New U.S. History Perspective Event Sets for Reunion for Mac

Don, a member of the GenealogyTools community, mentioned to me that the North American history perspective event set available on the Reunion website hasn’t been updated in years. I took on the task of making an updated perspective event set available for you to use in Reunion for Mac.

Background on Perspective Events

Perspective events are a feature of the Mac genealogy software, Reunion for Mac. They are brief descriptions of historical events that provide context to your ancestor’s lives in timeline charts and ages lists. They consist of a textual description of the event and can include date and or place information.

Sets of perspective events may be saved in a file for later reuse or sharing. It’s simple to create your own perspective event sets for Reunion. An event set is a plain text file or RTF formatted file with each event on a separate line, date first, followed by a tab and the text of the event. The file’s extension is .pEvents. It must be located in your ~/Library/Application Support/Reunion/Perspective Events/ folder.

How I Updated the Perspective Event Set

I discovered Wikipedia has fairly complete timelines of historical events and they’re freely available under the Creative Commons license. I started with the 1970 to 1989 United States history timeline. I edited the entries for length, added more precise dates to some events, and added locations as appropriate. I removed some events too, but wanted to err on the side of including more rather than less. You can remove the ones you don’t want. I followed the same steps for the 1990 to present timeline.

These were each long lists relative to the existing North American History list because the latter only contains events of great national importance. I copied the events that I thought met this criteria into a copy of the North American History perspective event file.

How To Get the Perspective Event Sets

I put the three files (1970 to 1989, 1990 to present, and North American History) into an archive along with an updated copy of the Michigan History event set I published in 2008. Here’s the link to download the GenealogyTools Reunion for Mac Perspective Event Archive for your own use. Extract the files from the archive then copy the .pEvents files into the Perspective Events folder as described above.

You can easily load perspective event sets into a timeline chart or an load perspective events sets into an ages list. This makes adding multiple perspective events quick and easy.

Ancestry for iOS Updated to 2.0.3

Hot on the heals of the 2.0.2 release, there’s what looks like a fix to a crashing problem introduced in the previous release. I could be wrong about that, but in any case, if you own a copy, go get it updated.

Planning for Reunion Source Type Coverage: EE Basic Formats

The recent videos I’ve done on creating Reunion for Mac source types which follow the formats in Evidence Explained have been well received so I sat down to plan what and how to cover the remaining “basic formats” from the book. There are quite a few and I’d like you to have the ones you need most as soon as possible.

If you have a preference, would you help me prioritize them by commenting here with an ordered list of those which interest you most? Here’s the list of all the basic formats:

  • Artifacts
  • Documents
  • Family Artifacts
  • Corporate & Institutional Records
  • City & County Records:
    • Bound Volumes
    • Loose Papers (case files)
    • Records Archived off-site
  • Marriage License & Registration, Etc.:
    • Bound Volumes
    • Loose Papers (bonds & licences)
    • Online Resources
  • Deeds & Conveyances:
    • Original Registers
    • Microfilm Images
  • Probates:
    • Bound Volumes
    • Loose Papers
    • Microfilm Images
    • Online Material
  • Tax Records
  • International Records
  • National Government Records:
    • Audio & Video Recordings
    • Manuscript (textual) Material
    • Microfilm
    • NA-regional Holdings
    • Online Databases
    • Online Images
  • Publications (books, CDs, Maps, Leaflets & Videos):
  • Publications: Journal Articles Tree To Go 2.0.1 Released

Today Ancestry’s genealogy software for iPhone and iPad, Tree To Go hit app the store as a free 2.0.1 update. It now automatically synchronizes changes made to your tree on their website. The app can now be put in the background too. Other than those changes and new localizations (German, Italian, French, Swedish), it reportedly fixes “several” bugs.

Oh, and it appears the Tree To Go name has been dropped. In the app store and on screen it’s labeled “Ancestry”.

RootsMagic Released

This past week RootsMagic released an update to their Windows genealogy software. The details can be found here, although the list of changes includes those from the previous release. I haven’t teased them apart to see only what changed in this version, but I did see that there’s a change that will be interesting to CrossOver Mac users who have access to New Family Search.

The usual way of accessing NFS through RootsMagic wasn’t working, so RootsMagic have added an option to support it. You’ll find it under Tools | File Options… | Family Search.

Quick Move and Obituary Alert Updates

I located the box with my recording gear, so I can get back to making instructional genealogy software videos.

I released the obituary alert email feature on, so if you enter alerts for subjects of interest you’ll get an email when a matching obituary is contributed or edited.

Never Miss an Obituary

I added an obituary alert feature to Free Obituaries Found. You can now create alerts for a combination of subject name and place name so that the system can email you when a matching obituary is contributed or edited. It doesn’t send the emails yet (I’m working on that part), but you can still create, edit, and delete alerts. Create alerts so you don’t miss any obituaries!

P.S. There won’t be a video this week. My family moved last weekend and I haven’t located the box with my recording gear.