TreeShare Citation Consolidation

from Paul, February 11 2018

Yesterday, I commented on a minor annoyance with TreeShare in that multiple citations are posted individually for many facts rather than one citation spread across many facts, i.e. how Ancestry shows citations.

Firstly, Ancestry allows citations to be linked to name and gender which does not exist in RootsMagic 7 Essentials. This means any posting to these would generate differences when syncing back to RootsMagic 7 Essentials.

I found that when I had a citation with no facts, rather it was general, I left in Ancestry as a single citation and that these were general sources only in RootsMagic 7 Essentials.

For citations in Ancestry that specifically referenced the gender, e.g. death certificates, census etc., I would link these to gender in Ancestry. These gender sources are ignored in syncing back to RootsMagic 7 Essentials.

The end result is a much tidier list in Ancestry, see image below.


Note; I update one or two people a day, recording who I am up to in the tree notes in GedGap, whilst reviewing some research plans to WebHints in RootsMagic.

Also, when adding general sources to Ancestry only for an individual, RootsMagic 7 Essentials does not recognise that the Ancestry person has changed and will show differences in general sources, I had to edit the birth date (add a space), save, remove the space from birth date and reserve to cause RootsMagic to resync these individuals.

Update: Although this can be an arduous task, there are benefits from the consolidation, namely, review of sources and the consistency of citation details referencing each source. Given that the task is consolidating the citation of sources across events, this means that the consolidated citation has one citation detail. If your RootsMagic 7 Essentials has slight differences, the syncing of data (through using TreeShare to collect changes from Ancestry) will reflect these as differences.