My question is about format for adding Addresses

I have been using RootsMagic for the last 6 months, or so, and have just started looking at the Add Address option, my question, is really around what format people use when giving an address a Name, also what is better adding an address to a person, or is it better to use the Family option?
My apologies if this is somewhat long winded, but I’m new to using Blogs,

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Name would be the name of the company such as Library of Congress or Clinton Co., IA Public Library for a repository or the person’s name for an individual–so say I wanted to record where my Mom lived as a child–in that case I would use Family with her father or parents as the name-- I would use individual if I wanted to record where one of the kids was living after they moved out or after a divorce etc…

Brilliant, thanks Nancy, It’s one of those issues where no matter what you do, it sometimes does not look right, But I will take your advice and for family members use the family name,

Thank You

The question Martin is why or what is your reason for entering these addresses–typical I do NOT use the Address feature – normally use the residence fact or living to record where my ancestors lived–so technically I would use residence family for where my Mom lived as a child BUT I would have to make 4 or 5 residence facts to cover all locations and dates— these would show up in a report where as using Address does NOT show up in a report-- you could print a separate report for addresses for a specific person and I guess add it to a report outside of RM…

Times I MIGHT use addresses for persons
If Mom was alive, I MIGHT as I would have the Rural Route and 911 addresses that she lived at for over 30 years plus my sister’s addy where she lived for the last 4 years of her life all in one place…
Living people-- have acquired a lot of info on living people lately ( and yes no matter what Ancestry says, you can find a lot of info on living people on their websites and others if you know how)-- some of this is info of where they lived and phone numbers–so MIGHT use it for that…
Sources-- such as hubby’s Aunt and his great-uncle’s wife gave us a lot of info–so MIGHT use it to record their address/ phone numbers etc and somehow attach to my source/ citation info…

just a matter of if you want it to appear in reports and how much work you want to do–make 1 address or 5 residence facts— all up to you as there is no wrong or right way to do it…

For what it’s worth, I use “addresses” for Repositories and for individuals/companies with whom I might be corresponding – not necessarily for individual profiles within my database. In some cases, these people might be living relatives or un-related genealogy “pen or email pals” for whom I just want an easily accessed directory listing. As I meet people in genealogy groups, I find it helpful to keep all their contact info in one place with my research.


Nancy, I take your point, and to be honest it was an option I spotted yesterday, but could not see how I could use it, You have now answered that question for me. Up until this point I had been using exactly the same options as you have, through Residence facts, so I will continue down that line.

Many thanks


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Thanks Teri, Your use of the Address feature, makes sense, and I think for now, I am going to avoid it.