I previously said I wasn’t going to blog about RootsMagic 7 because it was a commonly used program. Today, I reached a frustration level that I haven’t reached for a very long time. The users group on Facebook was wonderful, but I never did get my answer. I am hoping that some experienced RootsMagic user will take pity on me and leave a comment or two for me here.
I have never used source citation templates. I’ve mentioned that before. I prefer to record citations in my research notes. With several options to replace Family Tree Maker, I felt it was only fair that I tried out the templates. After three hours yesterday, I was ready to throw RootsMagic and my computer out the window.
I think the users group was hampered by the fact that only one image can be added to one FB message. Since there is no such limitation here, perhaps my lack of understanding this process will be clear.
First step – I opened my family tree to Richard Belden. I have a two part article published in The American Genealogist in 2001. The articles are PDFs and are already linked to Richard Belden. Now I want to complete the source citation.
Second step – I went to LISTS and chose SOURCE LIST.
Third step – A new box opens and I chose ADD NEW SOURCE:
Fourth step – Another box opens prompting me to SELECT SOURCE TYPE. From the list, I chose JOURNAL ARTICLE, PRINT and clicked OK:
Fifth step – The next box prompts me to fill in the publication details:
Sixth step – Details are completed and I click OK. This is the part I don’t understand. A new prompt appears:
Seventh step – I have to name this file and it will appear in the Master Source File. Now, this file already has about 500 source prompts in it. I named this file “Journal, The American Genealogist, The English Ancestry of Richard Belden, Part 1” at the suggestion of one of the people in the online user group. I then clicked OK.
This is where I keep thinking something is not right. I actually entered Part 1 of this article, then added a new name for Part 2. There are a couple of other journal articles that I cited and linked to different ancestors.
The Master Source List now looks like this:
Notice there are now four new journal items in the list.
This process is easy enough to do, BUT I have thousands of different sources. If I am doing this correctly, I will end up with literally thousands of items in the Master Source List.
I haven’t even gotten as far as trying to figure out how to link a second ancestor to one of these journal articles.
Is this what I am supposed to be doing? If your Master Source List has thousands of entries that you have added to it, then I guess I am doing this the right way. If you are a RootsMagic veteran and can shed some light on this, I would be very appreciative.