Re: Advice wanted on improving my tree
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Please excuse my interjection.
I have been following this group after asking Mike Tate (sp.?) a question months ago. You are all way ahead of me !
Lorna has raised an excellent point about the ‘extra bits of information about other people’ on a single document.
This resonated with me as it happened to me yesterday. You will know that the 1921 Census has just become available so I decided to explore my paternal line as I have neglected this.
Straightaway I came across my grandparents’ marriage certificate which was fine except that I had not looked carefully at the witnesses. One was a familiar great-aunt, but the other was quite new to me and carrying my family surname.
I called a cousin who is related to the cosignatory – nothing at all except surprise. Now I must start from scratch without even a birth or death date/year.
Lorna’s methodology seems totally logical to me.
From: email@example.com <firstname.lastname@example.org> On Behalf Of Lorna Craig via groups.io
Sent: 13 January 2022 20:01
Subject: Re: [family-historian] Advice wanted on improving my tree
My approach would be to take each document in turn, rather than each individual.
Some documents contain a lot of extra information about other people, which you might miss if you are concentrating on one person at a time. For example a birth certificate gives not only the date and place of birth of one individual but also the names of their parents and the father's occupation. (A Scottish birth certificate even gives the date of marriage of the parents!) Similarly a marriage certificate gives the names and occupations of the fathers of the bride and groom. These extra bits of information about other people can all be gleaned from the one document, which can be cited as the source for all of them. Make sure you extract all the information you can from each document. The Ancestral Sources program is designed to help with this task and automate the process of creating a Source record and linking the image of the document to it. It is ideal for handling censuses, which as you say can refer to many members of the same family.
If you move the image of each document into the FH Media folder as you deal with it, it will be easy to keep track of which ones you have still to deal with - they will be the ones left in your 'My Family Tree' folder. You can keep the same structure of sub-folder in the Media folder as you have in your current folder.
On 13/01/2022 19:31, ihmorrison via groups.io wrote: