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    Seeking Help with organising files and folders

    Hello All

    My mother has just passed after using Reunion for many years (since the 1990s??). I am trying to make sense of her work so that I can continue her legacy or pass it on to another family member.

    First some context....
    She uses Reunion 12 and iMac purchased in early 2019 with Mac OS Monterey Version 12.1. I have noted that the operating system has changed multiple times in the 2-3 years that she has owned this iMac and it was a little exasperating for her! Every time the operating system updates it seems to create a 'Relocated Items' file inside Relocated Items folder on the desktop. No idea why.....

    When I opened the Reunion 12 Family I immediately saw that all the multimedia links are missing. I have read the manual and various posts so I know how to re-link them, but I don't want to waste my time by doing the wrong thing again, for example:
    * I may have to change some first as I think they were linked from the iMac's Photo app.

    * All her working files are in two folders on the hard drive -- 'Documents' and 'Desktop'.

    * The desktop is backed up on iCloud. Is that another problem for Reunion? [She also has Time Machine which seems to be working.]

    When I looked in both the 'Documents' folder and the 'Desktop' folder there are multiple Reunion folders and files from different versions of Reunion and different backups. There are even two Reunion12 Family files, though one looks older and smaller.

    Any suggestions of where I can/should start? Can I just ignore earlier versions of Reunion applications, files and folders, assuming that when Reunion 12 was installed, this took care of them??

    Any advice would be appreciated.

    Thank you
    Newbie

    #2
    The 'Relocated Items' alias (shortcut) on the desktop is unrelated to Reunion. You can safely delete the Relocated Items icon from your desktop (and the target folder also, if you wish).
    https://appleinsider.com/articles/21...to-delete-them

    Researching Western NC and Northeast GA and any family connected to Caney Fork in Jackson County, NC

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      #3
      Thanks KirkS. One mystery solved!

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        #4
        Originally posted by Newbie View Post
        Hello All

        My mother has just passed after using Reunion for many years (since the 1990s??). I am trying to make sense of her work so that I can continue her legacy or pass it on to another family member.

        ...

        When I looked in both the 'Documents' folder and the 'Desktop' folder there are multiple Reunion folders and files from different versions of Reunion and different backups. There are even two Reunion12 Family files, though one looks older and smaller.

        Any suggestions of where I can/should start? Can I just ignore earlier versions of Reunion applications, files and folders, assuming that when Reunion 12 was installed, this took care of them??
        Without seeing the family files and the contents of each, we cannot provide a definite answer. However, if your mom converted the older family files to be used in Reunion 12 and only continued adding information to that converted family file, it should be safe to delete the older files. (If you are not sure about this, convert each of the older files to be used in Reunion 12 - naming the converted files differently so they do not replace any existing files. Then compare them to the existing version 12 family files.)

        Regarding the two existing version 12 family files, I recommend opening each and browsing through them to see if one looks like it could be a different branch of the family or just an older version of the larger file.

        Another option, to ensure information is not lost, would be to combine each of the files into one file. (Information about how to combine two family file can be found in your manual by searching for "import family file." To access the manual, open a family file and choose Help -> Contents or click on the "?" in the lower-left corner of just about any Reunion window.) Then, use Reunion's Match and Merge People feature to merge any duplicated information into one record. (Information about using the Match and Merge features in Reunion can be found by searching the manual for "match merge.")

        I hope you find this information helpful in moving forward with one family file.

        Deb Stuller
        Leister Productions Inc.

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          #5
          Originally posted by Newbie View Post
          ..........
          When I opened the Reunion 12 Family I immediately saw that all the multimedia links are missing. I have read the manual and various posts so I know how to re-link them,..........
          Just a "thinking out loud" suggestion. A mass of missing links suggests to me that maybe her multimedia items were on a volume that is currently not connected to the Mac. This could be an external hard drive or some kind of "cloud" storage location (like iCloud or Dropbox, etc...). You may want to explore that thought.
          Bob White, Mac Nut Since 1985, Reunion Nut Since 1991
          Jenanyan, Barnes, White, Duncan, Dunning, Luce, Hedge and more
          iMac/MacBookAir M1 11.5, iPhonePro/iPadPro 14.7, Reunion13 & RT 1

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            #6
            Thank you Deb and Bob

            To address Bob first.... Yes, I thought about that, but having read a few more of similar ReunionTalk posts since I posted, and considering that even the Reunion Family files are in the cloud (iCloud), and that the file path includes reference to "iPhoto", I think the main problem is that the photo links were originally created using the iPhoto or Photo apps on each device she used. I have a feeling that she only started linking multimedia with Reunion 10 and then Reunion 12.

            Deb, thanks for your thoughts about how to proceed. I will look into the discrepancies between the two Reunion 12 family files first and then proceed from there.
            cheers

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