18 November 2011

RootsMagic User Group Meeting Nov 20

The next meeting of the SCGS RootsMagic User Group will be held this
coming Sunday at the usual time and place:
Date: Sunday, November 20, 2011
Time: 2-4 PM
Place: SCGS Library
           417 Irving Drive (near Glenoaks) in Burbank
Program -  Topics to be discussed at our November meeting will include the following items:

- Sam Ward will follow up on a question that arose at our October meeting: How does the RootsMagic duplicate records merging function work? He has done some testing of this capability and the results were not what he expected. Come and hear about what he discovered and what changes to RootsMagic this might suggest.

- Bill Miller will tell us about his recent work scanning old photos and other documents to add to his media files. He will also tell us about the media file naming rules he developed for use in this effort.
Bill also suggested that a future meeting we discuss how to easily/quickly preview a "narrative report" on a portion of an RM database. What he has in mind is a Preview option such as one gets in a "print preview" screen with other software. This would allow you to quickly see what the narrative report would look like when printed after an addition or edit of an individual's information in the database.

At our last meeting Sam discussed some highlights of  the newly-released Personal Historian 2 software package which will assist you with writing your own history or that of another family  member. He highly recommends that you view the webinar "What's New in Personal Historian 2?", no. 25 in the RootsMagic Webinar series, to learn more about the program and how to use it. (See link to webinars below)

As always, we encourage you to bring your RootsMagic questions and problems for discussion by the group.

If you have them, please bring to the meeting your laptop and/or your copy of Getting the Most Out of RootsMagic 4.

You are also encouraged to send us your suggestions for future meetings. At each meeting we try to cover topics of interest to both beginners and more experienced users.

RootsMagic Webinars - Do you have some favorites from among the 26 Roots Magic webinars that have been presented? See the RM webinar page at http://www.rootsmagic.com/Webinars/ for a complete list. At the meeting, please tell us about one you have found to be helpful. The first webinar of the series, "Getting Started with RootsMagic" (January 8) is an excellent introduction to the program. Whichever one you watch, we suggest you download it per their instructions so you can view it, pause, go back, etc. at your leisure. Let us know if you have any questions about accessing or using the webinars.

Next Month's Meeting - December 18, 2011 (Scheduling of this meeting will be discussed at our November 20 meeting.)
Future Meetings - January 15, 2012, February 19, March 18

Latest Version of RM4 - Version (20 Sep 2011). For more information see the RootsMagic blog. (http://blog.rootsmagic.com/)

For further information about the meeting or the user group, contact Jay Holladay: jholladay@ca.rr.com

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