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#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.

#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.

#98097 Place Name

Posted by robertjacobs0 on 03 September 2020 - 01:47 PM in Discussion

You can make changes to place names from the place list (Lists/Place list). Different spelling & formats can merged  to a single correct one on the place list. The place names in individual fact entries will then be modified accordingly.

#96698 Suddenly, I can't paste text to a Note

Posted by robertjacobs0 on 05 March 2020 - 12:05 PM in Issues

This may be unlikely, but I know (to my occasional sorrow) that some gaming keyboards have a switch which disables some of the Windows editing functions.

#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.

#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.

#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."

#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.

#97833 My RM database has 2 families with the same parents

Posted by robertjacobs0 on 31 July 2020 - 06:11 PM in Discussion

Try the merge function; you may have to do it twice, once for each spouse. Tools/Merge/Manual merge

#97700 Running RM7 against a production database and a test database

Posted by robertjacobs0 on 12 July 2020 - 11:01 PM in Discussion

Why not just make multiple backups of your production material, restoring as necessary when an experiment doesn't work? There might be less to keep track of, esp if your exhibits inhabit a complex folder/subfolder system?

#96460 My RM8 Checklist (so far)

Posted by robertjacobs0 on 25 January 2020 - 09:30 AM in RootsMagic Wish List

You might prefer a box chart: Reports/Charts/Box charts/Ancestors. You will have much more control of the output, format, etc.

#96847 Searching for places

Posted by robertjacobs0 on 25 March 2020 - 08:22 AM in Discussion

Go to the place list and highllght the incorrect place. Click "print," then "generate report." That should do it.

#98335 where to put a life history

Posted by robertjacobs0 on Yesterday, 05:12 PM in Discussion

You could also transcribe it and add it as a note or biography to her "edit person" sheet. I have "biography" as a fact, but I cannot recollect whether it was native to RM7 or if I added it myself.

#96855 Searching for places

Posted by robertjacobs0 on 26 March 2020 - 07:54 AM in Discussion

It's hardly intuitive. I've often thought the term "print" on the place list should have been "report" or some such.

#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.

#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.

#97245 UNICODE vs. UTF-8 vs. RootsMagic

Posted by robertjacobs0 on 16 May 2020 - 09:51 AM in Discussion

Google translate turns "Jerry" into "Gary," but the sentiment is right.

#96467 Who Was There list

Posted by robertjacobs0 on 27 January 2020 - 10:46 AM in Issues

Thanks, TFTMTeutoppil. As I told Renee, it's only a minor annoyance and the report is more for research purposes than display or publication.

#96466 Who Was There list

Posted by robertjacobs0 on 27 January 2020 - 10:42 AM in Issues

Thanks, Renee.


No. Would it help if they were? I would prefer not to affect the format of places as I've entered them on event tags. It really isn't terribly important -- just a minor annoyance, easily coped with.

#96456 Who Was There list

Posted by robertjacobs0 on 24 January 2020 - 02:00 PM in Issues

I had occasion to invoke the Who Was There List report this morning, I think for the first time. I wanted to know who was in Kansas from 1880 to 1890. The report spat out the Kansas events — and also Arkansas events. I can see how this happened and why the search may have produced it. I'm wondering if there's any way to avoid it.



#96471 Who Was There list

Posted by robertjacobs0 on 29 January 2020 - 07:49 AM in Issues

I'll try that. Thans, Renee.

#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.