Because of what I perceived to be limitations in the structure of sources and source details/citations in previous versions of RootsMagic, I adopted the “extreme source splitting” approach to managing my sources. I made copies of selected RootsMagic source templates and moved all source fields to the Master Source rather than the Source Details. Each source item, such as a specific birth record, is its own master source, where I enter all the details for that specific item such as an image of the document and all the citation details for that item, such as the name of a website and the URL for that item on that website. If I want to use this source to document multiple facts, I simply copied and pasted the citation multiple times. If I wanted to change something about the source, I could edit it in the master source and all copied citations would reflect the change.
I name all my sources in a consistent way, so it makes it very easy to find a particular source and to copy an existing master source to create a new master source for another similar item. For example:
Baptism - Everly, William (1898)
Baptism - Jones, Frank Andrew (1903)
Birth - Smith, David (1902)
Cemetery - Smith, David (1920)
Census - Jones, Victor - 1880 U.S., Louisiana, Ascension, Donaldsonville
Census - Jones, Victor - 1900 U.S., Louisiana, Ascension, Donaldsonville
Death - Smith, David (1920)
Marriage - Smith, Anthony and Jones, Mary (1923) - Certificate
Marriage - Smith, Anthony and Jones, Mary (1923) - Church
Marriage - Smith, Anthony and Jones, Mary (1923) - License
Obituary -Smith, David (1920)
RootsMagic 8 now allows citations to be reused when copying and pasting, which corrects one of previous issues when one wanted to change something in a copied citation. Previously, one would have to make the change in each copied citation if “extreme source splitting” wasn’t used.
But I’m not sure whether I want to move away from “extreme source splitting” in RootsMagic 8. Certainly, when I imported my RootsMagic 7 database into RootsMagic 8, I think it would be worthwhile to merge all my multiple citations for a master source into one shared citation, rather than having the multiple unnamed citations for the source that showed up after the import. But I still like how easy it is to find a marriage record for a couple by scrolling to the sources that start with “Marriage” rather than having to find a marriage record for a couple by searching for citations under different master sources that might be needed to reflect church, courthouse, or other types of records. It’s also easy to find all census records for someone alphabetically, rather than having to search possibly under multiple master sources for different censuses. Plus, at this point in my research, it probably wouldn’t be worthwhile to rework all my sources.
I’m curious how other “extreme source splitters” such as @thejerrybryan plan to adapt to RootsMagic 8.