Reunion 9 for Mac Perspective Events Updated

Today I updated the North American Perspective Events file that I’ve previously modified and shared with you. This brings the Reunion 9 for Mac perspective event set up-to-date with historical events affecting the region since 1968. Specifically, I added these events:

1973 Arab Oil Embargo
1989 Canada-United States Free Trade Agreement
1994 North American Free Trade Agreement
2001 Canada and U.S. assist in military intervention in Afghanistan
2007 Financial crisis in U.S. triggers world-wide recession

This wasn’t as easy as it once was because in the current release of Mac OS X (version 10.7, aka Lion), Apple hid the Library folder from view in the Finder. Perhaps some background is in order.
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Reunion for Mac CDs Discontinued Soon

I got the news yesterday from the company that handles order fulfillment for MacGenealogist CDs is discontinuing CDs on July 30th. These are the CDs containing higher resolution versions of most of the Reunion for Mac videos I published on MacGenealogist.com.

I’ve done some research and haven’t found any alternatives that would enable me maintain the low price. I want to keep these videos available because people have been helped greatly by having them handy, regardless of whether they have a fast Internet connection or not.

I’ve been racking my brain thinking of alternatives. Then it hit me! What I really need is to know how you want the hours of videos available if not on CD or DVD. Right now I’m leaning toward making them available for download as another benefit for Premium Members. That may be a fine idea, but I really want your opinion.

Also, this serves as your warning that if you want MacGenealogist CDs, buy them now.

P.S. Leave a comment with your ideas for how you would like these high quality videos delivered or available to you.

Preserving Muster Events in Reunion for Mac

Just in time for memorial day, Ancestry.com has made available new military records. The two new databases, “U.S. World War II Navy Muster Rolls, 1938-1949″ and “U.S. Navy Cruise Books Index, 1918-2009″ offer a glimpse into the lives of our military ancestors. If you have ancestors in these online genealogy databases you will want to enter the records in your genealogy software. If you use Reunion for Mac, I’ll show you how its done in the accompanying video.

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Creating a Database Online Source Type in Reunion for Mac

The amount of genealogy information available online is increasing. So is the importance of a good, basic citation format for online genealogy databases. As usual, I’ve been implementing GEDCOM safe versions of the citation formats genealogy expert Elizabeth Shown Mills recommends. The source type for databases online is based on one of her basic formats. Following the suggested full reference format for online databases, helps you and other genealogists find the cited database in the future, indicates the quality of your work, and can be used as a basis for more specific source types.
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Making Your Reunion for Mac Census Image Source Type GEDCOM Safe

The census image online source type we created previously for genealogy software Reunion for Mac closely follows the recommendations of genealogy expert Elizabeth Shown Mills from her book, “Evidence Explained:Citing History Sources from Artifacts to Cyberspace 2nd Edition” and her very handy, laminated Quicksheet for Citing Online Historical Resources Unfortunately many of the fields won’t be transferred should you share your database as a GEDCOM or move to different genealogy software.

This is because the GEDCOM (Genealogical Data Communications) standard doesn’t have fields for schedule, ward, enumeration district, dwelling, family, and person of interest.

I’m more interested in my research being preserved than following ESM to the letter. I invested at least eight hours figuring out the simplest way to show you how to make your census image online source type and citations GEDCOM safe. I recommend you move your source citations into this source type too.
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Safely Move from Free-form Citations to Source Fields in Reunion

As you saw in a previous video about the dangers of free-form citations, genealogy software Reunion for Mac allows you to create source citations by entering source information into a free-form text field, but there are pitfalls to entering citations this way.

The free-form citation field in Reunion for Mac is exported with a GEDCOM tag that may not import as desired. Most of the source fields on the other hand, will export with well supported tags. Moving your free-form citations into source fields will help you preserve the effort you’ve put into your genealogy research.

In this video I show you a process I developed for safely moving free-form citations to source fields. It even works when the source is used for multiple people and events.
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The Dangers of Reunion Free-form Citations

Reunion for Mac allows you to create source citations by either entering discrete source information into structured fields, entering all of it in a free-form text field, or a combination of both. Entering a citation in just the format you want using the freeform edit box can be an appealing idea; however, you ought to be aware of dangers of entering citations this way.

In this video I show you examples of what can go wrong down the road if you use free-form citations in Reunion for Mac.
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Creating a Source Type for Directories in Reunion for Mac

In a previous video we created a source type for books in Reunion for Mac and improved it here. We are using the format genealogy expert Elizabeth Shown Mills recommends in her book, “Evidence Explained:Citing History Sources from Artifacts to Cyberspace 2nd Edition”. The source type for directories is based on the basic format for books. Following the suggested full reference format for directories, helps you and other genealogists find the cited directory in the future and indicates the quality of your work.
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Private Holdings: Artifact-Reunion Source Type

Don’t forget to cite the artifacts held by private parties, including yourself. Genealogy expert Elizabeth Shown Mills recommends a citation format for these in her book, “Evidence Explained:Citing History Sources from Artifacts to Cyberspace 2nd Edition”. Following her suggested full reference format helps you and other genealogists understand the provenance and find the owner of the artifact in the future. These are the fields recommended for the full reference citation of a privately held artifact:

  • Item ID
  • Artifact ID
  • Creation Date
  • Current or Last Known Owner
  • Owner’s Location
  • Year Owned
  • Descriptive Detail

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Creating a Source Type for a Book in a Multivolume Set in Reunion for Mac

Sometimes a book you cite will be part of a multivolume set. The source type for a book in genealogy software Reunion for Mac doesn’t match the fields genealogy expert Elizabeth Shown Mills recommends in her book, “Evidence Explained:Citing History Sources from Artifacts to Cyberspace 2nd Edition”. Following her suggested full reference format for print publications: books, multivolume set, helps you and other genealogists find the cited book in the future. These are the fields recommended for the full reference citation of a book that is part of a multivolume set:

  • Abstractor
  • Title
  • Volume Data
  • Place of Publication
  • Publisher
  • Year
  • Volume & Page

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