[Ger-Poland-Volhynia] genealogy software
gary at warnerengineering.com
Mon Oct 6 11:59:15 PDT 2008
I am not familiar with that program, so it is not my intent to belittle
it in any way. May I ask if it will do the following:
1. Will it FIND and truly MERGE data that is inconsistent between two
records? Most software will first not find records to merge unless
they are truly duplicates in all respects. And mot programs that do
find such inconsistencies will then not merge the data, but carry the
inconsistent data as an "alternate" piece of information, like an
alternate birth date, etc.. This ability to merge is paramount if you
are ever to import data from us or anyone else without winding up with
many duplicate records?
2. Does it use master lists for locations and surnames? This is
again an important feature if you are going to eliminate duplicate records.
3. Does it have the capability to check your data for potential
conflicts- like people with multiple sets of parents, births after the
death of the mother, born after death, married before 13, etc.?
4. Does it require names to be entered in one field, or does it have
separate fields for prefixes, given names, surnames, and suffixes? A
single field for name entry can work, but it most often does not, and is
one of the main sources of problems with merging of data, since the name
can be exported incorrectly, and then a person might have a surname of
Jr. or Elisabeth.
5. Does your program allow the entry of events in a manner that it does
not combine event places and event activities into a single field?
This is again another serious problem, since the export of data will
move your event data into areas not intended.
6. Will your program allow you to save a double date? This feature is
important when two sources of data have conflicting dates, and the
ability to note such dates will usually cause you to pursue resolution
of the conflict. There are also valid reasons for a double date, as is
the case if you enter in both the old Julian calendar date and the
modern Gregorian calendar date in the same record.
Sue Eipert wrote:
> On the topic of genealogy software, I would like to bring up Rootsmagic.
> It is a full-featured comprehensive software, but is easy to use. It has
> a very online active user group with close monitoring by its developer.
> I am eagerly waiting for version 4.0 which is due out before the end of
> the year. Many exciting features will be added - and are being gradually
> described in the developer's blog. The developer has stated that anyone
> buying version 3.0 now will be able to get v. 4.0 for free when it comes
> I have no connection with Rootsmagic other than being a satisfied user
> for many years.
> Sue Eipert
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