Why I’m Liking RootsMagic 7

Errors! That’s Why

I admit I was using Family Tree Maker 2012 and not 2014. I am switching to RootsMagic as my primary “research” database for genealogy.

Larger view of error triangle.Family Tree Maker will create a “data error” report. And so does RootsMagic. But I like this symbol that appears next to a name in RootsMagic. The red triangle with the exclamation points indicates an error with that person.

Also included is how I used the new RootsMagic 7 imports the actual Family Tree Maker file as well as list of errors that the “triangle” might indicate.

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How to Import FTM Data into TNG

Simple steps plus utilization of a TNG “Mod” for better conversion at import of the GEDCOM:

  • Export FTM 2012 data file in GEDCOM 5.5 format.
    • What is a GEDCOM? A file whose purpose is to exchange genealogical data between different genealogy software programs. GEDCOM is an acronym for Genealogical Data Communication.
  • Install a FTM-to-TNG “Mod” in TNG 10.0.2.
    • What is a Mod in TNG? An add-on program providing additional capabilities to TNG. Installed with TNG’s built-in Mod Manager.
    • Mod selected for use with the import of Family Tree Maker data: FTM-to-TNG Gedcom Converter Mod which converts Family Tree Maker (FTM) 2012 GEDCOM files so that they can be uploaded correctly in TNG. The latest Mod version, v9.2.2.4 , added a new optional feature to suppress secondary events.
  • Clear old crufty genealogy data out of TNG site (optional step).
  • Import GEDCOM file into TNG 10.0.2.

Let’s begin…

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Bad News for FTM Users on Vista or XP

Dick Eastman posted “Changes for Family Tree Maker Support When Used with Windows XP” on 13 Aug 2014. The Windows XP reference is why I didn’t read it for two days. Would I have read it immediately had I seen “Changes for Family Tree Maker Support When Used with Windows Vista“. You bet.

For me, this means my secondary (backup) laptop which runs Vista will not be usable for FTM. What does it mean for you if you are running Vista or even XP?

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Genealogists Love Laptops Except When They Get Hot

What a genealogist spouse says…

Every spouse of a genealogist enthusiast says “S/he is ALWAYS on her/his laptop!”

I know dear. I'll be done in a minute.
“I know dear. I’ll be done in a minute.”
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And we are. I admit it. It’s almost like it’s semi-attached to our bodies.When my big PC died, I decided to replace it with a 17″ laptop with lots of RAM, etc. Basically I bought a gaming computer because of its graphics capability and the speed. I have never regretted the decision.

We truly believe we can multitask and watch TV and work on our genealogy. I do it ALL the time!

The need for this post came out of a question posed by someone at our genealogy library yesterday. Her laptop kept shutting down. Our computer guru replied that her processor was probably overheating.

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