Tuesday, November 6, 2012

CVGS RootsMagic Workshop #2 Summary

The second Chula Vista Genealogical Society RootsMagic 5 Workshop was held on Sunday, 4 November at the Bonita-Sunnyside Library with 14 in attendance, including several guests.  

Randy Seaver conducted this workshop, which was a follow-on to the 4 August workshop.  

In the first hour, Randy described and explored several of the more advanced features of RootsMagic 5, including:

The Web Search feature - how to search from within RootsMagic to find records on online sites like Ancestry, FamilySearch, etc.  Records found can be downloaded to the user's computer, and added to the Media Gallery.

*  The To-Do List - how to create and maintain To-Do items for a person or family (the To-Do button in the Edit Person window), and how to print them out for everyone, for selected persons or for selected repositories (using Reports > Research Reports > To-Do List).

The  Research Manager - how to create and maintain research logs (the Research Log button in the Edit Person window), and how to print them out (using Reports > Research Reports > Research Log).

Problem Reports - how to find potential errors in your database using Tools > Problem Search > Problem List.

Media Gallery - how to manage media, including tagging persons and events.  Fixing Broken Links was described and demonstrated.

Book Publisher  - how to create a book about your family, including media, charts, etc.  Randy created a five generation book, including a Cover, Table of Contents, Pedigree Chart, Ahnentafel List, Ancestors Report, Descendants Report, a Scrapbook for one person, and an Index.

In the second hour, Randy answered questions about, and demonstrated the process of, crafting Source Citation templates for vital record certificates and Scottish Old Parish Registers records (from FHL microfilm),  and how to change relationships between parents and adopted or step-children.

Another RootsMagic workshop may be scheduled to early 2013.

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