This is Part 2 of a series on replacing Family Tree Maker. If you haven’t already, please read Part 1 first on How to Scrub Your Data. In Part 1 I showed how FTM does not produce GEDCOM standard compliant files (have you contacted Ancestry.com yet?) and explained a few things you can do within FTM to fix your data. In this article I’ll go through the steps to export your family tree to a GEDCOM file and edit the file directly to fix things that can’t be changed in FTM. But you don’t want to edit your GEDCOM directly until you’re completely finished making changes in FTM. The steps for both the Mac and Windows versions are similar, but the figures shown are from a Mac. [Read more…]
At some point you may want to change the home family in Reunion 10. This is the family card that appears when you open the family file. It’s also linked to the home button in the bottom bar making it quick and easy to return to the family from anywhere in your tree.
It this video I show you the different ways you can change the home family.
When you first install the genealogy software for Mac, Reunion 10, you’ll be asked which word processor it should use to open textual reports. At some point you may want to change your selection. Perhaps you change your mind or get a fancy new word processor.
Either way, it’s a simple change that I show you how to make in this video.
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.