, which ultimately hurts me.


FWIW, my opinion is that the development of most genealogy software has been substantially slowed by the rush to the cloud. Railing at RootsMagic won't accelerate the release of a native Mac version by one minute. I'm as impatient as you are, but I don't think that carping will help.





#97247 Issue with new Crossover Wrapper

Posted by robertjacobs0 on 16 May 2020 - 10:06 AM in RootsMagic for Mac

>>> I have seen more sunsets than are ahead for me. <<<


Likewise. RM8 — even if there were a few unsquashed bugs — can't come too soon for me.


I switched to RootsMagic when TMG support ended because I felt very strongly that when my children became responsible for maintaining the project that the availability of tech support would be important for them. I've never regretted the choice; the addition of John Cardinal's GedSite to my project has been an unexpected and welcome benefit. I'm hoping to have RM8 and GedSite working together smoothly before I hand over the reins.




#97296 Married Women in RM8

Posted by robertjacobs0 on 18 May 2020 - 10:20 PM in Discussion

When I don't know a woman's birth name I've found it useful to use her spouses surname surrounded by square brackets and to add "Mrs." in the prefix field. I also add an alt married name, using the husband's surname in the surname field. The bracketed names all sort together at the beginning of the RM index list whicxh is convenient for research purposes  and the alt married name sorts alphabetically in the normal parts of the index.


This practice works very well with GedSite. See the index tab of my web site at https://genarchives....ns/up/index.htm.

#98217 Problem with source templates

Posted by robertjacobs0 on 23 September 2020 - 12:14 PM in Discussion

Lists>Source Lists>Select your source>Print will show everyone that has that source attached.

Thanks, Bob. That's useful, but the underlying problem is to find out which source templates are in use. Multiple sources can use the same template; if I want to convert them to use RM7 templates or even to delete the unused TMG templates it seems I have to do it manually, source by source if I am to remain within the confines of RM7.

#97335 Married Women in RM8

Posted by robertjacobs0 on 25 May 2020 - 11:55 AM in Discussion

Thanks, Don. I'm glad to learn that the practice is useful to others. Although I don't recall clearly, I may even have gotten the idea from the earlier posts you mention.  As I remarked in my earlier post, the square bracket scheme plays especially well with GedSite.


— Robert

#96806 RootsMagic in a virtual machine

Posted by robertjacobs0 on 19 March 2020 - 08:23 AM in Discussion

Thanks, mjashby & bscott26. I'm in the throes of moving to a new house and can't undertake the project for another month or so, but will try RM7 under WINE as soon as I get the chance. I notice that neither of you mention Ubuntu. When I do undertake the conversion is there a distribution which you think preferable?


Thanks again.



#98175 Recording boarding students in Census fact types

Posted by robertjacobs0 on 18 September 2020 - 02:45 PM in Discussion

I agree with Don. Shared facts save a lot of duplication and make it much easier to prepare graceful narrative reports. They also work well with GedSite, an important consideration for me.


GEDCOM non-adherence isn't important to me. I prefer to work with one program. My need for any of the facilities of Family Historian or Legacy is minimal. If I ever do need to make a full conversion I think there are already a couple of SQL routines which will ease the process.Cancel

#98210 Problem with source templates

Posted by robertjacobs0 on 23 September 2020 - 09:17 AM in Discussion

When I converted from TMG to RM6 perhaps seven or eight years ago, the conversion brought a great many TMG source templates into RootsMagic. They appear in the source template list prefixed by _TMG_. I'm now in the process of trying to rationalize my sources and citations, which quite frankly, are all higgledy-piggledy. Part of the project is to delete unused TMG sources templates. (I'm up to RM7, the latest)


Whenever I attempt to delete one I get a warning that it is in use & that any sources of its type will be removed from the database. I know that some of them were never used but there's doubt about  many others. How can I find out whether they have or have not been used?


I understand that if I delete a template the sources of its type will be deleted. What happens to citations which utilized those sources?

#98216 Problem with source templates

Posted by robertjacobs0 on 23 September 2020 - 11:35 AM in Discussion

Thanks, Jerry. It seems a tedious process from within RM7. Is there a suitable SQL script? I know how to look at the tables and run SQL scripts using SQLite expert, but I haven't constructed any programs. If I knew that RM8 would provide an easy way to do this I would wait, but part of the purpose of this clean-up is to deliver a nice clean database for the RM8 conversion when it comes.

#98221 Problem with source templates

Posted by robertjacobs0 on 23 September 2020 - 04:02 PM in Discussion

Thanks so much, Jerry and Bob.


I just ran Jerry's source template script and found to my astonishment that all but four of the _TMG_ templates had been used at least once. Fifteen of them had been used only once. Those probably represent my earliest entered sources and the ones most in need of revision and replacement.


I wish I'd known more about all of this twenty years ago when I started in, first with Ultimate Family Tree, and then with TMG.