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Pre-printed genealogy research forms–whether you enter your data with a pen by hand or whether you type the data on the computer screen–are tools of analysis. You choose the facts to enter on these research forms. This selection process is analysis. And when you record the right data and match the internal links in each record correctly, you can achieve 96% success tracing hard-to-find ancestors.
A haphazard pile of papers, documents, and pictures too often conceals the very evidence you need to establish correct identity or to plan an effective search. And if you chart your data as you go through the sources, you will evaluate your evidence in time to use it to eliminate frustration and prevent costly research mistakes as your reseach continues.
Research forms include pedigree charts, family group sheets, relationship graphs, surname targets, excel spreadsheets–regardless of size, or format or origin. I recommend that you use charts that include space for your own evaluation comments and conclusions, completely separated from the genealogy data you collect. And use charts that record burial dates for children as well as parents, and marriage places for all the persons mentioned on the chart. We have already lost several generations of dates and places known to family members because we have been using family records which omit these important facts.
If you have already entered your data into a computer program, review your notes for each family chart. Create separate charts, from the documents you have transcribed into those notes, with your copy/cut and paste commands. This enables the compluter program software you use to help you complete the analysis of your data. The evidence in each document will now be available for review, comparison, and summary.
The FREE report offered above describes more completely the analysis system I use with all of my professional research–and literally guarantees success because it is an individual entry system: one person, one family, one source.
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Why Chart your Property Documents?
The final format we seek is a family record showing father, mother, and all the kids with their relationships to each other, proven to be true. Accompanying these family charts, we want a pedigree or lineage chart showing how each family descends from common ancestors. We extract the data to family charts as we go through the records for these benefits:
- Standardized data. We can examine each line quickly to draw conclusions provided by the evidence itself.
- Ancestors clearly and distinctly identified from all others who may carry the same name or be married to a spouse of the same name.
- You can easily sort by surname, by date, by naming patterns, by place, by relationship, by migrations. You can see who does what to and with whom.
- You account for each property transaction and all pieces of property bought, sold, ganted, and inherited–so you can build family trees.
- Answers come directly from the data you have collected. If pieces of information are missing, you can go get them or account for their loss. The evidence dictates the direction your research takes.
Anything less, is a compromise: Genealogies are filled with missing information, dangling ladies, dates that are estimated by the computer program you use, places that did not exist when the events occurred, children assigned to the wrong set of parents–or worse: children that do not fit into any family. Once you separate the data, construct a timeline, and compare the evidence for proper fit, you will spot those ancestors you could not see before.Some Genealogy Do’s and Don’ts
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You know, those “shoulds” we rashly agree to do each year–until tedium and hard work take their toll. And we set them aside for more exciting pursuits. This year can be different–think how exciting it will be to find your ancestors!
EXTRA! EXTRA!! Watch for a second News Sheet this week–about Friday morning. In honor of my mother, Margaret Haslam, who was born and buried on 3 November–I have something very special I want to share with all of you. Don’t miss it. Do tune in on Friday! Your favorite Genealogist, Arlene Eakle