Understanding the RootsMagic 8 database – Ownership #database #datadefinitions

The RootsMagic 8 database structure has seen a few changes from RM7 and one of these is that more objects can “own” other objects in the data. A task can have media, citations and web tags for example.

To achieve this many tables have an OwnerType field and an OwnerID field and the owner type is consistent so for example 0 in owner type always means the owner is a person and the owner id is the person record number (RIN).

In order to write code against this structure I have produced the following chart where items in the left hand column can be the owner and the items across the top are owned.

Owner Type ValueOwner TypeCan Own URLCan Own PlaceCan Own Place DetailCan Own MediaCan Own TaskCan Own AddressCan Own CitationCan Own NameCan Own Child
0PersonY  YYYYY 
1Family   YYYY Y
2Event YYYY Y  
3SourceY  Y YY  
4CitationY  Y     
5PlaceY YYY    
6TaskY  Y  Y  
7Name   YY Y  
8not used (was General task in RM7 with 0 ownerid)         
14Place DetailY  YY    
15not used (was Research Item in RM7)         
18Task Folder (update of Research Log)    Y    
Ownership table – RM8

As a further note:
When it says “Tags” in RM8 application it refers to Owner Links which can be edited at this point in the program

When it says “Used” in RM8 application it refers to Owner Links but they are not editable at this point in the program

When it says “Web Tags” in RM8 application it refers to URL

4 Replies to “Understanding the RootsMagic 8 database – Ownership #database #datadefinitions

    • Pat, the AncestryTable has links of type 11 — these refer to the hidden media associated with various Ancestry events when syncing with TreeShare (e.g. census records, etc.).

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