Monday, October 24, 2005

Posting to genealogy software

From: Valley Pierce
I have been involved in tracing my family history for over forty years. As such, I have over 60 three ring notebooks full of information which I have been attempting to put into a genealogy software program I purchased. There are twenty or more published books on the various families I have been working on with thousands of names. In order to put ALL this information into a software program I would have to devote years and years. My question is...where do you draw the line as to WHAT information you put into your program?

First, let ol' Myrt here say "CONGRATS on being so organized!" 60 notebooks is mighty impressive. My personal recommendation is to type in the following information:

-- you
-- your spouse and children
-- include ALL source documents

-- your direct line ancestors (parents, grandparents, great-grandparents, etc.)
-- your spouse's direct line ancestors
-- include ALL source documents

-- at least 4 generations of the siblings siblings of your ancestors so you can increase the likelihood of making a "cousin match" with someone who has perhaps MORE information on distant generations.

I use sticky notes of two types:

-- One to mark the page in the notebook I am working, so I can immediately open to the correct page.
-- The second (with a hand-drawn arrow) where on the page I had transcribed last. -- IE. his military service record, or land entry, etc.

Try not to burn out -- pace yourself to only 3-5 people per session or per week, depending on how much documentation you have to enter for each person. GOOD LUCK!!

Happy family tree climbing!
Myrt :)
6023 26th Street West PMB 352
Bradenton, FL 34207

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