Feeling overwhelmed about putting everything together.
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Has anyone had any experience with this kind of project? My pedigree chart is immense (2500 people) & I'm not sure how to organize all the stories for each family line. I'm going to have separate sections for primary source documents, the pedigree chart itself, family histories, photographs, sources, etc. that much I know for sure. Otherwise I'm kind of in the dark. I'd like to use some sort of numbering system so you don't have to look through a billion pages of pedigree chart to find the family line you're reading about, but I have no clue how to do it.
Any advice would be appreciated :-)
In the end we've decided that our solution is electronic. Basically a website on DVD which contains scans of all the original documents, photos etc With an expandable tree as the "home page"
(Currently we have about 20 linear foot of ring binders and box files, the thought of reducing that to a useful set of bound volumes terrifies me.)
I reference all documents with birthname.birthdate.doctype.number (doctypes being BDM certificates, service records, newspaper cuttings, family tales, misc and photos) but I am an anal database admin type, this allows me to find everything relevant to any individual fairly easily (as electronic copies) and a separate database index tells me which file for the original.
Its probably not the best approach, but it does work and copes with the inevitable discovery of new materials.
If you are thinking of the bound book approach then it might be worth investing in something like a second hand copy of Adobe's Framemaker which is a DTP program aimed at large technical books (and copes with multi-volume works) which has the best index engine I've used and would allow you to index every name almost automagically.
Good luck with the project.
Also, I think that focusing on one branch, one generation at a time, would be best. I separate out branches into notebooks and then into generations. I then highlight all information that has been verified and recorded and sourced into the website or genealogy program. It helps me out a lot. I used to divide by family name, but that gets too confusing for me. Generation work is much easier for me to follow.
#4-wow, that's awesome. I'm a genealogy baby-I have each branch started and can go back to the 1700s with a few, but have to go back and look up children and siblings to get a better picture. I'm also lacking wills and things-the meat of the research.
Best of luck!
George Henry Smith Sr
m unknown to Almira Butts
b 1850 Pa
d (dont remember)
they had three kids, and I would have the kids names with birthdates and where listed.....and this was on the front of EACH file folder......so it was like a quick reference....then on the front inside...was a paper stapled that had EVERYONES name listed...and what paper they were on......perhaps a birth record, marriage record death record, or just a pedigree whichever........
by having done that, I could then combine them into ONE notebook or whatever later for wedding present scrapbooks that my mom and I would put together.
Years ago one of my moms cousin put a *book* together that I had...and one of my dads cousins had put together a book, but both of these were just for families and the library for the town they lived in.
(Besides, the really interesting people are back in the 1600s, so there aren't any pictures)
Given the expense of physically producing a book, I'm thinking electronic publishing and distribution of intelligently arranged and indexed information would be a good idea. This would work in big libraries, but small, regional genealogical societies might not have that option. Though producing CDs is cheaper than a book, I believe.
Still, I happily dream of hefting the physical, paged manifestation of nearly 30 years of research.
Rather than updating everything as I get new info, I add Addenda to each section, and this saves me a lot of the grief of rewriting. I can even flag newly-discovered errors this way, without having to go back and correct the main narrative.
It also creates something called a Family Book, taking the raw data and turning it into a basic narrative, complete with links to family trees e.g.
ROBERT MCFARLANE (great-great-great-great-uncle) was born on 4 April 1814, in Luss, Dunbartonshire, to
Andrew McFarlane (435) and Janet Colquhoun (436), as shown in family tree 22. He was baptized on 8 April 1814, in Luss,
Dunbartonshire. He was recorded in the census in 1841, aged about 27, in Arnburn, Luss, Dunbartonshire. Robert died on 5
July 1881, aged 67. Robert was buried in July 1881 in Luss Churchyard, Luss, Dunbartonshire.
• Agricultural labourer (Census).
• Erected in memory of Robert McFarlane who died july 5th 1881 aged 69 years. also Jane his daughter who died Novr
22nd 1880 in her 13th year (Burial).
• Source 2 (Birth). Fairly reliable.
• Source 2 (Baptism). Fairly reliable.
• Source 1 (Census in 1841). Highly reliable.
• Source 7, webpage Unreliable or estimated.
It is fairly mechanistic but it makes a good start and you can also add notes and anecdotes which personalise it.