Death Dates in Reunion 9’s Index (Genealogy Tools)

Yesterday, Ben Sayer over at Genealogy Tools published a tutorial on adding and working with death dates in Reunion 9 (Mac OS X genealogy software), and using that information in Reunion’s index report.

Specifically it covers using the information when working with Reunion’s index feature. If you have a large number of individuals, you need all the information to make sure you’re working with the right person, and the date of death is an important part of that.

Normally death dates don’t appear in the index report, and Ben goes through the steps to make sure that they appear.

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Metes and Bounds 3.8.0

Metes and Bounds 3.8.0 has been released by Sandy Knoll Software. It’s a fairly significant release – several new additions to the software.

Metes and Bounds is a cross-platform application (Mac, Windows, Linux) that allows you to take raw data and turn it into deed plot maps. It can calculate feet, acreage, and hectares using rods, chains, meters, yards, inches, fathoms, hands, spans, or furlongs. It can support merging or splitting of plots It supports GPS as well. It’s one of those applications that most people will never need, but it might prove useful to a genealogist who is doing research on say homesteads. If you need such an application, you’re going to really need it!

New Additions to Metes and Bounds
* The background picture scale is now limited to 30 miles instead of 20 miles if the Enable Large Scale preference is checked.
* Can now export and import all layer call lists instead of just the current layer.
* Floating call lists can now be double columned.
* Floating call lists can now show the call number.

* Layer caption fonts will now return to their saved settings if the layer caption forms cancel button is pressed.
* Layer line colors will now return to their saved color if the layer line forms cancel button is pressed.

There are free/trial, Basic, and Professional versions available. See the link below.

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GEDitCOM II 1.7 Build 2has been released, and like GEDitCOM II 1.6, it is a very massive update. GEDitCOM II is a commercial Mac OS X genealogy application that allows you to customize the application itself. The trial version can be used as a GEDCOM reader.

Among the changes, “Place Records” have been introduced, which is intended to help with genealogy research. For every individual and family, a place record is created with a list of the places associated with that person or family. Exporting GEDCOM files has been improved, including location/place records, as well as allowing for GEDitCOM II-specific data. The “Default Format” interface has been improved.

Changes were made in regards to the file structure to make for an easier install, as well as to conform to Apple’s Mac App Store in case John Nairn decides to sell it through there.

Major Changes/Improvements/Fixes in GEDitCOM II 1.7
* Place Records – this version introduces place records. The first time you open a file, it will create a place record of each unique place listed in individual or family records. You will probably be motivated to use all the new place editing options to organize the place information in your file. The task may lead to new insights into your genealogy research.
* A new “Place Advisor” window gives you access to a large data base of information on places specially designed for genealogy research. This advisor is a helpful tool for organizing your place information.
* Book Style Records – this version introduces book style records that help you automate the process of running the Generations LaTeX book. Furthermore, all documentation on the book creation process is now within the internal GEDitCOM II help.
* Family tree charts were improved to allow portraits to be either to the left of the text or above the text.
* When you attach a child, the child’s and parent’s birth and death dates will be checked to alert you of possible errors when the dates do not seem consistent with that individual being a child in that family.
* You can sort multimedia objects by their date in individual or family records.
* Two new menu commands let you copy and paste events between records.
* Note and multimedia object records can be designated with a distribution setting, which affects some options when exporting them from the file.
* The process to export GEDCOM data was improved, has new options to work with new place records and book style records, and has new options for embedding GEDitCOM II-specific data. The scripting command to export to GEDCOM file was updated to allow the new options.
* Can now control-click link button to multimedia object and select menu command to open the file immediately in a helper application.
* Started a new Create Web Site script (in web sites) was merged with the user-contributed “Create Tabular Web Site” to use all its nice features.
* Started a new Miscellaneous Tasks script (in editing tools).
* Added a new Find Lineage Errors script (in editing tools).
* Added a user-written Timeline Report script to the default installation (in reports).
* Improved method to decode GEDCOM data with many continuation and concatenation lines (CONT and CONC lines). It could run out of memory before (with 1MB note records); it now handles any length notes and is faster.
* GEDitCOM Editor has been improved

* Numerous other improvements and bug fixes (see link to release notes below)

Full Release Notes at


Mac OS X 10.6.x Snow Leopard Users – Beware of Update

If you are a Mac OS X 10.6 Snow Leopard user and applied Apple’s update last week, Security Update 2012-001, and you are running applications under Rosetta that were written for the PowerPC architecture that used to power Apple’s laptops and desktops, you may have problems with those applications.

Mac Rumors reported that it was causing problems for those Mac OS X users who were still using Snow Leopard to run older PowerPC applications. Discussion threads on Apple’s official forums about the problem were cropping up.

There were problems with application menus, crashes, etc., and some of the programs involved included older versions of Microsoft Office (X, 2004), older versions of Adobe Photoshop, Quicken, and others.

I know of a few Mac genealogists who have Macs running Snow Leopard because they do not want to pay to upgrade various applications (Photoshop comes to mind), the newer Intel-based applications pale compared to older versions (Quicken…), as well as specific genealogy software that they are happy/comfortable with for the time being.

Fear not, users of Rosetta, Macworld is reporting that Apple has released Security Update 2012-001 version 1.1 that fixes the issue.

It’s available through Software Update, but is not yet up on Apple’s support site.

Site Update – February 2012

There will be a small bit of downtime over the next week as I do some upgrades to the website, as well as some design changes and updates. I’ll be taking care of outdated information and broken links as well.

I also have some new features planned that I will be adding to the website.

More on those after they are implemented.