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#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.

#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.

#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 :).

#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.

#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.




#97336 Best Practice for Shared Facts with Date Ranges

Posted by robertjacobs0 on 25 May 2020 - 12:12 PM in Discussion

In Outlook, Thunderbird calendar and others, when one edits a repeating appointment, the program asks whether the change should be for the one instance or the whole series. For shared RM residence tags, and maybe others, it would be a nice feature if one could change the dates for sharers individually if desired.


Explanatory notes can also be used, I suppose: "X got a job in New York and moved out the family home in 1998."

#97590 Bloodline missing?

Posted by robertjacobs0 on 20 June 2020 - 04:50 AM in Discussion

If you mean by "bloodline" a group membership or color assignment, they have to be done manually when a new person is entered.

#95772 Cascade lastname change

Posted by robertjacobs0 on 22 October 2019 - 11:14 AM in Discussion

You can use search and replace for surnames. Once the screen opens, you can choose between "replace" and "replace all." "Replace all"  obviously isn't suitable in this case because you evidently have people who kept the original surname.


Unless you have a very large number of people to screen, search & replace is still probably your best bet. RootsMagic won't, AFAIK, descend the ladder.


Another option would be to make a named group consisting of the person who changed the name and all of his descendants. You could export the named group to a new database, make the change globally (i.e., "replace all"), import the people back into the main database and use the merge function to make it all coherent again. The first method looks better to me.

#98052 Civil War Roster Notation

Posted by robertjacobs0 on 30 August 2020 - 07:38 AM in Discussion

Although many were pardoned by Lincoln, "deserters" were shot. The term meant what it does today.

#98049 Civil War Roster Notation

Posted by robertjacobs0 on 30 August 2020 - 07:36 AM in Discussion

That happened a lot. Most of the serious histories of the war remark on it.

#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!  :)

#97501 Do the database tools on start-up

Posted by robertjacobs0 on 10 June 2020 - 02:24 PM in Discussion

Why? Specifically why, or is this just a general precaution? If the latter, I'd think it excessive. RM7 has always seemed robust to me.

#95774 Family tree with everybody?

Posted by robertjacobs0 on 22 October 2019 - 11:19 AM in Discussion

Family Historian 6.2 offers a chart of "all ancestors and relatives" which might come closer to what you want than an ordinary hourglass chart.

#95744 First RM8 Blog Entry

Posted by robertjacobs0 on 19 October 2019 - 07:35 AM in Discussion

The sixth RM8 blog entry has been posted.  http://blog.rootsmagic.com/


Excellent news, especially including the unblocking of the main screen when editing screens(!) are open.

#97551 Formatting output

Posted by robertjacobs0 on 16 June 2020 - 07:40 AM in Discussion

The Windows Notepad program allows on to change the ccding of text files by loading a text file and saving it right back out with different coding. Just to the left of the "save" button is an encoding button which offers UTF8, ANSI, UTF-16 LE & BE, and UTF-8 with BOM. To get to the encoding button you probably have to start with File/Save As.


IIRC, when I converted from TMG I had to alter the TMG GEDCOM to UTF-8 to get RootsMagic6 to accept it. I may have that backwards, but Notepad's conversion facility can be useful

#97518 Grandparents as 2nd set of Parents

Posted by robertjacobs0 on 13 June 2020 - 05:17 PM in Discussion

In RM7 one thing that can be done is to design a "fostering" fact with appropriate sentences for various roles. That would at least allow informative entries in narrative reports. A was fostered by B & C. B & C fostered A. I think I prefer "raised" or "cared for" to "fostered," but English is so nice and rich that we can all devise our own.


Ultimately computer software, even flexibly programmed software, is rigid compared to the diversity of human relations. Indeed, just in the last decade or two there has been an expansion of the terms that people use for gender, accompanied by fierce controversies about the meaning and appropriateness of the lingo. Software that only allows M & F is sure to miff someone. We've already seen genealogical programs scrambling to accommodate same-sex marriage.

#98277 Has the forum been closed?

Posted by robertjacobs0 on 09 October 2020 - 01:32 PM in Discussion

Nothing for a few days, and a post I thought I'd put up in "Issues" seems to have disappeared. Anyone home?

#98285 Has the forum been closed?

Posted by robertjacobs0 on 10 October 2020 - 12:26 PM in Discussion

FWIW I too detest Facebook and hope that this forum continues to flourish.

#98279 Has the forum been closed?

Posted by robertjacobs0 on 09 October 2020 - 08:56 PM in Discussion

Thanks :)

#96894 How do I find which people are link with a Place ?

Posted by robertjacobs0 on 31 March 2020 - 09:03 AM in Discussion

Go to the place list and highllght the place in which you are interested. Click "print," then "generate report." That should do it.

#96731 How do I record a father who is disowned?

Posted by robertjacobs0 on 10 March 2020 - 03:54 PM in Discussion

Use the alternate name fact as needed and either modify the sentences or add notes as necessary (and discreet?)

#96895 Instant "Relationship to Root" calculator

Posted by robertjacobs0 on 31 March 2020 - 09:08 AM in Discussion

Doesn't this already exist? Look down in the lower left-hand corner of the screen for relationships either to Root or to whomever you've set. The facility would be strengthened if it showed relationships by marriage as well.


The dialogue to set relationships is found on the tools menu.

#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.