How to Add a Migration Map to a Book in Family Tree Maker

Migration Map in Family Tree MakerA migration map shows the movement of a person over their lifetime. They can help you better understand the person’s life story, uncover clues, and make your research look more interesting.

Displaying a migration map is easy with Family Tree Maker. Unfortunately the genealogy software doesn’t make it easy to add migration maps to a book. That’s the kind of problem I like to solve for you. [Read more...]

Making Your Reunion for Mac Census Image Source Type GEDCOM Safe

The census image online source type we created previously for genealogy software Reunion for Mac closely follows the recommendations of genealogy expert Elizabeth Shown Mills from her book, “Evidence Explained:Citing History Sources from Artifacts to Cyberspace 2nd Edition” and her very handy, laminated Quicksheet for Citing Online Historical Resources Unfortunately many of the fields won’t be transferred should you share your database as a GEDCOM or move to different genealogy software.

This is because the GEDCOM (Genealogical Data Communications) standard doesn’t have fields for schedule, ward, enumeration district, dwelling, family, and person of interest.

I’m more interested in my research being preserved than following ESM to the letter. I invested at least eight hours figuring out the simplest way to show you how to make your census image online source type and citations GEDCOM safe. I recommend you move your source citations into this source type too.
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Creating a Census Image Source Type in Reunion for Mac

The census source type in genealogy software Reunion for Mac includes only a few of the fields genealogy expert Elizabeth Shown Mills recommends in her book, “Evidence Explained:Citing History Sources from Artifacts to Cyberspace 2nd Edition” and her very handy, laminated Quicksheet for Citing Online Historical Resources. Following her suggested full reference format for census images from online sources helps you and other genealogists find the cited source record in the future. These are the fields recommended for a full reference citation of a census image from an online commercial site:
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Locate Missing Media in Family Tree Maker 2011

Image and other media files can go missing in Family Tree Maker 2011 when you move them around in Windows Explorer. The 2011 release of Family Tree Maker includes a new feature that locates the files for you. Learn how to use it in this video and get a sneak peak at the file system I use and recommend for storing genealogy files outside your genealogy database software; I’ll publish a series of videos on this soon.
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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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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.

GenealogyTools Members, download this video to your computer for your private use.

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.

GenealogyTools Members, download this video to your computer for your private use.

How to Consistently Locate Multimedia Files with Style

There’s a new way to locate media files on your Mac. Karelia Software just released iMediaBrowser. This little application lets you access your image, movie, and audio files the same way, regardless of the application with which you want to use them. For example, you can insert images of evidence into source citations using iMediaBrowser instead of the file chooser within your genealogy database application.
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