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Marking People in Reunion and
Organizing your Files
July 25, 2009

Our third meeting had Bill George presenting about Mac Tips, Mac File Organization, Reunion Tips and how to Mark People in Reunion.Here are my notes:

Mac Tips

Great Map Site

Try http://familyhistory101.com and click on MAPS, then click on COUNTY FORMATION MAPS. The information presented here can REALLY help your genealogy search and pin down when counties were formed.

How to select the default pgm to open a file type.

  1. Select a file
  2. Type Cmd i (Command key and i key)
  3. Click on "Open With" & select a program
  4. Click Change All

Make Books out of your Blog - “Slurp” the Blogs. Use the web site http:///www.blurb.com that provides a free program to make your book, but you need to get it printed through them. Another source to publish books that's on the web is http://www.lulu.com

Marking People in Reunion

Why Mark People
1 Read The Manual to find out some reasons why: | Click Manual | Marking (or look for marking in the Page Index)
2 Work with a Subset of people
3 Charts and Reports can prune marked people
4 Timeline Charts with Marked People
5 Create Family Group Sheets of Marked People
6 One big use is quickly navigate between marked people
7 Select People to Export to Gedcom or iPhone
8 Obtain Statistics on Marked People

Who and how many are currently marked?
1. Nbr people marked is at bottom of Family Card
2. Click Change | Marked Groups (tells how many)
3. Click Index or List | Index
4. Click Create | Timeline Chart | Marked People Only (also tells how many)

Mark Everyone or No One
Click on Change | Mark
Mark Everybody
Unmark Everybody

Mark Groups of People
Click on Change | Mark Groups
Drop Down Menu gives you many choices

Mark Lists of People
Various Reports allow Marking e.g.
Click List | Index – List of all people
Click List | Calendar – Date list of various sorts
Click List | Relatives – All related people
Click List | Places – Where people were born, died, etc.
Click List | Statistics – Gives you numbers like
Click Find | Anything – Variety of choices
Click Find | Relatives – Relatives of Source Person
Click Find | Presets - These are quite interesting, try them

Save Marked Lists
Click Change | Marked Sets | Save Marked Set

Delete Marked Sets

Organize your Genealogy Information on your Mac

1. Media (Photos & Scans, Movies, Music) and Documents
2. Genealogy Record Types
3. Information about your genealogy research
4. Reunion Data

1. Make filing easy
2. Make retrieval easy for Projects and iPhoto
3. Share Reunion data with pictures
4. Add pictures to your Reunion database easier

1. Pictures: Home\Pictures
2. Reunion Pictures: Home\Pictures\Reunion\Pictures
3. Reunion Database: Home\Documents\Reunion
4. Genealogy: Home\Documents\Genealogy

Where to store Pictures & Scans:

Store Pictures at Home\Pictures\2008\TOPIC\

Store by Year, Topic, Photo Shoot. use a Naming Convention: "YYMMDD Line Topic Detail". For example a Thanksgiving picture might be named:

How to store Reunion Pictures:

I recommend you make copies or crops of pictures and put them into the default picture folder Reunion uses: Home\Pictures\Reunion Pictures\. Make a major surname folder to store the pictures like the Husband's surname or Wife's Surname for example images-george or images-pardee.

A suggested naming convention for pictures to be used to populate Reunion family cards is:

Surname, First Name, Middle Name, year picture taken, Birth year

Reunion Database Folder: Home\Documents\Reunion

Reports ==> at Home\Documents\Reunion Files\Reports
Home\Documents\Reunion Files\Reports\Fathers Line
Home\Documents\Reunion Files\Reports\Mothers Line

Charts ==> at Home\documents\Reunion Files\Charts
Home\Documents\Reunion Files\Charts\Fathers Line
Home\Documents\Reunion Files\Charts\Mothers Line

How to store your Genealogy Files

Create a Genealogy Folder under your Documents Folder. Under the Genealogy Folder start creating folders for each Family Line you're researching. In those folders place a Record Type Folder and an Other Research Folder. The Record Types folder is very important as it allows you to get right to extremely important documents quickly.Here's an example of the subfolders you would create.

Family Line (Mother’s Line)

Record Types

  • Births
  • Deaths
  • Census
  • Marriages
  • Land
  • Military
  • Newspapers

Other Research

  • Research Trips
  • Interviews
  • History
  • Charts
  • Reports

Family Line (Father’s Line)

  • Record Types
  • Births
  • Deaths
  • Census
  • Marriages
  • Land
  • Military
  • Newspapers
  • Other Research
  • Research Trips
  • Interviews
  • History
  • Charts


Reference Web Sites
About.com Binders or Notebooks - http://genealogy.about.com/cs/organization/a/filing_systems.htm
About.com 2 http://genealogy.about.com/cs/organization/a/filing_systems_2.htm
About.com Organizing Digital Files http://genealogy.about.com/od/organization/a/digital.htm
Genea Musings - My New File System http://www.geneamusings.com/2008/10/is-this-my-new-computer-genealogy-file.html
MacGenealogist Ben Sayer - Creating a Genealogy Folder System on your Mac http://macgenealogist.com/articles/
Lisa Cooke Part 1 http://personallifemedia.com/podcasts/415-family-history/episodes/48299-genealogical-hard-drive
Lisa Cooke Part 2 http://personallifemedia.com/podcasts/415-family-history/episodes/48388-hard-drive-organization-partb


Reunion Tips

Source Person
Relationship to Source person are shown on Family Cards. The source person's card says "Source"
To see who the Source Person is Click List | Relatives | Identify
To Change, Set the Family Card, then
Click List | Relatives | Identify | Click on Person | List |



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There is one meeting a month, on the 2nd Wednesday on Zoom at 7pm, U.S. Pacific Standard Time. This meeting is an opportunity to get personalized help with Genealogy, Reunion, FamilySearch.org and your Macintosh. Become a member by attending a meeting and you'll be sent an announcement and reminder for the next Zoom meeting. Email Bill George if you would like to attend.