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    I tried using Reunion 2 years ago, and found it too hard to understand. I am back again having found a lot more information out (all listed long hand in notebooks) and would like to try again. Is there a very simple getting started guide? I find I do not understand the terminology when looking at explanations on this forum...like what is a family card? I also have some complicated information, a woman married twice, had 6 children, 2 before her first marriage, a stint in the workhouse, she then married a chap who took her kids on. She had 3 more with him, he was killed in WW1, she had another child out of wedlock and them married the father of this last child 2 years later. the child has the mothers name in one census and the fathers in the next. This is all very clear in my notebooks but I have no idea how to add it to reunion. There is a young person in the current generation who has changed sex, and several people who have been married more than once. Also I dont know how to do things like add citations (I assume these are sources?) I click on add citations, and then become baffled. So, is there a very simple step by step getting started guide I can work my way though? Thank you.

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    Originally posted by K Oliver View Post
    I tried using Reunion 2 years ago, and found it too hard to understand. I am back again having found a lot more information out (all listed long hand in notebooks) and would like to try again. Is there a very simple getting started guide?
    Yes. The manual installed with the software includes a Tutorial designed to assist new users in getting up and running and in entering information about their family. To access the Tutorial, open the Sample Family file installed with Reunion 12. Then, choose Help -> Tutorial.

    Originally posted by K Oliver View Post
    I find I do not understand the terminology when looking at explanations on this forum...like what is a family card?
    The "family card" is what appears when you open a family file. It shows three generations: the husband/wife in the center, their children below them, and their parents above them.

    Originally posted by K Oliver View Post
    I also have some complicated information, a woman married twice, had 6 children, 2 before her first marriage, a stint in the workhouse, she then married a chap who took her kids on. She had 3 more with him, he was killed in WW1, she had another child out of wedlock and them married the father of this last child 2 years later.
    This is best done by entering the information in the order that it happened...
    1. Add the woman and the father of her first two children. (This is explained in the tutorial.)
    2. Add a new spouse to the woman. (I.e., click on the plus above the woman's name and select "Add New Spouse" from the menu that appears and add her first husband's name and information.)
    3. Add their three children.
    4. To show the two children who were born before her first marriage as being adopted by her first husband, click on the "+ Children" button under them and select "Add Male (or Female) Child from the Sidebar." Then, drag the appropriate child directly from the Sidebar and drop him/her into the Children area of the family view. Then, click Add when prompted. Finally, click the button to "Duplicate" the child button. (Duplicating the child button will result in the child button being shown on the family view of the child's natural parents and the family view of the child's adoptive parents.)
    (Repeat this for each child adopted child.)
    5. Finally, add a child status of Adopted to each child. This is done on the family view of the adoptive parents by Control-clicking (right-clicking) on the child's name button and selecting Child Status -> Adopted from the menu that appears.
    6. Add a new spouse to the woman and enter the information for her 2nd husband and the children they had. (When adding their child, you may get a message about the child being born before they were married. However, you can ignore that message since it was actually the case.)

    Note: every time you add a new spouse/partner to the woman, you will be creating a new family view to display the information pertinent to that particular couple. To navigate between the three family views showing the woman and each spouse/partner, Control-click (right-click) on her name on the family view and select Spouses & Children. Then, select the appropriate spouse.

    Originally posted by K Oliver View Post
    the child has the mothers name in one census and the fathers in the next.
    You may want to pick one name and make a note of the other name in the Notes field or enter one surname in brackets in the Last Name field for that child as well as making a note of the situation in the Notes field.

    Originally posted by K Oliver View Post
    There is a young person in the current generation who has changed sex...
    I recommend selecting one sex and making a note of the situation in the Miscellaneous Notes field.

    Perhaps other users can chime in on how they handle sex changes and/or name changes in Reunion. (There is no mandatory way of handling either.)

    Originally posted by K Oliver View Post
    Also I dont know how to do things like add citations (I assume these are sources?)
    You would begin by adding a new Source. Then, link (or cite) that source to a particular name, event, fact, note, or marriage field in Reunion. Information about how to create a new source and how to add it as a citation can be found in the manual by choosing Help -> Contents and searching for "add new source" and "citing source," respectively.

    I hope you find this information helpful in getting started in using Reunion
    Deb Stuller
    Leister Productions Inc.

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      #3
      Deb...thank you so much....I have now found the manual. There is a lot of reading there, I knew there was a help button but not an actual manual. This is brilliant, I shall work through it. One more question, an unknown father would be added as 'Unknown'?

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        #4
        Originally posted by K Oliver View Post
        ...One more question, an unknown father would be added as 'Unknown'?
        Yes. That's fine

        Deb Stuller
        Leister Productions Inc.

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          #5
          Here is how I treat a gender change: The person goes in the preferred place on the family file - male or female. Then in the first name section I first put the original name, then "/", then the current name.

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            #6
            It looks that you are using a / forward slash.
            In my opinion NEVER EVER use a forward slash in names fields.
            I am sure that you will get problems when exporting and importing gedcom
            Click on the thumb and you will see the result after importing GEDCOM

            After import.jpg
            Last edited by fjvanbodegom; 15 October 2020, 06:20 AM. Reason: Typo
            Frans van Bodegom
            Dutch Reunion User Group

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              #7
              As Frans said, placing a / in a name field will cause invalid GEDCOMs to be generated. The GEDCOM identifiles a persons last name in the name text field by placing the / before and after the last name.
              Joe M. Oglesby
              http://MeriwetherSociety.org

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                #8
                Thank you. What would you suggest? Will a "-" work?

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                  #9
                  I've never been in this situation. But I think that should it arise, I would put the most used name (probably the latest) in the first name field, put the other name(s) in the AKA field and append explanatory notes. Oh, and use the latest gender, not "unknown".
                  Others may opt for the reverse. AFAIK there's no established convention - though that may come.

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