Hiding & Revealing the Sidebar in Reunion 10

The sidebar is an important new feature of Reunion 10. It makes lists of information readily available and it can sometimes take up valuable screen space. One of the first things to learn about it is how to hide and display it as desired.

It’s handy because it automatically appears when it’s required, and not displayed.[1] That makes it tricky, since it doesn’t necessarily stay the way you put it.

It’s tricky too because by default, it changes the size of your Reunion 10 window when you hide or reveal it.

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Finding the Relationship Between Two People with Reunion 10

Have you ever wanted to see just what the relationship is between two people in your Reunion family file? Better yet, how about seeing the connections in a chart?

Reunion 10 let’s you do both with people who are related by blood and those related by marriage. Here’s how to do it: [Read more...]

Using Reunion 10 to Search the Web

Reunion 10 will help you search common web repositories for information about people in your family file. It makes this easier on you by doing two things for you:

  1. Automatically fill in some fields using information from your person record and starts the search
  2. Optionally checks multiple sites at once

The results are displayed in your default web browser, either in tabs or windows.

Here’s how to perform a web search in Reunion 10:

  1. Click the Person menu button for anyone in the family view
  2. Choose Search the Web -> All Sites -> [name of web resource] or Search Favorites (checkmarks indicate favorites)

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Trouble-Free FTM TreeSync Secrets Revealed

Have you been on the Family Tree Maker software message board on Ancestry recently? If so, you’ve see all the posts about sync problems like I have. You’ll also have seen long-time FTM user, FTM guru Russ Worthington on there helping people with great advice and clear answers. Well, I’ve been wanting to help out on this matter too so I asked Russ if I could record an interview with him about TreeSync and share it with you, and he enthusiastically agreed. So we talked in preparation and he told me something the blew my mind!
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On the Future of Custom Reunion Source Types

Have you wondered what happened with the Reunion source types I had been creating? Let me tell you what happened.

As you’ll recall, I created custom source types based on guidance from “Evidence Explained” (EE) (see “source types” in the Reunion Tutorial Index). I also shared the process I devised for customizing Reunion source types. You may also recall that I revisited a couple of those customized source types to improve them.

That was the first sign of trouble, yet I pushed on because there was interest. Then two things happened: [Read more...]

Video Guide to Using PC Genealogy Software on Mac

You can run PC genealogy applications (like Family Tree Maker 2012 and RootsMagic) on your Mac, even if it’s just as a supplement to your primary Mac genealogy software.

There are features in the best Windows genealogy software that aren’t in Mac offerings. Family Tree Maker 2012’s ability to synchronize with Ancestry.com and RootsMagic’s full-featured narrative reports spring to mind.

There are essentially three approaches to running PC software:

  • Run Windows on your Mac in a “virtual PC”
  • Make your Mac boot into either OS X or Windows using BootCamp
  • Use a piece of software to do for your genealogy software what Windows would (Windows emulation)

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Splitting a Family Tree with Family Tree Maker, Part 2

Ben recently wrote about his frustrations with splitting a tree in Family Tree Maker for Mac 2 (FTMM2). I needed to do this for my own tree, so I set about finding the best way to do it. I recently prepared a family tree for my stepmother-in-law and, silly me, included it in my primary file. After reading Ben’s post, I became concerned that splitting that branch from my file would be impossible. As Ben said, many steps are involved, but it’s not impossible.  [Read more...]

What Genealogy Software Do We Recommend?

When I tell people I don’t recommend Family Tree Maker for Mac 2, they often ask what I do recommend, which is understandable. But I really can’t recommend a genealogy program for other people without knowing what their requirements are. You must first decide what your priorities are. Then you can check on the web to see which programs meet your requirements. You can use Ben’s Feature Comparison Table or FindtheBest.com to find the features you need (but take the Smart Ratings on the latter with a grain of salt). GenSoftReviews.com lists lots of genealogy programs, although not all of them have reviews. But see Tamura Jones’ article, The Most Important Genealogy Software Feature. [Read more...]