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#95058 7.6.1 freeze

Posted by robertjacobs0 on 30 August 2019 - 11:53 AM in Issues

I open RootsMagic 7.6.1, go to Tools/File Options/Ancestry and click on "Disconnect from Ancestry tree." RootsMagic locks up and I have to use the Task Manager to exit. The task manager reports "RootsMagic not responding." I'm actually not sure whether the Ancestry Tree is actually linked or not.

 

There's been so much trouble with Ancestry that I'm trying to disassociate RootsMagic completely from them although I plan to continue using Ancestry as a research tool.

 

 




#94115 Best practice for documenting travel abroad

Posted by robertjacobs0 on 06 June 2019 - 08:01 AM in Discussion

I've sometimes used "Psgr List" and "Psgr List (fam)" for this purpose. My memory has become so bad that I don't recollect whether that's a custom fact or if it was built-in.




#92899 cant find RootsMagic.exe on E:\

Posted by robertjacobs0 on 11 February 2019 - 11:59 PM in Discussion

Windows may have assigned a different drive letter to the pen drive in the other laptop(s). If you press Windows-key-X you can select "disk management" which will allow you to reset drive letters.The settings are usually persistent, but there are a variety of things which can make them change.




#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.




#92872 Christening gets included as a "Basic Event" when printing Family Gro...

Posted by robertjacobs0 on 08 February 2019 - 12:31 PM in Discussion

Is there an SQL query that will add an empty birth event to any person who doesn't have one? That might be a handy addition to the RM tools.




#95442 Cleaning up TMG sources - post import

Posted by robertjacobs0 on 26 September 2019 - 07:31 AM in RootsMagic for Mac

I agree. I've thought -- going back to my TMG days -- that the distinction was artificial. It may have made more sense before Ancestry.com and other internet collections became the dominant research technique.

 

Similarly, while tracking repositories is suitable for identifying libraries, courthouses and the like, it doesn't really speak to the realities of internet research.




#95421 Cleaning up TMG sources - post import

Posted by robertjacobs0 on 25 September 2019 - 12:47 PM in RootsMagic for Mac

I think the idea is that one would have a "source" -- say a book -- and that subsequent citations of it would only involve typing in a page number.That is, it was supposed to  be a time and effort saver. I fear that the source/citation bifurcation has mostly served to confuse thousands of people.

 

As I look at my own report footnotes I see that most of them can adequately guide researchers, but they are all higgledy-piggledy and inconsistent with one another.




#93834 Convict indents

Posted by robertjacobs0 on 08 May 2019 - 07:46 PM in Sentence and Source Templates

What is a "convict ident?"




#93747 Ellis Island & New York Place Details

Posted by robertjacobs0 on 29 April 2019 - 04:38 PM in Discussion

I have dozens,if not hundreds, of Ellis Island immigrants in my data. I list the place as New York City or New York, New York depending on how I want the narrative reports to read. As with Brooklyn, which once had a separate corporate existence, but is now a "borough," or Kings County, there's little chance that any ambiguity will muddy the fact of the actual location of an event.

 

When the Dodgers left in 1957, Brooklyn is the place where baseball in America died. I record it as "Brooklyn, New York."




#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.




#93822 FGS 2019 in Washington, D.C.

Posted by robertjacobs0 on 07 May 2019 - 08:16 AM in General Messages

Will there be a demo or preview of Version 8?




#95554 First RM8 Blog Entry

Posted by robertjacobs0 on 04 October 2019 - 01:52 PM in Discussion

Isn't this a little silly? RootsMagic is castigated if they release nothing and again if they release some but not all, and still again if they don't adhere to a "schedule" established by the pace of their releases. They can't win.

 

That said, I've believed for years that software companies are insufficiently transparent regarding their plans. RootsMagic isn't alone in being secretive. It seems to be a shibboleth in the industry that disclosure will give competitors an advantage. Since that's the case, there little's point in inveighing against the practice and even less point in criticizing RM8 for its failings before we've seen it.




#95318 First RM8 Blog Entry

Posted by robertjacobs0 on 17 September 2019 - 07:33 AM in Discussion

I'm glad to learn that there will be words, and an option to abandon them and just show icons. However, my preference would be to bag the icons and just show text buttons. I hope it's not too late to offer this as an option. It should be a simple change.

 

I also hope it will be possible to show the icons/text horizontally at the top if the user so wishes.




#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.




#93795 How to record details of a person e.g. height

Posted by robertjacobs0 on 06 May 2019 - 09:31 AM in Discussion

I seem to have  "description" in my fact list, but I don't recollect whether it was built in or if I made it as a custom fact. Either way, you could use it and edit the sentence template to suit the information you hope to record.

 

The template in my machine is "[person] was described as [Desc]< [Date]>< [PlaceDetails]>< [Place]>."




#94063 Inaccurate Sorting of Estimated Dates - Sort is skewed

Posted by robertjacobs0 on 01 June 2019 - 09:16 PM in Issues

I too agree with Vyger's logic, but given that the user can set the sort date to the midpoint of two two end dates if desired, I wouldn't delay the release of RM8 by one microsecond for the proposed change.

 

Wherever the sort date is set, either by RM or by the user, the date itself will be displayed as entered.

 

In my own records (between 5800 and 5900 people, n=5851 :) ), a quick and dirty survey shows fewer than five "between x and y" sort dates which would materially affect the order of events in print reports or on my GedSite web site.




#95443 Index / Search needs retooling

Posted by robertjacobs0 on 26 September 2019 - 07:42 AM in Discussion

Did you check the index for the entries of people with missing surnames? RootsMagic, like every other genealogical program, would surely be making unwarranted -- and unwanted -- assumptions by assigning surnames automatically.

 

The father probably showed up on the pedigree screen as well.

 

I grant that single names are a problem; there are a few Native Americans in my wife's tree and I've entered their names as surnames. There may be other and better ways of dealing with those names, but I wouldn't expect much help or consistency from Ancestry trees in that regard.




#93791 Installing & running RM from external hard drive

Posted by robertjacobs0 on 05 May 2019 - 01:37 PM in Discussion

In order to have the program run correctly from the external drive it would have to be installed in Windows anyway. Some program data (not your data) is held in the Windows registry and in C\Users\[your username]\Roaming. So you might as well have the program installed on your machines in its entirety and just move your data back and forth (or otherwise synchronize it).

 

Zhangrau is correct -- Windows is inflexible if it can't find what it expects.

 

There are some stand-alone programs (usually utilities like Autoruns.exe) which do not require Windows installation. RootsMagic to Go may partially do what you suggest (I'm not at all familiar with it), but I seem to remember that it doesn't provide the full RootsMagic facilities.




#92932 Issue with linking some pictures to individual

Posted by robertjacobs0 on 14 February 2019 - 11:06 AM in Discussion

It's like Animal Farm: some jpgs are more equal than others. Try loading your recalcitrant jpg into an editor (perhaps Paint or Photoshop Elements) and save it out as a .jpg Try the saved file in RootsMagic. As Tom H suggested, .jpg files can be internally organized in several different ways.




#93874 Javascript & Website Tree

Posted by robertjacobs0 on 11 May 2019 - 09:25 PM in Discussion

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.

 

Robert




#93774 Javascript & Website Tree

Posted by robertjacobs0 on 01 May 2019 - 11:40 AM in Discussion

Jerry mentioned the GedSite program. I use it myself. Its output can be as simple (and simple to make) or as elaborate as the user wishes. See www.gedsite.com which explains the program and provides links to sample sites.




#94218 Lock the 'Wish List' to further entries until after the release of RM8

Posted by robertjacobs0 on 14 June 2019 - 10:56 AM in RootsMagic Wish List

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.




#94221 Lock the 'Wish List' to further entries until after the release of RM8

Posted by robertjacobs0 on 14 June 2019 - 01:57 PM in RootsMagic Wish List

>>>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.




#96342 Narrative Reports with Media

Posted by robertjacobs0 on 08 January 2020 - 10:08 PM in Discussion

On an Edit Person menu click Media, then on the Media Album click tools/Rearrange media items. There are move up, move down & sort by date buttons at the bottom.




#96338 Narrative Reports with Media

Posted by robertjacobs0 on 08 January 2020 - 04:31 PM in Discussion

I hope I'm not missing the point here, but doesn't the media album/tools allow one to rearrange the order of exhibits? There's no need to delete and reinstall an item. GedSite seems to pick the exhibits up in the order one has prescribed.