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 a brick […]

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.

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

Using Macs & iPads for Genealogy is my latest genealogy guide. Click here for more information. And now for my Reunion 10 for Mac Review.

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!