Wednesday, July 14, 2010

Getting the place list up to snuff

While it may seem Ol' Myrt here was AWOL several days this past week, it was for a good cause! I was working to clean up my genealogy database. It was an EXHAUSTING 20+ hours, but I am glad I did it. To show off, I made this posting on my FB(Facebook) page:

"I just worked for 3 days to get all place names in my genealogy database standardized (with an eye to the county of record as it existed when my ancestor lived there)."

FB friend James asked:
"What database or genealogy program are you using?"

Ol' Myrt replied:
"I am currently using RootsMagic 4. I used the LIST->Places option, and then worked through the merging of duplicate (though very different abbreviations.) Thank-heavens for The Handybook for Genealogists, and USGenWeb to figure out why sometimes I entered a different county than the town where the town exist during the 21st century. Most usually it [my place entry] was correct FOR THE TIME when my ancestor lived there, and I kept the old county name as part of the location. That way I can see which additional courthouses to visit or look at microfilm of. (Is that a good sentence?)

Michelle commented:
"Thank you, you gave me encouragement on whether to note the county as known when an ancestor lived there, or currently in modern times. Thanks for posting that comment!"

Mr. DearMYRTLE has been wonderful by replacing the garbage disposal and two leaky shower heads. I think we'll just give up and go see Disney's latest this afternoon.

All work and no play makes Myrt a loony-toon!

Happy family tree climbing!
Myrt :)
Your friend in genealogy.

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