One of your ancestors fought alongside Davy Crockett at the Alamo, and you’ve entered that information into your RootsMagic database. Unfortunately you don’t remember which ancestor it was, or how to easily find him. Luckily, RootsMagic makes it easy to find anything, anywhere in your database with Find Everywhere.
Find Everywhere does exactly what it sounds like. You enter some text, and RootsMagic will display a list of everywhere in your database that text is found: people, names, places, notes, sources, citations, media, to-do items, research logs, and more. Just do Search > Find Everywhere from the RootsMagic menu and the following form will open.
You can search for a single word or phrase by just typing it into the first field. Or you can search for a combination of words / phrases by entering them into separate fields and using the And/Or options. You can also choose whether you want the results to match by case also. For example, if you mark “Match case”, then “Smith” and “smith” will not match.
Click OK and RootsMagic will return a list of every place your desired text is found (in our example, the word “smith”). Here we can see that it found a number of people with the name smith, whether 1) as a given name, or 2) as a surname. It will also show you if any person notes have the word “smith” in them also.
As we scroll down the list we can see that Find Everywhere returned sources with the word “smith” in them as well. It doesn’t matter if the desired text is in the name, footnote, bibliography, research notes, etc., RootsMagic will find it.
Scroll down even more and we see 4) places, 5) place details, 6) to-do items, 7) research logs, and 8) media items with the desired text.
And best of all, notice how every result has a blue title. That title is a link you can click on to directly edit that piece of information directly from the Find Everywhere results. And of course you can also print or save the results using those buttons on the results page.
So the next time you can’t remember where you put that little tidbit about an ancestor, let Find Everywhere do the dirty work for you.