On the Future of Custom Reunion Source Types

Have you wondered what happened with the Reunion source types I had been creating? Let me tell you what happened.

As you’ll recall, I created custom source types based on guidance from “Evidence Explained” (EE) (see “source types” in the Reunion Tutorial Index). I also shared the process I devised for customizing Reunion source types. You may also recall that I revisited a couple of those customized source types to improve them.

That was the first sign of trouble, yet I pushed on because there was interest. Then two things happened: [Read more…]

Creating a Database Online Source Type in Reunion for Mac

The amount of genealogy information available online is increasing. So is the importance of a good, basic citation format for online genealogy databases. As usual, I’ve been implementing GEDCOM safe versions of the citation formats genealogy expert Elizabeth Shown Mills recommends. The source type for databases online is based on one of her basic formats. Following the suggested full reference format for online databases, helps you and other genealogists find the cited database in the future, indicates the quality of your work, and can be used as a basis for more specific source types.
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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 Source Type for Directories in Reunion for Mac

In a previous video we created a source type for books in Reunion for Mac and improved it here. We are using the format genealogy expert Elizabeth Shown Mills recommends in her book, “Evidence Explained:Citing History Sources from Artifacts to Cyberspace 2nd Edition”. The source type for directories is based on the basic format for books. Following the suggested full reference format for directories, helps you and other genealogists find the cited directory in the future and indicates the quality of your work.
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Private Holdings: Artifact-Reunion Source Type

Don’t forget to cite the artifacts held by private parties, including yourself. Genealogy expert Elizabeth Shown Mills recommends a citation format for these in her book, “Evidence Explained:Citing History Sources from Artifacts to Cyberspace 2nd Edition”. Following her suggested full reference format helps you and other genealogists understand the provenance and find the owner of the artifact in the future. These are the fields recommended for the full reference citation of a privately held artifact:

  • Item ID
  • Artifact ID
  • Creation Date
  • Current or Last Known Owner
  • Owner’s Location
  • Year Owned
  • Descriptive Detail

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Creating a Source Type for a Book in a Multivolume Set in Reunion for Mac

Sometimes a book you cite will be part of a multivolume set. The source type for a book in genealogy software Reunion for Mac doesn’t match the fields genealogy expert Elizabeth Shown Mills recommends in her book, “Evidence Explained:Citing History Sources from Artifacts to Cyberspace 2nd Edition”. Following her suggested full reference format for print publications: books, multivolume set, helps you and other genealogists find the cited book in the future. These are the fields recommended for the full reference citation of a book that is part of a multivolume set:

  • Abstractor
  • Title
  • Volume Data
  • Place of Publication
  • Publisher
  • Year
  • Volume & Page

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Improving the GenealogyTools Reunion for Mac Book Source Type

In a previous video I showed you how to create a source type for citing books in Reunion 9 for Mac using the format 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.

Since then I have improved the implementation by adding instructions to the fields to help you remember what information to put where. In this video I show you how to improve the source type previously created.
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Source Type Customization Process: Reunion for Mac

I recommend citing sources using the expert guidance of Elizabeth Shown Mills. There are a few great reference works she has published to help us:

The challenge for genealogists using Reunion for Mac is that the source types out of the box do not follow her recommendations. Fortunately, Reunion does enable us to modify and create our own source types.

Here is the process I use to create a new source type and how to change existing event sources to the new source type:

  1. Identify needed fields
  2. Map Reunion fields
    1. Consider source types you may change
    2. Modify field formatting
    3. Create new fields considering GEDCOM exportability
  3. Create or duplicate source type
  4. Change existing source types to new one

Creating a Source Type for Books in Reunion for Mac

The source type for books in genealogy software Reunion for Mac doesn’t match 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 print publications: books, helps you and other genealogists find the cited book in the future. These are the fields recommended for a basic format, full reference citation of a book:
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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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