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by jmurphy
21 Jan 2018 19:22
Forum: Research
Topic: Research Advice for a Newbie
Replies: 16
Views: 778

Re: Research Advice for a Newbie

jmurphy has some good advice that I plan to plagiarise and add to research:getting_started|> Getting Started with Genealogy Research . [ EDIT: I have captured much of the advice from this thread in research:getting_started#research_ancestral_records|> Research Ancestral Records and would welcome an...
by jmurphy
21 Jan 2018 18:51
Forum: General Usage
Topic: Findmypast hints new option
Replies: 2
Views: 332

Re: Findmypast hints new option

I agree, Mike, but if enough people are attaching records from a particular record group, perhaps findmypast might add that to the subset of records for which hints are being generated? We'll see what happens. I understand that hint engines can only search so much, otherwise they are a big drain on ...
by jmurphy
21 Jan 2018 04:52
Forum: Research
Topic: Research Advice for a Newbie
Replies: 16
Views: 778

Re: Research Advice for a Newbie

Chris -- I'll give my standard advice for newcomers, but first, here's a preamble. What I call the genealogy 'industry' (i.e. the big subscription sites) are keen to lock users into their own ecosystems. Most allow you to create a tree online and attempt to make it easy for you to attach records fro...
by jmurphy
21 Jan 2018 04:19
Forum: General Usage
Topic: Findmypast hints new option
Replies: 2
Views: 332

Findmypast hints new option

I received the Ontario Genealogical Society's new e-Newsletter (the Weekly Update, dated January 20, 2018) with news of the following feature: A new Search Feature has been added this week that lets you expand your family tree quicker than ever. Now, when you click 'add to tree' on any record, it wi...
by jmurphy
03 Jan 2018 00:12
Forum: General Usage
Topic: If I wish to source something, make something
Replies: 9
Views: 680

Re: If I wish to source something, make something

But I know they were married. (They were at least a couple recognized by all descendants and by the bards that told their tales.) I'm going to put on my linguist's hat here and talk about data source. One of my college professors has published papers on a family of languages spoken by people in the...
by jmurphy
02 Jan 2018 23:31
Forum: User Group
Topic: Rootsweb is still down
Replies: 16
Views: 1239

Re: Rootsweb is still down

Just to clarify what others have already posted -- The system which runs the RootsWeb mailing lists is apparently still working for some lists. I am still getting mail from the lists I belong to, including FHU-L, for which I received some messages yesterday. However, since the main site is down, we ...
by jmurphy
10 Dec 2017 02:37
Forum: General
Topic: Pat on the back for Simon Orde
Replies: 9
Views: 1192

Re: Pat on the back for Simon Orde

Thanks for the pointer to this article! I wouldn't have wanted to miss this quote by Tamura: https://www.tamurajones.net/DeliberatelyLimitedGenealogyPrograms.xhtml You should use real genealogy software that lets you record any marriage. You should actively avoid bigoted genealogy software. Genealog...
by jmurphy
08 Oct 2017 21:23
Forum: Plugin Discussions
Topic: Gedcom difference
Replies: 8
Views: 1118

Re: Gedcom difference

I had a look at the original question on Stack Exchange and don't think it has been well thought through. I agree, and I feel that way about many of the questions we get on G&FH.SE. :( As at September 2017, WikiTree does not directly Import GEDCOMs. GEDCOM uploads have to be run through an onli...
by jmurphy
08 Oct 2017 21:13
Forum: General Usage
Topic: Find my Past... or Ancestry ?
Replies: 23
Views: 3848

Re: Find my Past... or Ancestry ?

Late to the party, but my answer to this question is always "it depends". We all have different research needs, and no site (no matter how wonderful it is) will do you any good if the records you need to look at are not on the site. When I first started, other people told me that they didn...
by jmurphy
08 Oct 2017 20:40
Forum: General Usage
Topic: Referencing Sources To Individuals
Replies: 8
Views: 853

Re: Referencing Sources To Individuals

I have very little in the way of paper documents, except for what was passed down to me in the family, so for the most part, this reply is talking about the folder arrangement for the digital folders on my computer, both for the scans we made of our own family papers, and the images downloaded from ...
by jmurphy
01 Oct 2017 21:54
Forum: Plugin Discussions
Topic: Creating complementary plugins or queries
Replies: 3
Views: 687

Re: Creating complementary plugins or queries

Thanks, Mike and Colin! I need to spend more time working on queries -- I understand the basic principles, but I don't create new queries very often, so the information doesn't 'stick' very well. So each time I want to make my own custom query, I feel as if I am starting all over. Now that I am maki...
by jmurphy
25 Sep 2017 23:28
Forum: Plugin Discussions
Topic: Creating complementary plugins or queries
Replies: 3
Views: 687

Creating complementary plugins or queries

Apologies for the confusing topic subject but I didn't know how else to phrase it. I'll use as my example for this question Mike's excellent Lookup Missing Census Facts . Plugins which look for missing facts are wonderful, but sometimes I need the opposite function -- a list of what census records t...
by jmurphy
30 Jul 2017 06:51
Forum: General Usage
Topic: Sanity Check plugin?
Replies: 8
Views: 1270

Re: Sanity Check plugin?

From time to time, I like to use Louis Kessler's Behold to produce an Everything Report so I can see my database in human-readable form. Errors I've made in data entry tend to pop out that way. I also have FTAnalyzer. For missing data, I use Mike's plugins for Family Historian, plus Underwood Innova...
by jmurphy
30 Jul 2017 06:32
Forum: General Usage
Topic: To Do Lists
Replies: 7
Views: 1425

Re: To Do Lists

Rather than use the custom tab that Mike is describing, I have a different approach. When a new database comes online, or I start a new line of inquiry, I create a Named List for it and add to the list the names of the individuals I want to search for. As I find them in the database, I take them out...
by jmurphy
15 Jul 2017 17:09
Forum: General Usage
Topic: Using an Ancestry Family Tree and Family Historian
Replies: 14
Views: 4031

Re: Using an Ancestry Family Tree and Family Historian

My main software is Family Historian, but I like to have copies of other programs in case I need to help someone else out or open a file from other software. I've been following some of the FTM user groups on Facebook, and I can second what David Potter has just said -- the FTM2017 has been ugly. Re...
by jmurphy
15 Jul 2017 16:47
Forum: New Wish List Requests
Topic: X DNA Diagram
Replies: 14
Views: 2760

Re: X DNA Diagram

For reference purposes, here are two articles that I've found useful: X-DNA INHERITANCE CHARTS on Genealogy Junkie: http://www.genealogyjunkie.net/x-dna-inheritance-charts.html X-DNA's helpful inheritance patterns on Louise Coakley's website: http://www.genie1.com.au/blog/63-x-dna Both have bibliogr...
by jmurphy
11 Jul 2017 22:11
Forum: Research
Topic: Check out everybody
Replies: 1
Views: 532

Re: Check out everybody

This is an excellent example of why it's important to examine records both individually and as a group.
by jmurphy
11 Jul 2017 22:08
Forum: Research
Topic: Fan Principle - Software Tool
Replies: 18
Views: 2649

Re: Fan Principle - Software Tool

David --

As you use different techniques within FH, I'd love to hear how everything works for you, since I'm still working on my own workflow.

Cheers,

Jan
by jmurphy
09 Jul 2017 19:59
Forum: Importing and Exporting
Topic: Importing from TMG - no sort dates in FH
Replies: 54
Views: 4766

Re: Importing from TMG - no sort dates in FH

John Cardinal suggested ensuring that everything had a date (which I won't do for events I don't have evidence of date for), and modifying dates to force the correct order (ditto I won't do this). I hate doing that, too. If I'm forced to do it, I mark the date as estimated and create a source note ...
by jmurphy
09 Jul 2017 19:43
Forum: Research
Topic: Fan Principle - Software Tool
Replies: 18
Views: 2649

Re: Fan Principle - Software Tool

Mike Tate's post here may also be of interest: Associated Person feature . Jim, regarding your comment about connecting Individuals by Sources are you aware of the View > Record Links command? Just select the connecting Source record and use the command to list all associated records. For more detai...
by jmurphy
09 Jul 2017 19:37
Forum: Research
Topic: Fan Principle - Software Tool
Replies: 18
Views: 2649

Re: Fan Principle - Software Tool

Also from the FAQ: http://clooz.com/support/frequently-asked-questions/ Will I be able to export data to my family tree program? Yes, Clooz supports the export of people, their events, the source, associated media files, and source citations as related to a single Clooz document in various ways: Dir...
by jmurphy
09 Jul 2017 19:32
Forum: Research
Topic: Fan Principle - Software Tool
Replies: 18
Views: 2649

Re: Fan Principle - Software Tool

Ah -- I found the explanation From the Frequently Asked Questions: http://clooz.com/support/frequently-asked-questions/ I imported people and sources into Clooz. Why are they not connected? When you import people and/or sources into Clooz using the Data Transfer Manager, you are simply importing the...
by jmurphy
09 Jul 2017 19:27
Forum: Research
Topic: Fan Principle - Software Tool
Replies: 18
Views: 2649

Re: Fan Principle - Software Tool

Ah -- you've run into the same problem I did. I'm just a customer, not the developer, so keep that in mind as you read this. I suspect that the function to import your data into Clooz is intended just to pre-fill Clooz with the people in your database --- and perhaps just the top-level data of the s...
by jmurphy
04 Jul 2017 06:34
Forum: Research
Topic: Fan Principle - Software Tool
Replies: 18
Views: 2649

Re: Fan Principle - Software Tool

You're welcome! I'd love to hear what you think of it.

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