Although a (very) long-time user of RM (currently v8), I have recently become aware of an issue that I hadn’t previously noticed and would welcome any advice others have to offer.
I do occasionally use the notes section of the Parents ‘field’ (just under the Souce line, top left of the person page). Mostly, I use this to include a note which highlights when I have some doubts about the identity of one or other of the parents or to note any particular points of note. I also add any accompanying documents/images and sources.
What I had not noticed is that these notes do not appear in any generated reports. Of course, there is a workaround in as much that I can generate a new data field into which I can enter the same notes, image and source information.
My problem is that I have a large database and I have not yet found an easy way to identify those records which have entries in the notes attached to the Parent ‘field’ since the search facility does not seem to access this area of the database. I can, of course, go into each person’s entry but I have thousands of them!
I further issue is that I have for some years used Gedsite (an excellent program) to construct a large and quite sophisticated website as a far better way of giving access to my data than relying on RM. This too does not translate the Parent ‘field’ notes entriesor accompanying images and so that data is missing from my website.
I would be very happy to find that I am simply misunderstanding how the Parents field notes should be used (& where this outputs to in any report). But, failing that, could anyone offer a way by which I can easily identify which records contain entries in the Parents notes so that I can implement the workaround I have suggests above. I guess this could be done using SQL but that is something I have almost no knowledge of.
Incidentally, I have been using RM v8 for many months with increasing frustration about just how many facilities have not carried across from v7. The latest bugbear is that I can no longer produce Narrative reports - the program (v8.2.5) simply hangs, despite me fully uninstalling and doing a complete re-install twice: is anyone else still have that same issue?
I have almost decided to revert back to using v7. Is it safe to do a full GEDOM export from v8 and importing this back into v7 or do I risk losing data?
I’d be grateful for any help.