7 Feb 2014

My Favorite Genealogy Things

These are a few of my favorite genealogy things (no, I’m not going to sing and you don’t want me to) from my presentation at Rootstech 2014 this morning on using Macs and iPads for genealogy.


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Dashlane is the password manager that I recommend. But it’s so much more than that. It’s available in an iPhone and iPad app and on your desktop. The Dashlane app also:

  • Stores your passwords using military-grade encryption
  • Syncs them automatically across all your devices regardless of platform
  • Notifies you when a website has been compromised
  • Creates online purchase receipts
  • Shares passwords with other designated users through encrypted email
  • Generates strong passwords

The Dashlane Security Dashboard evaluates how safe you are online, based on passwords that are weak, used across multiple sites, or from a site that’s been hacked.

If you want to take Dashlane for a spin, use this link to download and get the first six months of Premium free courtesy of Sassy Jane.

Sassy Jane Genealogy Guides

Using Macs and iPads for Genealogy helps you choose, organize, and use applications for your family history research. Learn how to master the great features of Macs, iPads, and iPhones to streamline your research and find new ancestors.


2 Jul 2013

Direct Lines Bold Function in Reunion 10 Not Bold Enough? – Tuesday’s Tip

Is the Direct Lines Bold function in Reunion 10 not bold enough for you? I had several questions at Jamboree about this function being gone. The solution is making sure the font you’ve chosen has Bold capability, as outlined below.

In large trees with lots of siblings and lots of the same names, the Direct Lines Bold function is a lifesaver, but not when it’s hard to distinguish from regular text.


30 Apr 2013

Reunion 10 for Mac Review

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Reunion 10 for Mac gets a 10 from me. This is a wonderful upgrade to the previous version of the predominant family tree software for Mac users. Leister Productions, maker of Reunion for Mac, iPhone, and iPad, doesn’t tease their users with constant upgrades to the software, so this new version is a big deal.

When Leister released Reunion 10 earlier this year, I decided to wait for a while for a variety of reasons – I was busy, I was grumpy about stuff moving around and shortcuts changing, version 9 worked fine, trees I manage for clients were very active.

Well, I confess today I was completely wrong to wait. This Reunion 10 for Mac review takes you through some of the new features, including GPS, an improved user interface, and new On this Date and Obituary reports. And all of the features that were available in v. 9 are still included.

1. GPS plotting for locations in your tree

Reunion has caught up with a feature that’s been available in Windows-based software for quite a while. And I thought I’d been scrupulous about checking locations before entering, but I still had well over 100 locations that were misspelled, duplicated, or just plain wrong. And as I worked to clean up these locations, I also found ways to improve my research which led to breakthroughs. Yay!

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7 May 2012

Reunion 10 for Mac Released – Tuesday’s Tip

reunion 10 for mac review sassy jane genealogy Reunion 10 for Mac released today – this long-awaited update is here. Ben Sayer has a comprehensive review and guide up on his site that includes a Comparison Chart, What to Know Before You Buy, and What to Know After You Buy. And Leister Productions, the maker of Reunion, has a video on making the transition to 10 available.

And of course, Leister is never prone to discounts, so a new license is $99 USD and an upgrade from any previous version is $49.95 USD. Leister doesn’t tease users with new versions each year and instead produces new versions every three or four years, so the cost does average out.

I think Ben’s review is pretty favorable and I’m off to go purchase my upgrade now.

Update: I’ve been using Reunion 10 for Mac for a few months […]