1) On Adding "Cause of Death" Fact to RootsMagic 5, there were some helpful comments:
* Eowyn noted: "It's interesting to me that RootsMagic doesn't have that as a preset fact since when you are first adding a person there is a specific space to add "Cause of Death."
* RootsMagic (Bruce Buzbee) offered: "RootsMagic doesn't have a cause of death fact because the cause of death is part of the death fact itself. Just enter the cause of death in the "Description" field for the death fact. The sentence template for the death fact already takes this into account."
My comment: Oh. I didn't know that... As my grandson says - "Holy crabcakes..." Is this another RTFM issue on my part?
* Lisa said: "Randy, why would you want to separate the cause of death from the death fact? I'm sure you were already aware what RootsMagic said in the above comment?"
My response: Well, no, I didn't know that. It does make sense. The blog post is still a pretty good example of creating a new Fact Type though...so it's not completely useless!
I added the Cause of Death to the Description field of the Death Fact and the sentence template was worded:
"Frank Walton Seaver died of a cerebral hemorrhage on 27 November 1922 at the age of 70 at 149 Lancaster Street in Leominster, Worcester, Massachusetts, United States."
The part in blue is what I added to the Description field. I like it!
2) On Whose Charts are shown on PBS "Finding Your Roots" Series?, I got the answer to my question in Comments:
* Dave wrote: "I'm a production associate for Ark Media, one of the production companies that produces Finding Your Roots. One of my colleagues forwarded me your tweet about the posters in the last episode. One of my jobs is to create the posters you see presented to the guests in the show. Using the information found by our researchers, I use a program called OmniGraffle to custom build the family trees posters. We use a local print shop here in Brooklyn called Remsen Graphics to do the printing, and it can cost anywhere from $30-$400 depending on the size."
* Eden Joachim wrote: "I used PlotPro in Los Angeles, CA to print a poster which includes 10 generations and measures 8 feet wide by 4 feet high. They exhibited at the IAJGS Conference in LA in July 2010. I wanted matte white heavy weight stock which could be written on by relatives I was meeting for the first time, but they did offer different papers, weights and finishes, including fabric. Pricing was reasonable(about $175)and they delivered within 48 hours of submission of a pdf of my tree. Regarding the Jewish ancestry of the celebrities, I don't know of any particular company being involved. Dorothy Leivers (LitvakSIG) assisted in acquiring records from Prienai, Lithuania for the Robert Downey, Jr. segment."
"If I notice someone has information that I cannot verify, I will ask them where they obtained the info...often it is from other ancestry trees (both on ancestry.com and other internet trees). Maybe if we all try to teach the people who are assembling and gathering these trees, it will eventually get thru to them?"