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10 Jul 2015

Islands in Reunion 11 Genealogy Software

Today’s post is about Islands in Reunion 11 Genealogy Software. It’s quite the best new feature of this recent version upgrade of the venerable Mac genealogy software from Leisterpro. The new Islands sidebar, seen at right, is located in the pulldown menu on the upper right of the main screen. This new function locates “islands” in your family file — groups of people linked to each other, but not linked to people in your main tree. Previously in Reunion, you could only search for single entries who had no links to anyone else. So the new Islands feature identifies these branches or fragments in your family tree and makes it easy to see and edit/repair/delete them. Reunion 11 found 18 (!) of these islands in my tree, when I would have predicted three. Island 1 is my main tree with 10,425 and 27 generations. And Islands 2 and 3 were deliberately created by me while working on [...]

6 Jun 2015

iPad and Mac Diacritical Marks

Today's topic is iPad and Mac diacritical marks. If you're using your iPad (or Mac) for genealogy, you probably need to add diacritical marks to names and places. If you’re a native English speaker like me, getting your keyboard to produce these characters may be an unfamiliar process. A diacritical mark is a glyph (mark) added to a letter that changes how words are pronounced. These marks may appear above, below, within a letter, or in some cases between two letters. Ø, ü, è, ñ, ß, ÿ, ī, å are all examples of diacritical marks added to letters. There are several ways to add diacriticals to individual letters on your iPhone, iPad, and/or Mac. Press lightly and hold the keys any vowel or C, L, N, S, Y and Z, then select the accented versions from the menu. (Shortcuts to legal and financial symbols appear by pressing and holding characters on the [...]

17 Jan 2015

Choosing Image Management Software

My good friend and fellow genealogist Judy Webster has started the new year with some resolutions about organizing her research using a “source-based incremental fix,” rather than a giant do-over approach. Makes sense to me! One of her steps is choosing image management software to better organize her family photos. This is an essential step, and one that I cover in more detail in my e-book, Cataloging Family Photographs & Records. But let’s take a look in this blog post as some of the software options. Image management software is used by genealogists to: Create high-resolution master scans Edit photos to resize, crop, and alter master digital files Make changes to many photos with a batch edit Add information to digital images using metadata Search for images and retrieve them using keywords Use special functions, such as creating albums, employing facial recognition or adding GPS linking Adobe Photoshop is the leader in this category, [...]

15 Jul 2014

Google Maps Offline – Tuesday’s Tip

Courtesy CNET Are you interested in using Google Maps offline? There are two big advantages to using Google Maps this way: Save money by going easy on your data plan Avoid that dreaded "No Service" message Using Google Maps online (i.e., with 3G or 4G connections instead of wireless) can chew through a lot of data quickly. Or have you ever been closing in a cemetery hunt or the location of a library when Google Maps can't connect? Whether you use an iPhone or an Android cell phone, you can take advantage of the ability to use Google Maps offline. CNET, one of my favorite websites full of digital wizardry, shows in two steps how to save maps for offline access in their article, "How to Use Google Maps Offline Mode on iOS, Android." "With this feature, you can store large map areas for guidance, even when you're stuck without reception," according to CNET. Download [...]