Saturday Night Genealogy Fun: Create a Fact List in Your Genealogy Software

This week’s Saturday Night Genealogy Fun challenge was really easy because, like Randy Seaver of Genea-Musings, I use RootsMagic 7.

Here is your assignment if you choose to play along (cue the Mission Impossible music, please!):

1.  Does your genealogy management software (e.g, Family Tree Maker, RootsMagic, Legacy Family Tree, Reunion, Heredis, Family Historian, etc.) create a “Fact List” report (or something similar) – a list of the profiles in your family tree that have (or don’t have) a specific Fact (e.g., birth, death, burial, immigration, etc.)?

2.  If so, run a Fact List to determine which people have a specific Fact (or don’t have a specific Fact) and share it with us. 

I followed Randy’s steps and went to the Reports/Print a Report  and Fact List option and then clicked on People with this fact type and chose Deaths.

It took but a microsecond to generate a 100 page report with roughly 4200 names. That means I have death dates for more than half the people in my tree of 7500. That’s pretty good because for many of my colonial era ancestors, I haven’t expanded my searches to include vitals other than birth and marriage unless I need people, places and dates for more in-depth research.

I rarely use all the options that RootsMagic 7 offers, so I always learn something new when Randy’s Saturday Night Genealogy Fun challenge involves our genealogy software programs.

Thanks, Randy, for this week’s topic.

4 thoughts on “Saturday Night Genealogy Fun: Create a Fact List in Your Genealogy Software”

  1. I learn something new on how to use RootsMagic, too, from Randy’s posts. I have a tendency to use the program only to enter information, and not for what it could give me as a report.

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