I have been working with Roots Magic now for a few months and getting the hang of it. I have completed the conversion tasks with adding all the witnessed events from TMG. I even dabbled with some research over the holidays.
I’m now ready to start the conversion of this site to use the output from Roots Magic – this will allow the site to be in sync with my research.
Starting tonight, i’m uploading the GEDCOM file ~ there will be some impact to doing this. All photo’s and references will need to be reset. The numbering sequence is slightly off to that which was used by TMG. In addition, the way in which Roots Magic uses addresses and places is slightly different – TMG had the detail and place stored in the 1 field. Roots Magic stores this information in 2 separate fields: For example:
TMG – Place = London Hospital, Whitechapel, London, England
Roots Magic – Place = Whitechapel, London, England
Detail = London Hospital
I didn’t like the way how this was split up. So, I have spent some time with my good ol’ friend ~ Mr MySQL and come up with some queries to update the tables to reflect the way that I like it to be displayed. Details here.
It’s been a while since i wrote last, so here is a list of the items that i have been working on:
* The Master Genealogist - So i took a look at the beta version of TMG v 8 and i wasn’t impressed. I’m not impressed with the product or the outlook of this company and whilst the new version now appears to be working with Win7 64 bit, it’s taken years to reach this point. There is not enough in the new version for me to justify buying it..I can now export reports to Word..big deal, it should have been there a long time ago. The platform and architecture for this program looks like something off the ark…Unless there is a major overhaul, i.e. complete code re-write from the ground up, i’ll give it a few years before it’s dead in the water. Which is a shame as i have been using TMG since v 4.
My new genealogly program is RootsMagic (RM4). Is there some pain associated with this change? You bet – there is a ton of things that need to be addressed in a TMG > RM4 move. The first question was start from scratch or convert! My TMG database had close to 4,500 persons and associated events – not insignificant. The time that I have these days to work on my genealogy is limited to almost non-existant. I gave it a try and after getting through about 20 people..manually adding everyone, re-sourcing, etc. I had enough. I settled on the conversion route.
Whilst converting existing data appears to be an easy way out, there are data points that won’t export from TMG or conversely, RootsMagic handles data fields differently to TMG. Here’s a list of the some of the area’s that i needed to work on (or continue to work on):
- Witnessed events – These details are not included in the TMG gedcom export
- Address and Place details are handled differently between TMG and RootsMagic
- Some event types need to be created
- Sources need to be reviewed and re-evaluated
I started by reviewing the Gedcom file produced by TMG, some 90,000 rows and created an automated way to deal with the Address and Place issue. That saved me a ton of time and helped in cleaning up some of the inconsistencies. Once the data was imported into RM4, i had to work through the error log to see what wasn’t imported. There were a few items associated with ancestor and descendant interest flags that needed to be removed along with some source issues.
At the moment, i have been going through various families and even re-created the Morris family document using RM4 – see here.
Another consequence of changing is that RM4 produces a slightly different Gedcom file which changes the way that data is presented in TNG (The Next Generation of sitebuilding). I will need to customize the templates before my next site update.
We have received some positive feedback from Dianne Frankson. She appears to have focused on our request and has sent a progress report detailing her findings. We look forward to what she maybe able to find, Williams is not an easy name to research.
Update: Unfortunately, there was no real progress made with the research results. Dianne did work quickly to close down the project.
I have recently begun to “publish” or compile the known details of various families using The Master Genealogist. The Morris family was my first attempt at this.
Mary Morris (L)
This publication is 72 pages including photographs, census records and vital documents like birth, deaths & marriage certificates. It traces the descendants of William & Clarinda Morris, both of whom were from Worcestershire, England – their voyage to Australia and the settlement in the country town, Braidwood in the 1860′s.
24 Elrington Street, Braidwood, N.S.W., Australia.
The link to this article is here. Comments are welcomed and appreciated.
Are you trying to research your Jamaican roots? You may have heard of Dianne Frankson who runs www.genealogyplusjamaica.com -
she has conducted research for some celebrities such as Colin Jackson , British sprint Olympian , Ainsley Harriott ,British celebrity chef .Elizabeth Alexander, US Poet Laureate for some tv shows such as Who do you think you are and the PBS series, Faces of America – but not ours.
We paid Dianne almost 2 years ago for a 1 week research assignment. What have we got (apart from empty promises)? Nothing, zip, nada..We have had to chase her up all the way, we even called her, still nothing – Our assignment may be very small compared to the large projects that tv land has to offer – but, she took our cash and with that an obligation to perform a service, in a timely manner. A service that has not materialized.
The time slips away so easily these days and while I don’t have as much time to dedicate to the research as i previously had, there is still time to dabble in research from time-to-time. I want to make the most of the subscriptions that I have purchased ~ the latest being a subscription to findmypast.co.uk, primarily for the 1911 census plan, but they have also indexed the birth registrations.
I’m turning my attention more towards publishing the information that i do have, through a series of pdf documents. More to follow.
It’s been quite some time since I have had a chance to do anything related to the family history. I will be posting an update to the database today. Thank-you to all the people that contribute, send us emails and documents etc. They will make their way to the database, although it may take some time.
On the personal front, I have been extremely busy with a large project that is going live in April and we are making preparations for this. Also, we are relocating in April to California ~ so, things are in full chaos mode and pandamoniuim trying to sort things out.
Sean & Stacey.
I have finally added the ancestors and siblings of Benjamin Fagg to the site. Although there is no direct proof that this link is 100% correct, below are my reasons for believing it to be true:
* Birth/Christening date of Benjamin in line with expectations
* Parent’s names Thomas and Lydia repeated in Benjamin’s known family
* Known court case involving Benjamin Fagg v Alfred Fagg (descendant of Thomas Fagg)
* Lydia had a brother called Benjamin Butcher, which is where I suspect the name Benjamin originated from.
* In a will left by Robert Harding Fagg, it names his living (or loving) brother Benjamin and his wife Mary, which was correct at the time.
Please take this into consideration if you use my site as a source for your family history.
I have been making some minor tweaks to the site:
- Changing the menu on the left side
- Incorporated the Most Wanted feature
- Tweaked the file getperson.php slightly to move the parents of an individual to the top