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Adam,

 

Thanks for the great tip on how to handle family contacts in the Address Book. I have used relationships but your suggestion sparked an idea that will solve a lot of my issues I've been trying to resolve. Let's make a pretend family.

 

Husband: John Doe

Wife: Jane Doe

Sally Doe (John's daughter from previous marriage)

Tom Doe (Jane's sun from previous marriage)

Billy Doe (Son after marriage)

 

Address Book entries:

 

John & Jane Doe

Home Phone:

Home Address:

Aniversery:

Child: Billy Doe

Notes

 

John Doe

Job Title:

Company:

Work Phone:

Mobile Phone:

Work email:

Home email:

Work Address:

Birthday:

Spouse: John & Jane Doe

Wife: Jane Doe

Child: Sally Doe

Notes:

 

Jane Doe

Job Title:

Company:

Work Phone:

Mobile Phone:

Work email:

Home email:

Work Address:

Birthday:

Spouse: John & Jane Doe

Husband: John Doe

Child: Tom Doe

Notes:

 

Sally Doe

Mobile Phone:

Home email:

Birthday:

Parent: John & Jane Doe

Brother: Tom Doe

Brother: Billy Doe

Notes:

 

Tom Doe

Mobile Phone:

Home email:

Birthday:

Parent: John & Jane Doe

Sister: Sally Doe

Brother: Billy Doe

Notes:

 

Billy Doe

Birthday:

Parent: John & Jane Doe

Sister: Sally Doe

Brother: Tom Doe

Notes:

 

Billy is only 3 and too young to have a mobile phone or email address. :)

 

If you are John Doe, you may want to have separate personal and professional entries and maybe add a middle initial, prefix (Dr., Attorney), or suffix (M.D., PhD, P.E.) on the professional entry to make it distinguishable from the personal entry.

 

Possible uses:

 

1) Joined address entries can be used to help automate printing of Christmas card envelopes.

2) Separate ringtones for each person's cell phone and home phone.

3) Incoming emails address identify each individual.

4) Anniversary in joined entry with birthdays on individual entries.

 

Note: Please don't be offended by the way I separated out the child relationships. This could help a person keep things straight. I did make all the parent relationships the same. And I did not use step- in the brother and sister relationships. But, if you did have the true parents' entries in your address book, you can then specify the relationships accordingly if you wish.

 

This technique has a lot of possibilities. However, I do wish that the iPhone Contacts app supported the relationship tags.

 

The only issue I have is how to add Twitter names. I guess, I could put the full URL of Twitter and Facebook entries under the URLs section. But I would prefer putting in the @myname instead of the full Twitter URL under the IM section. But, you can't customize the IM labels. :(

 

Hope this helps someone!

 

Enjoy life!

Steven

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