Monday, January 27, 2014

RootsMagic File Conversions

This afternoon I've been working on converting some of my RootsMagic3 files that reside on my old desktop computer to RootsMagic6 files on my laptop computer. I converted five files. It looks like there are still around fifteen files left to convert.  I don't have an exact count because some of the file names seem to indicate that they are "work" files.  When I try to recall what I was doing months ago it makes me wish my memory was working better.

Here are the steps:

  1. Create a GEDCOM file of the RootsMagic3 file to be converted
  2. Create a folder on the receiving computer called, GEDCOMin
  3. Use the GBridge program to link my two computers and copy the GEDCOM file from the desktop to the laptop computer.  
  4. Input the GEDCOM file to RootsMagic6 to create the new version of the file on the laptop
  5. Input the Preparer information in the new file

I'm still not clear on how to use the GBridge program on the two computers.  That is to say, I can get it to work, but I can't explain how it works to anyone else.

Dick Henthorn
27 January 2014

Thursday, January 23, 2014

RootsMagic6 Backup

After the talk about backup at the computer club meeting and the follow-up comments at the next meeting I've been thinking more about backup.

A year-end project was to upgrade my genealogy program to RootsMagic6.  Once this was accomplished I noticed that it was necessary to open each genealogy file and click to run a quick conversion routine. I had 25 genealogy files on my computer.

I wrote a blog post for my genealogy blog which briefly describes the 25 genealogy files. I posted the article as a static page.  This means there is a button labeled My RootsMagic6 Files at the top of the page.  Google allows up to ten static pages per blog.

On 23 January 2014 I used the RootsMagic6 program to backup all of the files as RootsMagic backups and as GEDCOM backups.  The backups were written to RootsMagic backup folders on the laptop computer.  Next I created backup folders on the old Dell hard drive which I'm running as an external hard drive.  Finally I signed on to my SkyDrive account where I created two more backup folders.  I uploaded the backups from the external hard drive to the SkyDrive folders called: RoomsMagic6 and GEDCOMrmg6.  This gave me a total of six sets of backup.

Later on in the afternoon I created two CD backups.  I wrote the 25 RootsMagic6 backup files to one CD and the 25 GEDCOM files to another CD.
23 January 2014

Wednesday, January 22, 2014

New Static Page

Check out the new static page on this blog - My RootsMagic6 Files on the toolbar above.

Dick Henthorn
22 January 2014