Improving the GenealogyTools Reunion for Mac Book Source Type

In a previous video I showed you how to create a source type for citing books in Reunion 9 for Mac using the format genealogy expert Elizabeth Shown Mills recommends in her book, “Evidence Explained:Citing History Sources from Artifacts to Cyberspace 2nd Edition” and her very handy, laminated Quicksheet for Citing Online Historical Resources.

Since then I have improved the implementation by adding instructions to the fields to help you remember what information to put where. In this video I show you how to improve the source type previously created.
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Source Type Customization Process: Reunion for Mac

I recommend citing sources using the expert guidance of Elizabeth Shown Mills. There are a few great reference works she has published to help us:

The challenge for genealogists using Reunion for Mac is that the source types out of the box do not follow her recommendations. Fortunately, Reunion does enable us to modify and create our own source types.

Here is the process I use to create a new source type and how to change existing event sources to the new source type:

  1. Identify needed fields
  2. Map Reunion fields
    1. Consider source types you may change
    2. Modify field formatting
    3. Create new fields considering GEDCOM exportability
  3. Create or duplicate source type
  4. Change existing source types to new one

Creating a Source Type for Books in Reunion for Mac

The source type for books 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” and her very handy, laminated Quicksheet for Citing Online Historical Resources. Following her suggested full reference format for print publications: books, helps you and other genealogists find the cited book in the future. These are the fields recommended for a basic format, full reference citation of a book:
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Creating a Census Image Source Type in Reunion for Mac

The census source type in genealogy software Reunion for Mac includes only a few of the fields genealogy expert Elizabeth Shown Mills recommends in her book, “Evidence Explained:Citing History Sources from Artifacts to Cyberspace 2nd Edition” and her very handy, laminated Quicksheet for Citing Online Historical Resources. Following her suggested full reference format for census images from online sources helps you and other genealogists find the cited source record in the future. These are the fields recommended for a full reference citation of a census image from an online commercial site:
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Resolving Errors when Importing a GEDCOM from Reunion for Mac

When copying or moving your genealogy data from Reunion for Mac to another genealogy software program you’ll want to be sure not to lose any precious information. It’s very likely that you’ll have errors when you import a GEDCOM file regardless of the source and destination software. It’s not always a reflection of the quality of the genealogy software; it’s often due to the limitations of the GEDCOM standard. Either way, I’ve got a technique for finding and correcting the problems you’ll encounter.
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Detecting Conflicting Evidence with Date Expressions in Reunion for Mac

Occasionally, records you examine will contain dates that are written in relation to other dates. You can enter these in Reunion for Mac and let the software do the calculation for you.

I was extracting evidence from a death certificate this week and found conflicting birth information by using this feature. The document listed a birth date as well as age in years, months, and days. In this video I show you how I discovered the conflict and how I recorded it.
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Recording Source Detail in Reunion for Mac

Adding sources is important and tedious. Genealogy database software Reunion for Mac prevents some of the tedium by allowing you to associate individual sources with multiple events and facts. To do this you’ll want to make sure the data you enter for the source is not specific to an individual. The information that is specific to the individual goes in a different place, called source detail. In this video I show you how to record different source details for census, birth, and marriage events that use the same source. [Read more...]

Marking Only One Branch of Your Family Tree Using Reunion for Mac

Sometimes during your genealogy research you want to create reports, charts, lists, or GEDCOM exports that include only a specific branch of your family. Reunion for Mac has a feature called mark groups that enables you to selectively mark people in your family file.

In this video I’ll walk you, step-by-step, through using this feature to mark ancestors of a specific person.

Do you have any tricks or favorite uses of marking groups? If so, please share by leaving a comment on this post.

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Citing a Marriage Event in Reunion for Mac

The marriage event is different from the events for individuals and even “generic” event for the couple in the Macintosh genealogy software, Reunion. Even though it is accessed and stored differently, it’s just as important to cite sources of your event information. Like other sources in Reunion, marriage event sources can include multimedia. This makes it easy to include images of source records when you have them.

Adding a Marriage Event Citation in Reunion for Mac, I show you how to add a citation to a marriage event. I include adding an image of the source record. This part trips some people up because they (quite reasonably) expect it to be connected with the multimedia window, but it isn’t; multimedia for sources is separate.

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The Secret to Entering Census Events in Reunion 9 for Mac

Entering census events into Reunion 9 for Mac can be time consuming and error prone if you don’t use the copy and paste feature.

Census events often apply to multiple people in our genealogy databases. Fortunately, events and their associated source citations can be copied an pasted to other records within Reunion. This method of populating event data can be more efficient and result in fewer mistakes when used for event records that apply to more than one person, like censuses.

In this video, Copying Events in Macintosh Genealogy Software Reunion 9 for Mac, I show you, click-by-click, how to use this time saving and error preventing feature.

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