Numbering systems: FTM and LFT
Regarding numbering systems that are done automatically, I was so disappointed
in Family Tree Maker (FTM) 6 because there is no such system that I could find.
(I had had years of successful work with Brother's Keeper which automatically
assigned a person's number, in addition to the Ahnentafel number that you
The main reason I like the automatic numbering system for people (not events
like marriages, deaths) is that I could differentiate by their numbers between
two or more people of the same name. It made it faster when I wanted a certain
man and had to merely type in his number to pull him up on the screen. That way,
I rarely had problems with adding wife or children to the wrong man. -- Just
another way to judge a genealogy program.
Thanks for explaining how the lack of a RIN (as in Record ID Number in PAF
Personal Ancestral File) in FTM impacts your data entry.
With regards to Legacy Family Tree (LFT) our friend Geoff Rasmussen recently
posted "Understanding Genealogy Numbering Systems, A question about genealogy
numbering systems was recently posted to the online Legacy User Group: What is
the difference between Register & Modified Register Reports?
"When printing a descendant book from Legacy, there are two possible formats -
Modified Register, and Register. These options are found on the Descendant Book
Report Options screen." For more info see the full article:
Please note that Legacy's descendant charts also have different numbering
systems from which to choose:
de Villiers numbers
Happy family tree climbing!