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.

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Find and Replace Names with Accented Letters in Reunion 9

An often overlooked feature in Reunion 9 is find and replace. I think this is because we tend to use the Find button on the toolbar instead of using the Find | Anything menu item.

At the bottom of the Find menu is a item called Replace…. It enables you to find and replace all occurrences of one piece of text with another. The search text can be sensitive to lower and upper case. It can limit the changes to marked people. It can also apply the change to all fields, or all source fields, or limit it to one these selected fields:

  • First and middle names
  • Last names
  • All names
  • Addresses
  • Places
  • Memos
  • Facts
  • Notes
  • Structured source fields
  • Free form source fields

One example of a use for this feature is replacing names without properly accented letters with an appropriately accented name. In this video from the MacGenealogist Archives, Find and Replace Names with Accented Letters in Reunion 9 for Mac Genealogy Software, I’ll show you how to make such a change without having to visit each family card. Along the way I’ll show you how to insert accented characters when the need arises.

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The Secret to Correcting and Preventing Broken Photo and Multimedia Links in Reunion 9

Moving genealogy photos and other multimedia files around can wreak havoc on Reunion 9. This is because Reunion stores links to the files in the family file rather than duplicating the files. This is a good thing because it preserves disk space on your Mac, but it can result in broken links if you move your files after adding them to Reunion.

You’re gonna love this! A simple preference setting can eliminate this problem for you. If you use the GenealogyTools recommended folder structure it can correct existing broken links and prevent them in the future. If you use a different folder structure this tip is still effective. It just means you’ve got to figure out for yourself what folders to configure in the preference setting. Let me show you how it’s done. Just watch this video from the MacGenealogist Archives:

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In it I demonstrate the problem and how to make the preference change that will correct and prevent it in the future.

Capturing Quality of Genealogy Data in Reunion for Mac

Analyzing the quality of a cited source is important to reaching sound genealogical conclusions. This is true not only when you initially record the source information and reach a conclusion, but in the future. You may find information that contradicts what you have and need to reconsider the soundness of your conclusion. The source quality is also relevant to other genealogists and historians as they consider your conclusions. For these reasons it is best to record the quality with the information in your genealogy software.
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Routine Photo Management Tasks in Reunion 9

Having photos in your Mac genealogy database program helps bring your family history to life. In the first article and screencast in this series I showed you how to add and remove photos. With that knowledge and experience in place we can move on to performing some other photo management tasks, namely:

  • cropping photos to include only the part we want
  • removing discoloration
  • minimizing fading colors
  • making a photo “preferred”

Launch your copy of genealogy software Reunion 9 for Mac then follow along with this video from the MacGenealogist Archives: Routine Photo Management Tasks in Mac Genealogy Software Reunion 9. After doing so you will have the knowledge and experience to move beyond just having photos. You’ll be ready to improve the quality of your family photos.

If you have any questions about photo management or manipulation please ask. I’ll use your input to add to this series.

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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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Treetops

Treetops are a concept in the genealogy software, Reunion 9 for Mac. The term refers to the earliest known ancestor of a given person. They are useful for locating and quickly navigating to brick walls and ancestors on which to focus research. It is also a handy way to move to likely targets for a descendant report or chart. This screencast video from the MacGenealogist Archives, Treetops in Macintosh Genealogy Software Reunion 9 for Mac , demonstrates the use of the treetops feature.

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Views in Reunion 9: Creating Custom Views

This is the third part in a series of screencasts on the view features and functions in the Mac genealogy database software, Reunion 9. In previous articles and videos, I covered switching views and altering views. The powerful capability to remake the view section of the family card is demonstrated in the accompanying video. I describe step-by-step, how to create views by duplication and from scratch.

Open your copy of Reunion 9 then click on this video (now in the MacGenealogist Archives): Views in Macintosh Genealogy Software Reunion 9 for Mac: Creating Custom Views. Follow along as I show you how to create two of my favorite custom views:

  • Research
  • Events and Facts

These views are sure to increase your family history research efficiency.

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Views in Reunion 9: Altering Views

The view area in a Reunion 9 family card is very flexible. You can alter the contents of a view in many ways. Fields can be added or removed. Photos can be included or removed. In this screencast, I continue the series on Reunion 9 views by showing you how to alter the default view to make the photo (if added) larger and to add an “Alias/AKA” field. I find this last change very helpful because it displays an alternate name for a relative under the given and surname names.

Open your copy of Reunion 9 then click on this video from the MacGenealogist Archives, and follow along to learn how to alter views of your family history.

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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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