Little Known Way to Use Group Photos in Reunion 9

You’ve got some group photos of ancestors, right? Do you use Reunion 9 for Mac as your genealogy software? If so, I’ve got a tip you’ll love! You can quickly select a parts of a group photo to use as head shots for multiple ancestors without duplicating or changing the image file. Each person in the photo can appear to have their very own, individual photograph while the original file on your Macintosh remains unchanged.

This “magic” is possible thanks to two features in Reunion 9 for Mac. Firstly, Reunion doesn’t copy your image files into the family file when you add them to records; it leaves them alone, right where they were, creating a pointer (called a “link”) to that file. Secondly, it enables you to zoom in and out and or change what part of an image shows in the “picture window.” It saves this information along with the link to the file, so the image can appear different for any record you add it to.
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The Varied Ways to Add a Spouse in Reunion 9

Adding spouses is a common task undertaken with any genealogy software. It’s also one of the sources of dreaded duplicate records. Considering the frequency of use and the perils, it makes sense to take the time to understand the subtleties of how to add spouses in your genealogy program.

In the genealogy software, Reunion 9 for Mac, you can add new people as spouses (people for whom there is no record in the family file) or people for whom a record already exists in your family file. You can add a spouse to a family card where there is already a different spouse and to one where there is not. In combination there are four situations, all of which I cover in this video from the MacGenealogist Archives, Adding a Spouse in the Reunion for Macintosh Genealogy Software. I also show you how to add a same-gender partner.

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Mailing Addresses in Reunion 9 for Mac

Reunion 9 for Mac can store contact information for people in your family files. Mailing addresses, phone numbers, email addresses, and web addresses can be stored for individuals and families. Contact lists can be generated and the information can be included in reports such as a family group sheet. You can even copy the information into and out of Reunion for use in other software.

I demonstrate all this and more in this video from the MacGenealogist Archives, Storing and Using Mailing Addresses in the Reunion for Macintosh Genealogy Software.

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Here’s a Way to Quickly Enter Data About Children in Reunion 9

When you have genealogy data about children to enter into your family file you can accomplish the task fastest by using the batch entry and editing window of Reunion 9. Name, gender, status, birth, and death information can all be edited in a tabular form on one window, which is much faster than editing each child separately. The time saving gets even bigger when you’ve got more than one child in a family to add or edit.

This video from the MacGenealogist Archives, shows you the various ways to access the feature and how each option works. If you’re not using this feature you’ll want to dig right into this screencast. If you are using it I still suggest you watch the video to ensure that you aren’t missing out on any of the details.

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How to Add Photos and Other Media in Reunion 9

Having photos in your Reunion 9 family file does more than make them available for reports and charts. It also adds flavor and context when looking at family cards. As you can see from the image below, seeing photos brings a family card and one’s family history to life.

In this first screencast in a series, I walk you through the different ways of adding and removing photos in Reunion 9 for Mac as well as giving some background information, pointers, and a solution to a common problem. So grab some family history photos and scan them if they aren’t already, launch Reunion, navigate to the appropriate family card, then play this video from the MacGenealogist Archives: How to Add Photos and Other Media in Mac Genealogy Software Reunion 9, and follow along.

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How to Track Residences in Reunion 9

In a recent screencast about switching views, MacGenealogist Warren noticed that I had some residence data displaying in a field called “Reside.” He asked in a comment (I love that) if I would explain how to populate that field. Rather than explain, I recorded this video (now part of the MacGenealogist Archives): How to Track Residences in Macintosh Genealogy Software Reunion 9 for Mac, to show Warren and you how to track residences in your family history data.

Please pull out a source document that places a relative at a certain location at a specific date, open Reunion 9, and follow along.

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Automatic Source

Do you use this time saving feature when entering multiple people from one source into your Reunion 9 family file? The automatic source feature enables you to enter a mode wherein all new people created are automatically cited with a general source. The source need be selected only once. When all the people have been created, the automatic source feature should be toggled off.

This video from the MacGenealogist Archives will take you step-by-step through the process.

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General Source

A general source in Leister Production’s Reunion, is a source that applies to all information recorded about a person. General source citations do not apply to families or family events. It is ideally used when only one source of information about a person is available. They are visually distinguished from “normal sources” by color and sometimes location.

This video from the MacGenealogist Archives demonstrates creating a general source and points out the differences in appearance and locations.

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