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From: "wim prange" <>
Subject: RE: [GENBOX] RE: The other program??
Date: Sun, 1 Jan 2006 22:19:44 +0100
Sources and citations are probably the most difficult part. When you want to
be consistent, you will need to have made a decision about the sort of
scheme: a different source for every certificate etc. or one (or several)
'mastersource' and fill in the important details in the citation.
It's not necessary to fill in every field in a source. Enter as much as
possible the first time, and when you're not sure, put the rest of the info
you think is important in the notes section of the source and/or the
annotation-field of the citation. After you have become more comfortable
with the program, you can always come back to the source or citation and add
the necessary details or change the setup of the scheme.
At first I would not change anything in the source-templates, just leave
that for a later date. Working with event-templates will give you a better
feel for codes and using conditions etc.
> -----Original Message-----
> From: Evelyn Hendricks [mailto:]
> Sent: Sunday, January 01, 2006 8:07 PM
> Subject: Re: [GENBOX] RE: The other program??
> I am like you in that I find it difficult to know just what
> is supposed to be done. I had no trouble entering a person
> with basic information. However, entering sources is
> something else. Even after studying the manual I am not sure
> what is supposed to go in some of the blanks. (I have slept
> with it in the bed the last few nights after falling asleep
> reading it.) I find filling in the sources very confusing.
> When I learn enough to ask an intelligent question I plan to
> post to the list with a bunch of questions.
> ----- Original Message -----
> From: "Peggy Baldwin" <>
> To: <>
> Sent: Sunday, January 01, 2006 1:30 PM
> Subject: [GENBOX] RE: The other program??
> > I do think that GenBox may be the program I've been looking
> for. I came
> > Family Tree Maker --> Legacy --> TMG. GenBox appears to be more user
> > friendly
> > than TMG, and adds some important features that TMG does
> not have. One of
> > you mentioned bad experiences with support at TMG and I
> agree. I think I
> > may sometimes have more technical knowledge than the person
> providing the
> > help and if I heard we lost your request because my hard
> drive crashed one
> > more time, I was going to scream! I do hope with GenBox, my
> search for the
> > almost perfect genealogy software will be done, for a few
> years anyway.
> > So, anyway, about GenBox. My one frustration, and this is not unique
> > to GenBox, is that the manual is written like a programmer
> thinks --
> > view by screen view. What we really need is a manual
> organized by process.
> > What I wish we had was a manual that starts with:
> > So, you have a source -- census, probate, etc. Step by
> step entering the
> > data
> > from that source, documenting events for individuals,
> adding witnesses,
> > I think
> > the examples should be that specific -- for particular
> types of sources.
> > So, you want to enter an individual -- Step by step
> entering the data
> > about the
> > individual and linking the data points to a citation of a source.
> > There are very few process pages in the manual. I am slowly slogging
> > throught the almost 500
> > page manual, full of repetition. Do each screen view
> really need to tell
> > about the resizable windows?
> > I guess what I'm saying is that a better approach would be
> an overview,
> > global view
> > of GenBox, not a detail by detail approach. It's a little difficult
> > it together.
> > RootsMagic, which I briefly played around with recently,
> has the closest
> > manual to
> > what I'm talking about. Obviously, though, RootsMagic
> didn't have all the
> > features
> > I want, so that's why I'm here.
> > How did some of you go about learning GenBox with the least
> amount of
> > :-)
> > Peggy
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