Ruth's Genealogy

“I don't know who my grandfather was; I am much more concerned to know what his grandson will be.” -Abraham Lincoln

Yesterday, I posted about the Hill County, Texas marriage certificates becoming available. I have a lot of ancestors on my Mom’s side from Hill County…

I need a list!

Rather than going through my database willy-nilly and hoping I don’t miss anyone, I once again turned to RootsMagic’s Custom Reports feature.

Here’s how I created my list:

Step 1: Open RM5, click on Reports at the top of the page, then click on Custom Reports.

Step 2: Click on +New, then create a 4-column report, with headers for Surname, Given Name, Marriage Date and Marriage Location. (Notice the little cubes with the arrows above the columns? That’s how you add or delete columns).

Step 3: Click on the next line below Surname (Line 1), choose Cell Type: Field and from the drop-down menu choose Surname. Do this across the columns of the report (Given names, marriage date, marriage location).

Here is my Hill County Marriages custom report so far:

Step 4: Click OK at the bottom of the page, choose a name for your report, click OK, and you are back on the main Custom Report page.

Step 5: Now comes the fun part… first, highlight your report from the Available Reports list, then on People to include, click Select from list.

Step 6: Go to the top left of that page, click Mark group, then from the drop-down menu Select people by data fields.

Step 7: Click the first Select field and from the drop-down menu select Marriage, from the next column’s drop-down menu, select place, then from the next column’s drop-down menu select equals, then in the next column enter Hill.

Here’s my report now:

Step 8: Click OK at the bottom of that page, you will be shown a page that states Marked 20 people, then click OK on that page, click OK at the bottom of the next Select People page, and you are back to the original Custom Report page.

Step 9: Click on Generate Report at the bottom of that page and I have my Hill County Marriages “Wish List”!

Now that I’ve figured out how to create a Custom Report with RootsMagic, I see it as an invaluable tool in my research!

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