[Ger-Poland-Volhynia] genealogy software
gary at warnerengineering.com
Tue Oct 7 21:20:42 PDT 2008
Thanks for the information. I look forward to getting new data from
Sue Eipert wrote:
> I realize that Legacy is a very good program, and I haven't had enough
> experience with it to do a direct comparison of the two.
> I really just want to make the point that Rootsmagic is also a very
> good full-featured program - and will be even better with version 4
> (soon). Some people have found it easier to use than Legacy.
> To answer your specific questions:
> 1. Rootsmagic has an extensive Merge function. I haven't used it
> enough to know the details.
> 2. Rootsmagic has a master list for Places. Each place can have a
> name, a note field, latitude and longitude, and attached links to
> multimedia. The new edition coming up has enhanced abilities for
> handling names and alternate names.
> 3. Yes. Rootsmagic has a "Problem List". You can search for several
> things, including: Proper order of events, Birth before parent's
> marriage, Birth before parent's birth, etc. Also - Age at death,
> marriage, etc, between your choice of ages
> 4. Names are entered in separate fields for Surname, Given Name,
> Prefix, Suffix, Nickname.
> 5. Facts and events have separate fields for Date, Place, Description.
> Each fact or event also has attached sources, notes and multimedia.
> Gary Warner wrote:
>> 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
>> 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.
>> Gary Warner
>> 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. http://www.rootsmagic.com/overview.htm
>>> 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 out.
>>> I have no connection with Rootsmagic other than being a satisfied
>>> user for many years.
>>> Sue Eipert
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