Friday, May 22, 2009

Working in RootsMagic 4 - Post 20: Creating a Calendar

Previous posts in this series are listed in Working in RootsMagic 4 - Summary of Posts.

In this post, I'm going to create a "Calendar" - defined as a report that can include both birthdays and anniversaries. I have always wanted a calendar that shows the birthdays of my ancestors.

In the "Family" View with myself highlighted, I clicked on the "Report" menu item and clicked the "Calendar" option:

The "Report Settings" menu opened and I checked "Birthdays" only, unchecked "Use Married names for females," added a title, and the settings looked like this:

I clicked on the "People to include" and selected "Select from list" and then selected myself from the "Select People" and marked all of my ancestors:

I clicked "OK" and then selected direct ancestors and chose 12 generations from the "Ancestors Options" menu:

After clicking "OK," I was back to the "Report Settings" menu and clicked on the "Generate Report" button. A 12 page calendar (one for each month) opened up, and the month of January looks like:

I wondered if any of my ancestors have my birthday - 23 October. Here's the October page of the calendar:

Nope, no ancestor of mine shares my birthday.

As with other reports, the only improvements I would like to see are more formatting options for the report - colors, fonts, etc.

This post completes my survey of all of the charts and reports that can be created using RootsMagic 4. I hope to do some posts about Sources in the next week or so.

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