Deleting Branches in Reunion 10

Reunion 10 Menu Showing the Selection for Delete Marked PeopleRemoving branches from your Reunion 10 family file is one of those tasks that you (hopefully) won’t have to do often. It’s also one that can leave you lost for how to carry it out. Combine this with the potential for data loss if not done properly (or junking up your file with unneeded data) and you’ve got the makings of a  super handy GenealogyTools video!

When you find yourself needing to remove more than a single person from your genealogy software you’ll want a clear method for removing not only the direct ancestors, but the collateral people linked to them. Oh, and there’s also the source records that become orphaned when people records are deleted. Here are the basic steps to the method I devised: [Read more…]

The Secret to Standardized Source Citation Ratings in Family Tree Maker 2012 and Mac 2

Using standardized source citation ratings in Family Tree Maker can help you make solid conclusions about facts. You’ve probably heard of original versus derivative sources, primary versus secondary information, and direct versus indirect evidence. That’s what FTM calls standardized source citation ratings. They also add a rating for clarity of the information–clear versus marginal. And both the Mac and 2012 versions support standardized ratings.

Unfortunately, the feature’s isn’t used by default. The source rating stars are there for you to set. The standard ratings are a bit hidden in the source rating window. The bonus is that by using the standard ratings, the number of stars is set automagically!
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Source Citation Find and Replace in Reunion for Mac

People with Found Detail Window from Reunion for Mac Genealogy SoftwareFinding and replacing text in your family file is irregularly needed, but can save you time when you can use it. Turning over this tedious task to Reunion makes more family history research time available to you. That is, provided you carefully define your search criteria and backup your Reunion family file first!

Reunion has search and replace well covered everywhere except source citation details. The fields within the source record are all available to the Find -> Replace feature on the menu-bar–no problem there.

The trouble is that source detail isn’t a field in the source record and it isn’t a field in the event or fact. It’s a link between a source record and an event or fact. This is as it should be; it allows you to cite a single source for multiple events and facts and on different person records.
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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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Recording Source Detail in Reunion for Mac

Adding sources is important and tedious. Genealogy database software Reunion for Mac prevents some of the tedium by allowing you to associate individual sources with multiple events and facts. To do this you’ll want to make sure the data you enter for the source is not specific to an individual. The information that is specific to the individual goes in a different place, called source detail. In this video I show you how to record different source details for census, birth, and marriage events that use the same source. [Read more…]

Automatic Source

Do you use this time saving feature when entering multiple people from one source into your Reunion 9 family file? The automatic source feature enables you to enter a mode wherein all new people created are automatically cited with a general source. The source need be selected only once. When all the people have been created, the automatic source feature should be toggled off.

This video from the MacGenealogist Archives will take you step-by-step through the process.

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General Source

A general source in Leister Production’s Reunion, is a source that applies to all information recorded about a person. General source citations do not apply to families or family events. It is ideally used when only one source of information about a person is available. They are visually distinguished from “normal sources” by color and sometimes location.

This video from the MacGenealogist Archives demonstrates creating a general source and points out the differences in appearance and locations.

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How To Cite Sources with Misspelled Names in Reunion 9

At first it’s surprising how often our ancestors names are misspelled in artifacts. After a short time it becomes commonplace. All family historians need a method for dealing with this common occurrence. Capturing the error while simplifying information retrieval is a matter of including the misspelling in the citation, followed by the correct name in square brackets. This approach is recommended in Elizabeth Shown Mills’ must-have book, Evidence Explained: Citing History Sources from Artifacts to Cyberspace. This video from the Archives will walk you through how to properly cite such a source in the Mac genealogy software, Reunion 9.

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