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Lists 101

by Dixie Haas

Updated 6/24/00

Whether you're a seasoned Reunion user whose family file contains information for twenty generations of ancestors or a beginning user dealing with entries for yourself and extended family, Reunion's lists are powerful and practical tools for analyzing and reviewing your data. The following is a basic overview of the types of lists available in Reunion, along with some of their most common uses.

Index  /  Calendar  /  Mailing Address  /  Inter-Family Marriages

Lists 101 -- Part Two contains a brief overview of Reunion's relatives, place, source, statistics, and age lists.

Reunion's index, calendar, relatives, and place lists share these and other features:

  • Double-click a name in the list to open that person's family card.
  • The upper-right corner of the List window shows the number of people included in the list and the number of marked people.
  • Entries in the first two columns of the list can be displayed in various ways by using the Sort pop-up menu.
  • Generate a text report of the list's contents by clicking the Report button located at the bottom of the List window.
  • Return to an already created calendar, place, or relatives list by clicking the Show Previous List button (select Window -> Previous Lists from the menu bar if the List window is not open).

The Index

The index is one of Reunion's most commonly used lists, showing at a glance, every person contained in the family file. By varying the information displayed in the index's five columns of fields, you can view a wide range of facts and events connected to the people you've entered in your family file. To display the index, click theIndex button on the toolbar, select List -> Index from the menu bar, or type Command + I.

Tip: To automatically scroll through the letters of the alphabet in the Index window, type the initial letters of a name and the index jumps to the first entry matching your selection. For example, quickly type the letters "br" and the index moves to the first entry beginning with those letters.

By using the Index's Show pop-up menu, you can see a list consisting of only males, only females, names of unknown sex, or everyone in the family file.

The three columns following a person's name are also pop-up menus that can be changed to display information fields ranging from dates to parents' names or number of spouses. Experiment with the available options by clicking on the triangular, pop-up menu buttons in each column. After making your selections, create a List Report by clicking the Report button at the bottom of the Index window.

Calendar List

Though people who are sensitive about their age may not appreciate having a chronological, calendar list circulated at family reunions, this type of list graphically illustrates the generations of your family in a way that is accessible and easy to understand. Begin experimenting with calendar lists by creating a birth-event, chronological calendar list consisting of your living family members. To create the list follow these steps:

Event Choose Birth.
Today/Days/Months/Chronological Choose Chronological.
All People/Marked People Choose All People.
Living Only Check this box.

After making your selections, click the List button.

When the Calendar List window opens, you'll notice that the last column of fields is blank; Death Date is Reunion's default setting for this field. Click on the column's pop-up menu to select a field such as Birth Memo, Parents, or Spouse.

Tip: Printed birth, marriage, and death calendar list reports make great tools for organizing your research efforts. Create lists for the families you're actively researching and keep the printed reports with your research logs to note dates you need to find or copies of records you need to order.

Mailing Address List

Whether you're planning to write a genealogy book or family newsletter or compiling and confirming dates and events, chances are you'll be corresponding with people listed in your family file. Reunion's Mailing Address feature makes it easy to enter and store addresses, telephone and fax numbers, and e-mail addresses along with genealogical data.

For detailed information on using Reunion's Mailing Address feature to create printed reports and mail merge files, read Jan McClintock's article entitled, "Mailing Address" on this site and search the electronic manual for Mailing Address.

Inter-Family Marriages List

Marriages between blood relatives occur in nearly every family. Finding the marriages between relatives in your family file is as simple as choosing List -> Inter-Family Marriages from the menu. Reunion searches your file and displays the results in the Found List window. Double-click a couple's name to navigate to their family card. To determine how the couple are related and who their common ancestors are, choose Find -> Relationships. Return to the previous inter-family marriages list by typing Command + R.

For a brief overview of Reunion's relatives, place, source, statistics, and age lists, read Lists 101 -- Part Two. To learn more about using lists in Reunion, search the electronic manual.