Source Citations: Assigned Sources | Legacy Family Tree

This is a typical (although partial due to the scroll bar getting in the way) Assigned Sources screen in my Legacy database for a single individual.

Assigned Sources, Legacy Family Tree

Assigned Sources, Legacy Family Tree

Although the debate rages on over at Kerry’s place, if you’re a Newt quivering in the face of professionalism and you think sourcing is difficult, I’m here to tell you it really isn’t. However, that won’t necessarily save you from the Genealogy Police if it turns out one of your source documents is faulty. But barring that possibility for now, Legacy has it laid out with a multitude of boxes and all you have to do is fill them in. Or, at least whichever ones you can.

OK, so it’s not that simple. You have to learn what the boxes mean first, but it’s not any harder than your typical government form or tax return.

It would be a good idea if you can figure out a way to synchronize the corresponding paper with your database and, of course, you’ll want to scan the paper too in case your house burns down and make sure it’s carefully filed in archival-quality storage containers with the digital copies going to an online backup service as well as extra discs and drives around the world at random just in case. But, it’s not hard. Once or twice and you’ll have it down.

You may have to move into a smaller bed to make room for the filing cabinets but you’ll get used to it. And, of course, there won’t be any more family vacations

because all your money will be spent on filing supplies, extra hard-drives and ordering your proof (records) from afar but your family won’t mind because they love you; it’s their duty.

If you’re going to spend a lot of time in front of your computer … and you are … you might want to watch out for spinal degeneration and deteriorating eyesight.

There’s more but that’ll get you through Day One. Don’t let anyone put you off the thrill of stalking dead people.