Thanks, Tom. And thanks so much for writing so many useful routines for the use of RM users.
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Orthography was not a primary concern for the immigrant generations. Moreover, immigrant Jews from Eastern Europe had only had names on the Western pattern since 1800 or 1810 when the Tsar promulgated a decree requiring that they adopt them. The decree's purpose was to regularize tax collection and military conscription.
Before that decree most Jewish names within the Pale, except perhaps for the most prominent Rabbinic families, were of the form x ben y: Isaac, son of David, etc.
An important tradition of Jewish naming is that an infant not be named after a close living relative. Thus family names tend to skip a generation — children often named after deceased grandparents for example.
I hope it isn't heresy to suggest that the best way to post your research on the web is to abandon Tree Share and use RootsMagic and GedSite together to put up the data in the form you prefer. Ancestry.com could still be used for research, of course. Ancestry Tree Share is rife with API problems, the necessity to bow to their formats, and constant repetitive web hints, many of which are duplicates, irrelevant, or just plain wrong.
It's only necessary to look at this forum's posts to see how much trouble Tree Share has caused and how much of your time and RM's time are wasted because of it.
One cannot search the person list to find people who have alternate name tags. I would like to see that ability added, and added so that one can search by the various flavors of the alternate name tag: married, immigrant, AKA, spelling variation, no type designation, etc.
I'm aware -- there is a very useful thread in RM7 issues -- that information about alternate name tags can be obtained via the fact list and through /Reports/Lists/Fact list, but the report generated doesn't show the types of the alternate names in the database. Moreover, it's cumbersome to edit the alternate name tags of individuals when they have been generated by the list and or report function.
Microsoft’s latest shenanigans show increasing abilities to reduce users’ control over their own machines and increased tendencies to do just that — recent alarming article in Forbes Magazine is making me think of moving away from Windows if the trends continue. Has anyone successfully run RootsMagic in a virtual machine under Linux?
The load on the CPU is sometimes very high when the computer is just booting up and for a few moments afterward. does the slowdown occur after the machine is up for a while as well as when you're just starting?
The Windows task manager can show you the percentages of CPU times that are used by each of the running processes.
You are worrying unnecessarily. Trebor22 is correct in suggesting that the risk is equal whether you whether RootsMagic is in use or not while you are connected to the internet. Indeed, I suspect that almost all of us use RootsMagic while connected without harmful results. And you seem to be maintaining a desirable level of security.
Your database isn't "online," or shouldn't be. It's a file on your machine. To attack it a hacker would have to control your machine, probably through a virus or "Trojan" actually running in your machine. This kind of malware can be inserted into a machine from a flash drive or by accessing a malicious web site. Those are the ways that the infamous "ransomware" can get into your machine. Your defenses against these intrusions are the built-in firewall and regular scans by Windows Defender or other anti-malware programs.
The defenses are incomplete if one accesses unknown web sites or falls for any of the all-too-common scams. For example, words to the effect of "Microsoft has detected malware (or computer problem). Click here to remedy." NEVER "click here" unless you're dealing with a known and legitimate web site.
One of the chief means of getting people to malicious sites is by an e-mail which purports to come from a friend. The malware has somehow gotten into a friend's e-mail list and sends out something like "John thinks you'd be interested in this." The web address you're asked to click on is completely unknown to you. Don't do it!
A little prudence can go a long way.
Should your browser come up with some kind of scam message don't click on anything. Go to the task manager, highlight the browser program and click on "End task." Then run a full system scan, first with your anti-virus program and then with the free download version of Malwarebytes. I keep Malwarebytes on my machine so I don't have to try to download it while under assault.
Hackers are much more likely to be after bigger game than your RootsMagic files. The best way to protect yourself is to maintain a full backup set on an external device which isn't always connected to your computer and to an external site -- i.e., not your home. I periodically send a flash drive with a full system backup to my son who lives a hundred miles away. Were my house to burn down the data would still be protected -- if the rascal can remember where he stowed it.
Some people use a cloud service like Dropbox for their backup files. I don't care for them myself, but many do.
I've been a RootsMagic user ever since Wholly Genes folded, but I haven't encountered any "meaningless promises." I agree that "confirming this is on the enhancement request list" is annoying.
I would prefer that the list of enhancement requests were posted, together with the number of users who would favor each. Family Historian does that; it makes one feel more a participant in the software's direction than a supplicant, begging at the gate.
If I may say so, I think it's an error to lay one's frustrations on the heads of small specialized software companies. I know nothing of the economics of software publishing, but it's clear that if one wants to hire a full-time programmer at, say, $50,000 per annum, that one has to sell 1000 copies of a $50 software package every year just to pay the programmer alone -- and one hasn't even begun to pay for overhead, taxes, food for the family, a roof over one's head, and the services of a charming and technically adept person who has to write "confirming this is on the enhancement request list" on the forum, probably more often than she cares to.
I hope the web isn't "the future," or at least not the entire future. We've already seen the conniptions that developers and users have suffered whilst trying to shoehorn their formats and data into Ancestry and Family Search. It would be far better IMO to have one's own flexible software so that formats and reports are obedient to one's own needs, wishes & designs.
Web data also presents issues of privacy, security and permanence which are not under users' control. Not for me, thank you.
Instead of the period, would it be possible to use the old invisible non-breaking space? It may be Unicode (U+200B). I don't recollect the ASCII value, but I'm pretty sure there was one. This goes back to the glory days of WordPerfect.
John Cardinal's GedSite program meshes extremely well with RootsMagic and can be used to make wonderful web sites.The home page is at https://www.gedsite.com/en/index.htm. There are links on the page to example sites, including (full disclosure department) my own.
If I'm not mistaken, one of our competitors publishes a lits showing how many of their users have asked for each particular change. One of that program's deficiencies IMO is the want of bold, italic & underlining in the printed reports. Last time I looked that enhancement was very high on the list of desirable changes. Were I using that program I would be confident that the programmers would be considering the change seriously.
I'd like to see the RM8 wish list similarly set up. Users would be given a greater sense of participation and I cannot see that the company would be risking anything by the disclosure of what users are hoping for.
>>>I believe you are refering to Famiy Historian<<<
Yes, of course. If their next version comes out soon and they have fixed that particular deficiency I'm going to have to make a difficult decision. The absence of italics, in particular, was a deal-breaker for me.
That's a great site, Jerry. It should appeal to the more serious and scrupulous genealogists among us. As you've seen, I went in a different direction, in part because I felt the site had to appeal to my more elderly users, many of whom were not as much interested in documents as they were in pictures and stories. Now I've gotten into the more elderly class myself I wonder if I made the right choice.
Very nice work! Please accept my congratulations.