Previous posts in this series are listed in Working in RootsMagic 4 - Summary of Posts.
In this post, I want to explore the Mapping function in RootsMagic 4. The RootsMagic 4 Overview says:
"RootsMagic 4 now lets you view your family on a map. Simply select a family member from the list and RootsMagic will display the map (anywhere in the world), with pins where that person's events (birth, marriage, death, burial, etc) occurred."
The database I imported into RootsMagic 4 two months ago has a mishmash of entries in the locality fields. I have some entries that read "prob. Uxbridge, Worcester, MA" and "Hilperton, Wiltshire, ENGLAND (PR);" some entries spell out County, some just have Co., some leave it out. Many of my "sources" in this database are included in the locality field - such as the "(PR)" above, meaning "Public Records"). I need to "resolve" all of these locality items somehow so that they are consistent and accurate.
I started in the "Person Page" and found the "Tools" menu item for "Mapping:"
When I clicked on "Mapping," a generic page with the index list of Places in my database was on the left and a map of the USA was in the middle:
In the screen above, note that the end of the Hilperton place name was "(PR)" (meaning public records) so RM4 was forgiving of the non-locality note.
It seems forgiving there too. What about a church or cemetery name before the town or county? I clicked on "Zion Lutheran Church, Oldwick, Tewksbury, Hunterdon, NJ" and it found it:
What about a misspelling of a place name? I have a misspelled "Westminister, Worcester, MA" in my database. Yep, it found "Westminster." If there had been a real "Westminister" (rather than "Westminster") in the county, then I'm sure it would have found that instead.
I expected to find the ability to select a person and then see the places the were born, married and died. The list on the left of the page has two options hiding in the heading - "Places" or "People." I selected "People" and the alphabetical list of persons in my database appeared. I picked Henry Austin Carringer: