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Narrative Reports

I am not sure if this is the proper forum to post this here, but I thought this little idea might help those of us who get 'Senior Moments.' You should always put the 'source' of a find in your notes. Too technical can be so boring, and my eyes start glazing over. Then I had to turn back to that source page to verify. I use Roots Magic 4 program. Never tried any other, so don't quote me as saying this one is better than any other.

What I do is..example.. If I find a direct line decendant on a 1870 thru 1930 census I put it in the notes just as it is listed for each census example

1880 Family History Census Info, #1255228, pg 440b, Johnston SC
HOH PINCKSTON, Henry age 37 bn NC blacksmith parents bn SC
I list the entire family group as seen and then go on to the next census year that I find someone connected to the family tree.
ON THIS CENSUS YEAR, Henry's last name was incorrect, but my grgrgrandmother was living in the household, and so was a brother of Harriet VANCE Pinckston, my grgr aunt. Her brother's name was Elbert Vance.

Each sibling gets their own 'begining' census year found under their name.

I am trying to simply this as much as possible. For me to put the census family group notes, under a direct line member's name for that census year, is better because I see at a glance what a migratory pattern looks like for them as they aged. I CAN FIND IT QUICKLY.

I know there are other's of you who do things in another organized way. This is just my way to find info quickly. I am trying to clean out this file cabinet. ;)

Then I always print out a Narrative Report, which gives me everything for each person under the ROOT PERSONS lineage. Not right away but when I have accumulated a lot of information. When my computer crashed, this report was essential to helping me redo everything. I am still finding stuff that I didn't add and this has been about 3 years ago. Maybe this will help us senior members. I know when I made a Family History book for family, the only thing people read is the Scrapbook PICTURES. Then they started asking questions. So I just point them back to the table of contents so they can read about that individual. I hope it helps someone.


18 Dec 2002 :: 14 Nov 2008
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