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Ed Thompson
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Sitting in my hotel room with Evidentia and the latest copy of Evidence Explained, reviewing ALL our templates.  Gonna be a while; almost done with Archives and Artifacts.
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Finished the review of all the templates.  Removed a lot of duplicates, corrected a few errors, and added a few new ones.  No I am reviewing the 'placeholders' (that grey text that gives you an example in each input field).  I want to make sure there is a sensible example for every field.  Well, almost every field.  
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I downloaded the recent version of Evidentia to my PC running Windows 7. I keep getting a Sync Message upon opening now stating:
"Data on the cloud is more recent than local data, which means it was updated from another device. However some changes have been made locally as well. Evidentia is unable to merge these changes You may either update from cloud or keep your local data."

No matter which choice (Copy Data From Cloud) or (Copy Data to Cloud), I keep getting this message. I don't use Evidentia on any other device. Is this a bug or did I do something wrong when updating Evidentia with the recent version?
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Version 2.4.2 has been released to fix this error.  Thansk for the help!
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I'm sure you get this question a lot, but here goes...
I am trying to view one of the videos on your Evidentia website, but I keep getting a message that my Flash needs upgrading, but when I go to upgrade, Adobe tells me that I have the current version but I need to enable it in plugins. (I use Chrome.) Checking my plugins, I find Flash enabled. What else do I need to do in order to view the videos? I don't have a problem viewing other videos, just Evidentia ones.
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I honestly don't know.  I am surprised that flash is even required.

Are you viewing from my website or from youtube?  whichever one, try the other.
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Ed Thompson
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Evidentia friend Henry Knoth picked up on the fact that there was a field missing from the digital image templates for Census records.  The field, Civil Division, was missing from the old version as well which is why a missed it.

Version 2.4.1 has addressed this issue - follow the same install procedure that you followed for 2.4.0

Thanks for your patience.
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Okay I'm available tomorrow - what's a google hangout?
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Ed Thompson
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Still room in tonights #Evidentia class.  Check it out at http://evidentiasoftware.com/events-2.
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hi out there   l will watch later / i am on the way out to the drs
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Jason Crews

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Hello +Ed Thompson ,

I've got a couple of suggestions/requests for your consideration.  

1.  It would e nice to have a way to rename media files from within evidentia.  If for some reason I need to rename a file now, and do it outside of the program, then select it from within Evidentia it crashes the program.
2. I think organizing the claims by source report by individual would make the report more useful.
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I agree with #1. I have wanted to see this feature also.
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Mary Ann Kelley

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Any idea when v. 3 will be released?
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ROFL

OK Seriously, I will announce a BETA before I know for sure.  Christmas 2015 is the earliest, but there are a LOT of new features so I suspect it will be early 2016

Ask me again in August?
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When processing obituary's or wills I often come across the grandchildren of the person, how best should I add this claim type list or am I looking at this in the wrong way?  As yet I'm not sure who the parents are but I know they are attached to the subject.  Thanks
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Yes, very helpful!  Thank you.
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Ed Thompson
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WE DID IT!  The Evidentia community has 500 members!
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Yippee!!!
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Kent R Frazier

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Thanks for adding me to this group. 
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Ed Thompson
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Still lots of room in tonights Getting Started with ‪#‎Evidentia‬ class! Signup at http://evidentiasoftware.com/events-2
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Hi Jane - we saw you in the hangout but I don't think you could hear us. We are starting shortly if you can rejoin.
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Discuss Evidentia: Genealogy software that gives a voice to your sources by turning what you know into sentence statements you can use in your analysis. Input what source data you have in this intuitive format and see what you really know about your research. Evidentia is a tool for the modern genealogist whose goal is to draw conclusions based on the sources gathered in their family history research.

Ed Thompson
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Version 2.4.2 has been released to address a bug wherein Evidentia always reported Dropbox out of sync on startup.
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Hilary Gadsby

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My research is based in the UK. I have previously tried to create a template for using the Certificates of Birth, Marriage and Death.
This is the SBAR I created with further comments on the second page.
Does anyone know if any of the current templates will fit my requirements?
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Considerations for Creating a Certificate TemplateSituation Current template for Birth, Marriage and Death Certificates for England and Wales in Evidentia does not correspond with the Source List Entry and First Reference Note as described in Evidence Explained. Background Certificates for England and Wales can contain varying amounts of informati
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+Hilary Gadsby  - Totally agree with you.
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Ed Thompson
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+Clinton Blackmore has started an intersting discussion in the Support Forum that I would LOVE your feedback on.  Here is the link. https://groups.google.com/forum/#!topic/evidentia-software/6fhcRkV2uII

If you have a chance, watch the video - would an approach like that work for you?  Is it intuitive?

respond here or in the support forum.
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Thanks for the link and the info.

I am just getting started with the software and only know enough about programming to know that I made a good decision to not be one.

I am a good software user (many years of experience and many different types of software) and I appreciate those who have the skill to program and especially those who make it easier.

Keep up the good work!!
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Ed Thompson
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Evidentia 2.4 is here!

With the recent release of the 3rd edition of Elizabeth Shown Mills' Evidence Explained, we knew it was time to review all our templates.  We knew we needed to do this for Evidentia v3, but why not make it available to owners of v2 now?

So thats what we did.

So what is in 2.4?
- Revised templates based on Evidence Explained 3rd ed.
- Removed APA support (inappropriate citation format for genealogists)
- Fixed issue with loading new templates

Note for those upgrading to 2.4.0 from previous versions:
In order to see the new templates, follow this procedure:

1. If you have custom templates you want to save, export them.
2. List Manager->Templates->Reset to Defaults       << this will delete all previous templates!
3. If you exported custom templates, you can now import them

You will need to follow this procedure each time you restore a backup made before you upgraded to 2.4

Users of 2.x can find the free upgrade at http://evidentiasoftware.com/evidentia-upgrade/
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Ed Thompson
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Getting Started withEvidentia - great beginners class, tonight at 9:30PM ET
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Just watch this workshop on video. Thank you so much for this program and all that you do to help us be successful with it! I have a good understanding of the basic workings of this program. I love how I can pull all possible information off of a document, even if it is not answering my research question of the moment, and save that information for a time when it WILL answer my research question. I don't know how I could manage this otherwise. Brilliant!
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Setting up a new Claim Type
Coming out of my previous query about identifying what claim type a Witness might be I decided to set up the claim type of “FAN (Friends, Associates, Neighbors)” which I have now done.  When I reviewed the Claim Type in the “Claim Type List”  I note that there are several other fields.  Is there any advantage in filling out these fields?  Most appear to be about GEDCOMs.   I have looked at the Help doesn’t address this area in detail.
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I would check date, place, value, and multi.  You could use value as "Witness"
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I have 2 witnesses on a death certificate R.M. Cawse & R.M. Shaw.  As witnesses no claim is being made however I do know that one of the deceased daughters married a Mr Cawse, so there could be a connection between this witness (or both witnesses) and the family. 

Does this get recorded in Evidentia in anyway? Eventually it could be indirect evidence but at the moment there is nothing substantial should I call it a “fact” when I attached it to the newly created subjects? 

I just don’t want to lose the information or is there a better way to handle the data?
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Thanks to all those who replied, it has helped me to get a better idea of how to get the most out of the program.  
After much consideration I think I will go with Claim Type “Fan” I have drawn my conclusion on the following basis 

1. as  +Deb Yarbrough says I don’t want to lose possible clues.

2. Originally as +Ruth Curfman  suggested I was going to use the claim type “Witness” which is what I would have done in my genealogical program.  However whenever I go to do something that is similar to my genealogical program I try to reflect why I would do the same thing in two programs and whether I am considering the data in the right way.   I like +Ed Thompson  suggestion of the claim type “Fan” as it may be indirect evidence of something which is yet to be determined.

3. When trying to determine what type of claim a piece of evidence is I always need to ask myself “evidence of what” – “Witness” is the fact or assertion which maybe “evidence for something else” that “something else” is yet to be determined.  Further down the track I might find the a claim listed under someone when reading difference reports at this time I might have a better idea of what assertion is claiming then  I would then go back and revise my original assertion/claim under the catalog of claims for the document.

I think I’ve managed to get my head around the concept!
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Joan Lastra

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Just curious. How do others enter data into Evidentia? Clearly, it's most useful if you enter every document you've found. But that's a great deal of work.

I've been approaching it one ancestral line per quarter. For example, Q1 was my maternal grandmother; Q2 is my maternal grandfather; Q3 will be my paternal grandfather; and Q4 would be my paternal grandfather if I had any info for him. Lather, rinse, repeat each year. It's time-consuming and tedious, but I hope it will help with my brick walls.

I'm sure there are many ways to go about using Evidentia. How do you approach it?
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I can't take full credit for the quarterly strategy. I applied the idea to my genealogy go-over (using Evidentia, of course), but I first read about it here:  http://organizeyourfamilyhistory.com/focusing-my-efforts/
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Ed Thompson
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Getting Started with Evidentia, tonight at 10PM ET
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Hi

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