Safely Move from Free-form Citations to Source Fields in Reunion

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.
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Going Backward to a Previous Field in Reunion

One of the many MacGenealogists who shared with me their genealogy problems (thank you all!) asked me a question, but didn’t leave an email address so that I could answer directly. I’ll answer here so that I can close the loop and perhaps enlighten others.

My most bothersome issue is, and I would love it if there is already an answer, how can I tab backwards through fields in Reunion. I.E. I tab once too many times while entering data, and need to go back. I interrupt my rhythm and have to pick up the mouse and click on a previous box.

There’s a standard key sequence on the Mac (as well as Linux and Windows for that matter) that moves the cursor backward between fields: shift-tab. Hold down your shift key while pressing the tab key. That will move you back through a series of fields that can be tabbed through, for example the Edit Person dialog in Reunion 9 for Mac.

Thanks again to those who answered my survey. I appreciate all the thought provoking problem descriptions and questions. They will help me develop new ways to help you do this work we all love so much. If you haven’t added your genealogy problems and or questions to the mix, there’s still time. Click here to take the extremely short survey.