Adding Death Dates to the Reunion 9 Index

Index window including death dates in genealogy software Reunion 9 for Mac.The index feature in Reunion 9 for Mac software presents a list of person records in your family file. It is useful for navigating your genealogy tree, linking people, marking people for operations like reporting and deletion, and is an initial step for creating an index of individuals report.

All of these functions are enhanced by the ability to modify the columns displayed in the index. In particular, finding an intended individual is easier when sufficient information is present to differentiate similar records.

Reunion enables you to add, remove, and change the order of columns. You can add a column then tell the software what to display in it.

By default the index displays names, birth date, and birth place. These are usually sufficient to distinguish one individual from another. It’s also helpful to see the death date as well.
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Date Feasibility Checking in Reunion 9

Reunion 9 for Mac includes a feature that helps you eliminate mistakes in genealogy event dates. It’s called date feasibility checking and it has two modes: interactive and report. Interactive date feasibility rules are evaluated whenever a birth, marriage, or death event is changed. The whole set of rules is evaluated when a date feasibility report is generated. Feasibility checking can ferret out typos and mistakes like setting a person’s marriage event to a date after their death date. Ugh, that’s nasty!

In this video from the MacGenealogist Archives, Date Feasibility Checking in Reunion 9 for Mac Genealogy Software, I take you step-by-step through each setting and show you what effect it has in genealogy software Reunion 9 for Mac.

Date Format Secrets in Reunion 9

I love it when I get questions from my fellow MacGenealogists. It helps me to produce content that will be helpful. Chances are that if you have a question, others have the same question. Dwaine asked this question in a comment yesterday:

When I first started doing research into my family tree, I opened folder using heading such as Births, Deaths etc. In the folder I filed the information under dates the occasion occurred on as follows: If the Birth occurred on January 11, 1940 the file name would begin with 1940 01 11. All subsequent earlier dates would appear in order after this date and, of course dates previous to this dated would also appear in order, low to high, before the January date. Can this format on dates – 1940 01 11 be used instead of Jan 11 1940?”

There are five patterns of date formats that Reunion 9 supports. There are also options for characters to separate the parts of the date (ie. day, month, and year) as well as the case, abbreviation, and display of the month (literal or numeric). Finally, there is a setting for the default century. Making a change in to this preference panel will automatically change how dates display throughout the software.

The preference pane is small and packed with powerful options. I recorded this video from the MacGenealogist Archives: Date Format Secrets in Macintosh Genealogy Software Reunion 9 for Mac, to explain it all for you. Have a look at the video. Do you prefer a different setting?

Short Dates

Short dates are a space saving feature in the Mac genealogy software, Reunion 9. They consist of two dates separated by a dash. Short dates appear below the parent buttons on the family card (see the image below) and can be included in charts and reports.

The short dates on the family card can be set to either the full date or just the year. This setting can be found on the appearance preference panel.

There are name options on some charts and reports that combine a name and short dates. Choosing one of these options enables you to conserve space vertically by replacing two lines of data (name and dates) with one. This option is in the “Name Setup” layout setting for pedigree, descendant, and relative charts as well as descendant reports. This video from the MacGenealogist Archives: Short Dates in Macintosh Genealogy Software Reunion 9 for Mac, will take you step-by-step through using short dates to conserve space in a relative chart.

Here is a Method That is Helping Reunion 9 Users Deal With Unknown Birth and Death Dates

Do you have unknown birth and death dates in your Reunion 9 family file(s)? If you do, then you understand how those holes can impede your family history research. It’s easier to find information when the date range is constrained. When a death date is not known, it is helpful to use the burial date as the upper date limit. Similarly, the christening date (give or take a year) can be substituted for the birth date. Sure, you could try to remember to check for a burial date when the death date is unknown, but why bother when the software will remember for you?

Reunion for Mac 9 has a feature appropriately called “substitute events.” It will automatically substitute one event for another if the later is not populated. The substitution can be displayed where short dates are used, such as the family card and pedigree chart. Don’t worry. The substituted date is prefixed by an abbreviation, so it won’t be mistaken for the birth or death date.

Please launch Reunion 9 and play this video from the MacGenealogist Archives: Substitute Events in Macintosh Genealogy Software Reunion 9 for Mac. In it, I’ll show you how to make the necessary changes and how the substitute events display.