Following on from the last post about focus, I’m looking for exactly how to accomplish this feat of narrowing down my research. Obviously I can’t do justice to a database of over 20,000 people. I have relatives ranging from 10th great-grandparents in the 1600’s to 10th cousins born last year.
With 20,286 people in my main database, things have long since gone out of focus. Obviously. Continue reading
When I started the MRIN Filing System I was mostly working on my father’s side because there was 40 years of research already done and all I had to do was enter and file it. Sort of. Continue reading
At the end of the day genealogy is information and sources. A genealogy do-over is better information and better sources. And the only reason this matters to me is that I don’t want my descendants thinking of me as a moron after I’m gone. Continue reading
About ten years ago I started filing by MRIN (Marriage Record Identification Numbers) in Legacy Family Tree.
Since Legacy automatically adds an MRIN to each new marriage as it’s entered I decided to renumber them, splitting a range of 9,999 numbers into two parts; 0001-4999 for my father’s side and 5000-9999 for my mother’s side. Continue reading
It could be said there’s no such thing as too many backups of your genealogy work. Because it is work and the thought of ever losing it is beyond sickening. Continue reading
The last two years I’ve spent much more time working on my genealogy database than I have blogging. And it’s been one thing after another. Here’s a list of some of the things that have been happening in my genea-cave.
As I’ve collected more and more cemeteries in my Legacy database I’ve noticed there are a lot with the same name. They show up in my Master Event Address List as I add them to Burial Address rather than the Master Location List.
If I had known how long it would take to change over 3,300 folder names I might have had second thoughts. Now that it’s done, I’m glad I did it.
At some point you’re going to run out of end-of-line ancestors to find. Either through lack of records or inability to travel to a foreign country. Or, in my case, even New York. Continue reading