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Hi all, here's my first stupid question. When entering "Subjects" on the "Catalogue Claims" screen, I am fine with entering/selecting the claim type and then doing the same for subject but how, for gosh sakes, can I avoid having to remove my hands from my keyboard to click the little DONE button? I've tried the Control-Enter combo used with success in the mini editor to no avail.
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Hi Bob! Eureka! (You make it look so easy....lol)
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Ed Thompson
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When I started Evidentia in Dec 2012, I never really thought about CDs and shipping, etc... until +Pat Richley-Erickson talked me into RootsTech 2013.  I realized "I should have something physical to sell there"

This year things have really taken off, and while most business is still downloads, and I ship physical CDs weekly.

These arrived this week. Boxes of them.

Becky?  Has anyone seen Becky?
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And the rest, they say, is history! 😊
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Fairfax Gen Conference, do you need help setting up or any other time? Will be there fri am.
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Yes, I am also one of the volunteer's I think... 
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Sue McCormick

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Questions about optimal use and correct references for using Evidentia for a specific census page.

1900 Census, Wabash County Indiana:
(A.) The way the census record is written "Rebecca Lautzenheiser" is recorded as "Aunt" to head of household. She is truly his aunt-in-law. Of course the correction to this misstatement is part of the proof argument. The clear claim here is "Rebecca is aunt to head of household" and I'm comfortable with that. My problem lies in evaluation sources with a know error. A digital microwave image is for our purposes, original, the source is indeterminable (neither primary or secondary), and the erroneous statement is direct. — Is that correct?

(B.) The first page shows two families from my family tree. I reference the source to everyone on the page in my software. (That is, every member of both families will be shown as having "Source 12." But the family of my grandfather's aunt does not yet show up on my database. My research log and my To-Do list will direct me to return to this source when I reach searching that family. Is it also useful to use the personal notes area of Evidentia to tell me to come add the claims for the other family in Evidentia?
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Thanks, Ed and Cary. In the meantime, I've discovered that I have another question about the aunt [(A) above]. The claim stands as reported, but to whom is it relevant? I think I should attached it to my grandmother (where the actual relationship is) as opposed to my grandfather — head of household, but no blood relationship.

Ed, I just reread your advice. And I now realize that I can do the initial analysis for the entire census page, while I have the census open. One entry for both families, followed by analysis for second family when ready. Very time saving.
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Ed Thompson
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New post on the challenges of translation at http://evidentiasoftware.com/evidentia-blog/
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Ed Thompson
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Welcome to all who are coming to this site from RootsTech 2015!

We had another successful year at the Evidentia booth, and met so many interesting people – and so many of you were excited about Evidentia!

Evidentia was mentioned in several of the educational sessions at RootsTech this year, and we thank you for this unsolicited support!  It looks like genealogy is catching up with what Evidentia has to offer!  I also want to thank my wife, Becky Thompson, for assisting me at the booth this year.  I loved hearing her say “our software…”.

The downside of having my wife at a convention with me is that she has twisted my arm until I agreed to extend the conference price to EVERYONE for the rest of February.  Those of you who were on the fence at the convention can still save $5 if you purchase Evidentia in the next 2 weeks.

I also want to remind all of you about our special training session next week.  On Friday, Feb 20th 8:30 PM EST we will be presenting our live training session “Getting Started with Evidentia” as a special Google Hangout On Air.  You do not need to own Evidentia to attend, but you DO NEED TO REGISTER at http://evidentiasoftware.com/events-2 if you want to be eligible for a door prize.

Did I say DOOR PRIZE?  I picked up several goodies at RootsTech and we will be giving them away during the hangout on Friday.  You must be ‘present’ to win, and you must be registered.

We will be offering other training this year, but this will be the only opportunity to win a door prize.

Be sure to sign up for our mailing list to stay up to date with the latest training opportunities. You can sign up here.
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Okay, wondered if that was the issue.  Will change the list. 
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Ed Thompson
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Early stages of planning for Evidentia 3.0.  What would YOU like to see?
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I completely agree +Paul Harris.  Since the do-over, I'm entering every source into Evidentia as part of my process, so I can see how it would save a ton of time.

I just worry about folks becoming complacent with the rote data entry, not really paying attention to what they're entering, and then missing some crucial piece of information.  I'm sure you can see how that is also a significant possibility.
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"Stupid question" (as in you feel stupid needing to ask): The 1940 census tells who gave the information. I feel it is important to note this, because you can choose "primary" or "secondary" instead of "Intermediate." What I cannot do is figure out how to tag this information.

Can anyone help me on this?
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+Russ Worthington - I'd go with the idea that the census taker got confused, not that your grandfather gave his daughter's name. I have the same situation - names are reversed for father and son on one census but everything else matches. I can only imagine the potential for error after writing down data all day long.
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Ed Thompson
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If you get the newsletter hopefully you 'got the message'.  On Feb 20th we are doing a special google hangout on air - it is out "Getting Started with Evidentia" class.

This special "RootsTech" edition is meant to help those new to Evidentia (or who need a kick start), so it covers the basics.

+Russ Worthington has agreed to assist, and THERE WILL BE DOOR PRIZES.

To be eligible to win a door prize, you must pre register at http://evidentiasoftware.com/events-2 and you must be present.  You do NOT have to be a panelist to win.

Come join this community event on Friday, Feb 20th at 8:30EST
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How did I not know that you had created a plugin for WP?? You should toot your own horn more often. #genealogy #wordpressplugins  
RootsPersona creates one or more pages of family history using data imported from a GEDCOM file (version 5.5).
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Yeah, I need to do some cross promotion.
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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.

Sue McCormick

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I have to share a feature I just "found"! in Evidentia (probably over 75% of you know this, but there are newbies here also).

I was doing the "relevant to" connections for a census, and I realized that I had missed entering the "can read" and "can write" entries for my grandmother. It made me wonder what else I may have missed.

So I checked out the reports. You can place a a subject in the subject field, and then do a research summary report. It will show you all the strengths and all the weaknesses in your research to date. Match this with your research plan and your research log, and you will have a very good picture of your research on that individual.

This is a great tool for researchers. Thank you, Ed.
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For those who like to have a full transcriptions in a spreadsheet rather than on paper, I like Gary Minder's Census Tools templates.  They aren't free, but the price is very affordable (currently $11.95 for 40 templates). He offers a 1940 Census template for free as a sample.  The set of templates include passenger lists, and cemetery transcription forms, as well as the US Federal and State census and international census forms.

http://www.censustools.com/
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Ed Thompson
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Looking for some help.  MY 5th Great Grandfather David Thompson lived and died in Gilford, NH.  I don't think he was born there.

His Homestead is a historical site in Gilford, but I have had no luck in contacting a human being to tell me why or what is known.

I am looking for a researcher who might be able to dig out some record in that area.  I had hoped to travel there last year and this,but genealogy conferences keep me busy.

Not sure how to find a professional in the area, but I am willing to hire one.
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It's always easier to think about these things when it's someone else's question -- and it's nice to get recommendations from your own community members, too.  Reading a directory doesn't give you any feedback about what it's like to work with a specific person. 

If I needed help in Kentucky or Tennessee,  I would hire J. Mark Lowe -- I took his webinar on research planning, and from his examples and articles, I have seen the quality of his work.  But I haven't done much research in NH yet, so I don't have a feel for who is working in that area. 
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Ed Thompson
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Extra room in tonights class (9PM EST)   http://evidentiasoftware.com/events-2
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Will send out a link in about 10 minutes
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Bob Adams

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I'm a very new Evidentia user and I'm interested in learning how other users address name changes, name variations, and spelling variations.  I created a "Name" claim type but then started wondering why there wasn't preloaded "Name" claim.  That started me thinking I might be starting down the wrong path.  Thanks.
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Bob,

Glad to be able to help.

It's a great tool to have available to us.

This is a great community where these questions can be asked and the Users respond with their experience.

Good luck,

Russ
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Barbara Zanzig

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Has anyone used a map as a source in Evidentia? What was your experience? I've become aware that I need to cite the historical maps I'm using, but I'm not sure what I'd use as a claim. I'd love it if someone could give a little writeup or discussion.
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What I've decided is twofold. First, there are some types of sources, like maps--such things as surname thesauruses would also qualify--that don't fit well into the GPS model.

Second, in this particular instance, my claims will have to do with the stagecoach inn he operated and why he was where he was--on that stage road, which was built at a particular time, etc.
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Ed Thompson
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Looking forward to tonights special Evidentia Training - RootsTech2015 edition! Door Prizes! http://evidentiasoftware.com/events-2/
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Ed Thompson
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Activity at the Evidentia booth at Rootstech has been keeping me busy as always, but managed to snap this pic before the madness.
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Wow, this is amazing. You did a fabulous job!! Thanks for sharing.
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Ed Thompson
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Many of you have told me how much you love Evidentia - have you told your friends?  Your opinion counts!

Have a friend going to RootsTech?  Have then check out our booth!  #118
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You guys are great!
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Ed Thompson
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I am taking my wife to the RootsTech Opening ceremonies this year, and never would have thought to ask - what's  the dress code?
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LOL, I'd wear a tux if I thought for a SECOND Russ would.  But the tweet from RootsTech says I don't have to - thanks
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Ed Thompson
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Lot of reports of the latest upgrade creating issues for Window's users running Norton Security.  Norton has what I feel is a very intrusive 'security' measure of keeping new software from running, including upgrade installers.  Be sure to disable Norton while you upgrade.
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