A chart of my maternal grandmother, counting the spouses of descendants, is 89 people. By the number of blank fields you’d think I was researching in the 17th century.
It shouldn’t be that hard to get a complete listing of these people with their birth and marriage dates and places. They live on Facebook and share what they had for breakfast.
No, I get a smattering here and there. A new baby is born and everyone’s so excited I get maybe a first name and a day of the week and that’s it.
Fortunately, it’s pretty easy to crank another chart out of Legacy hoping someone at the other end will take it seriously this time.
Here’s one way to ask for information.
I go to Descendant Book report and tick off Insert Underlines for Missing.
Then I go into Report Options and skinny things down to the essentials. I don’t want to make this any harder than it has to be. If I feel like I’m really starting to get a toehold I may move onto something more complicated like Occupation.
The first time it’s good to Save it as a template so it’s handy for later.
Then I create it as a Rich Text file, meaning they can open it directly in WordPad or MS Word or some such and type directly into it replacing the empty lines with some actual information.
It comes out looking about like this except most of it is much easier, like children born in the 1990’s or 3 months ago.
Then I email it to them with a pleasant note saying please fill in the blanks and send it back, hope everything’s well there.
And then I wait.
If you’re related to me and I have your email address I intend to bug you this way til the day I die.